posted on Oct, 16 2009 @ 06:28 PM
I see two problems (at least) with this whole issue. The first is that we don't know what we mean when we say "intelligence". The second problem
is that we tend to get outraged over any claim that one ethic might be genetically different from another, especially if the difference is that some
ethnic minority might appear "inferior" to a majority.
There is no reasonable doubt that, in general, minorities don't do as well on IQ tests as their White counterparts. The assumption was that that
this meant the minorities were less "intelligent". However, all it means is that they don't do as well on those tests. Since most of the tests
were devised by White academic types, it is highly likely that there is an unconscious bias in the tests that favors Whites and academics. About all
you can legitimately say about the tests is that when White academics create certain tests, Whites do better on those tests than other minorities.
That's not saying a whole lot.
The second problem is more difficult. It is politically incorrect to claim that any "race" or ethnic group is "inferior" to another, no matter
what. The chances of this actually being true are minuscule. It is nearly certain that some groups do excel, while others lag, in some areas.
However, a scientist who points out any such differences is likely to face enormous, unwarranted criticism. This is science by politics, and it
Yes, we do need to protect against those who attempt to support their bigotry with "science", who pick on the one or two possible studies that show
differences while ignoring thousands more than show no such difference. Still, it would be a statistical miracle if every ethnic group turned out to
do equally well with every other group, in all legitimate tests. If that happened, in fact, fraud would almost certainly be involved.
The fact that different ethnic groups can be identified and distinguished, means that there are differences between them. It is not a bad thing that
these differences exist. It's what makes people unique. What is bad, in my opinion, is trying to use science to justify racist policies against any
group. What we need to do is not to suppress science, if it produces unpopular results, but to carefully avoid the misuse of science.