01/15/2013 10:22 am ET Updated Mar 17, 2013

Language Log » Bad Science Reporting Again: The Eskimos Are Back

UPDATE: David Robson responds to the piece here.

You just can't keep a bad idea down. And you just can't lift the level of bad science journalism up. David Robson of New Scientist, in a piece published in that pop science rag a couple of weeks ago and now also published in the Washington Post, plunders an academic paper by Igor Krupnik about the anthropologist Franz Boas, who lived with a Canadian Inuit band for a few months in the early 20th century and learned the language.