Charles Darwin Transcript
1. What do you consider to be the proper subject matter of psychology?
-In order to exam psychology one must look to our past to determine that which lies in the future. By looking at the evolution of ones species, it should explain why we behave in the ways we do today. Evolutionary psychology (EP) will or possibly could be the standard someday in the future. I feel the object is when we look at what permits us to decode our past, this will help us accurately write our future. We may be decedents of animals; yet this does not mean that we have to constantly act as if we could be uncivilized. I have always felt that in my heart has been a string devotion to biology, and as an evolutionary psychologist, I understand that behavior is just an adaptation of body to ensure survival. This places EP more into the scope of biology than psychology. I prefer to understand and study the Animal-Human Connection (Schultz & Schultz, 2008: p. 153.).
2. What methods of psychology use to approach the subjects it studies?
-My evolutionary theory provides psychology with a well-motivated and powerful method of the evolution of human psychological traits (Buss, 2009). One cannot deny that the human mind has traits that are animalistic in nature. But how did we as a species come to have such traits? By examining my theory of evolution one can see how species of animals have evolved over time and why the brain has acquired certain animalistic traits and has gotten rid of others (Schultz & Schultz, 2008: p.150-151; 155)
3. What do you expect will be your most lasting contribution to the field of psychology?
-I feel as though my theory of evolution will be my most lasting contribution to the field of psychology. My book On the Origin of the Species will help society view the world with open eyes. Society has for so long viewed the creation of life on
References: Buss, D. M. (n.d.). Evolutionary Theory and Psychology. American Psychological Association (APA). Retrieved May 19, 2013, from http://www.apa.org/science/about/psa/2009/05/sci-brief.aspx Schultz, D. P., & Schultz, S. E. (2008). A history of modern psychology (9th ed.). Australia: Thomson/Wadsworth.