Re: Definitions and TBC

Michael Andrew Turton (
24 Jan 1995 17:26:44 GMT

In article <3g1ti5$>,
<> wrote:
> (Michael Andrew Turton) wrote:
>> Getting back to TBC, Tom, perhaps you can provide a definitions of
>> "race" "intelligence" and other words Murray flings around.
>The book defines IQ as being what IQ scores measure. The question
>is not whether IQ exists, but whether it is a useful quantity, i.e.,
>what sorts of things it predicts. The "existence" of any quantity
>is established through its usefulness. We can predict many things
>from the weight of an object; therefore, its weight is a real and
>important quantity.
>"Race" is a taxonomic concept. Taxonomists classify
>subspecies; I don't see why it is illegitimate to talk about race.

Nice evasion, Tom. I ask for definitions of race, all I get
is whining about how it isn't illegitimate to talk about race. How
utterly meaningless! A good dialogue on race may be exactly what the
doctor ordered for this country. So Tom, where are your definitions of
race? What races are present in the U.S. today?

Mike Turton