What’s Going on at Scientific American?

Paul Farhi, Washington Post, July 16, 2014

Throughout its 169-year history, Scientific American has been an august and sober chronicler of the advance of human knowledge, from chemistry to physics to anthropology.

Lately, however, things have become kind of a mess.

A series of blog posts on the magazine’s Web site over the past few months has unleashed waves of criticism and claims that the publication was promoting racism, sexism and “genetic determinism.”

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The trouble started in April when a guest blogger, a doctoral student named Chris Martin, wrote about Lawrence H. Summers’ assertions when he was president of Harvard University about the paucity of women in some scientific fields. While acknowledging that discrimination played a role in holding back women, Martin also concluded, “the latest research suggests that discrimination has a weaker impact than people might think, and that innate sex differences explain quite a lot.”

The post drew a sharp pushback, particularly on social media, from readers who questioned Martin’s scientific and cultural bona fides. “This slovenly article above is so full of outdated information it is painful,” wrote one commenter.

The second land mine was a post in May by Ashutosh Jogalekar, which favorably reviewed a controversial book by Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History. Jogalekar praised the book, saying it confirms the need to “recognize a strong genetic component to [social and cognitive] differences” among racial groups.

This time, some social-media commenters accused Scientific American of promoting questionable racial theories. In early July, the reaction led the publication’s blog editor, Curtis Brainard, to post a note that read in part, “While we believe that [the racism and sexism] charges are excessive, we share readers’ concerns. Although we expect our bloggers to cover controversial topics from time to time, we also recognize that sensitive issues require extra care, and that did not happen here.”

The last straw was Jogalekar’s post on Friday about Feynman, the Nobel-winning father of quantum electrodynamics. Commenting on recent biographies of Feynman, Jogalekar noted the physicist’s “casual sexism,” including his affairs with two married women, his humiliation of a female student and his delight in documenting his strategies for picking up women in bars. But while expressing disappointment in Feynman’s behavior, Jogalekar essentially dismissed it as a byproduct of the “male-dominated American society in the giddy postwar years.”

Within a day of the column’s appearance, Scientific American pulled it from its site, with another note from Brainard: “The text of this post has been removed because it did not meet Scientific American’s quality standards.”

One other thing: Jogalekar was fired.

Brainard and Scientific American declined to discuss their actions, pointing instead to Brainard’s editor’s note, which appears atop Jogalekar’s republished Feynman post. The note said the magazine was reposting the deleted column “in the interest of openness and transparency and because we believe that more will be learned from its presence than from its absence.”

Jogalekar, on the other hand, is more than happy to discuss his dismissal.

“I think this is unworthy of the organization,” he said by phone from the Boston area, where he is a chemist with a biotech company. “As far as I can tell, SciAm reacted based on what they saw on social media. Curtis never mentioned any other reason.”

After his review of the Wade book, Jogalekar said Brainard had asked him to run posts about “controversial” topics by the editor before posting them. Until then, Jogalekar had written almost 200 blog items, none of which were edited or had prompted widespread complaints.

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  • Puggg

    Scientific American giving up on science?

    • Why not? Discover magazine did the same thing, just over 20 years ago.

      • Kenner

        But Discover mag promoted the ‘10,000 Year Explosion’, and last year published an article showing that the ‘measurements’ in Gould’s ‘Mis-Measure of Man’ were both random and fraudulent.
        Two blows against PC right there!

      • willbest

        So did Scientific American. I gave up reading it in the late 90’s because it was overtly political.

    • Daniel Schmuhl

      Popular science is mostly an oxymoron. Most people are only interested in science when it converges on political, religious, and supernatural topics (excluding technology). Most of the time this interest is very superficial. Progressives use it to bludgeon their opponents and signal their liberal views (intelligence too). It’s not surprising that they rags become politicized even without invoking Conquest’s second law.

      I am pro-science therefore marijuana and gay sex.

      • Monty Ehrich

        Most people do not know the correct answer to, “What is five divided by zero?”

        I’d call that science-illiterate.

        28.9.14

    • Usually Much Calmer

      And Americans.

