Genes and Society in the News:
- National Geographic Issue on Race. April 2018. Early National Geographic was a proponent of Eugenics. They aplologize for this and other racist viewpoints.
- March 2. Gavin Evans. The Guardian. The unwelcome revival of ‘race sciences.’ Amongst others, this article mentions Bannon, Wade and Pinker.
- Stormfront has posts in response to Reich’s NYTimes op-ed. One of these emphasizes genetic separations using PCA plots (referring to a blog post by Razib Khan from 2010) as being a stronger argument for the genetic basis of race than the observed phenotypic differences between peoples.
- March 23, 2018. Emily Smith-Woolley, …. Plomin. NPG Science of Learning. Differences in exam performance between pupils attending selective and non-selective schools mirror the genetic differences between them.
- This response to NYTimes op-ed by Reich refers to an earlier blog post which cites the NABT article by Amelia Hubbard.
- Antrosio, Jason. 2016. “Evolution and Race: Anthropology on Race and Racism.” Living Anthropologically website
- New Science for the People with a new focus. https://www.patreon.com/sftporg
Article for Discussion:
- David Reich. “How Genetics is Changing our Understanding of Race” NY Times Op Ed. March 23, 2018
- The article is overall well written and convincing. It does, however, sets up strawmen. Article really isn’t about race, rather about populations but many times in the article race is referred to. While race may be a social construct, David argues that the average genetic differences may still matter. He also argues that genetic ancestry correlates to racial constructs. The “on average” is problematic.
- Article fails to go into many nuances such as gene/environment interactions.
- He makes a point that biologists need to take a stand about the area of race and genetics and communicate the complexity so that people do not abuse it. He cites Benjamin’s studies on educational attainment to end article, raising the possibility that average genetic differences may be revealed between populations that could affect intelligence.
- Race analogy to the biological difference between men and women is problematic and fails to reveal the complexity of the population genetics that is known. And he does not pay enough attention to cultural impact that leads to sex differences. Gender differences are a bad example for ending article.