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The Biological Case Against Race
American Outlook, publication of the Hudson Institute ^ | Spring 2002 | Joseph L. Graves Jr.

Posted on 06/04/2002 5:24:31 PM PDT by cornelis

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To: daiuy
Charming sentiments. Thanks for sharing!
301 posted on 06/05/2002 5:50:50 PM PDT by Condorman
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To: Pharmboy
It's the relatively closed gene pool in my view.
302 posted on 06/05/2002 5:51:20 PM PDT by wardaddy
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303 posted on 06/05/2002 5:54:52 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: wardaddy
Y'know, the late Ernst van der Haag, a professor at NYU had an interesting theory.

He said that in the shtetls of Central and Eastern Europe, it was the Rabbi who was encouraged to have many children, and the best of the offspring of the rest of the village went to his children as spouses. So, the kids of the smartest guy in town (most numerous also) got the best of the rest and mated.

Over generations they produced intellectually superior people. Unprovable, but interesting nonetheless.

304 posted on 06/05/2002 6:12:06 PM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Surfin
That's an easy way to put it. It's just cultural, no worry.

Did I say "no worry?" No, I didn't. In fact I think there's plenty to worry about. Not about the NBA of course but the larger black culture in America that has many very harmful aspects.

305 posted on 06/05/2002 8:20:37 PM PDT by edsheppa
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To: wardaddy
Strictly cultural ???.....

Biology plays a large part in a player being in the NBA. Culture is why there is such a disproportionate number of blacks - far too much emphasis on sport, not nearly enough on academics.

306 posted on 06/05/2002 8:43:10 PM PDT by edsheppa
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To: edsheppa
Biology as much as culture is a primary reason for blacks in the NBA....very few whites even of similar stature can jump as well.
307 posted on 06/05/2002 9:29:26 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Pharmboy
Jews are not the only closed gene pool with higher than average IQs....I think the urbanization of Jews since medieval times is a large contributor as well.
308 posted on 06/05/2002 9:31:00 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: cornelis
Looks like the spirit of Lysenko strikes again.

The problem is the authors use of definitions in the article itself.

Using the term 'race' is a rhetorical construct the author uses to create a straw man to tear down and substitute basic biological theory with sociological theory. Its not quite intellectually honest or even particularly accurate.

The fact is there are no seperate races amongst humans but there are very identifiable and generally accepted ethnic groupings. This is just a simple fact. It is the same biological system that archeologists and forensic pathologists use to study human remains. There are several subgroupings that exist within those ethnic classifications and that is what accounts for our definition of race.

The objections of a minute few to the contrary, it is also the same rationale and school of thinking that has kept medical science back 10 years. Claiming that diseases like lukodistrophy and the auto-immune factors in diabetes were not genetically linked and instead were caused by outside physical factors has lead to much suffering for patients over the years. Thankfully the medical community is beginning to shake off the influence of these people and now people who suffer from crippling illnesses are being given the appropriate medicine and treatment they need.

But the fact remains that this article is essentially played out rhetoric given a new spin. Its really nothing new. More or less just recycled third rate sociology rhetoric.

311 posted on 06/05/2002 9:47:06 PM PDT by cascademountaineer
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To: Mortin Sult
Thanks for the label, sir.

From the rest of your reply, I take it you thought I was denying that environment has an impact. I wasn't, didn't and wouldn't. From your evident inability to read what I wrote, it crosses my mind that perhaps you have first hand knowledge of inner city schools.

I'm not sure if you will be able to understand this next thought, but give it a try, please. There is a difference between

  1. denying any significant genetic or, statistically, racial, element in the differences between people, and
  2. denying any environmental influence.
This entire thread (at least the parts I read) until your gentle post was debating item (1) above. I was taking the position that there are genetic and racial influences on who people are and what are their strengths and weaknesses, though there is such a high degree of overlap that only at the extremes such as a Shaq or the 100 m Gold Medal winner does it become a good predictor, by itself, of someone's race. Others were saying (as best as I can tell -- they weren't always that coherent in my view) that no, there is no racial element (past the cosmetic, I presume).

Now you've gone on to attack me for being at the entire opposite end of the debate, suggesting I think it's all racially determined.

I don't expect to respond further to you on this. Debates with name-calling folks who can't read aren't usually very productive.

Good night.

313 posted on 06/05/2002 10:45:20 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow
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To: wardaddy
I see you're a believer in the "extra jumpin' muscle" theory.
314 posted on 06/05/2002 10:58:00 PM PDT by edsheppa
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To: Pharmboy
So: are Jews smarter because of genes or environment? (And yes--I am baiting you.

Genes can help shape the environment. It's not an either/or proposition.

315 posted on 06/06/2002 12:26:28 AM PDT by AshleyMontagu
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To: wardaddy
Biology as much as culture is a primary reason for blacks in the NBA....very few whites even of similar stature can jump as well.

