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Methodology in Evolutionary Psychology

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  • Jay R. Feierman
    (1) Joao Sousa: I suspect, what s common to all the situations [in which suicide occurs] is very simple: unhappiness. (2) Phil Roberts, Jr.: On previous
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      (1) Joao Sousa: I suspect, what's common to all the situations [in which suicide occurs] is very simple: unhappiness.
       
      (2) Phil Roberts, Jr.: On previous occasions I have suggested a simple perspective on all this, i.e., that happiness is simply a state of mind that is attained when all of one's needs have been met. These fall into three basic types:

      physical - e.g., the need to avoid physical pain
      mental - e.g. the need to avoid the pain of boredom or meaninglessness
      emotional - e.g., the need to avoid the pain of feelings of worthlessness
       
      (3) Jay R. Feierman: Phil, do you think that physical, mental and emotional are three, mutually exclusive categories? Also, why is the need to avoid the pain of boredom or meaninglessness "mental" but the need to avoid the pain of feeling worthlessness "emotional"? 
       
      Physical, mental and emotional are not valid categories in a biological taxonomy because (1) they are not mutually exclusive and (2) there is no larger, inclusive category, which one can define, into which all three (physical, mental and emotional) can fit. They are "unlike kinds."
       
      Also, you say that you have "suggested" this theory of human happiness on previous occasions. Why should anyone believe something just because you suggest it? If this is this a scientific theory of human happiness, what are some testable Null hypotheses, whose refutations are predicted by the theory? Or, instead, is this just an explanation of what, in your opinion, is required for human happiness? Explanations are judged on their ability to accommodate historical facts. They last until a better explanation supplants them either because it accommodates the historical facts better or someone with higher status proposed the newer explanation. Evolutionary Psychology needs to decide if it a behavioral science or a discipline which gives evolutionary explanations to historical facts.
       
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