“A Troublesome Inheritance” poses a different order of threat to the orthodoxy. The evidence in “The Bell Curve,” “Male/Female” and “A Blank Slate” was confined to the phenotype—the observed characteristics of human beings—and was therefore vulnerable to attack or at least obfuscation. The discoveries Mr. Wade reports, that genetic variation clusters along racial and ethnic lines and that extensive evolution has continued ever since the exodus from Africa, are based on the genotype, and no one has any scientific reason to doubt their validity.
And yet, as of 2014, true believers in the orthodoxy still dominate the social science departments of the nation’s universities. I expect that their resistance to “A Troublesome Inheritance” will be fanatical, because accepting its account will be seen, correctly, as a cataclysmic surrender on some core premises of political correctness. There is no scientific reason for the orthodoxy to win. But it might nonetheless.
Here’s a hard truth: Whenever actual science conflicts with the shibboleths of the softer sciences – social “science” versus actual genetic reality, for instance – the junk scientists will double down on their faiths by trying to suppress the actual science in favor of the junk. Why? Because the junk cannot succeed when faced with real science.
We’ve seen it before: the junk science of “climate change” (which is really anthropogenic global warming), fatty diets as the primary cause of obesity and cardiovascular disease, and the fabled “Population Bomb” pushed by Paul Erlich.
As Glenn Reynolds put it:
Remember, there are some things you’re not allowed to talk about. We make fun of the Victorians for their prudishness and censoriousness, but our society is just as prudish and censorious. Just about different things.
We need to change the people who determine what we’re allowed, and not allowed, to talk about. Or, actually, get rid of such people entirely.
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