Jungle Fever – Did two U.S. scientists start a genocidal epidemic in the Amazon? UC Santa Barbara anthropologist John Tooby (arguably the founder of evolutionary psychology) has a go at the controversy over journalist Patrick Tierney’s forthcoming book Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon, to which I’ve devoted space in “Follow Me Here…” before. Tooby’s take on it, after being involved in the academic ethics investigation of Napoleon Chagnon, one of the supposed villains of the scandal: the book should have been published in the fiction category. Tooby wonders if Tierney was knowlingly perpetrating a hoax on the publishing world. Phrases like “pattern of falsification” and “comically self-aggrandizing” pepper this essay. The scandal, the raciest issue to rock the usually sober field of anthropology (which was my undergraduate concentration in college), seems to be getting dangerously close to the slippery slope of libel and litigation. The best may be yet to come…Slate