Monday, May 16, 2011

Psychology Today, Printing Silly Stuff As Usual

The name "Psychology Today" might give you the impression that you're going to get rigorous, cutting-edge research from academic psychology. Similarly, the name "Fox News" might give you the impression that you're going to get news about foxes. In both cases, you would be mistaken.

This is by way of introducing Satoshi Kanazawa's comment in Psychology Today that "The only thing I can think of that might potentially explain the lower average level of physical attractiveness among black women is testosterone." As Jamelle writes: "Yep, it must be the testosterone! It can't possibly be that we live in a culture where black beauty was demonized and dehumanized for hundreds of years. Nope, black women are just too much like men! Exactly."

(Evolutionary biologist PZ Myers on Kanazawa: "He's like the poster boy for the stupidity and groundlessness of freakishly fact-free evolutionary psychology. Just ignore anything with Kanazawa's name on it." Generally when I've talked to actual evolutionary biologists about evolutionary psychology, they've said things roughly along these lines.)
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