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Viewpoint: It’s time to stop ‘connecting race to intelligence’

| | May 2, 2018

The race-and-IQ debate is back. The latest round started a few weeks ago when Harvard geneticist David Reich wrote a New York Times op-ed in defense of race as a biological fact.

I’ve watched this debate for more than a decade. It’s the same wreck, over and over. A person with a taste for puncturing taboos learns about racial gaps in IQ scores and the idea that they might be genetic. He writes or speaks about it, credulously or unreflectively. Every part of his argument is attacked: the validity of IQ, the claim that it’s substantially heritable, and the idea that races can be biologically distinguished. The offender is denounced as racist when he thinks he’s just defending science against political correctness.

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I know what it’s like to be this person because, 11 years ago, I was that person…

Here’s my advice: You can talk about the genetics of race. You can talk about the genetics of intelligence. But stop implying they’re the same thing. Connecting intelligence to race adds nothing useful. It overextends the science you’re defending, and it engulfs the whole debate in moral flames.

…What I’m asking for is clarity. The genetics of race and the genetics of intelligence are two different fields of research.

What’s the path forward? It starts with letting go of race talk.

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2 thoughts on “Viewpoint: It’s time to stop ‘connecting race to intelligence’”

  1. Did the author actually take a scientific position or was his comments a political social position bouncing back and forth. Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite logical fallacies known as the “If by whiskey” fallacy. Did this article appear in any other publication than Slate? Interesting questions. Don’t you think?

  2. LOL we are still having this debate. ? its become increasingly clear and obvious that intelligence is at least partly genetic. thats why fast learners and slow learners are a thing. now is this related to race? not really but you cannot deny the facts that certain races simply have more smarter people than others. it has nothing to do with culture or environment when you take people from certain races in to a western environment and they STILL do poorly . most of the time its low iq that creates poverty not the other way round

    but i digress i can understand why you dont want to accept that race and iq have some link(and like i said its not so much your race that determines your intelligence. there are incredibly intelligent people in all races and incredibly dumb people in all races but whether you like it or not certain races simply have a higher PROPORTION of smarter people than others. ) but what you you CANNOT deny is that iq is partly genetic. you just cant otherwise you are being intellectual dishonest and you sound like the silly people who also insist that the female and male brain is the same.

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