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A Troublesome Inheritance, by longtime New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade, was released in late spring to great fanfare. It argues that modern genetic science reveals “three major races” that are genetically distinct and diverge much as subspecies do. These genetic differences, it contends, underlie “the rise of the West.” According to Wade, in other words, race is the biologically real result of Darwinian natural selection.
A Troublesome Inheritance has received extremely critical responses, nearly across the board, including a negative account in The New York Times. In a striking act of solidarity, 143 population geneticists wrote a lettercondemning Wade’s interpretation of their work. Biopolitical Times contributor Pete Shanks has written about the book’s reception here and here. But Wade remains adamant that everyone who disagrees with him is simply too intimated by “political correctness” to say what they really think.
- Read a critical review by K. Joyce – natives, racist propaganda? Excerpt: “…Above an ominous, skeletal piano score, telegraphing a claustrophobic sense of impending doom, an assembly of prominent conservative researchers and pundits, including Nobel laureate Gary Becker and academics from conservative think-tanks, ruefully predicts a new end-of-days. Everywhere throughout the film, there is a plague of disappearing bodies, particularly children’s bodies, literally vanishing from the screen…” Read more.
- View critical video.
Book launch: “Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping National Politics and International Security” (OUP, 2012)
Goldstone, J. A. Eric Kaufmann and Monica Duffy Toft (2012) Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping National Politics and International Security,” Oxford: Oxford University Press.