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Friday, October 01, 2004

Two naugthy boys let the cat out of the bag and get sent to bed without any dinner for being so very, very wicked

Despite presenting a thesis that has all the force of simple logic, politically incorrect scientists commit hari-kari...

A Natural History of Rape: The Biological Basis of Sexual Coercion sets out a strictly Darwinian view... The authors, biologist Randy Thornhill and anthropologist Craig Palmer, state their position bluntly: "We fervently believe that, just as the leopard's spots and the giraffe's elongated neck are the results of aeons of past Darwinian selection, so is rape." Elsewhere they proclaim: "There is no doubt that rape has evolutionary - and hence genetic - origins."

Margaret Wertheim is only one of the many science writers who thinks that, what she terms the Z-grade analysis [sic] that reigns in A Natural History of Rape gives [shock, horror] evolution a bad name.

Now, why would that be? Especially as she acknowledges it is a strictly Darwinian view. In response to critics Thornhill insisted with exasperation that since evolution is true, it must also be true that "Every feature of every living thing, including human beings, has an underlying evolutionary background. That's not a debatable matter." Surely Richard Dawkins would approve... After all if one accepts the neo-Darwinian view such reasoning is axiomatic.

Question: Is the Z grade analysis only in the writing of the book, or is it inherent in the Darwinian theory?

8:56:00 pm