Robert Plomin

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Robert Plomin (1948–) is an American-British behavior geneticist who advocates an absolutist version of biological determinism and eugenics. Plomin practices racial inexplicitness, the tactic of advancing racist policies without directly mentioning race.[1]

Plomin argues that differences in intelligence and academic outcomes are caused by differences in genetic ability — a standard white nationalist claim.[2][3] In a typical biological determinist fashion, he also thinks that his weight problem is influenced by his genes rather than only his lifestyle and diet.[4] He has partnered with Steve Hsu, the head of China's eugenics program.[5]


  1. Gillborn, David. "Softly, softly: Genetics, intelligence and the hidden racism of the new geneism." Journal of Education Policy 31.4 (2016): 365-388.
  2. "The Guardian view on intelligence genes: going beyond the evidence". April 1, 2018.
  3. Comfort, N. "Genetic determinism rides again." Nature 561 (2018): 461-463.
  4. Regalado, A. "DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one". MIT Technology Review, April 2, 2018.
  5. King, David. "The past did not go away: Research on genes and IQ and why it must be stopped". Human Genetics Alert, May 13, 2014.