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Knowledge Is Good

And as long as I’m praising TAC writers, allow me to wholeheartedly endorse Ron Unz’s anti-ostrichism. I owe my readers a more thorough airing of my views on the topic of human biodiversity, but suffice it to say that the one unhedged, unqualified view I hold is that we need more knowledge, and that means both more research and more willingness to discuss that research.

Open discussion requires, among other things, a willingness not to come to conclusions. The one unfortunate thing about Unz’s piece on race and IQ is that he presents his work as if he has “proven” something that no single article of this sort can prove. The amazing advance of the Irish – or the Koreans – doesn’t answer any questions; it raises more questions. That’s the way science works, and the science we’re talking about here is in its infancy.

So I look forward to further, and similarly enlightened, discussion of this topic, and draw no conclusions about where it will lead.

about the author

Noah Millman, senior editor, is an opinion journalist, critic, screenwriter, and filmmaker who joined The American Conservative in 2012. Prior to joining TAC, he was a regular blogger at The American Scene. Millman’s work has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Week, Politico, First Things, Commentary, and on The Economist’s online blogs. He lives in Brooklyn.

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