"Self-links are poor form, but I wrote a post a week ago about evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa and his rather ludicrous claims about human evolution that may be relevant here. His "research" (speculation, really) touches on…"
"Cannot resist linking to Pearl Jam's video for Do The Evolution. The song is an indictment of what mainstream culture considers cultural evolution: that while it's considered advancement, it's actually regressive, dangerous, and…"
"[Maybe] they are focused on skills that are considered of worth in society, or were of worth in society when the tests were developed ... [that] IQ tests were developed based on an 'intelligence' that was worthwhile 'then'.
"I'm of the opinion - and mind you, not necessarily a well educated opinion in this particular matter - that IQ test results are akin to college degrees:
(1) They are only good if you use them productively.
(2) They are focused on skills that…"
"I have also heard "Greatest show on earth", is good for the same reasons, but I haven't read it myself.
Another vote for that, but I think The Ancestor's Tale and Climbing Mount Improbable are even better.
"Exact! I.Q. can easily be argued as more a measure of socio-economic background than intelligence. A simple web search of the origin of I.Q. tests should result in enough information to bat that one down.
Just to remind everyone, there is NO GENE…"
"There may not be a change in fingers, legs and eyesight unless someone is hunting viewers on some basis as with elephants. That is it depends on whether TV watchers get to pass on selective benefits or non-benefits of weaker and shorter legs/feet…"
"That was classy. Thanks for being awesome.
I have also heard "Greatest show on earth", is good for the same reasons, but I haven't read it myself.
Another vote for that, but I think The Ancestor's Tale and Climbing Mount…"
"Certainly. I meant to have quotes around "mediocre" as well as "best", but still that is more of a sneeze guard than a haz-mat suit. You are also correct about the implications, and while I meant no such thing, I should be more…"
"Thanks for the welcome.
I am very interested in Darwinism, I think that its a very fascinating science. I have realised that it is not the only intellectually satisfactory explaination of the origin of life on earth but also that it is itself a supreme consciousness raiser.
The understanding of the organic connection and similar origin of all living organisms implied in Darwinism gives me a form of spiritual contentment that far surpasses the illusory connection with a mythical being propagated by the backward religious dogma.
Those Homo sapiens who haven't embraced evolution by natural selection are missing out on one of the greatest discoveries by modern science.
The theory of evolution is a manifestation of the triumph of reason over stupidity!
I will be very glad to join your discussion group, I'm sure it will be a very good learning experience for me since there are still a lot of evolutionary 'peculiarities' i don't yet understand e.g. Why men have nipples?, Why did homosexuality evolve?, Is Eugenics in sync with evolution?,etc.
Kind regards, Zeb"
That's a neat piece you have just written by way of introductory comment (reproduced above). May I encourage you to raise some of these as topics on the "Origins" site because of a general likely interest by other members? Yours and best regards, Terry