Friday, October 19, 2007

The lie that is Race

Some months ago, I posted two pieces on "race" as a social construct and how that construct has been very useful in the hands of those who wish to cause dissent, weaken the social fabric, cause wars and generally divide and conquer.

Yesterday, a very brilliant an educated man made a valid comment, which those who wish to maintain social control via the stupid and false definition of "race", have taken well out of context. They have, for the time being, muzzled this man.

The Nobel Prize-winning DNA pioneer James Watson has been suspended by his research institution in the US.

Both the London Science Museum and the Bristol Festival of Ideas have cancelled lectures by this brilliant man based on their complete misunderstanding of his comments. They demonstrate our
ridiculous societal fear of skin colour and the propensity to instantly scream racism when there's no such thing!

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Dr Watson was a joint winner in 1962 of the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, the molecule that lies at the heart of heredity in living organisms.

When, some 40 years later, scientists were finally able to read all of the DNA in our cells they were able to show that there was no scientific basis for the concept of race.

People from different racial groups can be more genetically similar than individuals within the same group. Genetic studies show that there is more variability in the gene pool in Africa, than outside."

The discovery of DNA and subsequent research into human DNA coding and genetics has utterly proved there is no genetic support for the concept of "race." "Dr Watson was a joint winner in 1962 of the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, the molecule that lies at the heart of heredity in living organisms.

Dr. Watson's comments, have been purposely misunderstood.

Most people will acknowledge that certain groups of people have propensities toward certain skills and abilities. On can argue that India is a country full of engineers and China is a country of arithmeticians and musicians. This does not mean that all those who come from India will ultimately become engineers nor that those who come from Spain will never become engineers. The observation only notes an inclination. More importantly, those observations have nothing to do with skin colour and everything to do with society, education, environment, genetics and heredity.

Dr. Watson's comments were to do with human intelligence and how it expresses itself, varies vastly and is dependent on hundreds of details: environment, food, social structure, education (or lack thereof), family structure, war, religion, etc. However, intelligence has NOTHING to do with skin colour. Despite how the media and the uneducated, fearful people who've censored Dr. Watson want to spin it, that is neither what Dr. Watson said nor meant.

It has been shown over and over that standard IQ tests are only valid to a very small point and only within the society/culture where they were created: a person coming from Spain would not necessarily be familiar with or exposed to common social mores and structures found in Russian society, so would likely do very poorly on a Russian IQ test (yes, given in Spanish for those of you who will argue the language point), regardless of that person's true intelligence.

This is part of what Dr. Watson was getting at with his comments.

In comments published in The Independent newspaper on Friday, Dr Watson tries to clarify his position.

"We do not yet adequately understand the way in which the different environments in the world have selected over time the genes which determine our capacity to do different things," he is quoted as saying. "The overwhelming desire of society today is to assume that equal powers of reason are a universal heritage of humanity.

"It may well be. But simply wanting this to be the case is not enough.

This is not science. To question this is not to give in to racism. This is not a discussion about superiority or inferiority, it is about seeking to understand differences, about why some of us are great musicians and others great engineers."

To eliminate the false and nefarious concept of "race" from the arsenal of divisive practises used by the power elite is to greatly diminish their power to coral humans as if we are stupid cattle.

As such, those who seek to control humans globally have jumped at the opportunity to silence a voice that over the last 40 years had told the true, scientific story: the colour of an external organ has nothing to do with humanity or intelligence.

Dr. Watson's comments are sound and based in endless science. We must stand against censorship of Dr. Watson and people like him.

4 comments:

  1. Completely agree – your observations are undoubtedly going to be condemned by all the people who do not take time to think and I suspect that represents a very large part of the population. I do not pretend to know how to define intelligence, but I know that regardless of anyone’s definition it does not have anything to do with one’s skin and that is also what I understand Dr. Watson believes.

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  2. I love this part of your comment: "...condemned by all the people who do not take time to think... large part of the population."

    Yuppers! The media and the various governments want people to stay in the dark and to always have knee-jerk reactions. Thinking and education are NOT high on the political agenda because that would mean people might actually think about their government and what's going on there! And that would never do....

    Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Hi All,

    Received a really excellent, long comment from someone who obviously has a science background and will post it. However, I want to review it in full.

    The writer has attempted to prove there is such a thing as 'race,' with scientific proof of intelligence and how it is displayed and determined.

    I absolutely dispute there is any such thing as 'race,' as that term is usually used to denote skin colour and often, more specifically, refers to brown skin.

    The writer has actually done a brilliant job disproving 'race,' via his/her comments, despite attempting, I think, to prove there is such a thing as 'race.'

    In relation to Dr. Watson's disputed comments, this writer proves exactly what Dr. Watson spoke to: intelligence has NOTHING to do with skin colour.

    Watch for the entire comment, complete with the inferred "you're obviously an idiot" references....

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  4. I was in one of the chat rooms just an hour back. One of the user there commented about s/he would not allow racial genocide (do not go to bed with lower race - people with darker skin colour) and how it is proven that fairer/whiter you are more intelligent you would be. I knew, through my reading and perhaps even in my heart (although 'in my heart' doesn't mean ANYTHING in science and (perhaps) it SHOULDN'T), that there is no such thing is race based on skin colour. It's just groups and we named them so that we could classify them (perhaps that was our biggest mistake).

    But, that didn't mean there could not be differences in groups because they had to endure and survive different environments. So, I searched for this (skin colour and intelligence) on net and reached here.

    The article confirms what I thought. But, I have a question -
    How do we communicate to the rest of the world or at least to its maximum population, that according to the science, the last statement on the matter is that there is NO SUCH THING as race based on SKIN COLOUR?

    I personally find it funny when someone says that intelligence is a function of skin colour but that is not the same with other people and many had to lose their lives just because of these assumptions. As author has correctly said and what we are all aware that there are wars waged on this issue.

    In this context Dr. Watson's comments become VERY dangerous. People wouldn't want to follow up and think about what he meant or ask what he exactly meant. They would just take this as one more supporting argument that skin colour determines intelligence. As much as I know that someone with this stature will not mean this, it alone cannot be a sufficient test as everything is open to question in science and therefore should be much more careful as what they say.

    Of course, censoring it is the MOST DAMAGING action any government can take because then all people can do is hear from other people what the person in question had said and the content changes from one person to another.

    I would pass this link on to as many people as I can. That's all I can do I think...


    Thanks for the article,
    - Neel
    neelsmail@rediffmail.com

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