Citing conversations she has heard in which persons classed bankers as disgusting,Valerie Curtis straight-out wonders, “Are bankers disgusting?” She finds an answer in evolution.
I don’t know to what extent I agree with her reasoning. Much “evolutionary psychology” is, quite frankly, distinguished more for the glib superficiality of its reasoning (e. g., if a=b, then c=f) than for its roots in demonstrable experimentation. Nevertheless, it sure as heck is a fun read. A snippet:
Money is a recent invention and bankers and financiers weren’t around in the Pleistocene, so how can we have an instinctive disgust response to them? The reason is as ancient as human sociality. The same response that we use to keep parasites at bay is a useful way to keep social parasites under control . . .