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Old 09-14-2009, 11:17 PM
claymisher claymisher is offline
 
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Default Re: New diavloggers we'd like to see

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When the benefit of the doubt must be given for judging the validity of an explanation, I'll give it to genes, not culture. And may the best data win.
Do you really believe that? So if I say GENEX is why blacks are poor you'll just give me the benefit of the doubt? Or if it's 1850 and I point to GENEY and say that's why the Irish are poor, you'll go with that? Or point to some spatial reasoning test from 30 years ago that explains genetically why women are bad at science? Really? Or do you just have a vague sense of people with lab coats are smarter than sociologists? I don't see any reason to privilege one over the other in advance.

I'm still not sure what you mean by being against culture.

I'm against speculative half-assed unprovable explanations, like that "there's a gene for aggression that makes teh blacks criminals" stuff amateur sociobiologists trade in (that's a real one from gnxp). None of this makes me a full-on blank slater. I don't think sexism is what's keeping women from playing in the NFL. I'm against speculative half-assed unprovable cultural explanations too. I'm against bad explanations, and that's exactly what gnxp, Charles Murray, etc specialize in. They're just fishing for rationales for their prejudices. The worst of it is that they act like they're fucking heroes for possessing the courage to say blacks are inferior.
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