"One Can Make Up an Evolutionary Explanation for Anything"

Evolutionary biologist Michael Eisen has just written a terrific response to the idea that cultural characteristics of a group are the result of "natural selection." No, he says, there's no evidence that the ability to create a democratic government — or to foster social unrest — is genetic. » 6/09/14 9:38am 6/09/14 9:38am

Nope, Racial Groups Do Not "Genetically Inherit" Behavior

Former New York Times writer Nicholas Wade recent made a "scientific" argument for white supremacy, claiming that Europeans are genetically predisposed to "nonviolence, literacy, thrift and patience." Now, Scientific American has published an essay showing why this is complete nonsense. » 5/22/14 7:51am 5/22/14 7:51am

The 9 Most Influential Works of Scientific Racism, Ranked

Former New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade has just published a book about race and genetics that has stirred up debates over scientific racism that go back over 250 years. Where did his ideas come from? Here are nine major works of scientific racism that are still influencing thinkers today. » 5/13/14 12:34pm 5/13/14 12:34pm