Re: The SSSM revisited

From: Cliff Stabbert (
Date: Tue Dec 03 2002 - 20:42:09 MST

Tuesday, December 3, 2002, 9:33:51 PM, Emil Gilliam wrote:

EG> Here is a scan of two pages from "The Mind", a volume from the Life Science
EG> Library, published in 1964 by Time-Life Books:


EG> I know of no better example of what we now call the Standard Social Sciences
EG> Model (SSSM). From our modern-day perspective of evolutionary psychology, it
EG> seems utterly ridiculous -- did man really lose its "instincts" a long time
EG> ago, and gain "learning" and "reasoning" in return (whatever those are), as
EG> shown on a neat graph? But in 1964 this truism was a firmament of
EG> intellectual life (and it still is in some circles). A nice sober reminder
EG> of how times change...

Ehm, I would dispute that this was "a firmament of intellectual life".
It may have been (and still to a degree be) a pop science notion but I
doubt you'd see much support for it in academia after the early 20th
century. See Freud, Jung, etc. Of course it all depends on how you
define "intellectual life", perhaps you can clarify which circles such
ideas were supposedly taken seriously in.


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