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The Fallacy of Equating the Hereditarian Hypothesis with Racism

Independent researcher, Cambridge, UK
Psych 2019, 1(1), 262-278; https://doi.org/10.3390/psych1010018
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 21 May 2019 / Accepted: 22 May 2019 / Published: 24 May 2019
There is a large amount of evidence that groups differ in average cognitive ability. The hereditarian hypothesis states that these differences are partly or substantially explained by genetics. Despite being a positive claim about the world, this hypothesis is frequently equated with racism, and scholars who defend it are frequently denounced as racists. Yet equating the hereditarian hypothesis with racism is a logical fallacy. The present article identifies ten common arguments for why the hereditarian hypothesis is racist and demonstrates that each one is fallacious. The article concludes that society will be better served if the hereditarian hypothesis is treated the same way as any other scientific claim—critically, but dispassionately. View Full-Text
Keywords: hereditarian hypothesis; racism; logical fallacy; category error; ethics hereditarian hypothesis; racism; logical fallacy; category error; ethics
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Carl, N. The Fallacy of Equating the Hereditarian Hypothesis with Racism. Psych 2019, 1, 262-278.

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