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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Philippe Rushton

Philippe Rushton, comparative biologist of the human species, has himself become a fossil. Hat-tip to Lawrence Auster; who offers an obituary.

Auster also has this, though-

However, in my last conversation with him, at the February 2009 Preserving Western Civilization conference near Baltimore where we were both speakers, I did something that inadvertently disturbed his usual equanimity. We were gathering in a hotel bar after the conclusion of the conference, and I said something to the effect that I did not believe in the Darwinian evolution of new life forms by random genetic mutations and natural selection. He immediately became very upset and ended the conversation. For the record, Phil, and to put your spirit at ease on this point, I was not challenging the idea, central to your work, that intra-species differences, such as the differences between sub-Saharan Africans and Scandinavians, may occur through natural selection, but rather the Darwinian claim that entirely new species have come into existence through random mutation and natural selection.

Rushton's spirit (however we define "spirit") will not be appeased by this. What was central to Rushton's work was not intra-species differences. Rushton's micro-Darwinism was the logical conclusion of his macro-Darwinism.


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