Edward Dutton (anthropologist)

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Edward Dutton
Edward Croft Dutton


Edward Croft Dutton (born 1980 in London, England[1]) is an English anthropologist. Dutton has a degree in Theology from Durham University and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Aberdeen.[2] He has been editor of Mankind Quarterly since 2019.[3]

Academic work[edit]

Dutton has published work on human intelligence, such as a study he co-authored with Richard Lynn concluding that physical scientists are more intelligent than social scientists.[4][5] He has also studied the average IQ in Finland, and the apparent discrepancy between Finland's high average IQ and its relative lack of Nobel Prize-winning scientists.[6][7]

Dutton was previously associated with the University of Oulu in Finland and retains the title of docent at the institution.[8][1] As of 2012, he was employed as an university teacher.[9] In September 2016, Oulu University started an investigation on Dutton's and Lynn's article A negative Flynn effect in Finland, 1997-2009 published in Intelligence in 2013.[10] In an announcement made by the university in June 2017, Dutton was found to have conducted scientific misconduct due to plagiarism.[11] The article discussed IQ tests done on Finnish conscripts, and a table of the IQ test results had been compiled by a student for a master's thesis which was not attributed. Dutton stated in his response that the master's thesis was attributed in his original version but Lynn had removed it. Lynn took responsibility for the incident, however, the university did not investigate Lynn's part because he has never been associated with the institution.[12] Dutton was not employed by the university at the time of the incident either, but the university investigated it due to its name being used in the study. The university informed Lynn's affiliates about the conclusion and asked Intelligence to issue a correction.[11]

Dutton has attended the London Conference on Intelligence, which is associated with eugenics,[13] and was one of fifteen attendees who contributed to a defense of the conference published in Intelligence in response to media coverage of the event.[14]

Dutton has appeared as a guest on the Red Ice podcast.[15] Dutton wrote a paper in defense of Kevin MacDonald's Culture of Critique series, which claims that Jewish people are biologically ethnocentric to the detriment of other groups. The work was published in Evolutionary Psychological Science in 2018.[16] The article was defended by the journal's editor, Todd K. Shackelford, as a good fit because it was "risky", while board member Steven Pinker criticized the journal's decisions to publish the paper. Pinker said it contributed nothing new, and was unsupported by evolutionary psychology while also repeating old anti-Semitic canards.[13]

Dutton has published papers on the psychology and genetics of religion, arguing that atheists tend to be more intelligent since they have autism ,[17] and that atheism is associated with mutational load which results in the spread of fitness-reducing genes, such as unattractiveness and autism.[18]


Dutton has published 13 books.[19]

  • 2008. Meeting Jesus at University: Rites of Passage and Student Evangelicals (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishers. Routledge)
  • 2009. The Finnuit: Finnish Culture and the Religion of Uniqueness, (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó)
  • 2012. Culture Shock and Multiculturalism (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
  • 2014. Religion and Intelligence: An Evolutionary Analysis (London: Ulster Institute for Social Research)
  • 2015, with Richard Lynn. Race and Sport: Evolution and Racial Differences in Sporting Ability. (London: Ulster Institute for Social Research)
  • 2015. The Ruler of Cheshire: Sir Piers Dutton, Tudor Gangland and the Violent Politics of the Palatine. (Northwich: Leonie Press)
  • 2016, with Bruce Charlton. The Genius Famine: Why We Need Geniuses, Why They’re Dying Out and Why we Must Rescue Them. (Buckingham: University of Buckingham Press)
  • 2018. How to Judge People By What They Look Like. (Oulu: Thomas Edward Press)
  • 2018. J. Philippe Rushton: A Life History Perspective. (Oulu: Thomas Edward Press)[20]
  • 2018, with Michael Woodley of Menie. At Our Wits’ End: Why We’re Becoming Less Intelligent and What it Means for the Future. (Exeter: Imprint Academic)
  • 2019. The Silent Rape Epidemic (Oulu: Thomas Edward Press) discusses the Oulu child sexual exploitation scandal.[21][unreliable source?]
  • 2019. Race Differences in Ethnocentrism. (Budapest: Arktos)
  • 2019. Churchill’s Headmaster: The ‘Sadist’ Who Nearly Saved the British Empire. (Melbourne: Manticore Press)


On 19 October 2019 Dutton addressed the annual conference of the Traditional Britain Group, where he argued that British inventions and genius placed them at the apex of civilisation.[22][non-primary source needed]

