The importance of thinking before you tweet!

By Siouxsie Wiles 03/06/2013 5


A little twitterstorm erupted today when an academic from the Psychology department of the University of New Mexico tweeted the most astonishing thing:

“Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth”

That was from Associate Professor Geoffrey Miller, a paleo-diet* enthusiast who is one of 2000 “brainiacs” who have apparently donated their DNA in a genomic search for intelligence. Hmm. Not looking so clever now.

The fabulous Chris Chambers from Cardiff University has emailed the University of New Mexico Psychology department chair for assurances that body mass index does not play a role in their hiring decisions.

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Geoffrey Millar has since followed up with:

“My sincere apologies to all for that idiotic, impulsive, and badly judged tweet. It does not reflect my true views, values, or standards.”

“Obviously my previous tweet does not represent the selection policies of any university, or my own selection criteria.”

A little lesson for all us tweetaholics… think before you tweet.

*Believe we should eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors…

Update 04/06/13 – The University of New Mexico have made a statement that they are looking into the Geoffrey Miller tweet. Apparently he is now saying it was all part of a research project!

Just to prove that you can be fat and have a PhD up has sprung “Fuck yeah! Fat PhDs” on tumblr….


5 Responses to “The importance of thinking before you tweet!”

  • I have deleted a couple of tweets in the past, mostly because they had wrong links or hashtags, or hit return key by mistake. But this looks a lot more than just a simple mistake. It looks like he did not think about what kind of person he wants to reflect on his tweeter account.
    By the way, if people is curious, scientists can give you a better understanding of what the real paleodiet was. So many veggies and fruit we eat now only appeared after agriculture! Paleodiet with broccoli is as wrong as Dinosaurs living with humans.

  • *Believe we should eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors…

    Which of course begs the question (of them, not you, Siouxsie!): which hunter-gatherer ancestors? I rather think the various dietary components would vary quite widely around the globe, depending on when & where the ancestors were hunting & gathering. After all, the wild progenitors of many of our domesticated carb sources presumably played a significant part in the diets of our ancestors 🙂

  • “My sincere apologies to all for that idiotic, impulsive, and badly judged tweet. It does not reflect my true views, values, or standards.”

    I tihnk Fernando makes agood point.

    Is anyone else finding this apology/excuse hard to believe? Such a candid, if somewhat ill conceived, tweet reveals quite a lot about the sender.

  • Well, it does come across as somewhat insincere. If it doesn’t reflect his true views then why did he say/tweet it in the first place?

  • Exactly Alison, it seems far to easy to say/tweet something like that & then back out with the “didn’t mean it” excuse. But you can’t put a statement like that together by accident.

    And that paleofantasy thing, it’s the worst kind of fad, the type of fad that pretends it’s not a fad. I know people on this diet who genuinely accept the spouted pseudoscience as indisputable facts, while happily chomping down on their almond meal, egg, cocoa, banana, honey, coconut cheesecake!