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