Monday, April 30, 2012

Steven Pinker on Denial of Race and Intelligence

"Reality is what refuses to go away when you do not believe in it, and progress in neuroscience and genomics has made these politically comforting shibboleths (such as the non-existence of intelligence and the non-existence of race) untenable."

The words above are those of the eminent cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, as reported here:

Are We Still Evolving?

This balanced article suggests that variations in brain genes among different racial groups may help explain racial differences in intelligence. The science of identifying the specific genes responsible for intelligence is still somewhat speculative, but in the years ahead much of what's now merely hypothesized is likely to be proven. The sooner it happens, the sooner egalitarian creationism, and its institutional sanctification via political correctness, can be tossed into the dustbin of history.

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