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Isn’t science wonderful?

Your tax dollars at work … a couple of scientists at Glasgow University have apparently discovered that drinking alcohol makes you believe that people around you are better looking than they actually are. Well, I suppose that at least while they were working on this, they weren’t concoting anthrax or something, but I mean really. No doubt we will now have Richard Dawkins and his friends telling us that this proves the power of evolutionary biology; that mankind evolved beer to help ugly people have sex.

Can’t help but notice that Dr. Barry Jones, who appears to be a rather more serious researcher into alcoholism than the Reuters story would suggest, repeats the old canard that “there is a strong link between facial attractiveness and signals about the quality of a potential mate”, a piece of evolutionary-psychology crap about which I am doomed to find myself writing some more …

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