define it. please. pretty, please!
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too many politically correct people (erroneously) assume that hbd’ers are racists (in the bad sense of the word) or supremacists or neo-nazis who have eeeeeevil intentions.
not me. and not a lot of other hbd’ers either, i think.
to get an idea of where i’m coming from, just read james crow‘s “Unequal by nature: a geneticist’s perspective on human differences.” i agree whole-heartedly with everything he wrote in that article — 110%. here’s a little excerpt:
“It is important for society to do a better job than it now does in accepting differences as a fact of life. New forms of scientific knowledge will point out more and more ways in which we are diverse. I hope that differences will be welcomed, rather than accepted grudgingly. Who wants a world of identical people, even if they are Mozarts or [Michael] Jordans?
“A good society ought to provide the best kind of environment for each person and each population. We already do this in part. We give lessons to musically gifted children. We encourage athletes and give them special training (and sometimes dubious drugs). Students elect courses according to their abilities and interests. We have special classes for those with disabilities, and such classes are becoming more specific as the causes of the disabilities are understood.
“We cannot, of course, tailor-make a special environment for every individual, but we can continue to move in this direction. Finding a genetic basis for a trait doesn’t mean that environment is unimportant. Indeed, more environmental influences on the human organism are constantly being discovered, often through genetic studies.
“A test of our democratic institutions will be the degree to which people can accept all our differences and find ways to fit them into a smooth-working, humanitarian society. And I argue that we should strive not only for maximum personal satisfaction but for maximum contribution; each of us owes society the fruits of our special gifts. I believe strongly that research into the genetic and environmental causes of human differences should continue and be supported. The newer procedures brought about by molecular advances and computers will greatly accelerate discoveries.
“I believe that knowledge, even unpleasant knowledge, is far preferable to ignorance. I hope that American society can be less fearful of learning the truth about biological inequalities and more courageous in using discoveries in ways that are humanitarian and promote human welfare.“
couldn’t have said it better myself.
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