Re: Africans are less intelligent than WesternersOct 17th, 2007
Hmmm.... frankly, I see nothing wrong with his statement here.... "There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so."Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
Yet if he's right, we'll simply never know it, because the response to the asinine way he presented this issue is, " I am sure the scientific community will roundly reject what appear to be Dr Watson's personal prejudices.", "Anti-racism campaigners called for Dr Watson's remarks to be looked at in the context of racial hatred laws."
I wonder, if he had presented it strictly as a scientific theory, without pointing so specifically to his belief that black people are dumb, if he would have received any different reaction. I doubt it.
Even in Canada, trying to address the fact that First Nations people have higher instances of diabetes due to their genetic makeup being different, and more reactive to a European diet, met anger on this forum when the government put out a different Food Guide for the First Nations. People called it racist. Differences have to be ignored. Does it truly serve people well in the end to have racial genetics overlooked out of fear of being labeled a bigot? Imagine if the medical community had to start fearing this sort of...
It is not racist to suggest that people evolving in widely varying conditions might not turn out identical. It is simple-minded to think they would. About ten years ago this man, or another very like him wrote a paper suggesting that whites were more intelligent than blacks, and that Chinese were more intelligent that whites. It seems to me that the man was saying that whites and Chinese increasingly spent more time with intelligence as an important survival trait as opposed to just being bigger and stronger. White civilization is older than black civilization and Chinese civilization is older still. It seems reasonable to me especially when there are other glaring differences that have evolved such as the undeniable lack of alcohol tolerance in First Nations people.