    • Monty Ehrich

      it was dumbed down several years ago. Vanished have mathematical formulae and equations.
      i would not be surprised to soon see advertisements in SciAm for psychics and suchlike.
      “Oh, the pain…the pain…”

  • MekongDelta69

    There is NO “Science” or “America” in Scientific American any more.

  • journey

    If one compares the intellectual quality of the Scientific American articles written say in the 80’s, the quality has dropped to a junior high school level. This goes the same for say like Time magazine. This quality drop was gradual, so it was planned. The dumbing down of this country is relentless. Even the thought patterns of our “leaders” have steadily declined since the colonial times. But for sure, scientific progress has kept moving forward but for how long? There is a constant clambering to import more and more cheap labor at the high skill end.

    • In spite of that, the print media big shots still pretend to wonder why their industry is dying off.

      • me

        Magazines are so dumbed down, leftist, and chock a block full of adverts, that no sane person would spend five cents, much less five dollars, on them. It’s like the movie industry. We all know who owns what. If I see one more advertisement for a movie ‘starring’ Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, or any other untalented, fugly ‘club member’, I’m going to Elvis my television. They wonder why Hollyweird and the magazine industries are hemorrhaging money….

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          I noticed that too, even in magazines devoted to astronomy which I have read for many years have clearly declined. They have gone from a semi-scientific publication to more popular science, I suppose in an effort to expand readership. But a lot of folks could barely find the Big Dipper or do not know a light year is, I find myself explaining basic astronomy to a folks I had thought would have learned it in school. At least astronomy does not draw the left wing tyrants the way anthropology does. Maybe because humans haven’t met aliens yet, or the difference between cosmic and comic is the letter s. At least observing galaxies is about as far away as one can get from politics without actually leaving the Earth.

          • me

            I’VE met aliens….the illegal kind.

          • journey

            “At least astronomy does not draw the left wing tyrants the way anthropology does.”

            There’s less room for them to muck around with their delusional nonsense.

          • Sick of it

            Virtually everything I learned about astronomy was outside of the classroom. We weren’t taught astronomy in school, excepting an aerospace science class in ROTC.

          • IstvanIN

            I have some old astronomy books from when I was a kid. Pluto will always be a planet to me. Love ya, Pluto, and wish I could move there.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            Yes, but Pluto has plenty of company, such as five moons, which are Charon, Nix, Keberos, Styx and Hydra. It is not the largest Kuiper belt object, that is Eris with it’s moon Dysnomia. While I have observed all the other planets many times, I never seen Pluto. Trying to find a 14th magnitude speck with the haze and severe light pollution along the Gulf Coast is nearly impossible, and now it takes at least a 12-inch to have a reasonable chance of finding it.

          • IstvanIN

            I haven’t had a telescope since I was a kid but it was fascinating to actually see a satellite move across the surface of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. Not to mention the craters of the moon and the lines on Mars. I can not remember if I saw Uranus and Neptune, but I think so.

          • Martel733

            It might be cold but there are no non Asian minorities there.

          • dd121

            Bring a coat and a flashlight.

          • I still have all my old college astronomy textbooks. Not only are they fun, but selling used college textbooks back to the bookstore was (and I imagine still is) a complete rip-off.

          • SFLBIB

            I had the ultimate rip-off. Professor told us to buy a certain $13 book on analog computers for his course. [This was at a time when the average engineering book was about $8.] It was a thin book, at that.

            He never taught from it, nor did he even make an assignment from it. One day I was perusing the bookstore and found a $4 book on analog computers. The upshot was it appeared to be the one he was actually using for class.

            At the end of the semester, I tried to sell it back, but the bookstore man told me they didn’t even want it for free.

          • Martel733

            We would have a base on mars if not for spending trillions failing to make blacks equal. The left can not understand the concept of opportunity cost.

          • evilsandmich

            I find myself explaining basic astronomy to folks I had thought would have learned it in school

            Hells bells, I find myself explaining so many basic items to people that I wonder if they did anything at all in their 12 years of primary school education.

