Skip to comments.30-year New York Times Science Writer Out After Writing Book About Genetics, Race
Posted on 05/11/2014 10:16:48 AM PDT by mojito
Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians.
Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wades science or his conclusions? Its unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment.
Wades last Times article appeared April 24. His Penguin Press book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, May 6. In excerpts from his book posted by Time.com on Friday, he is identified as a former science editor of the Times. Until then, coverage of his book called him a current Times journalist.
Wades main thesis is that human evolution has been recent, copious and regional. He writes, Though there is still a large random element, the broad general theme of human history is that each race has developed the institutions appropriate to secure survival in its particular environment.
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some science is more equal than another.
Science is what we say it is, comrade.
he could not have been all that bright if he thought he was going to get away with it.
Liberals use science when it suits them. They also attempt to portray scientists are some sort of mystic elders who are infallible and virtuous, covering up their more unpleasant conclusions such as this. Liberals will run to climate scientists who say global warming is real, but will quietly shrug when you mention that the real place you’ll find theories of racial supremacy in America is not rural Mississippi, but the lecture halls of top universities.
Never forget, Margaret Sanger, who libs also love.
Also, I'm told by someone who knows Wade that he is not a Times employee but is a semi-retired contributor of occasional pieces. So, they really can't "fire" him, although they can stop publishing his stuff.
So, I would take this with a grain of salt until we learn more.
Thanks for that background report. Good to know.
Leftists attack Christians as “not scientific”, but when the science gores their own ox, they kill the messenger. Remember “The Bell Curve”?
If the facts contradict what is politically correct, the facts be damned.
Forget evolution. Think about how the characteristics of domestic animal breeds can be changed in a single decade through selective cross-breeding. The problem with the whole topic, however, is that - at present - it’s a true dismal science (unlike economics, which is neither truly dismal nor a science). There’s not much that can be done about a person’s essential characteristics once he’s born. Calvin was right, but with genes being the mechanism of divinely-ordained determinism.
Based on their reactions on discussion threads about the book, there are several Freepers who fire him too.
I don’t know exactly what his research showed, or what his precise conclusions are. But I DO know that he violated political correctness.
As we’re talking about sub-Saharan Africa, we need to know the politically correct view. The politically correct view as to why so many countries there are hell holes, is due to the vestiges of colonialism.
We are not supposed to talk about the fact that many of these countries are rich in natural resources, and have fertile farmland, and question why they are in such trouble.
We are not supposed to talk about how racism is not a factor, because some of these countries have almost all black populations, and black leaders. Instead, we are supposed to blame colonialism for all of their problems.
So is it correct to say he’s been “Derbyshired”—or has he been “National Reveiwed”?
I guess we can only have a ‘frank discussion on race’ if we get permission from the PC police first.
Like the thread I had the poor judgement to post on till 530 am
Must silence those we disagree with. Wonder if they would get violent to do so?
Who knew we had NYT editors here..
It's not just the "liberal media" that enforces our national groupthink on race.
I would tend more to think that, after thirty years and the Derbyshire and Richwine incidents, he would know the potential consequences but not care. He of all people would know how the PC police of the left operate.
“Science”: the consensus of the anointed.
I suspect that after 30 years, he expects a full Bell Curve treatment but doesn’t give a damn. NBA team ownership is definitely not in his future.
Good fact checking.
If the NYT thinks this fellow’s book deserves censoring, I can hardly wait to see how they react to the books written by that super-rich elitist 1%-er Charles Darwin.
. . . one way or another, A Troublesome Inheritance will be historic. Its proper reception would mean enduring fame as the book that marked a turning point in social scientists willingness to explore the way the world really works. But there is a depressing alternative: that social scientists will continue to predict planetary movements using Ptolemaic equations, as it were, and that their refusal to come to grips with A Troublesome Inheritance will be seen a century from now as proof of this eras intellectual corruption. - Charles Murray on Nicholas Wades A Troublesome Inheritance
And He said: Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, I am He, and, The time has drawn near. Therefore do not go after them." - Luke 21:8
I thought the science was settled.
Progressives worship Darwin. They indeed find blacks inferior and incapable of caring for themselves. Evolution has turned man in to nothing but a mindless souless animal according to progressives. Of course when challenged their thought SWAT teams jump to action.
