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Intellectuals and Race

Larry1886 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 3:51 PM
A Bristidh tabloid once had a huge above the fold headline of a shocking educational discovery: "HALF OF ALL BRITISH STUDENTS ARE BELOW AVERAGE!" Even things that are supposed to be equal form normal (Gausian or bell-curved distributions). Take the simplest form of equality...the flipping of a coin. Either heads or tails. Ask 100 people to flip a coin 100 times each and record how many times it comes up heads, and only 17 of them will get a perfect 50 head/50 tails. Of the remaining 83, half will have more heads than tails, and a histogram would show a bell shaped distribution.

There are so many fallacies about race that it would be hard to say which is the most ridiculous. However, one fallacy behind many other fallacies is the notion that there is something unusual about different races being unequally represented in various institutions, careers or at different income or achievement levels.

A hundred years ago, the fact that people from different racial backgrounds had very different rates of success in education, in the economy and in other endeavors, was taken as proof that some races were genetically superior to others.

Some races were considered to be so genetically inferior that eugenics...