The Psychological Record

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 127–135 | Cite as

Structure and Function Categories in Civilization and in Science

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Stimulus-function categories in their origin and modification through the series of magic, religion, and science mirror the development of human cultural evolution. These categories display both favorable and unfavorable aspects. Favorable when they reflect actual events, unfavorable when they replace actual biological structures and functions by empty abstractions. How this is done in psychology is illustrated by the use of test results to demonstrate the existence of innate capacities for male mathematical superiority.


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