Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Psychologist censored for beauty comments

NPR reports:
A blog posting on the website of Psychology Today asserted that black women were "objectively less physically attractive than other women" and then, as a backlash built — it vanished.
The author, Satoshi Kanazawa, has published an assortment of divisive opinions, such as liberals and atheists being more intelligent. The censored blog posting may be found here. It says:
It is very interesting to note that, even though black women are objectively less physically attractive than other women, black women (and men) subjectively consider themselves to be far more physically attractive than others.
Some are saying that the research being this is weak, but most psychology research is weak.

The current David Brooks column in the NY Times claims to report on current research in evolutionary psychology, but it is not really any more scientific, as explained here.

Update: This June 5 blog post says that the Japanese evolutionary psychologist was fired for offending people:
And now Satoshi Kanazawa's lost his blog and his profile page has been deleted from Psychology Today's website. His article and unqualified research on unattractive black women sent off a fury of protests online. 75,000 people blew up Psychology Today via email, Twitter and Facebook. Some even rang Psychology Today's telephones off the hook.
The magazine is filled with dubious research claims and generalizations, but I guess the editors are going to censor the offensive claims.


Anonymous said...

A man of his intelligence Can buy all the sex he needs with his money . in my opinion he is framed and he is innocent.

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