Re: Buzzwords (was)Judging Beauty (was: wee-little

Date: Sun Apr 30 2000 - 13:59:16 MDT

In a message dated 4/30/2000 11:14:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> Rational judgments may be highly masked or indirect, for example,
> current theories in sociobiology, perhaps extended in "Survival of the
> Prettiest: The Science of Beauty" argue that "beauty" is a biomarker
> for health and reproductive capability. That is perhaps one of the
> most important criteria for "rational" judgements (typically managed
> by our "lizard brain") in biology.

This is exactly what I mean when I say 'fashionable' trends of thought. There
you have three of the most popular trends of blah-blah available today in one

1. The selfish gene rules your actions
2. The lizard brain is responsible for your bad actions
3. Beauty is for breeding only

    I've experienced the same arguments over and over at cocktail parties and
conferences -- and they are all based on mildly theoretical best sellers
containing lots of buzzwords.

I reject all three as a justification for not taking responsibility for your
own choices.

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