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March 09, 2003

Thanks from Above

Alright, so maybe after getting praise from JAMA it shouldn't matter much what some kid on some suspicious-looking blog has to say; nevertheless Judith Rich Harris sent me a good natured Email on Tuesday, in response to last week's post, (the link to which I passed to her webmaster):

Dear Jason Malloy,

Thank you so much for your kind words, and thank you for defending me against "Jerome Kagan's dishonest arguments." You might be interested in a recent article in the Boston Globe about Kagan; I am appending it below.

I'm still not certain whether Kagan's arguments in the Slate debate were dishonest or simply inept. He is not ... shall we say? ... the sharpest tool in the shed.

In any case, whether he admits it or not, Kagan and I do not really disagree about the genetics of personality and behavior. Our disagreement has to do with how the *environment* influences personality and behavior. And there he has been quite consistent over the years: in spite of the fact that there is very little evidence to support his position, he continues to believe strongly in the power of parental influence.

Best wishes,
Judith Rich Harris

Hah...the 'tool in the shed' line is hilarious. I guess it's hard to be so profoundly focused on what makes children tick w/o having at least some of that liberated whimsy rub-off on you.

Posted by Jason Malloy at 02:52 PM

If internet intellectual debates can be compared to boxing, Jason Malloy is the best counter puncher in the game since Jack Johnson.

Posted by: -R at March 9, 2003 06:09 PM

let's hope he gets as many ladies....

Posted by: razib at March 9, 2003 07:58 PM