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Colin Wright is Managing Editor of Quillette, an evolutionary biologist, and an outspoken critic of the ideology he calls “the new evolution denialism.”
Colin received his PhD in evolutionary biology from UC Santa Barbara in 2018 before taking a postdoctoral position at Penn State. He eventually left academia after he was the subject of a campaign of online harassment that began when he published a piece called “The New Evolution Deniers.”
His work has garnered him attacks from gender identity activists but has also propelled him into the ranks of those who are actively challenging elements of identity politics.
Colin joined me to talk about the increasingly mainstream movement to deny basic biological facts in the name of ideology. We also discuss his story of why he left academia, what he would say to others who may be thinking of speaking up, and the act of going against the crowd to speak the truth even when it would benefit you to stay silent.
*This interview was recorded on October 31st, 2020.