Originally posted by kiwifoot
After starting this thread, I began by getting in on the discussion only to realise that the best option was to sit back and observe.
A few posters acted like it was my research and my program, and my fault!
After reading everyone's input, I believe it works like this:
If we could take 100,000 children from each so called race, for arguments sake let us say, Black, White, Asian, Australian Aborigine (because they are
the most insulted by this scientist's claims) - and raise them identically. By that I mean house, clothe, give medical care, feed, nurture, provide
emotional support, but above all EDUCATE them identically - I bet there would be no discernible differences in the IQ between the races.
I would like to just bring up one case that was very public a few years ago.
As typical I cannot find the reference to link to, as google is pathetically inundated with non-relate links despite seraching for "aboriginal man"
"raised in America" "brutal murder", But I will still make the point.
This case was of an America couple who had lived in Australia and had adopted an Aboriginal baby boy to care for. At some point, while he was still an
infant, they moved back to the US. By the age of about 13 or so, the child had become involved in crimes that had welfare workers wondering about his
mental health and ability.
It was determined that he was intellectually handicapped.
He spent his youth in and out of institutions, and was eventually sentenced to death for the brutal murder of a woman he and an accomplice intended to
rob - and it was noted for it's brutality as she, the victim, was completely compliant.
The reason it stands out to me is because when I watched the Police show (48 hours or whatever it was, iirc) they had a description of a Dark Skinned
male, but not African American, and not otherwise identifiable from a known ethnic group.
Once police had identified a similar MO with this one individual whos description met the same as that described, then it all came to light.
My point is not that it is indicative of all Aborigines to be of low intellect and prone to violence, but that given an entirely difference upbringing
- as you suggested - in a lovng family, the outcome was no different - IN THIS CASE - to that which we see here in Australia.
I will continue to look for an article to confirm the case, I remember looking it up at the time, but then I had a name. Now I cannot recall.
If anyone else has any knowledge of the case Im referring to, I'd appreciate the input.
Anyway, I guess my point is that on the surface YES environment changes an aspect of the individuals outcome. But there is much more to it than that,
and you cannot qualify that as a fact. Evolution breeds in and out of our brains a lot more than intelligence and common sense. It has a much larger
impact, in my honest and personal opinion.