Nicholas J. Wade


El dia 19 de enero de 2015, el diario de Madrid “El Mundo” publicó un reportaje sobre  el último libro del biólogo Nicholas Wade, “Una herencia incómoda” (Ed. Ariel), que trata de las razas humanas.

Nicholas Wade (born May 17, 1942)[1] was formerly a staff writer for the Science Times section of The New York Times.[2][3] He is also an author, who most recently has written the controversial book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human Historythat has been both criticized and praised by scientists and reviewers.[4] [5] [6]


His A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (2014) was criticized in the New York Times Book Review of Sunday July 13, David Dobbs wrote that it was “a deeply flawed, deceptive, and dangerous book” with “pernicious conceits”. However, Edward O Wilson of Harvard University says of the book, “Nicholas Wade combines the virtues of truth without fear and the celebration of genetic diversity as a strength of humanity, thereby creating a forum appropriate to the twenty-first century.” And Ashutosh Jogalekar of Scientific American wrote, “Extremely well-researched, thoughtfully written and objectively argued…. The real lesson of the book should not be lost on us: A scientific topic cannot be declared off limits or whitewashed because its findings can be socially or politically incendiary.” Some biologists, however, categorically dismissed his view of race in a joint letter published in the New York Times on August 8, 2014: “Wade juxtaposes an incomplete and inaccurate account of our research on human genetic differences with speculation that recent natural selection has led to worldwide differences in I.Q. test results, political institutions and economic development. We reject Wade’s implication that our findings substantiate his guesswork.”[1] Nonetheless, Wade replied: “I make no such statement. To the contrary, my book explicitly takes no position on the cause of racial differences in I.Q. results, given the difficulty of assessing the many factors other than genetics that heavily influence I.Q. scores. I find it hard to see how any reader of the book could have missed this point, and can only assume that the organizers of the biologists’ letter induced many signatories to condemn a book they had not read.” [



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