A Troublesome Inheritance: Book review by Gregory Cochran

Nicholas Wade has a new book out, on the reality of human biological differences. Not just differences in color, but differences in traits that have social consequences, such as personality and cognition.

The existence of such differences is obvious enough, and there’s nothing theoretically difficult about them – natural selection naturally takes a different course in different circumstances, nor does it take very long to generate differences of the kind and magnitude we see around us.

The book is generally reasonable, but Wade is not a geneticist, and it shows. His errors on genetics mostly don’t make much difference, but they make me itch, not least when it’s a subject close to my heart.

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The book has been released today. $17.12 USD for e-book at Amazon.

Review above is by Gregory Cochran, co-author (with Henry Harpending) of The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution