The Science of Hotness

As John notes below, hotness science has made some remarkable theoretical and empirical advances since my 2009 post. Nonetheless, the claim that political scientists are unusually smart given how hot we are seems to me to smack of special pleading. After all, even if we’re on the right side of the regression line, we’re still collectively subject to the ironclad law that physical hotness is associated with mental notness. Furthermore, using the precepts of Sound Social Scientific Reasoning1, we can surely draw inferences at the individual level too. And, as a complete aside, it might be interesting to inquire into the implications of the fact that Sides rates a sizzling pepper (the highest possible hotness rating) on Rate My Professor

1 A term of art, covering the axiomatic statements “ecological problems, schmecological problems,” and “g, a statistical myth except and unless it’s rhetorically convenient.”

2 Responses to The Science of Hotness

  1. John Sides September 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    Henree are you tryin to ensult my intelijens?

  2. Ken Sherrill September 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    The reference to “the ironclad law that physical hotness is associated with mental notness” fails to note that there is some dispute about this position. See, for example. the dialogue in The Revenge of The Nerds” following the eternal question, “Are all the nerds as hot as you?” Some contend that hotness is associated with a life of contemplation.