on certain socio-psychological studies about the influence of primitive urges

I have not had the opportunity to participate in any psychological or sociological research project. Many of my math colleagues abstain from even looking at those results, because they find it lacking in rigorous support. I am quite open-minded about the validity of research based primarily on extrapolation of evolutionary artifacts, or large sample statistical inference. But over the years I have observed a trend in the field, namely even well established institutions seem to dwell upon the issue of innate characteristics of human beings, as opposed to the malleable aspects, in order to coax common folks’ base curiosity about things that cannot be changed through hard work. As an example, many research focuses on the courting or mating behavior of human being, as compared with other species. One recent Stanford article talks about how female fish’s brain structure experiences a rewiring when she sees her male spouse defeated in a contest with other male fish. The scholars then generalize this to humans and concludes that even though morally we are preached to believe in true love, the very stability upon which social construct depends on is still very precarious and could easily falter under the perception of someone being a loser in the whole evolution scheme. While I have no doubt that humans must have inherited such traits from ancestry, reading too much of this kind of results tends to infuse the notion of fatalism in one’s mind, hence deters one from excelling in any competitive subject. Also I find it disturbing that to reveal such fatalistic truths in nature is almost as easy as depicting the destitute environment of some asylum and concluding that the amount of suffering of the resident is proportional to the degree of poverty he or she is immersed in, one of those typical uninformative space fillers that one sees in such movies as the elephant. There is nothing constructive about such findings, and they further aggravate the bitterness of individuals, who are identified as the generic losers in the picture. A more fundamental problem is that to cross the barrier of such genetic defects, one tends to develop many psychological shortcuts that eventually molest their feelings to the extent of being extremely impatient, irresponsible, and perhaps even suicidal. It can thus be the cancer of emotional growth.


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math PhD at Stanford, studying probability
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