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  1. =8)-DX says

    Not as quick of a fix, but:
    “…ever since you started reading Jerry Coyne’s blog”
    =9)-DX

  2. Akira MacKenzie says

    “Meat is babies! Babies is power!”

    Ah! The thesis statement of the “Men’s Rights Movement.”

  3. thirdmill301 says

    PZ, to a layperson for whom the argument in the cartoon makes superficial sense, how would you simply and clearly explain why that is not an accurate statement of evolutionary biology?

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    Huh? Whether you put ’em in a hamster wheel or on a treadmill, babies hardly generate any power at all.

  5. Gregory Greenwood says

    Pierce R. Butler @ 7;

    Huh? Whether you put ’em in a hamster wheel or on a treadmill, babies hardly generate any power at all.

    And while in extremis babies can provide meat, it doesn’t amount to much in the way of nutrition no matter how you prepare them…

  6. gijoel says

    @5 I’m not an expert but this is my take on it. Evolutionary biologists (or paleontologist) looking at how species develop over time. They can look at living species, fossil records and genetic studies to see how organism have adapted and changed over time.

    Evo Psych on the other hand, tries to determine how behaviour, thoughts, and customs have developed due to evolutionary pressure. Unfortunately unless someone wrote something down it’s practically impossible to know what the customs and behaviours humans have displayed in the past and when said behaviours arose. We can infer things from say looking at archeological record, but it’s very difficult to prove when such behaviours arose in the past, or whether they arose at all.

    Evo psych also has a history of just-so stories such as the ‘pink is for girls, blue is for boys’ theory, which fell apart when it was pointed out that prior to the late Victorian period pink was thought of as a boy’s colour.

  7. raven says

    Change “biologist” to “psychologist”, though, and that’s all it takes to make it accurate.

    You could also change biologist to crackpot and it becomes even more accurate.
    You could also change biologist to Jordan Peterson the crackpot and all 5 of his current fanboy troll club would cheer wildly.

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