Wednesday, 25 May 2011

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"LSE Idiocy" ~ Comments

From comments in this Crooked Timber post, a somewhat overlooked part of "evolutionary psychologist" Satoshi Kanazawa's extraordinarily crap article for Psychology Today:

For example, because they have existed much longer in human evolutionary history, Africans have more mutations in their genomes than other races.

As comment #30 points out, this is staggeringly stupid:

Does he think that other "races" were created from scratch more recently than Africans with no deleterious mutations? Even using his assumptions they will have inherited harmful mutations from their ancestors in just the same way as Africans have.

And as you say, all this ignores the fact that harmful mutations will be selected against. In reality we expect a balance between natural selection (lowering the frequency of harmful mutations) and new mutations.

Seriously, saying something this dumb ought to be grounds for your alma mater to revoke your PhD.

Considering they've stood by him as he's made numerous other scientific and methodological gaffes, I expect LSE and Psychology Today will probably promote Kanazawa instead.

posted at: 14:04 Wed 25/May/2011

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