I don’t believe anyone raises an argument when it is pointed out that people who have lived at high altitudes (Andes, Himalayas) over generations developed a tolerance for low oxygen levels, or those who have lived in malarial environments developed red blood cells with the sickle cell trait (see http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/biology/sickle_cell.html) as a protective advantage.
Coincidentally, sub-Saharan Africans are the only group with no Neanderthal genealogy.
Some people think that species grow wings after they're born or something. In reality, strains with useful characteristics for a given environment outbreed those that don't. But there are limits imposed by given form factors. Humans can't survive on a cockroach's calorie intake. Humans can't breathe under water. Tibetans who had no tolerance for high altitudes presumably either left for the lowlands outside of Tibet or died (young) of altitude sickness. In time, the only people left in Tibet were those who had that tolerance, as altitude-tolerant couples begat altitude-tolerant children.
All the news that fits our belief system.
Science is objective, impartial, and a guide to the truth of the world beyond superstition and prejudice: determining something before studying the facts - except when it doesn’t support what we’re saying. Then it’s hateful and unreliable.
The blank slate theory has been thoroughly debunked by a number of researchers as was the equally loony theory that all the people of the world have the same physical properties. In short, they were trying to claim that while every other living species on earth evolved into different forms, man was an exception.
Except the truth is man was not an exception. There are differences other than skin color between the peoples of the world. Bad news for liberals and leftists (people like Jared Diamond and Steven Jay Gould) who wanted to blame luck and circumstance for the differences in quality of life for the world's denizens.
For every conservative website, magazine, or talk radio show, nobody is allowed to mention IQ as a reason for group differences for success or failure. All problems for minorities are always blamed on “government schools” and government dispensed disincentives to succeed. And there is much to blame about the state of our schools and harm caused by misguided government programs. But mentioning low IQ as a prime driver for minority failures is verboten. For speaking the truth, Derbyshire had to go.
We use to study science as a part of our culture.
Now we tweet our knee jerk reactions.
Its not about truth, its about the club your in.
Club hell is not my desire.
The truth has become just as irrevalent as my status of living or dying in this world.
Demons are swarming our land because a nation is turning its back on God.
Come Lord Jesus, it feels like you should be here by now.
It's true that luck and circumstance are at work - via the genes any given creature (human or otherwise) inherits. The problem with the whole topic, however, is that - at present - its a true dismal science (unlike economics, which is neither truly dismal nor a science). Theres not much that can be done about a persons essential characteristics once hes born. Calvin was right, but with genes being the mechanism of divinely-ordained determinism.
In the 1800s, especially the latter half, people from certain parts of the earth were inventing and developing thousands of different devices and applications that would be quite beyond many people of today who would have no clue as to how to use the devices invented more than one hundred years ago.
The only people who could be born at high-altitude, where the ones whose mothers could successfully give birth at high altitude.
Thou shalt not tell the truth about race in modern America....
Wades main thesis is that human evolution has been recent, copious and regional. He writes, Though there is still a large random element, the broad general theme of human history is that each race has developed the institutions appropriate to secure survival in its particular environment.Multiregionalism, rather than the master race Replacement model? Yeah, I can see why the Slimes would fire him.
Charles Murray, the author of “The Bell Curve,” reviewed Wade’s book in the Wall St Journal 2 Saturdays ago.
Is it possible for you to provide a link to that review? I'd like to read it.
Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.
Hasn’t the NYT changed its slogan? I think that it’s now:
All the news that fits our views.
There are some other mutation traits which have spread rapidly because they conferred survival advantage. For Europe we have the white gene which enabled people to move north from Africa because fair women could absorb Vitamin D better and produce hips wide enough to yield live young. Now, it is also believed that Neanderthal had fair skin, red hair and blue eyes, so some interbreeding may have helped too.
Another gene is the one that enables adults to drink cows milk without suffering from digestive upset. Getting rid of lactose intolerance was a great boon to farmers in Europe who had cattle. Places like China, America, etc. that lacked large bovines never spread this gene even if it did occasionally occur. Apparently, there is also a genetic basis for survival of the black death in Europe. Perhaps some are aware of other recent genes we could list.
CCR5-delta32 comes to mind.