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“Genetics, Darwinism, and Race:  Reflections on David Reich’s Who We Are and How We Got Here , ” by David Depew (University of Iowa)

Date: 3:30pm PST March 8 Location: J.R. Howard Hall 202

  • David Depew (University of Iowa)
    David Depew (University of Iowa)

J.R. Howard Hall 202

David Reich has argued that behavioral and cognitive traits, and as well as distinctive genetic risks, map onto traditional ideas of race. This claim has occasioned scandal. I argue that Reich conflates the gene of population genetics with the molecular gene, with the result that in the case of modern humans he fails to work with a sufficiently rich conception of how culture affects evolution.  The claim has general application for philosophy of biology.  


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