Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Stupid evolution

I read a comment today on metafilter that Intelligent Design and (populist) Evolutionary Psychology are really two sides of the same coin. I think so too. I post about rubbish pseudo-evolutionary crap more because it annoys me more.

The London School of Economics seems to be particularly shameful these days. A few weeks ago there was that complete idiot arguing that 'evolution' meant that in the future women would have larger breasts and more glossy hair, and the underclass would be shrivelled and deformed.

Now this other nutter at the LSC has argued that people are starving in Africa because - and I'm sorry this is so offensive - black African people have evolved with abnormally low intelligence.

In the paper he cites Ethiopia's national IQ of 63, the world's lowest, and the fact that men and women are only expected to live until their mid-40s as an example of his finding that intelligence is the main determinant of someone's health.

I'm sure you can spot the obvious flaw in this reasoning. There's a longer discussion on the biology blog Pharyngula here. Most of the commentators are sensible, a few are complacent and racist.

But my overall feeling is that these seeming enemies, the creationists and the evo psychs, are doing the same thing. They start with what they want to be the case and then try to 'prove' it from their source text - the bible or some half-baked notion of natural selection. Then they say - hey, I didn't want this result you know, I didn't want white people to be the superior race (women to be stupid, men to be rapists), it's just that god/evolution made it so.

Another sad thing BTW is that this theorist is of East Asian origin, and he's also written papers about how east Asians are inferior to white people ('Asians cannot make original contributions to basic science.')
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