Ev-Psych Bullshit

Blast from the past: This ev-psych bullshit must stop

By · Friday, May 25th, 2012 · 7 Comments »

In the past week or so I’ve received a number of emails about a post I wrote several centuries ago (okay, actually it was just 5 years ago, but whatever): This ev-psych bullshit must stop. I’m not entirely sure why this post is garnering current attention, though my spidey sense tells me it might have […]

Oldest depiction of female form shows that modern archaeologists are pornsick misogynists

By · Thursday, May 14th, 2009 · 90 Comments »

“The Earliest Pornography” says Science Now, describing the 35,000 year old ivory figurine that’s been dug up in a cave near Stuttgart. The tiny statuette is of a female with exaggerated breasts and vulva. According to Paul Mellars, one of the archaeologist twits who commented on the find for Nature, this makes the figurine “pornographic.” […]

Another nail in the ev psych coffin

By · Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 · 5 Comments »

One of the central claims of evolutionary psychology is that virtually all human behavior was hard-wired into the brain during the “Era of Evolutionary Adaptation,” a mythical time deep in the Stone Age that bore an uncanny resemblance to The Flintstones. According to ev psychos this golden age ended 10,000 years ago, and the human […]

Researchers discover that early Homo sapiens were all male

By · Friday, October 19th, 2007 · 60 Comments »

I’m gearing up to post the continuation of the Grandmother Hypothesis, which I’ve been too busy to do proper justice to this week, but in the meantime here’s a news item that will set the stage. First, a quiz. 1. What allows ev-psychos to get away with their cartoonish, Flintstones view of life in the […]

Breaking news in ev-psych!

By · Thursday, October 18th, 2007 · 5 Comments »

From the Creek Running North news desk: Belief in Evolutionary Psychology May Be Hardwired, Study Says. Further study by Mann-Esser’s team found a surprising commonality among the five percent of subjects showing clinical signs of susceptibility to evolutionary psychology, which the team refers to as “Desmond Morris Syndrome,” or DMS. Ninety percent of the DMS-positive […]

The Grandmother Hypothesis: Part 1

By · Sunday, October 14th, 2007 · 12 Comments »

It started with a blurb I saw in the New York Times for October 5: “Evolution’s Secret Weapon: Grandma. Far from burdening society, aging women may have ensured our survival.” “Grandmother hypothesis,” I said to myself. “But why is it in the paper now?” I clicked on the link and was surprised to see that […]

Crockus man is back

By · Friday, October 5th, 2007 · 69 Comments »

And he’s packin’ Powerpoint: We first met Crockus man a couple of weeks ago, and now he’s back with even more craptastic pop neuroscience (and spelling errors). Mark Liberman has the corpus callosum issue under control, so I want to use my time at the mike to talk about a slightly different aspect of the […]

In which Dr. Socks becomes so disgusted with the casual ineptitude of the ev-psychos that she descends to name-calling and cursing

By · Monday, October 1st, 2007 · 83 Comments »

In the stock photo catalog this pic is labeled “sexy man.” But according to ev-psychos, if you’re a woman you’re not turned on by this. So stop looking at it. Stop! Here, this is what you want: Bill Gates, Sex God. Actual quote from actual book1 (emphasis mine): A simple example of how evolutionary psychology […]

The Quest for the Crockus (of shit)

By · Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 · 13 Comments »

Ann Bartow David S. Cohen has been having a lot more fun this week than I have. She’s He’s been following the Quest for the Crockus over at Language Log, but I’m just now getting caught up. Here are the week’s posts from Language Log, in order: September 17: How big is your crockus? — […]

Socialization: another feminist conspiracy theory

By · Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 · 35 Comments »

From the “Birth to 12 months” girls’ section at Toys R Us: The Little Princess Big Favor Pack. Includes pink tiara bag, Little Princess stickers, pink princess pen, glitter nail polish, birthday bubbles, marabou tiara, and daisy swirl lip gloss. Whenever the conversation turns to ev-psych, some chump or two (or twenty) shows up to […]