Some media appearances. Not everything will be listed as most media mentions are just copies of what other media write.
Talks and interviews — see this page
Media mentions by date and topic
These are in English unless otherwise noted.
E-democracy using blockchain technology — May 2014
OKCupid dataset release — May 2016
- Fortune: Researchers Caused an Uproar By Publishing Data From 70,000 OkCupid Users (neutral)
- WIRED: OkCupid Study Reveals the Perils of Big-Data Science (negative)
- Forbes: 70,000 OkCupid Profiles Leaked, Intimate Details And All (mixed?)
- Vice, Motherboard: 70,000 OkCupid Users Just Had Their Data Published (negative)
- (Danish) DR: Dansk studerende offentliggør 70.000 brugere af datingsite (neutral)
- Retraction Watch: Publicly available data on thousands of OKCupid users pulled over copyright claim (neutral)
- The actual paper
There are many more on this topic as it was a worldwide media event. Not written in any of the articles is that the Danish Data Protection Agency (Datatilsynet) did look into the matter, but decided not to file any charges against me. Thus, all the media has written is that they were looking into it etc., but not the news that nothing happened. Here’s the letter from Datatilsynet, along with my clean criminal records:
In 2016 while the media attacks were ongoing I wrote an FAQ detailing answers to various popular questions. It can be found here.
Adam Perkins attack affair — February 2017
For unknown reasons, some people decided to make up spelling errors and attack Adam Perkins for reposting official labor statistics. Lots of claims about lack of peer review, no source given etc., when it would have taken a total of maybe 5 minutes to find the actual source and verify the numbers. The first plot is not even mine, but was simply reused in my paper. It is from Norwegian & Finnish researchers (Skardhammar et al 2014). See also here.
The IQ of immigrants — March-April 2017
- (French) Breizh-Info: Emil Kirkegaard : « Le quotient intellectuel mondial est à peu près de 85 » (positive)
- (French Swiss) Le Temps: Dans le laboratoire de la «fake science» (negative)
I think the second is a kinda sorta reply to the first, but I don’t know what the real motive is behind this hit piece. The journalist was deliberately misleading.
Pseudoscience — May 2017
Norwegian media researcher Petter B. Brandtzæg discusses me as an example of an ideological pseudoscientist. Unclear what prompted this mentioning. Perhaps the above, but seems unlikely given that these were in French.
London Conference on Intelligence — December 2017 (ongoing)
This resulted in a quite large number of media reports, some more inaccurate than others. It began with two people who did some original research: a pair of students at UCL wrote for London Student, a student blog/newspaper. Then a bunch of larger media copied it more or less verbatim, sometimes adding their own variants, sometimes not.
- London Student: Exposed: London’s eugenics conference and its neo-Nazi links (negative)
- Guardian: UCL to investigate eugenics conference secretly held on campus (negative)
- The Scientist: Secret Eugenics Conference Uncovered at University College London (negative)
- The Telegraph: UCL launches ‘eugenics’ probe after it emerges academic held controversial conference for three years on campus (negative)
- Independent: University College London launches ‘eugenics’ probe after controversial conference secretly held on campus (negative)
- Russia Today: Shamed Toby Young ‘attended secret eugenics conference with neo-nazis and pedophiles’ (negative)
- Daily Mail: Top London university launches probe into conference that included speakers with controversial views on race and gender (neutral)
- VDARE: Then They Came For The London Conference on Intelligence–And Science, And Free Speech (neutral/positive)
- Kristeligt Dagblad: Dansker deltog i kontroversiel konference om racehygiejne (neutral) (Danish)
Curiously, the Daily Mail’s coverage was the most neutral and least inaccurate of the English sources. The Danish Christian newspaper’s coverage was also good.
Racism coming back / Wikipedia as a battleground — January-March 2018
Not sure what prompted the SPLC one in particular, perhaps Guardian’s recent pieces, though I’m not mentioned directly. These two pieces were written by long-time social justice activists with no science background to speak of, but of course making strong claims about various topics:
- Guardian: Racism is creeping back into mainstream science – we have to stop it
- Guardian: The unwelcome revival of ‘race science’
- SPLC: Wikipedia wars: inside the fight against far-right editors, vandals and sock puppets (negative)
Science denialism in politics — April 2018
German magazine Tichys Einblick covered some research of mine:
Regional social inequality and intelligence — April 2018
French right-wing newspaper Breizh-Info has a story on my regional intelligence paper with Lynn and Fuerst (Lynn et al 2018):
- Une étude sur le QI moyen de chaque département français (French)
- English translation (coming)
Noah Carl firing affair — 2018-2019
I am sometimes mentioned in articles covering this:
- Varsity: Senior Eddie’s fellow found ‘potential failures of disclosure’ by Noah Carl during college appointment process
- Cherwell: Former Nuffield fellow denounced for “racist pseudoscience”
- New Statesman: No, objecting to Cambridge’s appointment of a eugenicist is not about free speech
Attack piece on Quillette — December 2019
I am tangentially mentioned in this attack piece on Claire Lehmann and Quillette.
Andrew Sabisky affair — February 2020
I am tangentially mentioned in relations to the hire-and-fire case of Andrew Sabisky, who attended the London conference in 2015.
- The Independent: I warned about the spreading influence of eugenics – yet an advocate was able to work at Downing Street
Other weird stuff (no particular date)
Stuff that didn’t really fit in above, but was curious enough to save.