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PODCAST 98: Physicist Lawrence Krauss on Why Identity Politics Should be Kept Out of Science

PODCAST 98: Physicist Lawrence Krauss on Why Identity Politics Should be Kept Out of Science

Renowned physicist Lawrence Krauss talks to Jonathan Kay about his Quillette essay Racism Is Real. But Science Isn’t the Problem and explains why he expressed skepticism about the sincerity of the #strike4blacklives campaign supported by so many science organisations.

Quillette
Quillette
Lawrence Krauss
A Bolt in the Dark

A Bolt in the Dark

The scene is of the world falling apart: It is the late spring of 1942. We are in the city of Turin in the north-west of Italy, near the border of Nazi-occupied France. Mussolini’s Blackshirts march through the streets. Every few days the anxiety and senselessness of the moment

Erik Sheagren
Erik Sheagren
Nerve Growth Factor
Superior: The Return of Race Science—A Review

Superior: The Return of Race Science—A Review

A review of Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini, Beacon Press, 256 pages (May, 2019) The races differ also in constitution, in acclimatisation, and in liability to certain diseases. Their mental characteristics are likewise very distinct… ~Charles Darwin, 1871, The Descent of Man Angela Saini’s new

Bo Winegard and Noah Carl
Bo Winegard and Noah Carl
book review
Why Are Women Under-Represented in Physics?

Why Are Women Under-Represented in Physics?

Six months ago CERN hosted a workshop on “High Energy Theory and Gender.” Nearly all the contributors to this and previous workshops on the same topic endorsed the view that gender imbalances in physics, particularly in the higher echelons, are predominantly due to sexual discrimination. The following phrases appeared in

Alessandro Strumia
Alessandro Strumia
Hypothesis
The Uncharted Territories of Medically Transitioning Children

The Uncharted Territories of Medically Transitioning Children

In medieval times, maps warned adventurers away from unexplored territories with drawings of mythological beasts and a warning that read, “Here be dragons.” Are we venturing into dragon territory with the transitional therapies increasingly made available to transgender youth? 12-16-18 Twelve-sixteen-eighteen isn’t a date, it’s a program developed

Donna Reynolds
Donna Reynolds
gender
Is Sociogenomics Racist?

Is Sociogenomics Racist?

The publication of Blueprint (2018) by the behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin has revived the old debate about whether there’s something inherently racist or right-wing about looking for biological causes of human behavior. The subtitle of Plomin’s book—How DNA Makes Us Who We Are—makes it sound as

Toby Young
Toby Young
Genetics