Who do you think you are kidding Mr Wilson?

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

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One thought on “Who do you think you are kidding Mr Wilson?

  1. 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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