Can evolution get us off the hook? Evaluating the ecological defence of human rationality. / Boudry, Maarten; Vlerick, Michael; McKay, Ryan.

In: Consciousness and Cognition, Vol. 33, 05.2015, p. 524-535.

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In: Consciousness and Cognition, Vol. 33, 05.2015, p. 524-535.

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Boudry, Maarten ; Vlerick, Michael ; McKay, Ryan. / Can evolution get us off the hook? Evaluating the ecological defence of human rationality. In: Consciousness and Cognition. 2015 ; Vol. 33. pp. 524-535.

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