Thursday, May 13, 2010

After All, It's Not An Insult

Reading David Bernstein's commentary, I can't rule out the possibility that he is genetically predisposed to be less intelligent. (There's no possibility that he would take offense at that, right?)

To be fair, perhaps he somehow missed the fact that, in our society, high intelligence is generally regarded as a positive attribute and low intelligence is generally regarded as a negative - perhaps he was brought up in an exceptional household that took no notice of intelligence, or viewed it as a negative. Perhaps he believes that comments about ethnicity and height, something that has a known genetic basis and that (at most) few would regard as directly correlated to genetic superiority, is truly analogous to comments about race and intelligence, despite the long history of overt racists arguing that the allegedly lesser intelligence and intellectual capacity various ethnic or racial groups demonstrates their "inferiority".

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