For those of us fond of population genetics and the inevitable quarrels resulting from the subject, this promises to be good times. Wade’s new book is causing a lot of difficulty for the Cult. Gregory Clark’s book, The Son Also Rises, seeded the field, so to speak. Now the genetic realists are trying to breach the lines. It promises to be a good summer of reading blog posts like this was from Steve Sailer.
A massive problem in contemporary intellectual discourse is that people don’t remember the past well and don’t have a critical attitude toward whatever is the latest conventional wisdom about the backwardness of the past. In the Obama Era, we see race and sex disparities all around us, and the only socially acceptable explanation for them is that the past was so incredibly racist/sexist until … well, nobody can quite remember when, but it must have been practically the day before yesterday.So, it’s hard for contemporary intellectuals to put themselves back into the shoes of their predecessors.