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Letter: On Race And Science. . .

I find it surprising that The Scientist did not publish an accompanying editorial to the Rushton versus Allen debate on the controversial topic of genetic differences amongst racial groups. Rushton argues on emotional issues alone in his article, with no scientific defense and has listed no confirmation other than 11 pieces of his own work. On the other hand, Allen recommends a reading list from seven works of different authors. From an analysis of Rushton's work, Allen indicates how Rushton

Nichols

I find it surprising that The Scientist did not publish an accompanying editorial to the Rushton versus Allen debate on the controversial topic of genetic differences amongst racial groups.

Rushton argues on emotional issues alone in his article, with no scientific defense and has listed no confirmation other than 11 pieces of his own work. On the other hand, Allen recommends a reading list from seven works of different authors.

From an analysis of Rushton's work, Allen indicates how Rushton has not used acceptable scientific methods, including that the "evidence" is obtained from unsubstantiated sources. Rushton claims genetic evidence, but he has done no genetic research in which to understand heredity. Genetic variation, such as the presence of disease genes or susceptibility, is known to exist among racial populations as a result of evolutionary processes, but Allen correctly informs us of the current inability to separate the interaction of heredity...

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