For years there have been so-called stereo-types about students innate abilities. Asian students score so much better at college testing, that even Harvard may have attempted reverse discrimination. Are these students brighter? Or is it cultural. Then we read that Jews may be genetically I.Q superior? The inference that certain groups of people have a better chance at being successful at life. As science continues its advancement, it is clear this discussion is a no-no in the P.C. culture in which we live.
Yet in all of this, up to now, this discussion took a pass at outrage until it came to 90-year-old James Watson making his statements. Sad, considering his accomplishment was one of the greatest of the last century.
Distinguished scientist and Nobel Prize winner James Watson was stripped of several honorary titles after suggesting our genetic makeup cause differences in IQ tests.
A Nobel Prize-winning American scientist who co-discovered DNA has been stripped of his honorary titles at the laboratory he once led after repeating racist comments in a documentary.
James Watson, who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA alongside Francis Crick in the 1950s based on the work of British chemist Rosalind Franklin, said in a PBS film that genes cause a difference in intelligence between white and black people in IQ tests.
The 90-year-old’s comments were labeled “reprehensible” by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on New York’s Long Island, where Watson had been the director from 1968 to 1993.
The laboratory said it “unequivocally rejects the unsubstantiated and reckless personal opinions Dr. James D. Watson expressed,” noting the statements were “reprehensible [and] unsupported by science.”
Then we have this: A Jewish Gene for Intelligence?
– Scientific American
Although the Holocaust was propelled by charges that Jews were genetically inferior to Aryans, a new study in the Journal of Biosocial Science published online in June supports the opposite notion: Ashkenazi Jews may be genetically predisposed to higher intelligence.
In the past, powerful figures, including Adolf Hitler, manipulated pseudoscientific ideas to fuel prejudice. But legitimate biological techniques now allow researchers to identify the functions of specific genes.
Most scientists insist that cultural factors play critical roles in the development of a person’s intelligence. But Cochran is convinced that across generations, a person’s environment is insignificant compared with strong biological factors. “As genetics marches on, there are a lot of things people think are cultural, and they’re turning out not to be,” he says.
The sordid history of mixing genetics, ethnicity and intellect guarantees a spotlight on this work. But only time and rigorous research will tell if genes are the most important factor in conferring smarts.
Then how about Asians?
‘The wolf of racial bias’: the admissions lawsuit rocking Harvard …
Oct 18, 2018 – A trial that could eventually decide the fate of affirmative action programs in the … Supporters of the lawsuit say Harvard illegally discriminates against Asian students.Supporters of the lawsuit say Harvard illegally discriminates against Asian Americans, putting a cap on the number of Asians admitted to the university and making it harder for Asian applicants to get in.
In conclusion, Dr. Watson touched the third rail. Even though studies out there indicate there may possibly be a connection between genes and I.Q we are to be silent. Not that one group is superior making others inferior, but in understanding what makes us tick