Thank you for subscribing to the Quillette newsletter. This week I would like to recommend three articles in particular, that I think you will find are remarkable in their insight and analytical rigour.
The first is from Peter L. Levin, an entrepreneur and former government administrator, who has written an impassioned defence of objective knowledge in the face of rampant anti-intellectualism on both the Right and the Left.
The second is a terrific review of Steven Pinker's new book Rationality—written by a world-leading expert on rationality—the emeritus professor of applied psychology and human development, Keith E. Stanovich. I learned a lot from reading Stanovich's assessment of Rationality, and I know you will too.
And finally, you absolutely must read Jon Kay's new column on a 46-page leaked document for Canadian university presidents—a document that extols the elimination of such principles as tolerance, colour-blindness, and equal opportunity, in the pursuit of "racial equity" and "social justice".
This week we've also published articles on the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia, deep fakes, political theory, a Twitter memorial to Holocaust victims, global coffee shortages, academia’s existential self-presentation crisis, the maladies of America’s public schooling system, and the everlasting vitality of unfettered speech. We are also pleased to bring you a review of Nancy Segal’s new book Deliberately Divided, and a podcast interview with Michael Shellenberger on San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities.
Below is our “Comment of the Week” (you can join Quillette Circle here for $US5 per month) as well as some suggested reading from around the web.
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Quillete Circle Comment of the Week
A highly informative essay. One wonders whether the researchers of the study wanted to prove the nature or nurture argument. Some might doubt that they possessed a clear intent, but in my view embarking upon such an ethically compromised endeavour would be the sort of thing which only those with a clear ideological axe to grind would even attempt.
It is interesting to note that a quick glance at Google Scholar shows Dr. Peter B. Neubauer’s published studies were primarily Freudian. Freud believes that human nature contains powerful uncontrollable innate drives and repressed memories. For Freudians the only way that these forces can be unleashed is by nurture, because the innate drives have been imprinted through one’s upbringing. Far from being ‘Nazi Science’, it is highly likely he was attempting to prove the nurture hypothesis, and it may well be the case that the reason why the data remains unpublished is because it gathered evidence to the contrary- flawed as the study was from the outset.
As usual, my essays are to be found on my Substack, which is free to view and comment.
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