Our evolving beliefs about evolved misbelief

Ryan T. McKay, Daniel C. Dennett

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The commentaries raise a host of challenging issues and reflect a broad range of views. Some commentators doubt that there is any convincing evidence for adaptive misbelief, and remain (in our view, unduly) wedded to our default presumption that misbelief is maladaptive. Others think that the evidence for adaptive misbelief is so obvious, and so widespread, that the label default presumption is disingenuous. We try to chart a careful course between these opposing perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-561
Number of pages21
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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