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Genetics, IQ and Racism

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Why do many potentially intelligent people decide to look and sound silly for generations to come? Or “given enough bales you’ll find a few straws in all the colors of the rainbow”…

Some bloggers (and likely, some scientists) whose names and URLs I won’t spend a minute linking to, have started using the latest discoveries in biology to suggest “genetics differences between races” and a linking between high IQ and “several snippets of DNA“.

In other words, there are people out there hell-bent in demonstrating that blacks are inferior to whites.

They are wrong. And it’s not a case of being “politically incorrect“…rather, it’s an example of how to be “idiotically incorrect“.

In fact, haven’t we seen this whole circus before (just read Stephen Jay Gould’s “The Mismeasure of Man“)? A circus where invariably:

(1) The most recent scientific findings get used to provide a rational basis to existing prejudices

(2) People jump to “certain conclusions” even before any scientific article is published

(3) Legitimacy is given to the incoherent notion that skin color can be used to classify people into racial groups, but only up to a point: so a Sicilian becomes a White like a Swede, and a Wolof from Senegal becomes a Black like an Oromo from Ethiopia

(I myself am semi-officially White during winter time, then after two weeks in the sun demonstrably a tad more black than an Ethiopian)

(4) It always boils down to black inferiority and white superiority. In fact, never ever in the History of Biology there has been any hint of consensus about the notion that blacks are superior to whites, or far-east asians superior to whites.

(5) We are told that even if it may be difficult to accept, still we have to accept that Blacks be inferior to Whites, because Science is said to say so

(6) People opposing such views are labeled as left-leaning “defenders of social justice” (i.e., “communists”)

(7) The discourse moves then to show Men, White Men that is, as superior to Women. Next, to show that White Men with Ancestors from Northern European Countries are superior to everybody else.

(8) After making a big mess, such a stale soup of fallacies is shown false but then only goes into some kind of “sleep mode” ready to come back to make many potentially intelligent people look and sound silly for generations to come.

This happens every few decases. Truly we never learn anything from history.

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On my side, the issue is not about defending social justice or imposing equality to all in the face of contrary evidence.

The issue is that if something has been shown wrong in the past, again and again, then it cannot be accepted as “true” unless there is some extraordinary evidence supporting it.

And at every round, the notch for “extraordinary” gets a little bit higher. I am afraid that the discovery of a few “snippets” among the thousands and thousands available appears way too ordinary, and at best the result of bad statistical analysis applied to extremely large sample sizes (in other words: given enough bales you’ll find a few straws in all the colors of the rainbow)

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All in all, I am starting to believe that the one difference between races, is in the genes that predispose to developing an Inferiority Complex.

Those genes are obviously very powerfully expressed among Racist White Men. In fact, for what other reason would they feel the need to try again, and again, and again, to find a scientific basis for their most stupid thoughts?

Written by omnologos

2007/Nov/10 at 22:45:55

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  1. (4) It always boils down to black inferiority and white superiority. In fact, never ever in the History of Biology there has been any hint of consensus about the notion that blacks are superior to whites, or far-east asians superior to whites.
    In contemporary times there has been no _consensus_ on white supremacy either, and on the other hand racists exist in any ethnic group: see e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_supremacism .
    In Asia, racism is widespread, although rarely in a violent form, and the residents of Europeans ancestry are probably the least affected by it, at least openly. As a consequence, whites in Asia are the least hated minority, which is a primacy of sort 🙂

    Enzo

    2007/Nov/11 at 01:53:55

  2. There’s a big difference between saying that Group A is inferior to Group B and saying that everyone in Group A is inferior to everyone in Group B.

    I’m not too phased by someone announcing that IQ tests show group B on average is smarter than group A. If we assume there’s no environmental cause (a big if) it still doesn’t justify treating all member of group A differently than if they belonged to B.

    There’s a logical absurdity in arguing:
    1. It is justified to discriminate on the basis of IQ.
    2. Persons X and Y both have an IQ of 120. Person X can be granted less rights than Y because their parent groups have differing average IQ.

    Jonz

    2007/Nov/21 at 16:59:53

  3. Hello, guys I think the Idea of Superiority is the real problem, small amounts of blacks and whites have that problem(stupidity). I think the problem is to lump all whites or blacks together.IQ is a learned process not hard coded in the DNA.
    Knowledge is an on going process.
    Africa(Kemet) is the Foundation of us all.Its the Al B Sure Syndrome, it goes way back to hate anything different from the Norm.Both Blacks and Whites are Guilty of that.The majority also states what the Norm is and it always changes.Crazy today may be Genius tomorrow.My advice to all Is Love All Your Brothers and Sisters.If your Goal is to Educate and not just Hate choose the words wisely and they will be accepted as the Gospel.

    GodSon

    2008/May/10 at 15:32:40


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