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Posted December 24, 2008
I am mortified that by purchasing this book, I might have supported the "research" of pseudo-scientist Satoshi Kanazawa, the principle author. I urge potential buyers to at least google Kanazawa, whose research shows that African countries are entrenched in poverty because of the low IQs of Africans, that women (regardless of race or culture) want to look like Barbie (the blond one) and that men enjoy pornography because their feeble brains can't distinguish between porn and the real thing. I will leave it to the adventurous reader to find the even more ridiculous theory for why women don't like porn. Kanazawa begins with tenuous assumptions of what IS and uses some tricky methods of backwards induction and guesses of what WAS to explain WHY. He combines nuggets of research conducted by people who seem to understand the scientific method with his own half-baked ideas to reveal his true bigotry. Please, don't fall for the catchy title like I did. Kanazawa is trying to bring eugenics and misogyny back into legitimate scientific discourse, and while I am all for freedom of speech, I sure wish I hadn't bought the book.
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Posted October 17, 2007
I picked this book up while browsing mainly because of the catchy title, and read a great deal of it. The book is a series of soundbites to explain human behavior (and even biology) today against the backdrop of evolution. Much of what I read was nonsense and some of it was insulting with a political agenda masquerading as science. I sense that because Kanazawa is on the faculty of the London School of Ecnonomics this may be more a case of the emporer's new clothes rather than rigorous serious science.
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Posted November 12, 2007
Week book, disappointing, the Author does not give answers and/or explain clearly the subjects, lacks of substance. I think, Kanazawa deep down knew this book will not be good. In the Preface, he mentions that the book was his partner's idea 'Alan S. Miller' and that before his death his partner was the one completing the first draft of some chapters but Kanazawa ended up reworking all the chapters his partner left. The title of the book was not even his own idea, it was Marian Lizzi an Editor, also at the end of his Acknowledgments he calls himself 'a delusional man' Saying all of this, how can you trust this book will be of any worth? as a matter of fact, how/who can trust having Kanazawa as an Assistant Professor or as a tenured Reader? Kanazawa is definitively in my NOT to read list.
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