City Paper is not for tourists
In Slate, William Saletan says we should all get used to developing scientific evidence of variations in average intelligence among the races. The new research offers a familiar hierarchy of smarts, with Africans at the bottom and Asians at the top. But what Saletan is really talking about is a variation in average IQs, but he conflates the two ideas with abandon. And while he vaguely acknowledges the possibility that the new research might be proved wrong – he seems pretty darn convinced. And he doesn’t mention any of the many theories that argue against a real connection between IQ and intelligence. (Thanks David Brooks?) Some people think IQ tests just measure how white you are.
I agree that this new “evidence” should be discussed, but flippantly putting it out there is a pretty idiotic thing to do in a world were people like this exist. The Slate discussion board is already atwitter over Saletan’s post.