We missed the memo too, but here it is.
Earlier today, I noted that longtime New York Times writer Nicholas Wade decided to plow right into a defense of good old-fashioned Darwinian eugenic genetics, in his recent book, A Troublesome Inheritance.
We don’t know why.
Anyway, a reviewer writes in “The liberal creationists”:
Nicholas Wade, the New York Times’ chief genetics reporter, has published 1,052 articles in the newspaper of record since 1983. For most of this century, Wade has been methodically waging war in the Science section of the NYT against the liberal creationist myth that race isn’t real. He has now written a definitive book on the existence of biological differences among races, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, which will be published on May 6.
In his new book, Wade writes:
Ever since the first modern humans dispersed from the ancestral homeland in northeast Africa … the populations on each continent have evolved largely independently of one another as each adapted to its regional environment. … Because of these divisions in the human population, anyone interested in recent human evolution is almost inevitably studying human races, whether they wish to or not.
To Wade, race isn’t just skin deep. In fact, he finds the visual differences between races less significant than the behavioral. Evolution’s strategy for adapting to radically different environments is to “keep the human body much the same but change the social behavior.” More.
The bad guy that reviewer Sailer, who is obviously Darwin’s man, fingers here is Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002)—who was as anti-creationist as they come, if facts matter.
But it figures, if Darwinians are going to attack someone, they will say he is a “creationist.” After all, they have to fit Gould into a category that their herd of independent minds is used to subjecting to a two-minute hate.
Facts didn’t evolve so as to be understood, it turns out.
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