Steve Hsu, the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University, Is a Racist

Update: As Nick Land informed me in the comments below, Mr. Hsu changed his comment at his blog from the one quoted before to:

Here’s an answer to your question from the discussion at Tyler Cowen’s blog (he reviewed the book). Note this is not my comment — however, it illustrates that the most interesting aspect of Wade’s book might be the reactions to it and the manner in which people position themselves.

My original quote below, however, was accurate. Here’s a screen grab:stevehsuuncertaintyprinciple

I was originally going to include instead of the quote, but when the image was large enough to be legible it interfered with the blog’s formatting.

In the original quote it was unclear that he was quoting someone else in that different discussion, as the passage isn’t attributed to anyone or marked in a way that indicates it’s a quotation (quotation marks, italics, etc.).

We regret the error.

End of Update

Call it the Steve Hsu Uncertainty Principle. You push your bigotry while maintaining a false cloak of sticking to the science. This is racist.

Here’s an answer to your question from the discussion at Tyler Cowen’s blog (he reviewed the book):

http://marginalrevolution.com/…

1. You are not going to learn any new Science

2. You are going to learn what happens in your society when a distinguished and relatively prominent Science journalist publishes a prominent book in which he shows a bit of courage and gets as close as possible to promoting an unorthodox and taboo truth without risking utter ostracization.

3. You will learn who cannot risk publicly aligning with that position in order to maintain their position and current and future influence. And you will learn the techniques they must employ in order to walk the narrow path between sacrificing their integrity promoting the erroneous orthodoxy itself, and supporting the accurate contrarian position. Don’t hold anything against Prof. Cowen, he’s doing good work, but sometimes he writes a post the purpose of which is not to be a reflection of his genuine understanding or position, but, essentially, to allow Sailer to write in the comments section and do the actual updating of priors. Asking why people successfully avoid the subject and remain respectable by constantly talking about the Flynn Effect just might be relevant to this lesson.

Learning the topology of PC and influence in your society, and observing the consequences, is in fact very important. Reading the book itself will tell you whether the negative reviews are giving Wade a fair shake or not, and if they’re not, that’s revealing, and the answer to ‘why not’ is extremely enlightening. And also depressing. Learning how to achieve success in life by walking the line, not sacrificing your integrity, but leveraging your popularity, esteem, and status to occasionally promote truth-tellers, is also a very valuable thing to learn.

Another thing to learn is the answer to the question of, “What the point of Wade’s book if it has to be so mellow?”

The point is to very gently walk up to the question of the origin of disparities between human population groups (don’t get hung up on the semantics of ‘race’, just concentrate on genetic relatedness). Right now, the PC-orthodox theory of the origin those disparities is 100% discrimination, oppression, privilege, historical legacy, etc. The orthodoxy says that all human population groups are neurologically uniform in the distribution of various cognitive talents and abilities. That argues for both the necessity and moral imperative of even extremely obnoxious government interventions in countless circumstances involving personnel selection and redistribution of resources.

If, on the other hand, a large fraction of that disparity is fairly attributable to genetics instead of social injustice, then bigotry and discrimination is not a good explanation for the disparity, and thus the government crusade against discriminating employers and coercive disparate impact policies are unjustified. Also, if the ‘test score gap’ cannot be closed by any reasonable government policy, then we should stop slandering decent educators doing the best they can with the materials they have as ‘bad teachers’ who fill ‘bad schools’.

Indeed, if those who are influential and persuasive over the elites in the political class who craft policy could adopt even a 50/50 nature-nurture model of the origin population group disparity, then the implication is a complete upheaval and revolution in government policy, the positive benefits of which cannot be overstated.

As an opening salvo in that ‘So What?’ war, Wade’s cautious eggshell-walking, and Prof. Cowen’s snippy review, are unfortunate deviations from the ideal due the oppressive ideological environment, but they are nevertheless to be commended.

This is what “scientific” racism looks like in the 21st century. The respectful mentioning of Steve Sailer is what clinches it; this physicist (he’s not a geneticist) insinuates his racism without owning it. Anyone whose interest in the matter is supposedly academic believes Steve Sailer is credible is either a moron or a liar.

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5 Responses to Steve Hsu, the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State University, Is a Racist

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  2. Nick Land says:

    You do realize that isn’t a comment by Steve Hsu? He’s quoting Handle (apparently approvingly, admittedly).

    Handle is an extremely smart guy. His blog:
    http://handleshaus.wordpress.com/

    • deconstructionapplied says:

      Actually, I took an image of that quote and in the original Steve Hsu did not explain that a different person made that comment, and he has in fact changed the comment since he posted it.

  3. Yes Sailer, Hsu, Handle, Land, and the entire neoreactionary set including myself are racist. We are quite open about it. At some point you are going to have to realize that calling people racist is redundant, and actually engage with the ideas; everybody already knew that. So what?

  4. Mark Miller says:

    “you are going to have to realize that calling people racist is redundant, and actually engage with the ideas”

    Can you blame him? They’ve gotten such great mileage over the years with something so simple. Have some sympathy: Lewontin, Gould, Naomi Klein and other cherished Marxist stenographers have not been treated very kindly by history. Allow them this empty posturing.

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