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

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

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

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

Response by Brian Charlesworth to the latest episode of Darwin-dissing

My friend, colleague, and former chair Brian Charlesworth, a well known evolutionary geneticist, had some thoughts about Agustín Fuentes’s op-ed critique of Charles Darwin recently published in Science. (See my own posts about Fuentes here, here, and here.)  As you’ll see, he feels that Fuentes distorted Darwin’s views; Brian attempts a longer and more objective … Continue reading Response by Brian Charlesworth to the latest episode of Darwin-dissing

Yet another failed and ideologically-driven attempt to show that there is no sex binary in humans

The first two responses I had to the title of this article by Princeton anthropologist Agustín Fuentes in Sapiens (an anthropology magazine) were, “No, biological science does not reject the sex binary, but I guess you do”; and “we don’t determine what’s true or false based on what’s good for humanity.” Click to read: You … Continue reading Yet another failed and ideologically-driven attempt to show that there is no sex binary in humans

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

A Pecksniffian anthropologist takes down Darwin for being a man of his time

It’s the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s The Descent of Man (people often forget that it’s paired with another book, Selection in Relation to Sex), and the journal Science has celebrated the year in two ways. The first is an article pointing out, tiresomely, erroneously, and not for the first time, that Darwin was a … Continue reading A Pecksniffian anthropologist takes down Darwin for being a man of his time

A comment worth highlighting

Just to give kudos to a reader for some cogent remarks, here is a comment from “Rupert Pupkin” on my post “Agustin Fuentes once again flaunts his virtue via misleading statements.” The indented bit is from Fuentes’s Daily Princetonian article: The Social Justice theocrats are almost impossible to debate, as they are fundamentalists who honestly believe … Continue reading A comment worth highlighting