10,000 Just so stories can't all be wrong

Gary F. Marcus

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The mere fact that a particular aspect of mind could offer an adaptive advantage is not enough to show that that property was in fact shaped by that adaptive advantage. Although it is possible that the tendency towards positive illusion is an evolved misbelief, it it also possible that positive illusions could be a by-product of a broader, flawed cognitive mechanism that itself was shaped by accidents of evolutionary inertia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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