From the New Statesman review of Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance:
It’s not even like the hypothesis is internally consistent. Wade often strays from his taxonomy – Caucasians sometimes stand equal alongside Africans and East Asians, while at other times “the West” is treated as separate to both the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Modern nation-states are frequently talked about as if ethnically homogenous, and what discussion there is of internal variation (say, class difference) is waved away as irrelevant. Quite why the Jews benefited from being kicked around Europe for hundreds of years while other persecuted ethnicities didn’t is unclear – the inevitable, unpleasant implication of this is that we can just as easily decide that the Roma are predisposed to petty crime, for example.
Never mind that there are plausible social, historical and economic analyses, with substantial evidence, that also explain the trends Wade has identified – his view is almost fatalistic in attributing everything to genes, based on nothing more than a correlation between the time it takes for the human genome to be shaped by environmental pressures and the time it takes for societies to undergo significant change. He does not pinpoint the genes he suspects cause social change – he merely deduces they must be there, because it fits the pattern.
And that’s so, so weird.
Not at all weird, if you are familiar with typical evo psych explainededness.
It is never internally consistent because it doesn’t ever need to be. The evo psych prof just needs to reach into the big black box for a handy new explanation for … whatever.
This typical traditional leftist seems to get what is happening, that Darwinism is mainstreaming racism – for whatever good that’ll do him, before he gets declared an enemy of the people.
See also: So non-racists are mind-body dualists now? We have honestly never heard before that one needs to be a mind-body dualist to oppose racism.
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