Rushing for the Lifeboats
Posted on: 2007-12-04 11:32:23
Race/IQ Explanation Gap
Jared Taylor, Special to AR News
William Saletan, national correspondent at the on-line magazine Slate, recently published a three-part series about the powerful evidence for the view that the average IQ difference between blacks and whites is caused at least partly by genes. Much of his data came from a first-rate summary by Philippe Rushton and Arthur Jensen that appeared in the June 2005 issue of Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.
It was a surprise to find a reasonably objective treatment of IQ at a web site owned by the Washington Post, and we posted excerpts at AmRen.com. But the series strayed so far from the Post’s monotonously egalitarian line that I felt sure Mr. Saletan would be spanked, and, indeed, he was. On November 28, a few days after the series, he limped back on line to confess that he was not an expert in IQ, and that he had done sloppy work.
“In researching this subject, I focused on published data and relied on peer review and rebuttals to expose any relevant issue. As a result, I missed something I could have picked up from a simple glance at Wikipedia.
“For the past five years, J. Philippe Rushton has been president of the Pioneer Fund, an organization dedicated to ‘the scientific study of heredity and human differences.’ During this time, the fund has awarded at least $70,000 to the New Century Foundation. To get a flavor of what New Century stands for, check out its publications on crime (‘Everyone knows that blacks are dangerous’) and heresy (‘Unless whites shake off the teachings of racial orthodoxy they will cease to be a distinct people’). New Century publishes a magazine called American Renaissance, which preaches segregation. Rushton routinely speaks at its conferences.
“I was negligent in failing to research and report this. I’m sorry. I owe you better than that.”
He certainly does owe us better than that. Rather sad, really, that Mr. Saletan’s apology for bad research should be yet more bad research.