Measuring skulls, hereditarianism, and what data is for

by Joshua Banta, Jonathan Kaplan and Massimo Pigliucci Why would the popular media be interested in a story about a historical argument surrounding measurement techniques and statistical summaries of human skull volumes? A technical scientific paper published by Lewis et al. in the journal PLoS Biology a few years ago [1] was just that, and … Continue reading Measuring skulls, hereditarianism, and what data is for

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On the biology of race

by Massimo Pigliucci The biology of human races is back in the news, big time. This is because of a new book by former New York Times journalist Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History [1]. The basic thesis of the book is that human races are real, and that their genetic … Continue reading On the biology of race