Monday, May 20, 2013

A Balanced take on Race and IQ

Reporting racial IQ differences with feigned intellectual detachment of the Jason Richwine variety gets White people nowhere. And it takes an HIV positive foreigner to explain why (quoting Andrew Sullivan, RE: Jason Richwine):
 One particularly disturbing statement came from 23 separate student groups at Harvard:

"We condemn in unequivocal terms these racist claims as unfit for Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University as a whole. Granting permission for such a dissertation to be published debases all of our degrees and hurts the University’s reputation … Even if such claims had merit, the Kennedy School cannot ethically stand by this dissertation whose end result can only be furthering discrimination under the guise of academic discourse."

But what the Harvard students are saying is worse than creating a straw man. They are saying that even if it is true that there are resilient differences in IQ in broad racial groupings, such things should not be studied at Harvard because their “end result can only be furthering discrimination.” You can’t have a more explicit attack on intellectual freedom than that.

Exactly! This is what makes the anti-racists arguments completely disingenuous  Because even if what the racist says is true, it cannot be admitted to be true because it is blasphemous thought-crime  This is also why debating with the enemy is of no use. You have as much of a chance convincing a radicalized anti-racist that the races have tangible differences as you have a chance of convincing a radicalized Muslim that Islam is not a religion of love. They cannot admit the truth, even when they know it is true, because, "Even if such claims had merit" they would not be in keeping with the advancement of their ideologies.

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