I write this weekly blog to document my evolving understanding of how the world works. It’s enjoyably exciting to engage new ideas because humanity is now in an era akin to 1633 when Galileo was persecuted and imprisoned for his discovery of the heliocentric nature of our solar system. He was guilty of wrongthink like many today. I’m not exaggerating. Today’s cancel culture orthodoxy is terribly hostile. Fortunately, it’s a temporary aberration because, as with Galileo, scientific truth ultimately wins.
The conclusion of Charles Murray’s Human Diversity (2020) explains how an exaggerated blank slate metaphor corrupted mainstream understanding of human nature and deceived people in our institutions into hatefully denying reality. The new science of Evolutionary Psychology continues to mature as a discipline even as the orthodoxy accuses it of “just-so-story-telling”. That phrase, which has its own Wiki page, is really just a mean, derogatory slogan used by the fearful Left to attack knowledge that undermines their worldview.
It’s no secret that the underlying objections to Evolutionary Psychology are political, not scientific. The virulently hostile reaction to the groundbreaking book Sociobiology (1975) came to a head in books like Not in Our Genes: Biology Ideology, and Human Nature (1984). The seething bitterness continues to this day. Endnote 19 in Murray’s last chapter cites a telling study: “Psychological Barriers to Evolutionary Psychology: Ideological Bias and Coalitional Adaptations” (2018). It concludes with exquisite irony that human evolved psychology is what interferes with the deniers scientific understanding of human evolved psychology. John Tooby’s causal nexus understanding of cognition, which I wrote about here on 3/8/16 (T-Rex Wants to Hunt) and 3/15/16 (Moral Warfare), is undoubtedly correct.
Here’s a 4/8/19 article that hits the evolutionary nail on the head:
Cancel culture is not motivated by a desire to further truth – just the opposite. It’s a crazed denial of truth. Winston Churchill observed “There’s no telling what a crazed maniac will do with his back against the wall”. The crumbling orthodoxy fervently tries to promote their beliefs in a desperate attempt to validate them and invalidate any opposition – not challenge but invalidate, or better yet, cancel. It won’t work. The book Galileo’s Middle Finger (2015) teaches us that censorship is merely transitory. You can’t suppress scientific truths indefinitely.
Next week, we’ll conclude our immersion in Murray’s final chapter. Then we’ll move on to the broader phenomenon of cancel culture, beyond Evolutionary Psychology deniers.