[Paleopsych] Legend Games: Racial Differences In Intelligence Reviewed In Academic Journal

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Racial Differences In Intelligence Reviewed In Academic Journal
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                            Editorial by John Ray

    Academic news report below from [45]Chris Brand:

      "Licensed scholarly warfare broke out in the APA journal
      [46]Psychology, Public Policy and Law (vi 05), (full articles
      [47]here) over whether psychological race differences (especially
      in intelligence) are substantially heritable. Race realists Arthur
      Jensen, Phil Rushton and Linda Gottfredson fought their corner
      excellently, conveniently reviewing the literature (cf. the
      Cambridge debate ([48]i 97) and adding some useful points (e.g.
      that skin lightness is linked to IQ among South Africa's Blacks -
      which it is not among America's Blacks, where lighter skins often
      came about from historical Black female matings with White
      farmhands during the days of slavery). The hereditarians were
      opposed by such as Robert Sternberg (sometimes said by me to
      believe in 666 types of intelligence - Behav.Res.&Therapy, 1992)
      and Richard E. Nisbett (reviewed by me in Heredity, 2003) who
      claimed among other things medium-term boosts on non-IQ tests from
      Headstart-type programmes involving 8 hours intervention daily!
      Overall, the race realists had a coherent message with copious
      evidence and the environmentalists had the scraps - they remained
      respectively the `stompers' and `stompees' as amusingly caricatured
      by Professor Earl `Buzz' Hunt (Brand, Person.&Indiv.Diffs, 1999).
      Occidental Quarterly reckoned the 60-page Rushton & Jensen article
      might prove as much of a landmark as Jensen's classic 1969 Harvard
      Educational Review article, `How much can we boost IQ and
      educational attainment.' The race-realist argument was summarized
      in [49]News-Medical Net, 26 iv."

    The articles Chris summarizes above are not notable for being
    published in an academic journal. Almost all of the research in this
    field has been first published in academic journals. It is however of
    some note to find such articles in a journal of the American
    Psychological Association. The APA is distinctly Left-leaning and
    their journals are the most prestigious and authoritative ones ones in
    psychology. [50]Logical Meme has a bit more on the Rushton & Jensen
    paper. He also has a short roundup of the [51]medical research that
    has found race differences.
    There is another academic report [52]here (PDF) of similar interest.
    One of the authors in this case is a Nobel prizewinner! Working from a
    very comprehensive body of data, the authors found that average racial
    differences in adult income are almost entirely predictable from
    childhood differences in IQ. They also found that, from early
    childhood on, black males have other disadvantages (less self-control,
    less tendency to plan ahead etc) and that those differences also
    influence income in later life. The third finding is that although
    blacks and Hispanics share similar environmental disadvantages in
    childhood, Hispanics tend to rise above that whereas blacks do not --
    showing again that the source of black disadvantage is not
    environmental. There are fuller discussions of the report concerned
    [53]here and [54]here

    John Ray blogs at [55]Dissecting Leftism.


   45. http://www.crispian.demon.co.uk/indexlatest.htm
   46. http://content.apa.org/journals/law
   48. http://www.lrainc.com/swtaboo/late/cb_camb.html
   49. http://www.news-medical.net/?id=9530
   52. http://www.ifau.se/swe/pdf2005/wp05-03.pdf
   55. http://dissectleft.blogspot.com/

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