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October 4, 2012 / JayMan

J. Philippe Rushton has died

J. P. Rushton, one of the foremost scientists in human behavior, has died on October 2nd. His contributions were many and expansive, particularly in the areas of altruism and genetic similarity, behavior and life history theory, and IQ and population, as Steve Sailer also discusses.

For me, what was fascinating about Rushton—in addition to his academic contributions—was that he seemed like he was a genuinely decent guy—a far cry from the racist villain that his detractors made him out to be. I would have liked to have met him. See a few of his videos below, including a talk he gave in 2006 about the importance of genetic similarity to human behavior and about IQ and race.

Also, see these two papers, co-authored by Rushton and educational psychologist and foremost expert on IQ, Arthur Jensen. Both are key works in the field of human biodiversity:

Race and IQ: A Theory-Based Review of the Research in Richard Nisbett’s Intelligence and How to Get It

The rise and fall of the Flynn Effect as a reason to expect a narrowing of the Black–White IQ gap


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  1. Mark / Oct 5 2012 9:36 AM

    Off-topic, and no disrespect meant toward Rushton, but I had to say this is an excellent blog. I can’t believe I haven’t been reading it before very recently. Do I miss links for it in the HBD-sphere or does it not get the love it deserves?

    And no, this isn’t the blog’s author. 😉

    • JayMan / Oct 6 2012 11:25 PM

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. Juliuspie / Oct 22 2012 11:03 AM

    Unfortunately the New York Times and other major news organizations refuse to issue an obit even though Rushton meets the qualifications that the Times has set for obits.


  1. J. Philippe Rushton RIP. Controversial Researcher on Racial Differences in Personality and IQ | Human Stupidity: Irrationality, Self Deception

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