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Ask a Eugenicist 
Science vs. Public Opinion

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Frederick Childe-Hassam, The Sonata

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It seems like there’s a total “disconnect” on this issue [eugenics] between science on the one hand, and popular opinion, on the other.

You’re absolutely right. There are two arenas in which the Nature-Nurture debate is taking place – the scientific one, and the public one – and the outcomes are exactly opposite.

Scientifically, the egalitarian (Nurture) position that heredity has no influence on behavior, that everyone is born exactly the same, and that the environment determines everything – is totally bankrupt. Proponents of this view have been not just beaten, but clobbered by overwhelming evidence from numerous twin studies and adoption studies, despite the fact that the “playing field” is absurdly uneven in their favor – it is far easier to get funds for research if you take an egalitarian stance, your articles will be greeted with great interest and approval, and you won’t have even one-thousandth the problem finding a publisher for your book, which will get rave reviews and sell lots of copies. In spite of all that, the egalitarians have been thoroughly trounced in the scientific arena for the plain and simple reason that they’re wrong, and the evidence against them is overwhelming.

In the public arena, just the opposite is true, and Nurture has clearly won the day. The egalitarian strategy has been to snipe at the research of the hereditarians. (I use “hereditarians” to mean people who believe heredity exerts a strong influence on behavior. No hereditarians I’ve ever heard of believe the environment is unimportant.) Egalitarians use ad hominem attacks, portraying hereditarians as evil men who deliberately distort their data because they want to make themselves feel superior, and because they want to deliberately make other people feel bad. (Oh please! How stupid can you get?!)

Egalitarians have no evidence, and they know it. They try to confuse the issue: “Nobody can ever know for sure.” “It hasn’t been proven.” They like to say that heredity and environment are so hopelessly entangled, how could anyone figure out the relative influence of each? (Easy – by studying identical twins reared apart.) Their obscurantist strategy is powerless against vast areas of new research such as biological correlates of IQ (e.g., .4 with brain size) so they simply ignore them. They point to a small flaw in one twin study done 50 years ago, for example, in an attempt to discredit twin studies, but neglect to inform their readers that a dozen more studies conducted since then have reported exactly the same results. They give examples of questions taken from IQ tests discarded decades ago, saying they’re “obviously biased,” as if it’s sufficient to simply make an assertion and leave it at that. But do the egalitarians really want to get at the truth? Ask yourself this question, “What research have Gould, Kagan, Lewontin, Rose, et al ever produced?” Answer: None.

Among researchers in the field of IQ, it’s been common knowledge for many years that the leading proponents of egalitarianism are not merely mistaken or misinformed, they are thoroughly dishonest. They deliberately mislead people into accepting egalitarianism in order to further their own political agenda, and their allies in the media do likewise. (And in so doing, they all make lots of money – they must be in hog heaven.) Brilliant and sincere scientists, such as Jensen, Whitney, Lynn, Rushton, Herrnstein, and Murray, who consistently report the truth even though they know it’s unpopular, are branded “racists” and “bigots,” while the egalitarians portray themselves as the “good guys.” It’s downright disgusting the way they take on pious airs while blatantly lying to the public. (If you want to learn who these people are and precisely why they are doing this, read my anti-eugenics hoax paper.)

Everyone knows that if a person listens to only one side in a bitter divorce, he/she is likely to come away with a totally biased impression. (The wife’s friends say “The husband is a monster!” and the husband’s friends say “The wife’s a psychopath!”) But even though we know better, we still fall prey to believing what we hear based on just one side, and we do it all the time, because there are only so many hours in a day, and we can’t probe deeply into every single issue. On the question of genetics and behavior, the egalitarians and the liberal media have tightly controlled public discourse, so for decades, only their side has been presented to the public. Is it any wonder the public accepts what they say uncritically? It’s certainly not anyone’s fault for believing it. If I didn’t happen to study and do research on IQ, I’d probably believe it, too.

