Prestigious journal publishes sexy selfie study

Stephen Oliver writes:

Not really worth blogging about and a likely candidate for multiverse analysis, but the beginning of the first sentence in the 2nd paragraph made me laugh:

In the study ā€“ published in prestigious journal PNAS . . .

The researchers get extra points for this quote from the press release:

The researchers say that the findings make sense from an evolutionary point of view.

In evolutionary terms, these kinds of behaviours are completely rational, even adaptive. The basic idea is that the way people compete for mates, and the things they do to put themselves at the top of the hierarchy are really important. This is where this research fits in ā€“ it’s all about how women are competing and why they’re competing.

All right, then.