Kant, the Enlightenment, and the Post-War Dilemma of Difference

I have long puzzled over why arguments against race realism and racial hereditarianism are so often little more than strongly worded injunctions against daring to ask such questions. “Why is this a verboten topic?” I have always wondered. The obvious answer is that it is a reaction against the horrors of WWII. As somebody who… Read More Kant, the Enlightenment, and the Post-War Dilemma of Difference

“There’s No Such Thing as ‘Sound Science'”

Christie Aschwanden wrote a great piece on FiveThirtyEight.com entitled “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Sound Science’”. Always one to notice and harp on patterns, I can’t help but apply this article’s defense of scientific evidence for climate change to why it’s so outlandish that hereditarian, race-realist theories are still popularly discarded as ‘bunk’. Climate change… Read More “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Sound Science'”

Discussing the Origins of Interracial Disparities with Another Public Intellectual

My initial email: Professor [X], After flipping through your study re: the heritability of IQ under different SES environments and formative circumstances, as well as a couple blog posts of yours and your podcast with [Y], I see that you are massively aware of the mind-boggling causal uncertainty at the heart of the debate, and… Read More Discussing the Origins of Interracial Disparities with Another Public Intellectual

An Email Correspondence with a Public Intellectual, and an Unsent Explanation about Confirmation Bias and the Futility of Objective, ‘Final’ Truth.

Here is an email correspondence I’ve been having with an unnamed public intellectual who is skeptical of the durability of the culturist explanations for human inequality, and who believes that the pegging of human rights discourses to dubious assumptions is an extremely dangerous thing. Professor X, I am of the fledgling intellectual breed of people… Read More An Email Correspondence with a Public Intellectual, and an Unsent Explanation about Confirmation Bias and the Futility of Objective, ‘Final’ Truth.