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29673Re: [evol-psych] Re: Carmi Turchick's Murray post re Discomfort of Strangers

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  • Paul Gross
    Mar 31, 2004
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      As a biologist with some non-trivial interest in evolution, some current acquaintance with creationists (see Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross, Creationism's Trojan Horse" The Wedge eof Ingtelligent Design (Oxford University press, 2003)), and the sometime author of book reviews and articles touching on IQ and other measures of cognitive competence, I am happy to endorse Charles Murray's remarkably civil argumentation in the post of which these lines, below, are a part.


      In a message dated 3/31/2004 2:25:48 PM Eastern Standard Time, charlesmurray@... writes:

      Regarding IQ, Ms. Turchick’s comments rely on Leon Kamin, Steve Gould,
      Richard Lewontin, and their ilk. Let me return to the analogy with
      creationism I used in my earlier post: Those men, when discussing IQ,
      have precisely the same reputation among specialists in IQ that
      creationists have among evolutionary biologists. I suppose that doesn’t
      constitute proof that specialists in evolutionary biology and IQ are
      respectively right vis a vis their opponents, but I can at least assure
      the evolutionary biologists on the list that the analogy is exact—not
      only in the corruption of science committed by the other side, but in
      the open acknowledgment that passionate religious belief in one case,
      and passionate political belief in the other, has motivated their work.

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