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PODCAST 75: Charles Murray talks about his new book Human Diversity

PODCAST 75: Charles Murray talks about his new book Human Diversity

Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve, talks to Toby Young about his new book Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class.

Quillette
Quillette
Charles Murray
What Light Does 'Three Identical Strangers' Throw on the Nature/Nurture Debate?

What Light Does 'Three Identical Strangers' Throw on the Nature/Nurture Debate?

The 2018 film, Three Identical Strangers, is gripping. It is both an exposé of a 1950s secret twin study (studies of triplets fall under the general heading of “twin or multiple birth studies”) and a heartbreaking portrayal of identical triplets, Robert, David and Eddy, who were separated at birth, then

Nancy L. Segal
Nancy L. Segal
biology
Genes, Environment, and Luck: What We Can and Cannot Control

Genes, Environment, and Luck: What We Can and Cannot Control

Social justice activists have issued a challenge to “check your white privilege.” Inasmuch as I oppose the inherent racism ingrained in such expressions of Identity Politics, my initial replies were of a snarky nature, such as “It’s doing just fine, thank you.” But as I engaged the task more

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Art and Culture
Should We Use Genetic Technology to Boost Human Intelligence?

Should We Use Genetic Technology to Boost Human Intelligence?

Chinese researcher He Jiankui is now world-famous for having announced the creation of genetically-modified twins that would be resistant to HIV. He said that he edited the genomes of these twins with CRISPR/Cas9, a technology that makes it possible to target specific genes within a living organism. Everywhere, scientists

Julien Delhez
Julien Delhez
Genetics
Every Schoolchild Should Read This Book

Every Schoolchild Should Read This Book

A review of Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are by Kevin J. Mitchell. Princeton University Press (October 16, 2018) 304 pages. Kevin Mitchell’s Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are is a book for high school students. And I mean

Richard Haier
Richard Haier
intelligence
Progressive Creationism: A Review of 'A Dangerous Idea'

Progressive Creationism: A Review of 'A Dangerous Idea'

In a recent article for Quillette, Colin Wright argued that left-wing scientific denialism poses a greater threat to academic freedom than right-wing scientific denialism. In the past, evolutionary biologists could dispute the claims of creationists and advocates of Intelligent Design without jeopardizing their careers. But the same cannot be said

Toby Young
Toby Young
Arthur Jensen
Do Parents Make a Difference? A Public Debate in London

Do Parents Make a Difference? A Public Debate in London

On Monday in London’s Emmanuel Centre a debate took place that pitted two Quillette contributors—Robert Plomin and Stuart Ritchie—against two “experts” on child psychology—Susan Pawlby and Ann Pleshette Murphy. The motion was “Parenting doesn’t matter (or not as much as you think)

Toby Young
Toby Young
adoption studies
What Does Genetic Research Tell Us About Equal Opportunity and Meritocracy?

What Does Genetic Research Tell Us About Equal Opportunity and Meritocracy?

Editor’s note: This article was adapted from Robert Plomin’s new book Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are. For a review of Blueprint by Gregory Cochran, see here. For a piece by Toby Young on the book, and a wider discussion of social genomics and

Robert Plomin
Robert Plomin
Books