The Problem with Scholarship

The problem with scholarship is that it doesn’t always need to be scholarly. Take science journalist Nicholas Wade’s new book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, for example. He argues for the existence of race as a real scientific concept which developed along the path of human evolution. When people in scholarly fields like Nicholas Wade write books which have problematic (and sometimes incorrect) information, ordinary people are being persuaded by pretty words that sound accurate to believe in harmful concepts.

Intentionally or not, scholarship is easily manipulated and that is terrifying.

Read Augustine Fuentes’ critique of the lack of scholarship involved in this undertaking in the following article from the Huffington Post. Fuentes is a professor of anthropology.

The Troublesome Ignorance of Nicholas Wade


One thought on “The Problem with Scholarship

  1. Agree that books like Wade’s persuade with pretty, accurate-sounding words. But disagree that Wade is in a scholarly field. He’s a journalist–a generalist. He knows a little bit about a lot of things. A scholar knows a great deal about one or two things. Wade is as far from a true scholar as one can get in the world of books and ideas. For a satirical–but historically informed–review of Wade’s book, see

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