Colin Wright

Colin Wright

Colin Wright is an evolutionary biologist and Managing Editor at Quillette. His interests include science, free speech, and the debate surrounding sex and gender.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Dear Quilletters, Last week the world lost one of the true greats of biology—E.O. Wilson, who died at age 92. While known to the public primarily for his work on ants and later as a leading popularizer of conservation biology, Wilson was also perhaps the first major target

Colin Wright
Colin Wright
6 min read
On Sex and Gender, The New England Journal of Medicine Has Abandoned Its Scientific Mission

On Sex and Gender, The New England Journal of Medicine Has Abandoned Its Scientific Mission

Two years ago, “Titania McGrath,” whose satirical Twitter account regularly skewers the ideological excesses of social-justice culture, suggested that “we should remove biological sex from birth certificates altogether to prevent any more mistakes.” The joke (obvious to those who follow the culture wars closely, but perhaps obscure to those who

Colin Wright
Colin Wright
12 min read
Activism
Think Cancel Culture Doesn’t Exist? My Own ‘Lived Experience’ Says Otherwise

Think Cancel Culture Doesn’t Exist? My Own ‘Lived Experience’ Says Otherwise

Given the moral authority that many progressives assign to the lessons of “lived experience,” it seems counterintuitive that they are the ones now strenuously downplaying the scourge of cancel culture. No less a progressive icon than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently brushed off the phenomenon as just a bunch of entitled people

Colin Wright
Colin Wright
10 min read
Must Reads
JK Rowling Is Right—Sex Is Real and It Is Not a "Spectrum"

JK Rowling Is Right—Sex Is Real and It Is Not a "Spectrum"

JK Rowling recently drew fire on social media for tweeting the statements to the effect that “biological sex is real.” The tweets began when she mocked an opinion piece that used the term “people who menstruate” in place of “women” to account for the

Colin Wright
Colin Wright
13 min read
Must Reads
The New Evolution Deniers

The New Evolution Deniers

Evolutionary biology has always been controversial. Not controversial among biologists, but controversial among the general public. This is largely because Darwin’s theory directly contradicted the supernatural accounts of human origins rooted in religious tradition and replaced them with fully natural ones. The philosopher Daniel Dennett has described evolution as

Colin Wright
Colin Wright
9 min read
Activism