Re: What Are the Race Deniers Denying?

Bob Whitaker (
Sun, 10 Nov 1996 01:20:11 -0500

Ron Kephart wrote:
> ("Duncan R. MacMillan") wrote:
> >
> > I get the impression that a lot of people who rubbish "The Bell Curve"
> > seem to think that IQ was used to assign the subjects to their racial groups,
> > instead of the other way round.
> No, that's not the problem. The problem with the Bell Curve and other
> pseudo scientific attempts to correlate "race" and "IQ" is that people
> are assigned to "races" based on the US folk racial taxonomy, and then
> differences (real or otherwise) between these groups are projected
> onto their biology. The groups are NOT biological, but CULTURAL
> constructs, and thus the conclusion that differences in "IQ" reflect
> differences in genetics is wrong, wrong, wrong.
> Of course, there is also a problem with the whole concept of "IQ" and
> the notion that it represents anything more than performance on a test
> which happens to be called an "IQ Test." The idea that the number
> arrived at by analyzing performance on one of these tests represents
> a genetically coded for "thing" inside the heads of people is also
> wrong, wrong, wrong.
> Ron Kephart
> University of North Florida

That's all Politically Correct, but has nothing to do with the facts.
Intelligence is so obvious that even some idiot psychologist has to
be able to find it. higher IQ's correlate with better health, height,
and about everything else.
My brother, a neurologist, found a very practical use for this. You
can find the shortest two percent of a group of children of a given
age, and half of them ar in the lowest two percent of IQ.
So you have declared intelligence non-existent, whichis perfect
Political Correctness, but silly.
From your PC point of view, these facts are wrong, wrong, wrong.
But, of course, from the PC point of view, most facts are.