          • Some of them spent their time watching TV, sitting around listening to music, playing basketball, getting high, beating “random” white folks up, and having unprotected sex with anything that would lay still long enough.

          • Flossie

            Apostrophe’s have gone the way of the dodo. Except when forming plural’s, of course.

        • David Ashton

          Trouble is they remain influential, and lack rivals.

        • I gave up on broadcast TV long ago, and have never had cable. The only use the TV here sees is movies on DVD which we have chosen ourselves.

          The Hollyweirdos’ woes are entirely self-inflicted. Some of them are capable of producing good movies, but they usually choose not to.
          The urge to produce politically-correct drivel is too strong among most of them. Even if the personal lives of so many movie actors weren’t so completely abhorrent, I still wouldn’t be interested in paying seven dollars to sit through a two-hour brainwashing session. I imagine the freaks who produce and act in some of these productions are so far from being normal that they honestly think everyone else is as weird as they are.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      “This quality drop was gradual, so it was planned.”

      You’ve lost me here. Help me out?

      • journey

        Do not know how you are confused? The slide in quality was gradual over the years, not sudden. Perhaps they were hoping the public would not notice especially in the younger generations.

        • Usually Much Calmer

          Thank you for the reply but it was nothing by way of explanation. Gradual does not imply planned. It will gradually get dark this evening, no one plans it.

          Why must I think bad magazines are ‘planned’?

          • journey

            Because one can see the quality of the writings gradually getting less and less over time. The quality did not just slip on its own. There were some humans in control. As for the real reasons, we can only surmised.
            As for the natural occurrences of changes in daylight, they are subjected to natural laws so that we have an orderly cosmos. If you believe in divinity, then there is a supreme mind that created those natural laws.
            Do not how to make it any simpler for you.

          • David Ashton

            Editorial comment gives the game away.

          • journey

            That’s funny.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            Now I am twice disappointed; I often find you quite clear, David.
            Ah, well.

          • David Ashton

            What was the other disappointment? My entry on negro hair &c?

            I referred here to the slant put on information by supposedly objective albeit popular UK journals on science and history, like “New Scientist” or BBC “History” magazine – sometimes more explicit and increasingly obvious in the editorial comment. Nothing amusing about it.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            I first failed to understand journey, then you. You’ve cleared up our failure to communicate, all is well.

            I have noticed perhaps the same thing; a preachy paragraph in the middle of a news story. For example yesterday The AP had a piece about KKK members on a police force in Florida. Smack dab in the middle of the story is a blurb about how the KKK used to terrify black people and white people punished blacks extralegally. Oooh, Kaay. Thanks for the history lesson, AP! When I read about interest rates and FOMC meetings, do I get a short history of banking in America? No.

            I get it in the KKK story and the result is it seems I am not allowed to think about the KKK without ‘thinking bad thoughts’. But I’m not sure this is ‘planned’- it is more likely to be the reporter trying not to get fired for writing about the KKK. The above WaPo article about Mr. Jogalekar may give credence to my way of thinking rather than journey’s.

            Thank you for the reply, David. I continue to appreciate your input.

          • Martel733

            Affirmative action is a plan to remove merit.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            Ah. So some cabal is ‘endumbening’ us. And this we can be certain of. . . because it is happening gradually?

            Thank you all. I had thought that the Rand Corporation and the Council on Foreign Relations might be involved.

            Shhh. . . they’ll hear us.

            Seriously? We’re loosing critical thinking skills because life was easy for a while, due to a complex confluence of factors that are not under the control of any entity.

        • Martel733

          I thought that forcing places to hire affirmative actions would have cause the decline.

        • Rhialto

          Perhaps as readership and ad buy rates declined, the mag management sought to improve the situation by lowering the intellectual quality of their mag’s content. This may have reduced but not reversed the decline. As the decline continued, the quality was continuously reduced until it reached today’s MTV level, for example Time magazine.

    • Northern American-Nationalist

      I disagree. It’s the social lowest common denominator effect at work.

