From Nature News:
“A Troublesome Inheritance“, by science journalist Nicholas Wade, was published in June by Penguin Press in New York. The 278-page work garnered widespread criticism, much of it from scientists, for suggesting that genetic differences (rather than culture) explain, for instance, why Western governments are more stable than those in African countries. Wade is former staff reporter and editor at the New York Times, Science and Nature.
But the letter — signed by a who’s who of population genetics and human evolution researchers, and to be published in the 10 August New York Times — represents a rare unified statement from scientists in the field and includes many whose work was cited by Wade. “It’s just a measure of how unified people are in their disdain for what was done with the field,” says Michael Eisen, a geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, who co-drafted the letter.
Here, we’d wondered when the toffs would get round to even talking about it. Of course any schoolgirl cabal can do “unified” “disdain” – better than these guys, actually. Here’s what these guys don’t want to discuss: Darwinism—formed in a period when racism was a normal point of view—makes racism science. Hey, it wasn’t tooled in our shop. Cat. Pigeons.
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (human evolution)
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