Rushton Debates Race; Suzuki Pitches a Fit
Apr 21st, 2012 by Unamused
THE STORY: David Suzuki and professor Philipe Rushton sit on stage before a politically charged crowd. This one-on-one debate is about race and genetics. Rushton, a psychology professor at the University of Western Ontario, has released his controversial study that places Orientals, Caucasians and Blacks in an evolutionary hierarchy. The crux of Rushton’s argument is that Orientals have higher IQ, are more law-abiding and are more sexually restrained than the other races.
Suzuki debunks Rushton’s work as pseudo-science. “I do not believe that we should dignify this man and his ideas in public debate,” Suzuki says to a cheering audience.
Er, not quite. Saying “I refuse to debate this man and his ideas!” is not the same as “debunking” those ideas. The best “science” Suzuki could come up with was Lewontin’s Fallacy.
DID YOU KNOW?
- “I did not want to be here. I do not believe that we should dignify this man and his ideas in public debate. His claims must be denounced, his methodology discredited, his grant revoked and his position terminated at this university. This is not science.” — David Suzuki in the debate.
- While Suzuki was widely accepted as the winner in the debate, some critics felt that he didn’t attack Rushton’s study on a scientific basis.
- Philipe Rushton was removed from the classroom temporarily and delivered his lectures via video. On the basis of intellectual freedom he was subsequently reinstated in the classroom and continues to teach at the University of Western Ontario as of 2003.
That about sums it up: all the facts are on Rushton’s side; Suzuki refuses to debate him and instead calls for him to be persecuted; most but not all audience members are already too brainwashed by political correctness (in 1989) to notice who really won the debate; Rushton is subsequently persecuted for being right and refusing to be silenced.