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.
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….