|Susan Lindee in 1999 with me and my Caipirinha|
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
- · Chagnon’s data do not warrant the conclusion that Yanomamo killers statistically out-bred non-killers.
- · If a statistical relationship were there, as a synchronic datum it would not warrant the conclusion that it is of evolutionary relevance in Yanomamo society.
- · If it were of evolutionary relevance in Yanomamo society, it would not warrant the conclusion that it is applicable to early Holocene societies of Asians, Africans, Europeans, Oceanics, North Americans, or other South Americans.
- · Consequently, anyone who argues from Chagnon’s data to early Holocene human societies is not showing evidence of intellectual competence in this area.
It’s not that anthropology is against evolution, it’s that anthropology is against the perversion of evolution in support of idiosyncratic social theories, which recurs every generation. Here is Franz Boas, over a century ago, reflecting on the influence of Darwinism on first-generation anthropology of the 19th century:
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Here is a translation into scientific terms. Chagnon's apparent statistical conclusion linking killers and babies is bogus because of a flaw in the data, which means that it is invalid to derive the conclusion that Chagnon derived. The best he can do is claim impressionistically that he hopes Ferguson is wrong.But that defeats the purpose of pretending to be a scientist and doing statistics in the first place.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Another thing they taught was that nobody was ridiculous or bad or disgusting.