Personal life[edit]

Dutton is distantly related to Sir Piers Dutton, about whom he wrote a biographical book entitled The Ruler of Cheshire: Sir Piers Dutton, Tudor Gangland and the Violent Politics of the Palatine.[1] A British citizen, he is married to a Finnish woman, with whom he has two children.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Henwood, Jo (2016-02-25). "Author pens book about Chester man who changed Henry VIII's pants". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  2. ^ "Culture Shock and Multiculturalism". Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. ^ Editorial Panel, Mankind Quarterly, retrieved 18 May 2019
  4. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (2014-02-12). "Paper says physical scientists smarter and less religious than social scientists". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  5. ^ McLain, Sylvia (2014-02-27). "If physicists are smarter than social scientists, are religious people dumb?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  6. ^ HT. "Study: Why so few Nobel science prizes in Finland?". Helsinki Times. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  7. ^ Dutton, Edward; te Nijenhuis, Jan; Roivainen, Eka (September 2014). "Solving the puzzle of why Finns have the highest IQ, but one of the lowest number of Nobel prizes in Europe". Intelligence. 46: 192–202. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2014.06.006.
  8. ^ a b "Ed Dutton". the Guardian. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  9. ^ "Edward Dutton - Englishman in Oulu". City (in Finnish). 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  10. ^ Dutton, Edward; Lynn, Richard (November 2013). "A negative Flynn effect in Finland, 1997–2009". Intelligence. 41 (6): 817–820. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2013.05.008.
  11. ^ a b "Rehtorin päätös tutkimuseettisessä asiassa". www.oulu.fi (in Finnish). 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  12. ^ "Oulun yliopiston dosentti syyllistyi plagiointiin – kiistää tekonsa tarkoituksellisuuden". Aamulehti (in Finnish). 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
  13. ^ a b Schulson, Michael (2018-06-27). "Kevin MacDonald and the Elevation of Anti-Semitic Pseudoscience". Undark. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  14. ^ Woodley of Menie, Michael A.; Dutton, Edward; Figueredo, Aurelio-José; Carl, Noah; Debes, Fróði; Hertler, Steven; Irwing, Paul; Kura, Kenya; Lynn, Richard; Madison, Guy; Meisenberg, Gerhard; Miller, Edward M.; te Nijenhuis, Jan; Nyborg, Helmuth; Rindermann, Heiner (September 2018). "Communicating intelligence research: Media misrepresentation, the Gould Effect, and unexpected forces". Intelligence. 70: 84–87. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2018.04.002.
  15. ^ "We Are Getting Dumber and Dumber, Civilization Will Collapse". redice.tv. February 27, 2019.
  16. ^ Dutton, Edward (March 2019). "Jewish Group Evolutionary Strategy Is the Most Plausible Hypothesis: a Response to Nathan Cofnas' Critical Analysis of Kevin MacDonald's Theory of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth Century Ideological Movements". Evolutionary Psychological Science. 5 (1): 136–142. doi:10.1007/s40806-018-0158-4. ISSN 2198-9885.
  17. ^ Dutton, Edward; Van der Linden, Dimitri (2017-12-01). "Why is Intelligence Negatively Associated with Religiousness?". Evolutionary Psychological Science. 3 (4): 392–403. doi:10.1007/s40806-017-0101-0. ISSN 2198-9885.
  18. ^ Dutton, Edward; Madison, Guy; Dunkel, Curtis (2018-09-01). "The Mutant Says in His Heart, "There Is No God": the Rejection of Collective Religiosity Centred Around the Worship of Moral Gods Is Associated with High Mutational Load". Evolutionary Psychological Science. 4 (3): 233–244. doi:10.1007/s40806-017-0133-5. ISSN 2198-9885.
  19. ^ "Books". Edward Dutton. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  20. ^ "Arizona psychologist faces scrutiny for grants from organization founded to support research in eugenics". www.insidehighered.com. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  21. ^ "British anthropologist on Oulu rape epidemic: Finns 'groomed' to love their abusers". Suomen Uutiset (in Finnish). Finns Party. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019. The police even first tried to deny that one of the rape victims committed suicide. Eventually, the pressure on social media became so great that the police and the mainstream media were forced to disclose the events. In particular, Dutton emphasizes the role of citizen journalist Junes Loka in exposing events.
  22. ^ https://traditionalbritain.org/events/tbg2019/

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