The anthropology website provides an interesting rebuttal to a book review of Neo-liberal Genetics, by Susan MacKinnon. The rebuttal says the book review is so wrong-headed as to verge on the libelous:
Henry Harpending’s review is so confused and unfair that I simply can’t let it go unanswered.
In his review Harpending characterizes Neo-Liberal Genetics as “rambling screed criticizing the field of evolutionary psychology,” a field which “McKinnon dislikes [because of its] implied constraints on her political fantasies.” I get the feeling that Harpending imagines McKinnon to be ‘one of those postmodern feminists’—indeed, he claims that McKinnon “does not complain that evolutionary psychology is bad science according to standard criteria for evaluating science: Instead she dislikes the ‘rhetorical structures and strategies of the texts.’”
Reading passages like this make me doubt whether Harpending as actually read the book—or at least has not read it very carefully.
MacKinnon’s book in question is a critique of evolutionary psychology, and she has also produced interesting-sounding books on the interplay of nature and culture. The anthropological rebuttal here is very good.