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J. Philippe Rushton and Peer-Review

The last thing I wanted to see happen with my piece on race, genes, and IQ has happened, namely that the comment thread was hijacked by an acolyte of J. Philippe Rushton. Someone who isn't familiar with the relevant literature, … Read More

By / November 21, 2007

The last thing I wanted to see happen with my piece on race, genes, and IQ has happened, namely that the comment thread was hijacked by an acolyte of J. Philippe Rushton. Someone who isn't familiar with the relevant literature, or (understandably) doesn't have the time to wade through a few reams of journal articles, could easily walk away with the understanding that there is some impressive body of research supporting Rushton's claims of black racial inferiority.

In fact, one of the most interesting consequences of researching the piece was my discovery that a huge proportion of the popular and academic literature of the last couple of decades supporting the hypothesis of race-linked genetic discrepancies in intelligence is either Rushton's own work or based on his work. This casts the entire discourse in a new light since — as I hope I am going to show — Rushton and his cadre are the 9-11 truthers of social science.

This will shortly get prolix and technical, so the rest is below the fold.

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