Pascal Boyer explaining why anthropology is largely irrelevant. If you are an anthropologist, a sociologist, a culture studies kind of person, a hyphenated American studies person, etc, you really REALLY need to watch and listen to this.
Evolutionary psychology is like
men are men because GENES
Women are mothers because THEY EVOLVED BREASTS
MEN MUST HUNT
HUNT FOR YOUNG TITTAAYYSS
not all of it, obviously
in popular usage
it is used to excuse sexism
and even in some of the research, you ask sexist questions and get sexist answers
from what I’ve seen
Just some more poor soul that doesn’t understand what evolutionary psychology is. Everyone wants to talk about how sexist it is, as if politics has anything to do with the science of human origins. People, stop pretending that biological sex doesn’t exist, and stop pretending that ancient peoples were as “enlightened” as you think you are in 21st century America.
What science disputes in religion is not its right to exist but its right to dogmatize about the nature of things, its pretentions to special expertise for explaining [humans] and the world. In fact, religion does not know itself. It knows neither what it is made of nor what it needs to respond to. Far from being able to tell science what to do, religion is itself an object for science.
Émile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (via handfu1ofdust)
Brian Bethune of Maclean’s magazine conducts a fascinating interview with Dr. Lionel Tiger, the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and one of two Research Directors of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Dr. Tiger has spent four decades trying to bridge the gap…
with crap from Anthropologie even go to the tag page and realize they are tagging it wrong >:( I also wonder if they see the NUMEROUS post like this one complaining about how they are crowding Anthropology with things that are not related to the science.
Sometimes I really wish they would rename that store >:( lol
The key here is the word “science.”
George Bluth- Arrested Development
I thought this quote was relevant to evolutionary psychology, and has the added benefit of awesomeness.
…is you do not talk about thermodynamics.
The Second Law of thermodynamics is YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT THERMODYNAMICS.
Natural selection’s answer to the War on Christmas.