Did forbidden science cost 30 year New York Times writer his job?

Thomas Lifson
Although nobody is speaking on the record, it appears as though a veteran science writer and editor at the New York Times has lost his job because he published a book about genetics and sub-Saharan Africans.  No topic is more sensitive than genetic questions regarding the anomalous statistical phenomena regarding sub-Saharan Africans, at home and in the diaspora. Chris Reed of the Daily Caller:

Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians.

Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wade’s science or his conclusions? It’s unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment.

Wade’s last Times article appeared April 24. His Penguin Press book “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, May 6. In excerpts from his bookhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png posted by Time.com on Friday, he is identified as a “former science editor” of the Times. Until then, coverage of his book called him a current Times journalist.

Wade’s main thesis is that “human evolution has been recent, copious and regional.” He writes, “Though there is still a large random element, the broad general theme of human history is that each race has developed the institutions appropriate to secure survival in its particular environment.”

Suggesting in any way that genetics could have behavioral implications for groups of people is forbidden. Except, of course, when a genetic explanation is used to account for homosexual behavior, in which case it becomes nearly mandatory doctrine.

And the Left, which loves evolution as a concept to denigrate religious stories of the origins of life, abhors evolution when it comes to explaining groups’ behavior.

Update: The website Occam's Razor maintains that Wade was not fired, based on an unnamed source:

The Daily Caller ran a story saying Nicholas Wade was fired over a Troublesome Inheritance.  This story is false. (If it were true, it wouldn’t be surprising, as the USA now seems committed to anti-Darwinian liberal creationism.) Anyway, just heard from reliable source that Wade took a retirement package a couple of years ago.  The deal was that he could continue to make occasional contributions on a fee basis.   Info on NY Times buyouts ishere.  Charles Murray tweets corrective here and here.  Nicholas Wade confirms here that he was not fired.

 

Although nobody is speaking on the record, it appears as though a veteran science writer and editor at the New York Times has lost his job because he published a book about genetics and sub-Saharan Africans.  No topic is more sensitive than genetic questions regarding the anomalous statistical phenomena regarding sub-Saharan Africans, at home and in the diaspora. Chris Reed of the Daily Caller:

Nicholas Wade, a British-born science reporter and editor for more than 30 years with The New York Times, is no longer with the newspaper — just days after the release of his latest book, in which he depicts blacks with roots in sub-Saharan Africa as genetically less adapted to modern life than whites and Asians.

Was The New York Times uncomfortable with Wade’s science or his conclusions? It’s unclear. Neither Wade nor his former employer returned requests for comment.

Wade’s last Times article appeared April 24. His Penguin Press book “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, May 6. In excerpts from his bookhttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png posted by Time.com on Friday, he is identified as a “former science editor” of the Times. Until then, coverage of his book called him a current Times journalist.

Wade’s main thesis is that “human evolution has been recent, copious and regional.” He writes, “Though there is still a large random element, the broad general theme of human history is that each race has developed the institutions appropriate to secure survival in its particular environment.”

Suggesting in any way that genetics could have behavioral implications for groups of people is forbidden. Except, of course, when a genetic explanation is used to account for homosexual behavior, in which case it becomes nearly mandatory doctrine.

And the Left, which loves evolution as a concept to denigrate religious stories of the origins of life, abhors evolution when it comes to explaining groups’ behavior.

Update: The website Occam's Razor maintains that Wade was not fired, based on an unnamed source:

The Daily Caller ran a story saying Nicholas Wade was fired over a Troublesome Inheritance.  This story is false. (If it were true, it wouldn’t be surprising, as the USA now seems committed to anti-Darwinian liberal creationism.) Anyway, just heard from reliable source that Wade took a retirement package a couple of years ago.  The deal was that he could continue to make occasional contributions on a fee basis.   Info on NY Times buyouts ishere.  Charles Murray tweets corrective here and here.  Nicholas Wade confirms here that he was not fired.