It’s an honor he deserves. First he was extrapolating from lobsters to people with a lot of naive and misunderstood neurobiology and evolutionary biology, and now Jordan Peterson is misreading a paper about ants to misapply it to humans.
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) August 19, 2018
Because “the West” and “capitalism” are social constructs that ants are not aware of. Unfortunately for Peterson, an ant expert stepped right up.
The point Jordan Peterson is trying to make is that people he doesn't like are lazy, and is misquoting a research result as some sort of proof.
The paper itself did not show that 70% of ants are lazy. They stepped up as soon as the working crew was removed. https://t.co/Dkr5eDIeYY
— Alex Wild (@Myrmecos) August 19, 2018
Maybe Peterson will announce that he’s a myrmecologist next?
Anyway, I read the paper. He doesn’t get it. The research shows that when fire ants are excavating narrow tunnels, where only a few at a time can be at the digging face, they optimize their behavior, avoiding a mad, industrious rush that would merely clog the tunnels and hinder hauling grains of dirt away. They did things like remove the 5 most active digging ants, and found that there was no reduction in the rate of digging, because others would readily step forward to fill in. It’s not at all about what fraction of the population are doing their fair share of the work; it’s about an optimal strategy for a specific task.
I guess he thought he was making a joke to reinforce the biases of his followers — but instead people who know something about ants and logic have turned him into the joke.