Routing The Race Deniers (Not That They`ll Notice)

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Many intellectuals pride themselves on how remote their
theorizing is from

mundane reality
.

After all, if daily life could provide answers to lofty
questions, we might not need so many intellectuals.

And
that subversive thought must be suppressed at all
costs!

Consider the topic of race. The

trendiest idea
among intellectuals is that

Race Does Not Exist
– what we at VDARE.COM call

“Race Denial.”
Last year, a

three-night PBS documentary
summed up this new
orthodoxy under the title

Race: The Power of an Illusion
.

That this idea, no matter how trendy, strikes the vast
majority of Americans as self-evidently stupid only
heightens its appeal to those who view themselves as
superior because of their ability to juggle esoterica.

Now
Vincent Sarich, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at
Berkeley, and Frank Miele, senior editor of

Skeptic
magazine, have stepped in to this debate
with a new book

Race: The Reality of Human Differences
. They
document overwhelmingly that the weight of scientific
knowledge is on the side of the man-in-the-street`s
commonsense view of race.

Sarich and Miele demonstrate that

all ten
of the PBS documentary`s summary
statements on the nonexistence of race are W-R-O-N-G.
Indeed, the book brings so much force to bear against
the series` assertions that it begins to look like
breaking a butterfly on a wheel. (Or, considering the

mendacity
of the PBS offering, like crushing a
cockroach with a cannonball.)

Miele is perhaps the best interviewer of scientists in
the business. (Here`s my

review
of his book-length interview on IQ with

Arthur Jensen
, and here`s his recent

collection
of interviews with top names like
Dawkins,

Edward O. Wilson
, and

Charles Murray
). He`s also a dog enthusiast, and his
deep knowledge of breeds—which are, in effect,
artificially selected races—adds perspective to Race.

Sarich won`t make himself popular with the politically
correct at Berkeley, but he is a hard man to

intimidate
. A hawk nose and piercing eyes make him
look like the world`s tallest ayatollah. Approaching 70,
he still has the dimensions of an NBA quick forward at
6`6" and a muscular 215 pounds. In fact, he holds the

world record
for his age group in the small sport of
indoor rowing. Being the rare scientist who is also an
enthusiastic fan of spectator sports makes Sarich far
more aware of

racial differences
than his colleagues, who tend to
only pay attention to unthreatening subjects for which
they can win grants from the government or big
foundations.

Writing in the New York Times in 1989, the author
of

The Selfish Gene
, Richard Dawkins,

praised
"the enormously important work of the
American biochemist Vincent Sarich.
" As a graduate
student back in

1967
, Sarich

famously
teamed with

Allan C. Wilson
to launch the use of the "molecular
clock
,"
which led to a revolution in evolution
studies. At a time when experts on fossils believed that
proto-humans had diverged from our closest ape relatives
around 25 million years ago, Sarich and Wilson
estimated, by counting the number of mutations that
distinguished humans from chimpanzees and gorillas in a
single serum protein, that our ancestors had broken away
only about five million years ago.

This estimate was greeted with howls of protest from
famous paleontologists. But it has stood up well. Their
molecular clock technique has become fundamental to both

physical anthropology
and

population genetics
.

The
late Race-Denier-In-Chief,

Stephen Jay Gould
, once insisted we chant along with
him, like Dorothy trying to get home from Oz,

"Say
it five times before breakfast
tomorrow: … Human
equality is a contingent fact of history
."

As
a staunch Darwinist, however, Sarich understands that
natural selection

requires
hereditary inequalities. Sarich and Miele
write,

"Simply stated, the
case for race hinges on recognition of the fact that
genetic variation in traits that affect performance and
ultimately survival is the fuel on which the
evolutionary process runs.
"

Sarich
became the rare physical anthropologist expert on both
genes and bones. So, when he saw PBS proclaim, "Despite
surface differences, we are among the most similar of
all species,
" he dusted off the measurements of
2,500 human skulls from 29 different racial groups and
compared them to 347 chimpanzee skulls from the two
separate species of chimp (the common chimp and
the

bonobo
). He discovered that the dissimilarity in
head and face measurements between these species of
chimp was less than

half
that found between the two most morphologically
dissimilar human racial groups in the sample. (They were
the narrow-headed

Taita
of Kenya and the wide-faced

Buriat
of Siberia).

 

Sarich

concludes
:

 

"I am not aware of any other mammalian species where
the constituent races are as strongly marked as they are
in ours… except those few races heavily modified by
recent human selection; in particular,

dogs
."

 

In response
to PBS`s

claim
that, "Race is a modern idea. Ancient
societies did not divide people according to physical
differences…,"
Miele writes a definitive chapter
showing,

 

"The art of the ancient civilizations of Egypt,
Greece, Rome, India, and China, and the Islamic
civilization from AD 700 to 1400 shows that these
societies classified the various peoples they
encountered into broad racial groups. They sorted them
based upon the same set of characteristics—skin color,
hair form, and head shape—allegedly constructed by
Europeans when they invented `race` to justify

colonialism
and

white supremacy
.
"

My main criticism of Race: The
Reality of Human Differences
: it skimps on offering
a conceptual framework for what exactly race is.
Rejecting the straw man argument that the existence of
race would require a race for everyone and everyone in
his race, Sarich and Miele call races "fuzzy sets."
They write,

"Human
races are not, and never were, distinct, mutually
exclusive, Platonic entities into which every living
person, unearthed skull, or set of bones could be
pigeonholed
."

This is a lot better than the obscurantism of the Race
Deniers. But even better would be a robust, scaleable
definition that coincides with original definition of
race as a "lineage."

I
have suggested that a racial group is most

usefully thought
of as "a partly inbred
extended family."
(My full defense of this idea
found

here
.) In contrast, an ethnic group would be
"a population that shares traits, such as language,
religion, and cuisine, that are frequently, but not
necessarily, passed down within biological families.”

These definitions make clear why disentangling nature
(race) and nurture (ethnicity) is so difficult.

Will Race: The Reality of Human Differences
change the minds of the prominent advocates of the

Race Does Not Exist
theory?

No—because they won`t even read it. One striking
difference between the two schools is that Race Realists
pore over the writings of the

social constructionists
and other Race Deniers. But
the Race Deniers themselves prefer to stay ignorant of
all troubling facts.

And
amazingly, the Race Deniers have succeeded in imposing
this taboo, not merely upon the usual suspects like PBS,
but also, increasingly, upon Conservative Establishment

pundits
too.

Breaking this taboo terrorism is what VDARE.COM is for!


[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and


movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
His website


www.iSteve.blogspot.com
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