I got a little worried
a while back when I noticed that the always-impressive Nicholas Wade
, a science writer for the New York Times,
disappeared from the pages. You see, Wade seems to have a "thing" for evolutionary and genetic topics,
and some of his stuff tugged in a non-SPLC/NYT editorial board direction.
My conspiracy thoughts were unfounded. Wade`s back. Someone mentioned he was on leave to write a book. Like our fearless editor, he`s British, which allows him to say slightly more dangerous things and get away with it.
A recent writing
describes a study on Oxytocin`s effect on in-group/outgroup feelings.
Somehow, this question-and-quote snuck into the story:
What does it mean that a chemical basis for ethnocentrism is embedded in the human brain? â€?In the ancestral environment it was very important for people to detect in others whether they had a long-term commitment to the group,â€? Dr. De Dreu said. â€?Ethnocentrism is a very basic part of humans, and itâ€™s not something we can change by education. That doesnâ€™t mean that the negative aspects of it should be taken for granted.â€?
Ethnocentrism is not something we can change by education. Hmmm. We could face up to that reality and deal with it like adults, or melt into a pool of hysterics about Hitler and the Nazis. What will it be?