Evolutionary Psychology

If Alia Bhatt gropes me, it’ll make my day. But if I grope Alia Bhatt, she’ll call the police. Even if Alia Bhatt finds me sexually attractive, this would hold. This seems banal, but this says much about law, liberty and human nature. Men and women feel differently. The law recognizes this. This is partly why, throughout history, sexual assault was defined as a crime directed at women. This has enormous, broader implications.

If I make an advance at Alia Bhatt, it’s quite likely to make Alia Bhatt worse off. But if Alia Bhatt makes an advance at me, it’s quite likely to make me better off. Even if I don’t find her very attractive, this would hold. Now let’s suppose the attraction is mutual, and Alia Bhatt knows it. (Blushes). I’ve a Nobel Prize level brain. This doesn’t seem entirely implausible. If I don’t send a strong enough signal, she’d probably think I’m duping her. She’d probably think I’m a smug nerd who is convinced I’m entitled to sex with Alia Bhatt. After all, men are supposed to take initiative. Continue Reading

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Now Hindu fundamentalists wants to ban momos because it is a “cancer-causing Chinese cuisine”. A politician-scientist says, “Besides memory loss, regular consumption for two to three years causes cancer of the stomach. They are found to be more harmful than alcohol and psychotropic drugs. Ajinomoto, a kind of salt, causes serious diseases, including cancer. It is responsible for converting a minor headache into a migraine.”.

Idiots.

The belief that Ajinomoto is dangerous doesn’t seem to hold much water.

“Glutamate is remarkably low in toxicity. A rat or mouse can take a dose of 15-18 grams per kilogram of body weight before it is at risk of dying from glutamate poisoning. It’s also now known that baby mice are particularly sensitive to the effects of MSG. So while nothing is ever truly laid to rest in science – and Dr John Olney spent much of his life after his early animal experiments campaigning for tighter regulation of MSG use – the FDA now says the addition of MSG to foods is GRAS, or ‘Generally Recognised As Safe’. It’s reassurance to the many fans of Chinese cuisine, for whom a lazy weekend just isn’t complete without a few spins of a soy sauce-spattered lazy Susan.”

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Jeffrey Tucker has an excellent article on the huge differences between work and school on FEE.org. His fundamental argument is that the school teaches many bad habits that people carry to work. That’s true. Work is a lot better than school in many ways. Jeffrey doesn’t entirely disagree with this, but isn’t it true there is a lot of bad behavior at work which is aligned by the cognitive biases and political nature of human beings?
 
In a company I once worked, a copy editor smarty built a coalition and isolated everybody who was not part of her coalition. Everybody who was isolated/snubbed/bullied left the firm soon. Then this girl and her friends made sure the manager didn’t perform, and got him fired. That cost the company a lot. Her boyfriend was set to join a few months later, as the new manager. Then everybody in that coalition started working hard, to make sure that her boyfriend performs. There was certainly a violation of contract/rights but it was mostly implicit, informal contracts they violated. It’s too costly for a company to punish such people, especially when they have numbers on their side. Companies are more likely to let the victims go. Especially when such behavior is common. This led to some unfair redistribution of resources—and I’d say, theft. Eventually her boyfriend was fired. But the harm was done.

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Most intellectuals, writers and journalists are mediocre. But this doesn’t bother me much. There is a lot of good stuff to read out there on the internet. If you are an intelligent teenager or young adult—or even a full-grown man who disagrees—where should you begin?

Thomas Szasz’ work against psychiatry is great, and I’ve been reading much of his work over the past few weeks. Yesterday, I saw a report on how psychiatrists try to cure people of homosexuality in some bogus country. What people do not know is that Homosexuality and masturbation—and even reading books or being runaway slaves—were seen as mental illness not long ago, by all smarties. Thomas Szasz’ arguments against the concept of mental illness are the best I’ve ever read.

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Satoshi Kanazawa was fired from Psychology Today for saying black women are not very attractive. I am not surprised that much of the prose in Psychology Today is very mediocre.

It’s good to start with this paper on how geniuses become less productive when they age. Continue Reading

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Left-liberals remind me of a conversation between a man and a servant in a movie I no longer recall very well. The man tells his servant that he doesn’t know why “dog” is a cuss word. The man says he loves dogs, that dogs are the most lovable animals he’s ever known—and that he’d be honored if someone calls him a “dog”. The servant calls him just that, and gets slapped hard across his face. Left-liberals are like this man. Left-liberals don’t know elementary social science. But this is not the only reason why they don’t see themselves as cheap, little rascals. They are not introspective enough. So they are not able to see how their conscious beliefs clash with their assumptions.

Now how do their beliefs clash with their assumptions?

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court upheld death penalty for the four convicts in the Delhi rape case. Liberals condescendingly call this girl “Nirbhaya”. Even her mother thinks there is something wrong with this. It’s a damning indictment of Indian journalism that even today, virtually all Indian journalists believe rape is not about sex. Every self-aware man knows this is nonsense. Every decent researcher who professionally handles literature on gender knows this is nonsense. Feminist dogma is not science. Activists, politicians and journalists are not scholars. It is entirely besides the point that many unhappy single women well past their prime think rape is about power. Facts lie flatly against this. All credible scholars think this is nonsense. But lame Indian journalists are convinced that rape is about power and abuse. Why does this happen? The really smart kids don’t become journalists. So, it’s not surprising you see all the shabbiness of third world self-styled intellectuals in its fully glory in Indian journalists. But why are they so bent on believing that rape is about power? There are many reasons, but this is one reason: They assume if rape has roots in male sexual desire, rape is excusable. Continue Reading