Culture, here, as in most situations, follows biology. People create their culture, not the mad, looney, Socialist view that culture determines human type.

Get hold of an old Grey's Anatomy. I think that the PC crowd got them to take out the relevant text, some years ago. But back before all reasoned discussion of race became taboo in the centers of "Education," the different Negro heel structure was openly discussed. The Negro domination of jumping related sports is no accident. It is a cruel deception to try to explain away their clear superiority in that respect.

A more interesting contrast is that between the bulk of American Negroes--of West African origin--and those now competing athletically in the West from an East African--basically Negro/Hamitic crossed--in track and field events. The American Negroes--and their cousins from other lands--dominate the short distance events, and the jumping or hurdling events. The East African Negroes now totally dominate the distance events. The explanation is obvious. Survival in the Eastern grasslands, has depended for thousands of years on being able to run great distances. They have bred a race of distance runners. If it was culturally related--that is correctable within given biology by environmental incentives--there would be some exceptions to the rule, given both types are now competing worldwide in amateur sport.

The point is not to put anyone down. We have some great White distance runners, also. Those great White distance runners used to dominate the distance events, until the East Africans entered the picture. With all of the cultural manipulation, those great White distance runners still dominate American Negro runners in the distance events. The change is the new kids on the block--the East Africans--dominate both. It is only because of the sick, Socialist egalitarian compulsions, that so dominate academia today, that anyone has a problem with this.

I have no patience with it. It not only denies each of us our unique characteristics--good or bad;--it hurts those that the rationalizers claim to be helping. It is the cruelest possible deception, and leads to unconscionable demagoguery, by those who know how to exploit delusional thinking. (See The Rape Of Tolerance.)

William Flax

316 posted on 06/06/2002 8:43:24 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: edsheppa
I see you're a believer in the "extra jumpin' muscle" theory.

See my last reply (#316). One can have all the same parts, but they are slightly different, with immense resulting differences in performance. Consider any sport, and you will find those who dominate have all the same parts as those who nature obviously intended to be something other than athletes. No two of us are alike mentally or physically. And the need to pretend or force the oneness of humanity is the need that has fueled every Socialist Totalitarian onslaught against human freedom in the 20th Century.

William Flax Return Of The Gods Web Site

317 posted on 06/06/2002 8:56:26 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: wardaddy
These are guesses but here goes.

Really??, then why don't we see Amazon Stone Age Indians

They live in a densly vegitated environment where running long distances may not offer a distinct advantage?.

or Aborigines

They have no predators and have developed a nice throwing ability (along with the tools needed to get it done) that makes running obsolete?

or Highland Asian Stone Agers from Mindanao doing the same?

Very adept at farming and perhaps too damned cold to allow for a running frame to evolve?

Like I said, I've got nothing that would definatively prove which environmental factor would favor long sprinting but you can bet that it is found wherever these sprinters originated.

I am not trying to make a political point here but I am interested in exploring the flaws in the "Culture, Environment, Geography Explains Everything" argument. Are you saying that once upon a time Caucazoid or Mongoloid race folks could have competed just as well but we became too civilized and less physically adept?

Maybe not. Perhaps caucaziods, once they actually became such that is, never had the conditions to develop the ability in the first place. Perhaps, at the same time my ancestors were losing their pigmintation the folks that were living in certain parts of africa were doing a lot of running for whatever reason, Lots-o-lions maybe.

If so did our environmental factors civilize us or vice versa.

IMO it could go either way. I think that early europeans became more adept at civilizing the environment while early africans continued to adapt to their environment. My ancestors had to modify their environment to survive while africans could survive in the same fashion they had been practicing for millenia.


318 posted on 06/06/2002 10:09:37 AM PDT by EBUCK
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To: Mortin Sult
In over fifty years living in a dense eastern urban area and spending many many days down in 'those' neighborhoods, I have never seen it, neither have I ever heard of it, except maybe Michael Jackson.

I've heard of it and seen it. I could be mis-informed, I'll admit that. And I don't think jackson counts, he truley is of a different race, obviously some sub-human genetic expirament gone bad.

In any case, pie bald alone certainly does not signify a different race, only a little more distance between relatives, or one or two differnent genes out of 37,000. Figure the odds.

The odds are huge and I don't believe that we are diferent races. I think that if, for some reason, whites, blacks, reds, and yellows had spent a lot more time apart we would be separate races in the future. And in the scope of time it seems to me that the diferences we do see now are a pretty good indication that evolution does not suffer wasted energy.


319 posted on 06/06/2002 10:32:52 AM PDT by EBUCK
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To: edsheppa
I wept when Nick the Greek was fired...LOL.
320 posted on 06/06/2002 10:54:30 AM PDT by wardaddy
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