Posted on March 18, 2012 Updated on March 18, 2012
Review of Hilter by A. N. Wilson
“A biography that reads so well thus ends with witterings that are so asinine Thought for the Day could broadcast them.”
Carry on reading
Read the whole thing
This entry was posted in Observer.
As for modern scientists, if Wilson does not know that none believes in racial hierarchy and most doubt that the concept of race has any validity, then someone ought to tell him.
I don’t wish to accuse you of kidding your readers, Nick; but can you be unaware of this sort of thing:
Rushton, J. P. and D. I. Templer “Do pigmentation and the melanocortin
system modulate aggression and sexuality in humans as they do in other
animals?” Personality and Individual Differences(0).
Pigmentation of the hair, skin, cuticle, feather and eye is one of the
most salient and variable attributes of vertebrates. In many species,
melanin-based coloration is found to be pleiotropically linked to
behavior. We review animal studies that have found darker pigmented
individuals average higher amounts of aggression and sexual activity than
lighter pigmented individuals. We hypothesize that similar relationships
between pigmentation, aggression, and sexuality occur in humans. We first
review the literature on non-human animals and then review some of the
correlates of melanin in people, including aggression and sexual
activity. Both within human populations (e.g., siblings), and between
populations (e.g., races, nations, states), studies find that darker
pigmented people average higher levels of aggression and sexual activity
(and also lower IQ). We conceptualize skin color as a multigenerational
adaptation to differences in climate over the last 70,000 years as a
result of ‘cold winters theory’ and the ‘Out-of-Africa’ model of human
origins. We propose life history theory to explain the covariation found
between human (and non-human) pigmentation and variables such as birth
rate, infant mortality, longevity, rate of HIV/AIDS, and violent crime.
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