Re: Race, intelligence, and anti-racist prejudice (Was: Genetic Evolution)

Roger G Ho (rogerh@uhunix3.uhcc.Hawaii.Edu)
Fri, 31 Mar 1995 23:29:50 GMT

On Wed, 29 Mar 1995, BARD wrote:

> I haven't read "Bell Curve" mainly because I'm sure it would be
> over my head; still, there's something I'd like to have answered
> if anyone has the time...
> If this book compares blacks to whites doesn't it assume that
> blacks are a group not possessing any significant amount of
> white genes?
> We've all seen blacks of exceedingly fair skin, fine hair, etc.
> How does the book account for them?
> If for example, you or I were to father a child with a black
> woman, could we expect that child to score significantly less
> on IQ than a child delivered of a white woman?
I have the book, but haven't had time to read it yet. However, your
questions are not uncommon as they have been raised by such notable
scholars like Thomas Sowell. In short, the problem that Sowell sees with
the "bell Curve" is that it does not delve enough, or at all, into the
intellectual effects of interacial reproduction. I can't site the exact
articles that Sowell makes this observation about the "Bell Curve" but I
do believe he does analyze some aspects of interacial reproduction in his
latest book "Race and Culture:An International Perspective" (or something
like that).