Evolutionary Psychology:Satoshi Kanazawa Black Women Article Flap
Psychology Article Takedown:After Evolutionary Psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa Writes "Why Black Women Are Less Attractive Than Other Women."
Psychology today quickly moved to quell the storm of outrage after Evoloutionary Psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa, wrote an article quoting a his study that shows "why black women are less attractive than other women."
The was taken down by Psyhology Today but a cached verison on Google still exists.
Satioshi Kanazawa writes (in what many are saying is faulty and dubious science) that "It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women (and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others.."
Who is Satoshi Kanazawa?
Satoshi Kanazawa is a Evolutionary Psychologist based out of the London School of Economics. He has written such stellar scholarly works like "Why beautiful people have more daughters..." and author of the blog The Scietifc Fundamentalist . The article claims to use scientific methods like "factor analysis." But the charts and so-called evidence Kanazawa presents are problematic and flawed as the website Science 2.0 points out.
Basically, he asked people some questions and then had them rate the attractiveness of someone, but how many? He doesn't say and to do even a modest factor analysis you need 10 subjects per variable and 100 minimum so this may have been junk right out of the gate.
And then there's the core issue of whether or not they are attractive at all. Rating someone 0 to 5 sounds pretty arbitrary but blowing up your career at the London School of Economics over the conclusions he draws from that is downright crazy.
What is Evolutionary Psychology?
Evolutionary psychology (EP) examines psychological traits — such as memory, perception, or language — from a modern evolutionary perspective. It seeks to identify which human psychological traits are evolved adaptations, that is, the functional products of natural selection or sexual selection.
Some say Evolutionary psychology is a pseudoscience and many of theories evolutionary psychology proposes to test are impossible to proove
Evolutionary psychology has often been accused of supporting right wing politics, whereas critics have been accused of being motivated by Marxist view points. Critics view evolutionary psychology as a form of genetic reductionism and determinism, a common critique being that evolutionary psychology does not address the complexity of individual development and experience and fails to explain the influence of genes on behavior in individual cases. A frequent critique of the discipline is that the hypotheses of evolutionary psychology are difficult or impossible to adequately test, thus questioning its status as an actual scientific discipline, for example because many current traits probably evolved to serve different functions than they do now. While evolutionary psychology hypotheses are difficult to test, evolutionary psychologists assert that is not impossible.
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