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Unnatural selection

An elegant new book by one of the world’s most important cognitive scientists is an all-out assault on Darwinism. Unfortunately, its arguments are simply wrong

By David Papineau   March 2010

What Darwin Got Wrong by Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (Profile Books, £20)

When Jerry Fodor says that Darwin is wrong, a lot of people will sit up and take notice. Fodor isn’t some religious crank, but one of the most respected figures in the academic world: a prolific author, professor of philosophy and founding father of the discipline of cognitive science. His reputation, however, is likely to be dented by this latest book. Fodor has a successful record as a controversialist, but in taking on Darwin he has bitten off more than he can chew.

Fodor isn’t the kind…

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