A visiting professor at NYU has been forced to apologize publicly for a tweet he posted on Sunday advising obese PhD applicants that they don't have what it takes to make it in evolutionary psychology.
"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," Geoffrey Miller wrote.
The online reaction was swift. A chorus of Twitter users called the University of New Mexico associate professor a bigot while a psychologist in Wales sent an open letter to the head of the UNM psychology department expressing his outrage.
Miller deleted the tweet and posted a mea culpa.
It is unclear what consequences Miller might face, though there are at least a few people who think it's time for him to lawyer up as the laws of natural selection assert themselves.