Agustin Fuentes once again flaunts his virtue via misleading statements

We’ve met Agustín Fuentes before. An anthropologist at Princeton, he’s trying to carve a niche for himself by defending woke science, most notably by being the most prominent person to publicly accuse Darwin of racism and sexism, and in so doing committing some scientific missteps. Here’s what I wrote at the time: Here’s a Fuentes … Continue reading Agustin Fuentes once again flaunts his virtue via misleading statements

Bob Richards answers Agustin Fuentes

A few weeks back, Agustín Fuentes, a biological anthropologist and primatologist at Princeton, wrote an op-ed in Science about Darwin’s racism and sexism as Fuentes’s way of “celebrating” the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s pair of books The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. What Fuentes did was treat Darwin as if he … Continue reading Bob Richards answers Agustin Fuentes

One response to Agustín Fuentes’s Darwin-dissing

On May 21 the anthropologist Agustín Fuentes published a tirade in Science against Darwin for being racist, sexist, and white supremacist—the inevitable takedown of a man who was far more liberal than his Victorian contemporaries (Darwin was, for one thing, an ardent abolitionist). And yes, Darwin did entertain some views that were racist and sexist, … Continue reading One response to Agustín Fuentes’s Darwin-dissing

Agustín Fuentes grossly misrepresents the sex binary in (guess where?) Scientific American; argues that those who accept a binary do so out of bigotry, transphobia, and racism

If you want a combination of an author and a venue guaranteed to produce ideologically-motivated nonsense, it’s Agustin Fuentes writing at Scientific American. The combination of a badly misguided author, distorting biology for political reasons, with a magazine devoted to promulgating “authoritarian progressive” ideology disguised as science, gives me the same feeling I’d have if … Continue reading Agustín Fuentes grossly misrepresents the sex binary in (guess where?) Scientific American; argues that those who accept a binary do so out of bigotry, transphobia, and racism

Our letter to Science about Agustín Fuentes’s Darwin-bashing

On May 21, Princeton anthropologist Agustín Fuentes published a takedown of Darwin in a Science op-ed on the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. Asserting that Darwin was a racist, a white supremacist, and a man whose ideas justified “colonialism” as well as “genocide,” Fuentes’s piece was over the … Continue reading Our letter to Science about Agustín Fuentes’s Darwin-bashing

Robert Wright takes apart Agustín Fuentes’s critique of Darwin

On May 22 I discussed, or rather criticized sharply, a takedown of Darwin published in Science by by Agustín Fuentes, a primatologist and biological anthropologist at Princeton University. This year is the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s two-part book: The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. And while there was a good article in the same issue … Continue reading Robert Wright takes apart Agustín Fuentes’s critique of Darwin

A misguided critique of genetic ancestry testing

Unfortunately, NPR has gotten hold of Agustín Fuentes, who seems to have a strong ideological slant on biology, to explain to its listeners the “problems” with using DNA tests for ascertaining your ancestry—as many of us have done with companies like 23andMe™.  Sadly, Fuentes’s “criticisms” of the method and results are misguided, bespeaking either an … Continue reading A misguided critique of genetic ancestry testing

British reaction to the sex binary kerfuffle: The Daily Mail and Steven Knight

I continue to be amazed at how much dust is stirred up by simply asserting the biological observation that, in animals and vacular plants, there are but two sexes, and those sexes are defined by the reproductive equipment they have. Males are “designed” (I’m speaking teleologically: “evolved” is what I mean) to make small, mobile … Continue reading British reaction to the sex binary kerfuffle: The Daily Mail and Steven Knight

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on the Cruelest Day: Tuesday, November 29, 2022: National Chocolates Day (note the plural). I will recommend once again See’s Candies as the source of the best American chocolates, regardless of price; they’re better than overprice brands like Godiva. Look at this box! It’s also National Lemon Creme Pie Day (what is “creme”?), … Continue reading Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Readers’ wildlife photos

Send in your photos, folkx! (That’s the ideologically correct spelling of “folks”.) I am in desperate need of wildlife pictures. Here’s today’s contributor, as described in a previous post: Today’s photos come from Rosemary Alles, who lives in South Africa and works for a conservation organization that partners with local people. Her narrative and captions are … Continue reading Readers’ wildlife photos