In the comments to one of last night’s posts Ethnocentrist responded (on the wrong thread) to my most recent post on Mikko Ellilä. Since he and other readers may not find my response there, I’m re-posting it here.
I want to make my personal opinion clear: I do not credit any of the theories that assert a genetically-based racial component to intelligence.
Baron, do you also not credit any theories that assert a genetically-based racial component to physical abilities? Silly PC Baron, the evidence does not support your unfounded “non-bias”.
First of all, you’re on the wrong thread.
Secondly, your sneering response jumps to conclusions.
I don’t credit those theories because I have studied them extensively. I didn’t want to lengthen my post by discussing it, but I minored in Anthropology (with a major in Math) at college, and during my senior year I wrote a term paper in Physical Anthropology on race and intelligence, concentrating on the works of Arthur Jensen.
In my paper I wrote that the question of a racial component for intelligence was not fully answered, but that the evidence did not warrant Professor Jensen’s conclusions.
Not long after I wrote my paper, honest discussion on such topics within the academy was shut down completely.
So when I said, “I do not credit any of the theories,” I was maintaining that the evidence does not support the hypothesis. I have not seen any additional evidence in the intervening 35 years to change that conclusion.
Of course, in the intervening 35 years, the reigning orthodoxy has forbidden the gathering of more evidence. That’s why the topic is still open.
And that’s part of our problem.