      The gradual dumbing down is likely primarily because the IQ of the average “American” has gradually gone down as Whites became a gradually smaller portion of the population, and Scientific American probably wants to appeal to all “Americans” like always, I imagine; not to mention, Gen X permissive educational habits (or lack there of) during their youth years (encompassing most of the same decades as large-scale, legal non-White immigration) is partly to blame as well as far as Whites are concerned.

      • journey

        Actually, magazines like Scientific American because of its once upon a time high quality scientific articles were always only for a small segment of the population. If I was to guess without doing extensive research, the magazine was probably sold and then turned into a money making advertisement funnel. The social media is basically about how much advertisement money can be generated? And it takes money to have a staff to just maintain high quality articles. Scientific America could almost be considered a professional journal at one time.

        And if one looks at the international testing scores, if blacks/Hispanics are taken out of the equation, this country would still rank in the upper %. Besides, the majority of blacks/Hispanics do not read such magazines as Scientific American even when dumbed down.

      • Even if the human raw material had remained of consistent quality, expectations are now lower than they once were.

  • Citizen

    Maybe a new title would be Liberal Invader.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    ““While we believe that [the racism and sexism] charges are excessive, we share readers’ concerns. Although we expect our bloggers to cover controversial topics from time to time, we also recognize that sensitive issues require extra care, and that did not happen here.”

    The only “extra care” that will ever satisfy deniers of racial differences is the complete abolition of the mention of biological racial differences. They, however, have no problem using differences in race group outcomes as their proof for systemic racism. So race differences can be discussed, but only on their terms. Totalitarianism, anyone?

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “Jogalekar noted the physicist’s…. delight in documenting his strategies for picking up women in bars.”

    Holy crap! We can’t have a man acting like a man in our new post-gender, post-race, post-normalcy utopia.

    • Oil Can Harry

      If the physicist had given his strategy for picking up men in gay bars this p.c. rag would’ve applauded him.

      • Martel733

        Lay down on your belly doesn’t seem that hard to figure out.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      And he had relationships with women and once made one woman feel bad.

      This makes absolutely no sense. I’m trying to figure out why Feynman catches so much flak. I’ve read a bit of his writings and my impression of him is highly favorable. Where I went to school he was revered. Maybe is it just the same disjoint between reality and manufactured ‘reality’ that I see everywhere, but it really confuses me.

  • gemjunior

    Can’t wait till Curtis Brainard is fired, when everyone collectively gets their brain cells back and there is a big fat massive purge of The Cowards who covered up the truth in favor of the more popular current opinions.

  • Adolf Verloc

    Jogalekar was a marked man the instant he wrote the “A Troublesome Inheritance” review.

    • IstvanIN

      Had he savaged it he would have been OK.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    A series of blog posts on the magazine’s Web site over the past few months has unleashed waves of criticism and claims that the publication was promoting racism, sexism and “genetic determinism.”

    “Genetic determinism?” Oh my God, is that a great evil now? We’ve come all this way since the time of Gregor Mendel only to make the belief that genes determine things a crime?

    • Jacobite2

      Lysenko came after Mendel also, and it didn’t matter to Leftists. By God, Leftism could change human nature (permanently) by manipulating the environment, and that was it for old Gregor.

      • David Ashton

        “Epigenetics” – the new buzzword.

        • Jacobite2

          I’ve looked ‘epigenetics’ up, and, to the extent I understand it, it seems different from classical Lamarkism/Lysenkoism, which is the heritability of acquired characteristics. This new idea involves direct effects on the DNA/RNA expression by chemicals or something(?), not societal changes or economic alterations creating a new Human Nature. Of course, Marxists/materialists don’t believe in (or claim not to believe in) Human Nature, so it’s not much of a problem for them to fantasize about the New Socialist Man they’re on the brink of creating in Cuba or China. As Chesterton (I think) said: “Leftism is the relentless battle against normality in every aspect of life”. Once you understand that the philosophy of Leftism is nothing more than the ‘maguffin’ that these aliens/defectives use as an explanation/excuse for their crusade to destroy normal human society, all the “Frankfurt-School-endless-critique-of-Gentile-society” agit-prop is self-explanatory.

