Re: 50/50 elections

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Nov 28 2008 - 21:48:08 CST

"FWIW, the problem with most "evolutionary psychology"/sociobiology is
exactly like this: it goes to great lengths to "explain" things that
need no explanation, but that are simply false generalizations or mere
observer bias."

Thank you. And I would add, since white males are the most powerful
category of people in our society, that much evolutionary
psychology/sociobiology" seems to try to find reasons other than
"isms"(social prejudice, unequal opportunity, and legal suppression of
categories of people) for the effects of isms.
Teresa Hommel

David Mertz wrote:

>The speculation about biology is pretty far off-topic for this list.
>Jost's work was interesting, and I remember that study. But in
>general list member are spending a lot of work explaining something
>that doesn't need explanation.
>
>While the Minnesota Senate race is very close, most political races
>are nowhere near as close. The fact we're talking about the close
>ones is just selection bias on our parts. There is no need to
>"explain" the non-phenomenon of "attraction towards 50/50 splits".
>Not in terms of genetic breakdowns, not even really in terms of
>political strategies. It's just that we happen to be looking at the
>close Minnesota race, not the slam-dunk ones in Massachusetts or
>Alabama.
>
>I suppose there is a slight "attraction towards 50/50" in that in the
>very narrow way that races that are likely to be outrageously skewed,
>the "opposition party" doesn't bother running a candidate at all. My
>representative, Henry Waxman ran unopposed because presumably the
>Republican party knew an opponent would have only gotten 20%, so why
>waste resources.
>
>FWIW, the problem with most "evolutionary psychology"/sociobiology is
>exactly like this: it goes to great lengths to "explain" things that
>need no explanation, but that are simply false generalizations or mere
>observer bias.
>
>
>
>

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