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“I HAVE no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied, especially in tales written to teach children to be good, that babies are born pretty much alike, and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, and man and man, are steady application and moral effort. It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality. The experiences of the nursery, the school, the University, and of professional careers, are a chain of proofs to the contrary.”
–Francis Galton

Human Varieties is a group blog focused on a (mostly) dispassionate examination of the varieties of the human family. The main contributors are John Fuerst (Chuck), Jason Malloy, Meng Hu, and Dalliard.

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  1. To whom it may concern,

    I had several questions about the blog and Mr. Fuerst’s blog, I am exceptionally interested in his work. I just wanted clarification regarding The Nature Of Race study: was it peer reviewed? If so, by who? It is exceptionally well researched and I wanted to know what other academics were saying about it? Also, I am looking to support Human Varieties. How can I do so?

    Thank you,
    Jacob Marston

    • Dear Jacob,

      You can email me at j122177@hotmail.com if you would like to discuss some point in more detail.

      Regarding NofR, it was submitted as a book to Davide Piffer’s Open Behavioral Genetics. Usually books are not peer reviewed in the way that journal papers are. That said, I received some incisive commentary from David Piffer (PhD student), Peter Frost (anthropologist), Neven Sesardic (philosopher, minor comments via email), and Kevin MacDonald (Psychologist), and others (some which do not want their names noted). Some refused to review, noting PC concerns. (I would have to look through my many email exchnges. During the process of writing it, I conversed with a number of scholars to clarify their positions e.g., J. Shiao and technical issue e.g., H. Harpending)

      I am not sure of all who read it. Michael Woodley encouraged me to publish a version elsewhere, so I imagine he did. Economist Greg Christiansen commented on it via Email. Brian Boutwell and Co. praised it and linked to it in a post — but then scrubbed the links, apparently after he read the hit piece on me by Rationalwiki — or some othr allegations. What he originally said via email was: “On a different note, my colleagues and I have a paper under review at an academic journal right now in which we cite (multiple times) your excellent review piece on race. Additionally, we wanted to include a link to your paper in our Quillette essay. If you check out the endnotes in our essay now, it provides readers with a direct link to the pdf version of your paper. I hope a lot of people read it, as it’s very important work. (6, 26, 2016)”. So, I know it has had some influence. But many are leary of citing it, for whatever reason.

      Whatever the case, I don’t really care. The important thing was that I clarified the issue to myself and was able to identify a useful concept for my own research. I am currently work on a paper on pre-evolutionary concepts of race. Eventually, I would like to update NofR, but I need to do some more background research.

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