          • David Ashton

            Google “The Guardian” article by Michael Brooks, “Why are Jamaicans so good at sprinting?”, July 21, 2014.

            Excellent quote, whether GKC or not.

          • Jacobite2

            I see the epigenetic slant, but the article reminds me more of a kid’s magic trick. “Mumbo-jumbo, abracadabra, presto!” and a history of slavery and poverty have influenced the expression of genes in disadvantageous ways. Huh? The basics of black running ability has always been taught as the uniquely relative long limbs in blacks compared to the trunk (also the relative length of the femur to the tibia.fibula). It’s simple physics, as in leverage. I had to ID race from skeletal remains in Phys Anthro classes (something still possible to imagine at that time, 40 years ago), so we concentrated on all the characteristic relationships among various bones, among various races. Today, you send a DNA sample to the lab — back then it was something of an art.

          • David Ashton

            Remember Garn’s “Human Races”? Very difficult to obtain a copy of even that – slightly PC – volume (with its silly pictures).

          • Jacobite2

            No, I don’t recall that work. I’ll look it up though, as I have read most books on race. When I was in grad school, “Human Races” meant Carleton S. Coon (although clouds were already on the horizon, and Jensen’s ’69 article in Harvard Review of Education instantaneously unleashed the Lysenkoist putsch in my university in every department of the social studies). My respect for higher education sublimed like CO2.

          • David Ashton

            I watched the Putsch, the so-called “retreat of scientific racism”.
            Coon & Garn worked together on at least one book.
            The “enemy” has colonized vast areas of academe, as you know.
            Vincent Sarich and a few others have tried to disturb the “con-sensus”.

          • Jacobite2

            Just ordered both Garn’s Human Races, and the presentations by him and Coon on race-formation. The exceedingly odd thing about this is that Big-Anthropology is in full-denial mode at the same time the geneticists are using human genome data to re-instate the old theories of race and evolution (in the last 60,000 years, by humans, I mean). Being a Leftist means never having to feel shame, I guess. I do hope S. J. Gould can keep up with the latest journals down there in Hell. The torture would hardly be complete if he couldn’t.

          • David Ashton

            Do you know also: J. R. Baker (whose “Race” – withdrawn by OUP and replaced by Montagu’s “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth”) recently reprinted by a “racist” publisher; the comments by Glayde Whitney on L.L.Cavalli-Sforza; V. Sarich & F. Miele; “Human Variation” (Osbore, Noble, Weyl); J.P.Rushton (available for download). These are just quick notes, as my eldest daughter has just called about a fire in her flats.

          • David Ashton

            My reply to this has not appeared (yet) on this thread, but here is a (typical) addition from the London “Times Literary Supplement”, July 25, review by the Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard, David Armitage, of “Racisms” by Franciso Bethencourt. It puts it a a nutshell for all of us whose “racism” retains its “purulent place in our minds and hearts”:-

            “The western hemisphere remains the region most scarred and stratified by the residues of racism…. Mobility characterized racism as Europeans transported it from continent to continent…. Racism lingers in census categories and self-identification long after any significant biological basis for it has been exploded. The dream of a post-racial society is far from being achieved anywhere in the world, even [sic] in such apparently homogeneous communities as Japan or Iceland…. Racism may not be age-old, but nor is it just skin-deep.”

          • Jacobite2

            First: “racism” is no more than 160 years old, as a word and as a concept. Before the SW Asians began re-defining normal human behavior as ‘wrong’, every European (and every normal human being on earth) proceeded with normal social-animal behavior — treating their in-group with amity, and out-groups with enmity. These aliens in Europe proceeded to transmogrify perfectly normal behavior into the new offense of ‘racism’. The only positive use that the concept of “racism” can have, would be to finally disprove the Enlightenment fantasy that truth always wins out in the “marketplace of ideas” (did I miss these same people arguing that pure beef will win out as-if-by-magic in the marketplace of meat?). As for Prof Armitage, that would be the Blankfein Professor of History at the Frankfurt School at Cambridge, MA? Personally, I’m still waiting for someone to tell me what the ‘BIg Lie’ Goebbels was talking about was. Germans, the most literate people on earth at the time, had the neon-glow example of Heinrich Heine, as well as the Berlin cabarets and theaters and UFA, to demonstrate German-Jewishness; no propaganda was necessary. Race-as-a-social-construct, on a mendacity scale, leaves any Nazi propaganda I’ve even seen looking like the Shining Absolute Truth by comparison. There’s no lie bigger or more brazen than telling people that what they are seeing in front of their eyes is not there. Orwell was erring on the side of conservatism in writing “Animal Farm”. This is why I decided long ago that “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is the most important fairy-tale that any 20th or 21st Century kid should be told.

