There's a paper out in PNAS that features a number of evolutionary psychology speculations about SARS-CoV-2. Some of my friends are coauthors, so I apologize in advance to them, but I don't like parts of the paper, and I want to briefly explain why.
Thrilled to share this piece, "The Pandemic Exposes Human Nature: 10 Evolutionary Insights" with coauthors
what utterly pointless crap
PNAS just published this paper, with authors including Steven Pinker and *Sam Harris*, suggesting that Covid has evolved perfectly to influence human behavior. This is a bat virus. These people are idiots
This paper is garbage. It's a mix of baseless speculation (par for the evopsych course) and tired Evo Psych talking points (themselves mostly baseless speculation).
I didn't realize that PNAS had a creative writing / fiction section.
There's a paper out on how evolutionary thinking, especially evolutionary psychology, can inform our understanding & response to COVID-19. Here's a thread summarising the 10 insights, with a brief comment on each one
A bizarre, murky, confused and in places borderline sinister 'evolutionary' take on #COVID19. As an established scientist, I feel slightly embarrassed this was published in one of the leading scientific journals.
This thing in PNAS is such a weird mixum-gatherum of clearly correct but *very* general points, much more contentious particulars, and linkages between the two accomplished by a lot of handwaving, capped with some efforts to sell popular books.
Favorite paper I read today is a toss-up between the following two: • Bone–cartilage crosstalk: a conversation for understanding osteoarthritis • The pandemic exposes human nature: 10 evolutionary insights
Fascinating read: "The pandemic exposes human nature: 10 evolutionary insights"
Mmm this 👇 is thought provoking 🤔 - controversial ideas or difficult to accept realities? The pandemic exposes human nature: 10 evolutionary insights | PNAS