Re: IQ AND RACE. The taboo subject.

Lane Singer (
12 Feb 1995 17:25:41 GMT

In <3hlb79$> (J Lopez) writes:

>> There have been studies that correlate intelligence with
>>left-handedness far more strongly than TBC correlates intelligence with
>>race, and I don't see people assuming that right-handers should be
>>discriminated against.
>You've stumbled upon a good "pro IQ/race is genetic" argument there.
>Many of us left-handers feel that we are discriminated against, yet
>despite that, we tend to have somewhat higher IQs. Hmmm.

Ah, but isn't left-handedness a trait with common occurrnce in all

>Then again, left-handers have shorter life-spans, too, and I believe a
>higher incidence of clinical depression and insanity. Another
>strike against the argument that "greater intelligence" equals "genetic

It's possible that lefthandedness is indicative of different
cerebral usage that contributes to an increased use of non-linear
reasoning. I'm not sure, at this point, how prevalent is the
hemispheric argument in neuroscience, but even recent research
I've read has made reference to the fact that the right-brain is
central to processing problems in spacial relationships, a skill
of some importance for mathematics.