The #BLM witch hunts have spawned what is probably the most intense orgy of “unpersonings” to date.
As of the time of writing, two names that many of my readers being familiar with, MSU’s Steve Hsu (genomics of IQ) and now GMU’s Robin Hanson (libertarian economist/transhumanist), now in the SJW limelight.
However, what I am finding even more remarkable is a quiet move to retract problematic articles that are at odds with the reining with the reigning Blank Slate ideology:
Rushton, J. Philippe, and Donald I. Templer. 2012. “Do Pigmentation and the Melanocortin System Modulate Aggression and Sexuality in Humans as They Do in Other Animals?” Personality and Individual Differences 53 (1): 4–8.
Is its methodology perfect? I don’t know, not having read it. But at least it is, at a minimum, at the very least loosely based on facts:
Well, well, well. pic.twitter.com/aPTvq6FsCt
— Emil O W Kirkegaard (@KirkegaardEmil) June 18, 2020
On this note, a reminder that we live in a society where papers with titles like “The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins” and “Glaciers, Gender, and Science” get published. I do not see them getting retracted.
So long as that is the case the onus should not be on us to minutely defend every last detail and claim in already peer-reviewed HBD/psychometrics papers that fall afoul of SJW hysterics. (Reminder that intelligence research is the only part of psychology not subject to a replication crisis).
My co-authors and I have made a decision on our recent Psych Science publication. See our statement below. Though we may discuss this further on other platforms, for reasons many of you will understand, we will not be discussing this on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/0EmsXqGYlM
— Azim Shariff (@azimshariff) June 18, 2020
Meanwhile, some “career-oriented” (putting it diplomatically) researchers have taken the initiative in withdrawing their old papers themselves. I am sure that the timing is a pure coincidence.
Watch this space: They are going to start doing mass retractions of psychometrics papers.
The RationalWiki characterization of IQ research as pseudoscience to become literally true, at least in the West. No matter that its inventors also essentially founded modern statistics.
But they were also dead white men who supported eugenics so well past time to unperson them, as UCL has just done, renaming buildings named after Francis Galton and Karl Pearson.
(Fun fact: Svante Arrhenius, the creator of the first global warming models as well as a eugenicist, Pearson was also a socialist.)
The "free speech" people are going to lose. The sooner the better so that we can more quickly remove any ambiguity about what academia is, and so more people can more quickly work on normalizing doing intellectual work outside of it. Sad but true. https://t.co/8vxK9vRpmL
— Sean Last (@Sean__Last) June 19, 2020
If you are interested in doing non-ideological social sciences, you should start thinking about becoming independently wealthy – though its an open question how long even that remains possible.
Alternatively, think about rebasing outside the West. Because the Neo-Lysenkoism is here to stay.