Are black women less attractive than other women? -recognizing good science

Yes, you read that stupidity, I mean “scientific argument”, correctly.  And I am sure that Tyra Banks would agree.

A recent article written by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa claims that black women are less attractive than other women. In a supporting argument he wrote that this is a result of Africans being the original race. Therefore they have had more gene mutations than other races. This is Ironic because from a logical standpoint, more gene mutations would have had to occur for black Africans to evolve into white Europeans, or Asians, or Native Americans, etc.., than for them to remain black Africans. His next supporting argument was that black people have higher testosterone which makes black men more attractive than other men and black women less attractive than other women (this is also rubbish; studies show that Caucasian men are likely have the highest testosterone compared to other races).

So why do I even mention this monkey poo thrown in our general direction and labeled as science? I would to help you learn how to identify scientific garbage when you see it. In the last few years This author’s “research” has claimed that tall people are smarter than short people, that men are smarter than women, that women are smarter than men after compensating for them being shorter, that attractive people are smarter than unattractive people, that liberals, evolutionists and atheist’s are likely to be smarter than conservatives and Christians (he is a liberal, atheist, evolutionary psychologist…as a note…but I am sure that he is not biased), that night owls are more intelligent than morning birds, and my favorite: that attractive parents are more likely to bear girls than boys, and that these girls are more likely to be attractive, and therefore over time women will become more attractive and men will become less attractive and that as a result we already see a population in which women are far more attractive than men (which is the exact opposite of his argument above about black women being less attractive because of evolutionary gene mutation over a longer period of time).

In addition, attractiveness is very subjective (even if you use a 5 point measuring system). For an example, some women like a guy with a big chest and arms, some like a guy that’s tall, some like a guy with a 6 pack (as opposed to a keg from drinking too many 6 packs), some like a guy that’s smart with a sense of humor, some like a guy with money…some like a guy with a girlish face, some like a guy that’s masculine…my wife likes a guy that looks like silverback. And how much of what we think of as attractive is society induced anyways? Try answering that without a bias.

Next, intelligence isn’t much more objective than attractiveness. The intelligence test that Kanazawa uses is an IQ test. The IQ test (which there are several versions of), essential test your abilities of analysis. This incorporates some basic knowledge (reading and math for instance), a problem that needs to be analyzed on various levels, and your ability to reason what the most likely answer may be based on that. In essence, IQ actually demonstrates your ability to be analytical, and hence to some degree your problem solving skills. The reason that I say to some degree, is that over thinking can result in as much risk of failure as under thinking (paralysis by analysis for example). This also demonstrates your ability to think more thoroughly about a particular, or variety of subjects (but only 1 at a time). That may not be the best, and is certainly not the only, way to assess intelligence. Information retention is another way (a typical school test for example). I would argue that the most important way of assessing intelligence is actually the application of both information and analysis in the real world. The only test for that is the real world.

Then again, as a 5’8” relatively conservative Christian that knows enough about the human body that know that it’s too complicated to have happened by accident, maybe I’m just too dumb to agree with him. Then again, I do have an IQ of 130 and did manage to get a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine in 5 years and 3 months. And as it turns out, I am not too bad at the application part either. Maybe I am just a statistical anomaly.

 

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  • Andrea - June 12, 2011

    That is too funny! I’m always up for a good laugh!

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