          • Jacobite2

            And another thing! Who the h*ll has a dream of a post-racial society? As I always understood the concept of “society” (animal or human), the sine qua non of any society/nation/people was a shared common origin among members (i.e., a familial relationship, i.e., DNA). But I’m being cute here — of course, those wishing to re-define ‘society’ are those who do not meet the natural/normal criterion of ethnic identity necessary for membership.

      • Lysenko was also the complete idiot who destroyed Soviet agriculture. Before World War One, Russia was a major food-exporter. They were particularly important to Germany as a source of livestock feed.

        • Jacobite2

          Lysenko was a Leftist hack, but his contribution to the Communist movement was in providing a quasi-plausible justification for the Soviet program of societal destruction (the endless and random terror and killing of Lenin and Stalin) as leading to a New Socialist Man. Gregor Mendel and Luther Burbank as a tag-team couldn’t have saved Russian agriculture from collectivization. It doesn’t work; it can never work, because Human Nature does exist.

  • dd121

    As I said a few days ago, I subscribed for years until the writing and editing got to the point of unreadability. It has always drifted left so what they did doesn’t surprise. Maybe Martin thought the truth would protect him.

    • It is supposed to work that way when one is discussing scientific matters.

      • dd121

        Some of it was written on a fourth grade level without the good grammar.

      • Martel733

        I guess he didn’t hear about Dr James Watson that won a nobel prize for discovering DNA getting howled at by monkeys for saying IQ was mostly genetic.

      • dd121

        Not in the new world of Cultural Marxism.

  • me

    Unscientific American–where politically correct egalitarianism trumps reality and scientific discovery.

  • Bill

    It’s a shame that a ‘free and open discussion’ can no longer be had, especially among scientists.

    • dd121

      “Global warming” is a prime example. Submit a proposal to the NSF for funding for a study that questions the leftist’s premise of global warming and I guarantee they won’t get approved.

      • The ironic aspect to the concern about global warming (whether or not it is anthropogenic) is that ice ages have always started with a brief warming period.

        • dd121

          I remember that in the ’70s the popular press was predicting that we were moving into a cooling period. The temperature can go up or down. All we humans can do is try to adapt.

  • IstvanIN

    Thank goodness I don’t subscribe, I can stop buying it in the supermarket.

    • When I’m curious about a magazine, I read it at the public library. Sure, my property taxes have already paid for it there, but I’m not in for any extra money.

  • The viral infection of political correctness continues to spread, but is getting so ridiculous that it is becoming a parody of itself. One way to combat the nonsense was suggested by mindweapon over at Mindweapons in Ragnorok, which is to troll the multiculturalists via exaggeration and extreme approval.
    For example, in this case, if I go over and troll SA, I’ll call for all white males to be barred from working or publishing there, while claiming that all of them must do some sort of penance to continue to be allowed to breathe.
    Get the idea? Mindweapon has used this technique to good effect in the past. Just be a crazy, insane PC type. BTW, there’s research to show that when an extreme form of PC is expressed, the libtards begin to see what nonsense they’re pedaling.

    • Kenner

      ‘Agree and amplify’.

    • Mahound

      Could we take SciAm to court on racism charges for firing a person of color?

  • Maximo Partagas

    Yet another person sacrificed at the alter of political correctness.

  • I kicked this rag to the curb about a decade ago for being overtly political. This news should surprise no one.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Scientific American fired Ashutosh Jogalekar, a working chemist, as their science writer.

