r.i.p. j. philippe rushton

jeez, i missed this: J.P. Rushton, 1943-2012.

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  1. It’s very unfortunate. Rushton’s Race, Evolution, and Behavior was my introduction to HBD. He was also, in my opinion, one of the more dynamic debaters on the subject. He will be greatly missed.

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  2. Great man he was. According to Charles Murray he was one of the few scientists who could deal with all the flack he got with a stride. He seemed to enjoy himself.

    He will be dearly missed.

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  3. I’m surprised how saddened I am by this news. I don’t know if it’s true for others who read and write about HBD, but for me Rushton is a constant reference, to the point where he feels like a companion. It feels like my team, which is already the smallest and most marginalized, just lost one of its star players and he’s never coming back.

    Here he is talking about what he went through at the U. of Western Ontario with the big police investigation, it’s chilling. I have faith in Americans’ attachment to the first amendment, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see what happened to Rushton end up happening here.

    Vilified, smeared, dragged through the mud, he never took the bait–just kept plodding along doing his science and telling the truth. R.I.P.

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  4. The guy had nerves of steel:

    What kind of personality profile can stand alone like this?

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  5. One more thing. A major weakness in the Hbd worldview, including Rushton’s, is a failure to address the policy implications in ways that are consistent with the principles of a liberal society, including considerations of the general welfare. Fear of the implications is what drives the resistance.

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  6. The thing that makes his passing so sad is his strength.

    This man is going to a dorky version of Valhalla, a hall of greatness and mental valor. I drink to the fallen, he fought well.

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  7. @m.g. – “Here he is talking about what he went through at the U. of Western Ontario with the big police investigation, it’s chilling.”

    wow. scary! =/

    @luke – “What kind of personality profile can stand alone like this?”

    i dunno! the best kind?

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  8. @redzen – “This man is going to a dorky version of Valhalla, a hall of greatness and mental valor.”

    that’s a nice thought! (^_^) (i want to go there, too!)

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  9. @luke – “A major weakness in the Hbd worldview, including Rushton’s, is a failure to address the policy implications in ways that are consistent with the principles of a liberal society, including considerations of the general welfare.”

    well, the two might, unfortunately, not really go together — at least not perfectly. =/

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