Disappointing to see the incoming boss so carelessly and venomously misrepresent the state of the art on body attractiveness in this recent piece.
How did evolutionary psych become such a punching bag that the Prez of Psy's major scientific society is fine with publishing trash talk about a reasonable line of scientific inquiry (and the members of her constituency who work on it in good faith)?
This October, beware of zombie ideas...
. explains how "a zombie idea is a view that’s been thoroughly refuted by a mountain of empirical evidence but nonetheless refuses to die, being continually reanimated by our deeply held beliefs," and gives great examples.
"E.g. evo psych have argued for years that waist-to-hip ratio is a phenotypic cue to reproductive success. I’ve always felt there should be a special place in hell (...) for ppl who suggest that waist or hip size predicts anything important about a woman!"
Check out Krasnow's comment (and Barrett reply)
Can we put the idea of “lizard brain” to rest please. As ⁦⁩ argues, “...the triune brain, the idea that evolution laid down brain circuitry like sedimentary rock, with reptilian, limbic, and neurocortical layers” is a myth.
Lisa Feldman Barrett debunks "zombie ideas" from the field of psychology.
Zombie Ideas in Psychology: Thoroughly Refuted by Empirical Evidence but Refusing to Die—by Association for Psychological Science (APS) President Lisa Feldman Barrett
“That WtH ratio is a cue to parity has been a longstanding theory in the field, & researchers are continuing to test its many implications. This doesn’t sound like a zombie theory to me, this sounds like science.” — 👏🏼
"It’s time to bury the idea that “male” and “female” are genetically fixed, nonoverlapping categories (i.e., natural kinds)." Really?
How did evolutionary psych become such a punching bag that the Prez of Psy's major scientific society is fine with publishing muddled trash talk about a legit line of scientific inquiry (and the members of her constituency who work on it in good faith)?