[Marxism] James Watson: Africans are less intelligent thanWesterners

Einde O'Callaghan einde at gmx.de
Wed Oct 17 07:33:13 MDT 2007


David Picón Álvarez schrieb:
> I think this kind of issues present a serious problem.

I agree that there is a problem - biut it isn't the problem that you 
attempt to define. the real problem is the definition of intelligence. 
During my brief study of psychology in my university days I came to 
realise that inreality psychologists defined intelligence as what IQ 
ests measure, rather than having a clear somnething that they then could 
then devise tests to measure.

As clearly shown in the various writings on the subject by Steven Rose, 
Stephen J. Gould and others the whole debate about intelligence, 
intelligence testing and IQ has from the very beginning been tainted by 
eugenicist, cultural, social, class and racial preconceptions and 
prejudices. They have been used over the vcentury since they were 
developed to prove that working-class-people, Blacks, the Irish, 
Southern Europeans, Eastern Europeans, people in the colonies and just 
about every racial and ethnic minority anywhere is intellectually 
inferior or deficient in intelligence compared with those of the 
dominant race or ethnic group.

I suggest that those that think that there is any merit in the 
utterances of James Watson about a subject in which he is no more than a 
layman should actually read the socialist (both Marxist and non-Marxist) 
and even liberal critiques of the intellectual construct known as 
intelligence before lending them any credence.

Einde O'Callaghan




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