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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wade in the (Hot) Water

Bother anyone else that this book on genetics and race has been debunked by so many experts (perhaps a record number for a major book) and called "racist" by some--and the author is a former longtime NYT science writer, Nicholas Wade?  The Times trusted this guy with journalism on an almost weekly basis?
They write: "Wade juxtaposes an incomplete and inaccurate account of our research on human genetic differences with speculation that recent natural selection has led to worldwide differences in I.Q. test results, political institutions and economic development. We reject Wade’s implication that our findings substantiate his guesswork. They do not." 
If there's been a more thorough repudiation of a responsible publisher's nonfiction work by experts in its field in recent years, we haven't seen it. (The publisher is Penguin Press.)

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