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By Tom Nuttall  

Just when you thought the dust was settling over the Jim Watson race/IQ affair, the row has re-erupted in the blogosphere, with William Saletan, Slate‘s national correspondent, writing a series of articles defending the proposition that there are systematic and measurable differences in intelligence between the races, and that there is “strong evidence” that these is a genetic component to these differences. He’s been taken to task at Crooked Timber, among other places—Henry Farrell describes the “‘scientists'” (scare quotes in the original) on whom Saletan relies to bolster his argument as “demonstrable charlatans and cranks.” It’s difficult to credit that…

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