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'”
This video concisely sums up my political attitude toward the HBD question: In other news, here is an old gem which discusses my attitude toward the ‘mind-boggling causal black box’ of the correlation between race and behavioral traits, temperament, intelligence — et c. In it, I argue against positive eugenics: And in this classic gem,… Read More My Starting Point
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
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.
People on either side of the “races: are they essentially the same or essentially different” dispute waste a whole of lot of mental energy engaging in bang-your-head-on-the-wall fact-mongering arguments. The ‘fact’ of the matter is that, when you inform the discussion with the fruits of the philosophy of science, there is no hard-and-fast rule for… Read More Why People Believe in the Theory of Racial Sameness
The heart of my entire critique, which is hard for me to convey and hard for you to understand, rests on the idea that racism is a subset of lookism. Discrimination against black people, as it exists in our era, is functionally equivalent to discrimination against what we might generalize as “ugly” people. That is,… Read More Racism as Lookism
In an article published in The Atlantic a couple days ago, writer Sarah Zhang discusses how genetics research is making everybody racist, implying like John Horgen did in Scientific American a few years ago, that perhaps scientific inquiry should be banned if it contradicts antiracist dogma. This latest pronouncement from one who feeds from the… Read More “Will the Alt-Right Promote a New Kind of Racist Genetics?”