The Truth About Race and IQ…


Date: November 21, 2017

01) The Truth About Race and IQ


“–Our long-form investigation into race and IQ, including its origins in eugenics and more recent attempts to connect racial differences with intelligence

Selected sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3737365/
https://www.nature.com/articles/ng1435
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1041608016300231
https://www.nature.com/articles/340552a0
http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2005-00117-006
https://www.psychologytoday.com/files/u81/Turkheimer_et_al___2003_.pdf
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.2466/pr0.106.3.643-664
https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/motivation-may-influence-iq-scores
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3341646/
http://www.ascd.org/publications/researchbrief/v2n21/toc.aspx


Note: I think this issue is more of interest to me, because it’s another example of how science and research can be highly controversial…as well as manipulated, or suppressed and tainted.

I could not even begin to determine, whether this specific research is accurate in it’s conclusions…But as a freethinker interested in knowledge…I am open to hearing, and accurately understanding, what is being put forward.

Science and research are often really, really messy…Which, I’m confident, is what keeps drawing me back to this “race IQ” controversy.

I’m not intending to push the idea, that races have different averages in intelligence.

If I’m not mistaken…I believe I did bring up the cultural effect previously, wherein lesser advanced cultures aren’t going to think and act like more advanced cultures…Hence, there may be a perceived disparity in the “intelligence” of the different populations.

You cant accurately judge someone, with a test created and conducted severely outside of their own natural environment.

That being said…I’m still not comfortable with the [unfortunately predictable] retort, “Racist! Racist! Racist!”.

I have neither hidden reason, nor personal desire, to believe that humans have evolved differently in this way…I just really don’t like it, when people start throwing out the ad homonyms, and ascribing to things/others things I don’t recognize being there. There is something fundamentally wrong, with that style of interference.

…Let me play devil’s advocate, here…

Even just within a lifetime…we already know, that if you don’t use your mental faculties, they become dull…you lose them, to one extent or another…

If one culture existed all along, on a more primal basis…would we expect them to develop deep thinkers?

If complex thinking which pushes the mind [brain] to work and enhance is not happening…then how are we to expect, that this will impact that population on an evolutionary level?

Is it not consistent with evolutionary theory, that brains will be altered in a certain way…because certain things were not needed for some populations?

Of course…that this research is seized upon by actual racists, is quite distasteful and troubling to me.

…I’m questioning whether this isn’t such a hot button issue, that it’s not being allowed to just be conducted, for the sake of knowledge.

Science and research, are supposed to be dispassionate.

…Is this honestly racism, disguised as science?…Or is this “forbidden knowledge”, because so many people are uncomfortable with a messy, complex world, that doesn’t cater to what they want?

All the same…I greatly appreciate this effort, from The David Pakman Show.

2 thoughts on “The Truth About Race and IQ…

  1. feinmann0

    ‘Fraid I am with Sam Harris on this topic: “People don’t want to hear that a person’s intelligence is in large measure due to his or her genes, and there seems to be very little we can do environmentally to increase a person’s intelligence – even in childhood. It’s not that the environment doesn’t matter, but genes appear to be 50 to 80 percent of the story. People don’t want to hear this. And they certainly don’t want to hear that average IQ differs across races and ethnic groups.”

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    1. eqfoundation Post author

      Without a doubt, it’s a social can of worms…

      …But people’s icky feelings about stuff, don’t trump the importance of reality, and knowing what is true.

      Reply

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