Murray warns that Wade is probably about to be steamrollered by the kill-the-messenger brigades — that Wade’s faith in people’s ability to calmly accept and reflect on science is misplaced:
Before they have even opened “A Troublesome Inheritance,” some reviewers will be determined not just to refute it but to discredit it utterly—to make people embarrassed to be seen purchasing it or reading it. These chapters will be their primary target because Mr. Wade chose to expose his readers to a broad range of speculative analyses, some of which are brilliant and some of which are weak. If I had been out to trash the book, I would have focused on the weak ones, associated their flaws with the book as a whole and dismissed “A Troublesome Inheritance” as sloppy and inaccurate. The orthodoxy’s clerisy will take that route, ransacking these chapters for material to accuse Mr. Wade of racism, pseudoscience, reliance on tainted sources, incompetence and evil intent. You can bet on it.
Well, Charles Murray should know. Anyway, read the whole review. I’m not often drawn to science books, and I have a deep unease about anything to do with genetics and race, but Murray’s review made me want to read this one.
Maybe the point is just to see what people can be got to accept if you call it “evolution” that they would despise if you called it, oh who knows?, “family values” or something. Keep you posted.
Note: Readers might remembr Dreher from here.
Hat tip: Bioethics.com
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