Claim 1: There is a g factor of cognitive ability on which individuals differ. Claim 2: Intelligence is heritable. Claim 3: Intelligence predicts important real world outcomes. Claim 4a: There are race differences in intelligence, with East Asians scoring roughly 103 on IQ tests, Whites scoring 100, and Blacks scoring 85.Why is this important? Because they all fly in the face of the ruling ideology, which claims the right to use force at home and abroad to uphold equality and democracy. There's a lot of political and economic power riding on the preservation of that ruling ideology. Also, recognizing racial averages in IQ are NOT about oppressing anybody; they're all about learning to work with what we've got. As a society, we've squandered millions on domestic policies based on the assumption of basic equality, and we have nothing to show for it, other than a lot of disappointment and resentment. Since everyone is equal, persistent disparities MUST be based on a racist conspiracy, right? Should we continue to pour more millions into the bottomless pit of equality? Seems to me, if we're going to implement genuine educational reforms, those reforms MUST arise from fact, not fantasy.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
A Tale of Two Bell Curves
There was never a real debate about race and IQ. Most egalitarians simply resorted to cutting off any debate before it got started. The noisy, petulant response to Charles Murray at Middlebury College would've been laughable had it not been so totalitarian in its aim. So much for reasoned discourse on today's college campuses. But leftists can clamp their hands over their ears and sing "la-la-la" all they want; reality isn't going away. This article from Quillette summarizes what Murray and his co-author Herrnstein argued in The Bell Curve. As the authors point out, these theses are now mainstream:
Posted by Old Rebel at Thursday, March 30, 2017