[Marxism] A Troublesome Racial Smog » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 23 17:20:27 MDT 2014

The Problems with Nicholas Wade’s "A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, 
Race, and Human History"
A Troublesome Racial Smog

Nicholas Wade’s book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human 
History, is what the title suggests: a troubling view of human history. 
   A Troublesome Inheritance is troublesome, but not for the reason he 
proposes: his courageous telling of hard truths about genetic 
differences among races.

Rather, Wade’s lack of understanding of history, the social sciences, 
population genetics, and the scientific process is troublesome.   Not 
getting the basics right leads to his linking of all manner of lived 
inequalities to genetic differences among races.   His logical errors 
set the clock back more than a century on public understandings of human 
genetic variation.


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