Nightcap

  1. Napoleon Chagnon, controversial anthropologist, is dead Cornelia Dean, NY Times
  2. European defense ministers had better not be superstitious.” Olivier-Rémy Bel, War on the Rocks
  3. In defense of marriage Bryan Caplan, EconLog
  4. When being gay is not a big deal Conor Friedersdorf, the Atlantic
  5. A day of mourning (People’s Republic of China) Ilya Somin, Volokh Conspiracy

Lunchtime Links

  1. David Reich’s essay in the New York Times on genetics, race, and IQ
  2. Henry Farrell’s essay at Crooked Timber on genetics, race, and IQ
  3. Ezra Klein’s essay at Vox on genetics, race, and IQ
  4. Chris Dillow’s essay at Stumbling and Mumbling on genetics, race, and IQ
  5. Andrew Sullivan’s essay at Daily Intelligencer on genetics, race, and IQ

Andrew’s essay is a must read. It’s careful, well thought out, and bolder than the other ones. All are well-worth reading, though.

Reich’s essay has sparked an important dialogue in the Anglo-American world (props to the NY Times). Globally, I think conceptions of race, genetics, and IQ in the non-Anglo world are based on pseudoscience (at best), so it’s nice to see this debate unfold the way it has (so far).

I don’t think any of them have done a good job grappling with Charles Murray’s argument. (More on that later.)

Thanks to Uncle Terry for bringing this to light in the first place.