The second of Nature's three Darwin 200 special issues celebrates 'everybody's Darwin' — the great man's legacy in the context of the human condition. The sequencing of the human genome and those of our animal relatives has broadened our understanding of the evolution of our species and the unity of the living word. Genomics has identified many sequences that are under selection, but they do not provide the simple read-out of human evolutionary history that some expected. Evolutionary psychologists have warmed to the theme, and in a field not without controversy, their attempts to understand the balance between human universals and individual and societal uniqueness are generating some fascinating ideas. The protagonists — Steven Rose in one corner, Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams in the other — explain why research on the genetics of race and gender should — or should not — be pursued without restriction.
Should scientists study race and IQ? NO: Science and society do not benefit p786
In the first of two opposing commentaries, Steven Rose argues that studies investigating possible links between race, gender and intelligence do no good. In the second, Stephen Ceci and Wendy M. Williams argue that such research is both morally defensible and important for the pursuit of truth.
Should scientists study race and IQ? YES: The scientific truth must be pursued p788
In this, the second of two opposing commentaries, Stephen Ceci and Wendy M. Williams argue that such research is both morally defensible and important for the pursuit of truth. In the first, Steven Rose argues that studies investigating possible links between race, gender and intelligence do no good.