November 29, 2007

DNA and racism, the new frontier...

Some scientists have noticed that certain genetic markers for intelligence seem to be more frequent in people of European and Asian descent. So, a blogger in NY used that to softpeddle racism...

Nonscientists are already beginning to stitch together highly speculative conclusions about the historically charged subject of race and intelligence from the new biological data. Last month, a blogger in Manhattan described a recently published study that linked several snippets of DNA to high I.Q. An online genetic database used by medical researchers, he told readers, showed that two of the snippets were found more often in Europeans and Asians than in Africans.

No matter that the link between I.Q. and those particular bits of DNA was unconfirmed, or that other high I.Q. snippets are more common in Africans, or that hundreds or thousands of others may also affect intelligence, or that their combined influence might be dwarfed by environmental factors. Just the existence of such genetic differences between races, proclaimed the author of the Half Sigma blog, a 40-year-old software developer, means “the egalitarian theory,” that all races are equal, “is proven false.”

Of course, the blogger conveintiently failed to mention that other genetic markers for high intelligence are found more frequently in those of African descent than this those of Asian and European descent.

The reality is that not all races and not all people are gifted equally. However, it does not mean that all races and people should not be treated equally. At the end of the day, you can do a lot with poor genetics. Just look at how well Connecticut native George W. Bush has done.

Posted by mcblogger at November 29, 2007 12:36 PM

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