Den 2. april 2006
Opdateret: 2. april 2006
Helmuth Nyborg er med-underskriver på et læserbrev til Times (London), som kommer til forsvar for Frank Ellis (lektor i Russisk og slaviske studier), der blev suspenderet af Leeds University for en række racistiske udfald i universitetets studenteravis. Læserbrevet findes ikke længere på Times' websider, men er at finde på en lang række højreekstremistiske blogs, her fra American Rennaissance.
Racial IQ Research
Times (London), April 2, 2006
In clear violation of the tradition of academic freedom, the vice-chancellor of Leeds University has suspended Dr Frank Ellis and instituted disciplinary proceedings against him for presenting the research, published in peer-reviewed academic journals and scholarly books which demonstrates that blacks have, on average, lower IQ scores and poorer academic achievement than do whites (Profile, last week). Much solid research also makes it more likely than not that there is a genetic contribution to this (and other) group IQ differences. Dr Ellis, then, has done no more than restate what has been said for half century by a number of eminent psychologists and anthropologists at leading universities.
These include the late John Baker (Oxford), Hans Eysenck (London), Philip Vernon (London), Richard Herrnstein (Harvard), and Henry Garrett (Columbia).
A number of behavioural scientists, including ourselves, have reached the same conclusion. Others have put much of this on the record. Many more agree but have been reluctant to put this on the record for fear of the kind of intimidation that Dr Ellis is receiving from the University of Leeds.
There is an important and legitimate debate going on on intelligence and genetics, as there is on climate change and foreign policy. It is a sad day when British universities muzzle their academic staff and threaten them with dismissal for taking part in one of these controversies.
Professor Richard Lynn
University of Ulster
Professor Philippe Rushton
University of Western Ontario
Professor Arthur Jensen
University of California
Dr Charles Murray
American Enterprise Institute Washington
University of Edinburgh
Professor Helmuth Nyborg
Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Linda Gottfredson
University of Delaware
Professor (Retired) Donald Templer
Alliant International University (1978-2005), Fresno, California
Blandt underskriverne genkender vi den sædvanlige lille bande raceteoretikere, der altid er parate til at rykke ud til forsvar for selv de mest ekstreme racistiske ytringer, og altid under dække af såkaldt akademisk ytringsfrihed.