A generational change in how we address pseudo-archaeology

There was a time when well-behaved, responsible, professional archaeologists did not engage with pseudo-archaeology and its claims. For the few who did, “it is quite common for us to receive a negative response from our colleagues; We are often asked why we waste our energy thinking, researching, and writing about nonsensical claims” (Feder 1990:391). That…

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Genetic testing companies and neo-eugenics: Anthropologists must speak out

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, scholars such as Charles Davenport and Karl Pearson popularized the idea of eugenics: that through careful management of our collective genetic resources, we could improve not only ourselves, but the whole of society. Classical eugenics Eugenics “promised not only an experimental understanding of mind and behavior, but…

Genetics, anthropology, and white supremacy: In the 1930s, anthropologists and geneticists weren’t afraid to speak. We need to follow their example

Even the New York times has noticed that geneticists and anthropologists are having trouble dealing with the current genetically driven revival of classical race theory and the return of its evil offspring, scientific racism. Amy Harmon rightly takes scholars to task for failing to address “the recurring appropriation of the field’s research in the name…