Sunday, October 21, 2007

Watson Apologises.

James Watson apologized for his racist comments:

“All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really,”

Which tended to kick off a bunch of secondary "what if he's right" kind of comments which tend to be equally as racist. What if the oddity we tend to refer to as general intelligence is valid in determining something and race isn't primarily a social construct? If general intelligence weren't a farce and race weren't a farce... he might be right. Clearly, we should assume a genetic reason because the poverty, underfunding, lack of education, and all the other things which would easily overwhelm such a difference should be ignored and neglected and we should rather blame some kid for a genetic difference which was concocted out of thin air in order to ignore all the things we know account for the difference.

It's an interesting a self-fulling prophecy enabled by just asking the question, assuming the answer, and begging the question.

Besides isn't it easier to assume that some molecule based in DNA built a different brain rather than the lack of food during brain development, the lack of educational opportunity, the lack of opportunities in life, etc. I mean, sure we just made the former out of thin air, but the latter is too hard to fix and doesn't involve me.

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