    Recent posts on AmRen have indicated many of us used to consume science writing via Scientific American but ceased because of declining standards and bias in reportage.

    Mr Jogalekar states in the article that he will continue to write about science at his own blog, under the name The Curious Wave Function.(wavefunctionDOTfieldofscienceDOTcom)

    So if everyone interested in the science writing of a type done by Mr Jogalekar just moves over to consuming it directly from him and other unbiased scientists, everybody wins except the editors and business managers at Scientific American!

    Sometimes problems solve themselves. Aint life grand?

  • redpill99

    A series of blog posts on the magazine’s Web site over the past few
    months has unleashed waves of criticism and claims that the publication
    was promoting racism, sexism and “genetic determinism.”

    yet same liberals promote the claim homosexuality is genetic

  • David Ashton

    Politically corrected – like the weeklies in Britain, including “New Scientist” and monthly “history” magazines.

  • MBlanc46

    The pushback against science from the politically correct is only going to increase.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Plenty of science will be spared completely. The complicated or boring fields will never be touched by this mania. Watching the division is fascinating. Will it create cultural divisions between scientists about what science is depending on their exposure to it?

  • dean53

    Here’s Ashutosh (Ash) Jogalekar. Indian born and bred — and saner than Curtis Brainard, the pathetic PC white coward who fired him. With wimps like Curtis, no wonder the Turd World children can invade us with impunity.

  • dean53

    Ashutosh Jogalekar, Indian born and bred — and saner than Curtis Brainard, the pathetic PC white coward who fired him. With wimps like Curtis, no wonder the Turd World children can invade us with impunity.

  • Paleoconn

    Another PC rag whose readership should dwindle with news like this reaching the public. They print a klansman pic in a piece denouncing this Indian writer’s kind review of Nick Wade’s book, and they say Jogelakar’s work is not appropriate?

    White liberals are the most loathsome creature on this planet. A cancer on the human race to paraphrase Sontag. When we patriots make our stand against the hordes, we should deliver every last one of these quislings and their progeny to our vanquished foe…and pass around the popcorn.

  • Mahound

    This is just another campaign in the Cultural Marxists’ war on science.

  • IKUredux

    You see? This is a perfect example about why you cannot believe anything you read. Holy crap! Who can you trust anymore? Trust yourself, firstmost. Then, trust your closest friends. NOBODY ELSE. Believe NO polls. As far as anything else: VERIFY, VERIFY, VERIFY. TPTB think that lying to hoi polloi is job one.

  • Alexandra1973

    Discrimination holds back women?

    As a woman, I have to say–“Sorry, don’t think so.”

    I was in honor’s math in school (and males tend to do better in math), yet I still found it rather boring. I wasn’t really interested. I’m more interested in languages and music.

    Let me guess–this is because I’m being discriminated against.

    Excuse me while I go bust a gut laughing….

    • M.

      No, it’s because the patriarchy and rape culture instilled those sexist thoughts into your brain.

      • Alexandra1973

        Do I detect sarcasm? 🙂

        • M.

          Yep. 😉

          No one is that retarded. Well…

    • Discrimination holds back women?

      Women currently earn more doctoral degrees in the USA each year than men.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    This “all races are equal” propaganda has no basis in reality or science. It’s simply unscientific and unintellectual. The people trying to cover up genetic science are just going to look dumber and dumber by the day as the research and evidence continues to stack up against their lies.

    • Alexandra1973

      I would agree with “we are all human.” I believe in “created equal” in that sense, that each of us is a human being with God-given rights (natural law).

      I also recognize that pit bulls are dogs just as much as Boston terriers are. They’re all part of dog-kind.

      But no two human beings, much less two races in general, are equal in intelligence, temperament, and the like. Race is to man as breed is to dog. And what I said about natural law…that doesn’t mean I think we should mix. Certain races are incompatible with certain forms of government. I believe each race should have its own nation(s) and they can have the governments that best suit them.

  • Transpower

    Scientific America is actually a statist/Leftist publication; they hardly ever disagree with the current dominant paradigms.