John Derbyshire (whose career, we’ve all been assured, is utterly over and finished this time etc):
I shall be a guest (together with two or three others) on Alan Colmes’s radio show the night of Friday, June 8.
This is the “Friday Night Free-For-All” when we end up breaking crockery over each other’s heads and screeching abuse at callers.
I’ve done it before and it’s fun.
As a close friend told me: “For goodness’ sake, John, in the U.S.A. not even the world’s greatest living geneticist can say true facts about race out loud. What chance did you think you had?”
Which is right, of course. Like James Watson and other somewhat-Aspergery types, I fall rather easily into the childish assumption that truth trumps everything, and that statements based on facts, including statistical facts, may fairly be challenged only by a set of facts that better fits the actual world of actual reality, so far as we are able to apprehend that world.
He also notes something that I’ve noticed for years now: