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The Good, The Bad, and the Scientists Who Don't Know the Difference

     One of the things I’ve been giving a bit of thought to, as I begin to contemplate retiring and not doing the stuff that I’ve been doing for the last few decades, is the biggest gap in my own education. I take no responsibility at all for the gap, for it is totally not my fault: I am the victim of a good science education that gave me no moral education. Like other scientifically-trained scholars, moral arguments intimidate me, I don’t know how to construct...

Necessity and Chance


This blog post began as a book review solicited by an online periodical called Inference: International Review of Science. 
But it turns out to be somewhat disreputable, funded by weird billionaire Peter Thiel, and with noted creationist shill David Berlinski as the third person on its masthead. Apparently the goal is to mix science andpseudoscience so readers become confused and manipulable, and what you end up with is a sort of Fox Science News.So I withdrew the book...

I coined the phrase “Human Biodiversity”. Racists stole it.


The essay that follows was declined by the NY Times. However, a few days later (27 December 2019), they published a column by Bret Stephens on Jewish genius (or, Jewnius©) that actually cited the horrid 2005 paper on that subject by the late biological anthropologist Henry Harpending. Harpending was regarded by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a White Nationalist.
That is a very unusual status for an anthropologist. It raises an interesting issue, though, about Harpending’s...