But then maybe someday, I might think to myself, “Why not just see what the other side has to say?” Many, many people are incapable of doing this, because they’re terrified the other side might be right, and to discover that they’ve been completely wrong would be such a jolt to their psyches they might never recover. Anyway, just imagine I summoned up the courage to venture into forbidden territory – I might read one really good book, such as The Bell Curve, by Herrnstein and Murray. I’d think to myself “Gee, what a totally different world this is! It’s not a pretentious piece of propaganda like Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man– it’s down-to-earth, clearly stated, interesting, even engrossing. Hmmm . . . kind of exciting! It’s easy to read, yet it feels more . . . substantive, more satisfying, like meat-and-potatoes compared to that other stuff, which was like cotton candy. And look – all these interesting graphs and tables! I guess that’s because this is, well, science.” And when I’d finished, I don’t think I’d feel foolish at all – I think I’d be plenty angry at the dishonest low-lifes who had blatantly lied to me for decades.

 

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3 Comments

  1. R_Moreland
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I believe it was in the 1962 Montgomery Clift film “Freud” where there is a scene in which the eponymous doctor delivers a lecture to his colleagues on some aspect of forbidden sexuality. His compatriots proceed to shout him and down and one goes so far as to expectorate in his direction. I guess it was Hollywood trying to show us the terrible nature of intolerance towards scientific theory. Look at the stage play and movie, “Inherit the Wind.” Imagine that, all those fundamentalists bringing to court a teacher for talking about Darwin. And all good liberals praise Galileo for his “moving” speech to the Inquisition.

    Yet today, liberalism brings the hammer down on scientific discoveries about genetics, and their expression in eugenics. I don’t think I have to record the firestorms directed against the Rushtons, Shockleys, Murrays, and many more who have not towed the liberal party line on this matter. The hypocrisy of modern liberalism can be staggering.

    But it’s not just the hypocrisy. It’s the “nurture” based public policies in education, housing, economics, foreign policy, and etc. The liberal idea is that if you change the environment, dysfunctional demographics will start acting like high-IQ populaces. So we end up with public housing, and forcibly integrated schools, and police forces dropping their recruiting standards. The result? Devastation of many American cities. Crime. Trashed schools. Economic nosedives. Infrastructure collapse.

    Detroit is a laboratory case. Same buildings, same environment. But look at the difference between a white majority and a black majority city. Rhodesia is another case. Under white minority rule, it was a functional country (even with international sanctions and a guerrilla war). Under black marxist rule, Zimbabwe has disintegrated.

    Despite the obvious lessons, liberalism remains impervious to the reality.

    One wonders what future film makers will do when they produce a movie about Phil Rushton.

  2. April
    Posted September 11, 2014 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    I always find it immensely entertaining that the same people who will pay strict attention to the breeding of a horse, choosing a stallion carefully to compliment the mare, or will insist on registration papers for their dog, seem to care little to nothing about the breeding of their own children. The fact that a Border Collie raised in a city apartment will instinctively herd cattle or a stallion will even pass on his distinct temperament/personality to his foals ( foals rarely if ever are around their sires) is well known in the world of animal breeding.

    Nevertheless I will see these same people in complete denial that human race exists or even human traits pass on to offspring. I also see these same people who would never dream of breeding their mare to a stallion with crooked legs or bad conformation tell their children that ” its what is inside a person that counts”…

    I was raised on a ranch and was taught from as early as I can remember that the animal or person is a direct result of the parentage. I taught my daughters to not only judge a future husband by his intelligence but also by his appearance. I sure as hell dont want ugly ass grandkids.

    I have a friend whose daughter is lovely, as lovely as my daughters. She is cute and blonde and blue eyed, petite and smart. She married a rich rancher last year who resembles a troll. I am sure he is nice and treats her well but egads……my girls were in shock and said ” ooh mom he’s so ugly”. I cant imagine the kids will look like her at all. Chances are they will look like dad and for the little girls they breed that will suck because they will have a beautiful mom but they wont look anything like her.

    I reject the idea that judging a person for their appearance is shallow. Of course it is not the ONLY qualification to look for in a mate, but I believe it should be considered as high as 50% of the decision.

  3. bill
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I find it ironic that the anti-eugenicists are at a loss for words when trying to explain the actions of all people [including the anti-eugenicists] in choosing their mates. Aren’t these people in fact ‘eugenicists’ by choosing their mates based on the ‘desired characteristics’ of their offspring?

    If a woman chooses to mate with a man who has a full head of hair, isn’t she practicing the same [disliked by the left] ‘eugenics’ based on the supposition that her offspring will not be bald?

    Incidentally, baldness has been known to skip generations, so the joke is on her, LOL!

    A great, truthful article, thanks.

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