Proposition 1. To the extent the genetic hypothesis is false, we don’t want to be associated with it, given the moral-political charged nature of it.
Proposition 2. To the extent it’s true, we want it established, given the implications of its veracity.
Proposition 3. Given 1 & 2 we want the hypothesis unequivocally tested.
Proposition 4. To get the academic community to test it, members need to be convinced of its plausibility. They are not; proponents of racial equalism have been quite successful in this respect. Take the following reply I recently received from Psychology Today’s Jason Plaks:
Of course there are genetic patterns that tend to cluster in different groups – that’s why there are mean differences in skin, hair, and eye color, etc. No one is disputing that. But are there racial differences in genetic patterns that have to do with personality traits, intelligence, aggression, etc.? This is what psychologists care about. Since the latter half of the 20th century, only a few people have made these claims (e.g., Burt, Jensen, Hernnstein & Murray) and these claims have been pretty resoundingly shot down for a variety of reasons – including outright fraud in the case of Cyril Burt.
Proposition 5. To convince members of its plausibility, all of the various fallacies trotted out need to be debunked.
I guess I have some more work to do. I’m going to have to make a full taxonomy.
1. False Consensus fallacy.
2. Variant of the “No subspecies fallacy.” (The question, in this instance, is: Do the average differences between this and that socially identified racial populations have a genetic basis. As long as populations, however defined, don’t represent sets of identical twin pairs, this is a valid question).
3. Variant of “No subspecies fallacy.” (There are two important questions: “Do average differences between this and that population have a genetic basis?” and “Why?” When it comes to populations defined by regional ancestry, “because of ancestral genetic differences” is one possible answer to the latter.
(Immigrant selection is another.)
4. Race is color fallacy.
5. Montagu‘s fallacy or a variant of the No subspecies fallacy (i.e. “too many subspecies fallacy”).
6. Lewontin’s Fallacy. Version 2
7. Montagu‘s fallacy.