THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE

In the nineteenth century an anthropologist measured brain size of a number of skulls of different ethnic groups. He concluded that small differences existed between the groups. When the preminent anthropolgist, Jay Gould, revisited the study he concluded that the studies were not valid. Apparently Mr Gould based his conclusions more upon political correctness than on science because careful remeasurements of the skulls validated the original conclusions. I mention this because political correctness has invaded certain areas of study.

Two decades ago the National institutes of Health had to withdraw support for a conference on genetics and crime. The defunding resulted from opposition by the Association of Black Psychologists who declared that the topic was a blatent form of racism and and smacked of eugenics. Now investigators are again turning to the subject and concluding that genes do have some influence over criminal activity. Nor have studies of differences of intelligence between ethnic groups been allowed. This has been done in spite of some evidence that Ashkenazi Jews and some Asians might score higher than other ethnic groups. In California IQ tests have been banned in the public school systems because some deem them racist.

It would be hard to deny that Afro-Americans excell in certain sports. Yet I am unaware of scientific studies that explore why. Would it be racist to measure differences of musculo-skeletal response, reaction times and other features of these athletes and compare them to other ethnic groups? Yet, some people think so. Is it so difficult to admit that certain ethnic groups might have a small genetic edge over other ethnic groups; that natural selection and evolution might have favored some more than others? Why does this idea seem so threatening making research in the field virtually prohibited?

YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE.
John 8: 32

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3 Responses to THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE

  1. ron grant says:

    the truth will get you send to jail. (in my personal experience)

  2. Although I agree that we shouldn’t let political correctness invade science, it’s important to keep in mind that most people don’t truly understand research. Do we want to be responsible for a radical group seizing upon a misunderstood result and using it to justify atrocities? It already happens all the time. All I’m saying is that we have to be careful, and consider what could happen as a result.

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