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January 21, 2009

The January edition of Scientific American magazine, focusing on “the evolution of evolution,” includes an eight-page feature article by NIU Presidential Research Professor David Buller.

In the article, titled “Evolution of the Mind: 4 Fallacies of Psychology,” Buller dissects and debunks some of the most well-known claims of popular evolutionary psychology, such as the assertion that human nature was designed during the Pleistocene, when our ancestors lived as hunter-gatherers.

Scientific American is one of the world’s most enduring and revered science and technology magazines. Editors contacted Buller and requested that he write the article for the magazine’s special edition, which marks the 200th anniversary year of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of “Origin of the Species.”

Buller, a professor of philosophy, is the author of the 2005 book, “Adapting Minds: Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature” (The MIT Press). The book delivers a powerful critique of evolutionary psychology and has been roundly praised in such publications as Science, Nature, Slate, New Scientist, the Wall Street Journal and The Times Literary Supplement (London).

Three NIU employees were prominently featured as presenters last week when the Illinois Recycling Association met in DeKalb last week:

  • Bill Finucane, director of transportation, was part of a presentation on integrating bio-fuels and compressed natural gas into fuel options for fleets of vehicles.
  • Mary Crocker, NIU director of recycling, and Sue Hansfield, assistant athletics director for facilities, made a presentation on the use of recycled rubber for playing fields and playgrounds, sharing their experience with FieldTurf in Huskie Stadium and on the new soccer field.