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The letters column of the Sunday New York Times Book Review carried a sharp attack on Nicholas Wade's best-selling new book A Troublesome Inheritance by several individuals, organizers of a denunciatory public statement that they had persuaded some 139 prominent genetic scientists to sign. Although these signatories may be credible experts in their own scientific... Read More
I've been getting a lot of this lately, especially during the ongoing discussion about Nicholas Wade's A Troublesome Inheritance (like this joker here – or maybe some of my detractors at my now restored comment over at the Southern Poverty Law Center's hit piece). But let me tell you, it's hardly limited to that. You... Read More
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Although my own academic background is in theoretical physics, I’m the first to admit that field seems in the doldrums these days compared with human evolutionary biology. The greatest physics discoveries of the last couple of years---the Higgs Boson and strong evidence for Cosmological Inflation---merely confirm the well-established beliefs that physicists have had since before... Read More
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Within the sphere of writing for a living, I don’t know that there is any trade more socially useful than science journalist. Most of what scientists do is difficult for a lay person to follow. There are also issues out in the borderlands of current understanding where scientists themselves hold different opinions. Explaining what is... Read More
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Wading in the Zeitgeist
Apparently like everybody who can read, still a probable majority in the US, I have just finished Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance, which deals with the genetics of human behavior, race, intelligence, how they came about, and related things about which one must never, ever state the obvious. It is a fine book: cogent, well... Read More
We were all waiting for it (I know I was). "Misdreavus" has chimed in on the hubbub surrounding Nicholas Wade's A Troublesome Inheritance. Here's what he has to say:
[JD Note: In what follows I use the abbreviations “HBD” and “BIP.” The first stands for “Human Bio-Diversity,” a field of discussion embracing all those aspects of human nature that can reasonably be supposed to have some biological component. “BIP” stands for the collection of human traits that can be put under the heading “Behavior,... Read More
At Slate magazine – Andrew Gelman has a review of Nicholas Wade's A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History. It is titled "The Paradox of Racism." Go there to check out. Hardly as scathing as one might imagine, indeed, it was (overall) pretty fair. I left a comment there with my thoughts (my review... Read More
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Every Tuesday the print edition of theNew York Times includes a Science section. I don’t bother with it much, in spite of having been a science geek since infancy. Like most aspects of our metropolitan culture, the NYT Science section has been colonized by the hipster lifestyle. Girly concerns dominate, and there is very little... Read More
EDIT, 5/1/14: Looks like my comment did finally appear, buried among over 500 others. Comment moderation is an understandable practice, but at times it is rather annoying, especially when it's used for less than above-board purposes. I left a comment to Jared Taylor's review of Nicholas Wade's forthcoming book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and... Read More