Comments on: And speaking of poor judgment on the world wide non peer-reviewed internets. . . http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:41:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Nelson Muntz has the last laugh. : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1596625 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:52:42 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1596625 [...] readers may recall that Historiann had her say on this earlier this summer.  (Why is this the summer of tweeting badly?  Seriously, folks:  step away from the [...]

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By: loumac http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1495659 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:50:47 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1495659 /Not saying that all “behavioral ecologists” have tiny penises, but the field does seem to lean towards that side of the spectrum./

Don’t know about its size, but Miller sure has a tenurepenis.
(http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/tenuredradical/2013/05/homophobia-at-harvard-and-other-hideous-horrors/)

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By: Nicoleandmaggie http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1495467 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:25:01 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1495467 @Hector St Clare

I recommend reading some actual empirical research (not just crackpot theory). If you think “these differences are mostly innate and the result of selection for different reproductive strategies.” There’s enormous literatures in cognitive psychology and anthropology alone based on actual empirical evidence (not just made up stuff) that would disagree with your statement. A good place to start is Why So Slow by Virginia Valian, though that’s only a summary of psychology research as of about 10 years ago. More has happened since then.

As to why it’s important… Stereotype threat is one example. nicoleandmaggie.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/stereotype-threat/‎ Not saying that all “behavioral ecologists” have tiny penises, but the field does seem to lean towards that side of the spectrum. But obviously there are individual differences.

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By: Hector_St_Clare http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1495343 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:29:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1495343 Re: His 140-character remarks (I think mostly summarizing the ideas of others) are all along the lines of “women do this, men do that.” As a gender-nonconforming gay, I find these obscene.

I’m not sure why- surely you do understand that behavioural ecology, and its application to humans, doesn’t mean that observed differences apply to *ever person*?

Women and men do strongly differ- physically, behaviourally, psychologically, etc.- and these differences are mostly innate and the result of selection for different reproductive strategies. That doesn’t mean every man, or every woman, is going to conform to them, it just means that these are the *norms*.

Geofrey Miller’s remarks about the Chinese eugenics project are indeed revolting, though.

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By: Lexia http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1494029 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 04:40:03 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1494029 When my department head absconded to Cambridge due to a Faulknerine scandal, his business school style replacement brought in a shipment of appalling throwbacks to 60′s style secretaries. They would have felt right at home in Dr. Miller’s department.

One actually asked me to have my picture retaken for the department website and to “look pretty”, to which I replied:

“??? I’d say most of the existing photos are a perfect illustration of academic priorities.”

(The webpage was quite the collection of gargoyles, for the most part.)

Kathleen, lovely pun – that is, assuming his outdated picture indicates present proclivities :).

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1493157 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:53:01 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1493157 “They claim this reactionary approach as revolutionary, which is guess what all the best reactionaries do.”

Indeed! It’s a handy deflection.

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1492757 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:23:26 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1492757 Sigh. Back when I was in grad school the alternative to eating was was smoking, which kept you skinny, but had other health consequences.

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By: truffula http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1492695 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:04:24 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1492695 You’d think they’d have died out by now.

They don’t die because they tell the king what he wants to hear. They claim this reactionary approach as revolutionary, which is guess what all the best reactionaries do.

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By: Nicoleandmaggie http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1492490 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:32:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1492490 @Kathleen

You’d think they’d have died out by now. (To quote Obese PhD above, “Gee, evolutionary psychology explains all!”)

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2013/06/03/and-speaking-of-poor-judgment-on-the-world-wide-non-peer-reviewed-internets/comment-page-1/#comment-1492158 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:46:01 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21360#comment-1492158 I know–right? Too funny. The first comment on Get Off My Internets (quoted in the post above) was right on.

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