Originally posted by Kali74
It's 2012. We have basically been globally aware of each "race" for hundreds of years. Long enough to know that beyond appearance and a couple of
tiny genes, culture is what defines our differences.
We are unfortunately certainly not
all the same…physically, mentally or in any other way. Similar, sure - the same...no way. I will never
play linebacker for the Bears as was my dream as a boy, never surpassing the 5'9" mark makes that impossible; however, I am able to deal with stress
very well - so soldier it was.
We actually know very little about human DNA in general and even less about how it may influence behavior especially when combined with certain
outside influences. However, as we do know there are differences in DNA that determine physical traits; skin and hair color, eye color, shape of the
nose etc. All those things that were traditionally associated with racial division of the singular species Homo Sapiens Sapiens.
Now if we are expected to readily believe that DNA and certain genetic traits can determine physical characteristics why is it that we are to blindly
have the absurd belief that the same DNA that makes us appear different from one another would have zero influence on how we behave and our relative
intellect? Here are some things that we do know:
What indications are there that behavior has a biological basis?
Behavior often is species specific. (snip for brevity)
Behaviors often breed true. (snip for brevity)
Behaviors change in response to alterations in biological structures or processes. For example, a brain injury can turn a polite, mild-mannered person
into a foul-mouthed, aggressive boor, and we routinely modify the behavioral manifestations of mental illnesses with drugs that alter brain chemistry.
More recently, geneticists have created or extinguished specific mouse behaviors—ranging from nurturing of pups to continuous circling in a strain
called "twirler"— by inserting or disabling specific genes.
In humans, some behaviors run in families. For example, there is a clear familial aggregation of mental illness.
It is clear to anyone that physical traits are passed from generation to generation and that some in combination cause serious physical impairment and
However, why is it so hard to believe that the same could be true for inheriting and passing on genes for predisposition to violent behavior or say
promiscuity and avoiding social responsibility, etc.? Those traits would explain a lot of the failure to thrive and develop cooperatively on the
Dogs are animals as are humans… not only do two breeds look very different they behave differently but are we saying that the same DNA that
determines physical traits has little or no effect on their intelligence and predisposition to certain behavior? Dogs are one species certainly but
have different breeds – they look sometimes very different but they also exhibit very different behaviors from herding to retrieval. These behaviors
are instinctive and natural.
Are we a different kind of animal so much so the same biological laws don't apply?
Why do we know very little about the subject especially as it relates to biological differences between the different races of humans and their mental
and behavioral traits? Because it is not politically correct to investigate the matter from that perspective.
Any scientist, who even hinted at a hypothesis of that kind would be shunned at least, defunded certainly, unemployed and black listed before the ink
on his hypothesis and grant proposal was dry. No one will hear it; it is a taboo subject.
We are simply expected to believe – evidence to the contrary, that while physically the differences are glaring and obvious and related to genetics
that intellect and any behavioral differences are not biological but rather solely social and influenced only by outside factors. Personally, I find
that to be hogwash and unlikely.
More likely like the source I cited indicates the matter is a complicated one involving many different genes in combination and then those genes in
conjunction with certain outside influences make certain types predisposed to certain self destructive behaviors - like those we see in Sub Saharan
African and American inner cities.
Any work into the differences of the intelligence of the different races is met with swift and terrible resistance regardless of the merit and
soundness of the study. See the controversy surrounding The Bell Curve
Why? Primarily because any discussion of race and intelligence is too controversial to even discuss let alone generate enough interest to garner
objective research and get the real facts. I doubt we ever will know the truth of the matter….