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    Open Letter: No Place for Racist Pseudoscience at Cambridge

    This letter is open to everyone for signing, including students.

    We write to express our dismay at the appointment of Noah Carl to the Toby Jackman Newton Trust Research Fellowship at St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. A careful consideration of Carl's published work and public stance on various issues, particularly on the claimed relationship between 'race', 'criminality' and 'genetic intelligence', leads us to conclude that his work is ethically suspect and methodologically flawed.

    These publications, drawing on the discredited 'race sciences', seem nothing more than an expression of opinion on various social matters. As members of the academic community committed to defending the highest standards of ethical and methodological integrity in research and teaching, we are shocked that a body of work that includes vital errors in data analysis and interpretation appears to have been taken seriously for appointment to such a competitive research fellowship.

    We are deeply concerned that racist pseudoscience is being legitimised through association with the University of Cambridge. This fellowship was awarded to Carl despite his attendance at, and public defence of, the discredited 'London Conference on Intelligence', where racist and pseudoscientific work has been regularly presented. Carl's work has already been used by extremist and far-right media outlets with the aim of stoking xenophobic anti-immigrant rhetoric. In a context where the far-right is on the rise across the world, this kind of pseudoscientific racism runs the serious risk of being used to justify policies that directly harm vulnerable populations.

    We are also concerned that the appointment process for this fellowship was not carried out with the degree of academic rigour, diligence and respect for principles of equality and diversity that we would expect from a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

    We call on St Edmund's College, the University of Cambridge, and the Newton Trust to issue a public statement dissociating themselves from research that seeks to establish correlations between race, genes, intelligence and criminality in order to explain one by the other.

    We also call on the University of Cambridge to immediately conduct an investigation into the appointment process that led to the award of this fellowship. Such an investigation, which should be independent of St Edmund's college, must involve recognised experts across relevant disciplines, and include a thorough review of the appointee's body of academic work.

    *This is an open letter and will be offered to the media for publication*

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    Noah Carl published a paper this last April, and it was prophetic.

    "[F]or a large number of academics in the West, the notion of biological sameness between groups (classes, sexes, races) has become... a 'sacred value'... Sacred values possess at least two important properties. First, they are incommensurable with respect to instrumental values: no amount of a sacred value can be traded off for any amount of an instrumental value. And second, proposals to accept such trade-offs are met not merely with rejection, but with moral outrage. Because arguments such as Wilson's, Jensen's and Murray's clearly threaten the sacred value of biological sameness between groups, it is not enough simply to attack the arguments; the defenders of those arguments must be hounded, and their characters impeached."

    From "How Stifling Debate Around Race, Genes and IQ Can Do Harm" via https://link.springer.com/article/10...806-018-0152-x

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