[ExI] IQ and beauty

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 17:48:29 UTC 2015

On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 1:35 PM, rex <rex at nosyntax.net> wrote:

>    you can make theories about the past and some theories are
>> >    more plausible than others. The theory that the Irish Elk's
>> gargantuan
>> >    antlers played no part in its extinction is not plausible.
> ​> ​
> Worse, it's not testable and thus outside the realm of science. Put it in
> the
> bin of sterile idle philosophical speculation.

​I guess you'd have to put Darwin's theory in that same ​bin of  idle
philosophical speculation.

​> ​
> There IS solid evidence that suggests the horns played no significant
> ​ ​
> role, e.g., a plot of body weight vs horn size for various deer shows
> ​ ​
> the IE right on the best least-squares fit. The 'huge' horns turn out
> ​ ​
> to be an artifact of the way the human mind sees the world.

There IS solid evidence that suggests
​ that Irish Elk had ​no
​ horns, or insignificant horns, or horns of any sort
Irish Elk
​ had antlers.

 John K Clark


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