We believe that the challenges to the SSSM are basically correct and that this should radically change the way that all social scientists conduct research. What is this SSSM? [Tooby and Cosmides1992] state that it includes, among other claims and assumptions, that ``the process [of cultural transmission from generation to generation] is maintained through learning, a well-understood and unitary process, that acts to make the child like the adult of her culture'', which as a group process is ``called `socialization', imposed on the child by the group'' and that ``the individual is the...passive recipient...and product of her culture.'' Ultimately ``what is organized and contentful in the minds...comes from culture and is socially constructed.'' [Brown1991] points out that it involves, among other things, the ``dictum that social facts should be explained by social facts'' (p. 60).
What is also important is what the SSSM plays down, denies, or more often ignores: The model holds that ``in discussing culture, one can safely neglect a consideration of psychology as anything other than the nondescript `black box' of learning, which provides the capacity for culture.'' Learning ``must be the explanation for any aspect of organized human life that varies from individual to individual and from group to group'' p 32 [Tooby and Cosmides1992]. In sum these two points of the SSSM are that the mind of the individual is almost entirely shaped by their culture and that facts about a culture are not products of human nature.