On another forum, a colleague used this term to describe the phenomenon I illucidated in the final sentence of my post there. (I’ve reproduced the content of that post below as a blockquote.)
My comment was in reference to the widely circulated article, Naked Chimp Reminds Us of Ourselves.
The article begins with: “It’s been said that humans are just naked apes. And if you don’t think that’s true, just take a look at Guru, a hairless 20-year-old chimpanzee…”
Humans are much more than naked apes. Let me count the ways (with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning):
Agriculture, houses, indoor plumbing, books, symphonies, cars, airplanes, philosophy, churches, hospitals, high-blood-pressure medication, nuclear reactors, magnetic resonance imaging, rockets, parachutes, supersonic aircraft, computer programs that play chess, telephones, e-mail, light bulbs…
Yes, indeed — all the evidence points to the fact that humans are qualitatively nothing more than chimpanzees with less body hair.
Apparently one needs many years of academic training, and preferably a Ph.D. from a prestigious university, in order to be so stupid as to believe this.
I suggest that the near universal acceptance of Darwinian orthodoxy in academia (random errors filtered by natural selection in a step-by-tiny-step process that explains all of biology) is a prime example of Educated Incapacity.