Criticisms of an Evolutionary Hypothesis about Race Differences: A Rebuttal to Rushton’s Reply
Rushton’s (1989) response failed to address many of my criticisms, cited the relevant literature in a biased manner, and misrepresented both theory and data. His hypothesis about race differences on the r/K continuum should be rejected on the grounds that (a) the differences between r and K selection have little effect on larger mammals like man; (b) the literature reviews supporting this hypothesis are biased and many nonsupportive studies exist; (c) the hypothesis’s assumption that the claimed race differences are functionally related to reproduction is implausible and unsupported; and (d) the race differences predicted by this hypothesis can be explained by environmental causes.
race differences; sexual behavior; sex-related physical characteristics; natural selection; reproductive strategies
Required Publisher Statement: © Elsevier. Final version published as: Lynn, M. (1989). Criticisms of an evolutionary hypothesis about race differences: A rebuttal to Rushton’s reply. Journal of Research in Personality, 23(1), 21-34. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.