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Friday, June 17, 2011
An African confronts HBD
Yesterday one of Ace's commenters, one "rdbrewer", pointed out the sins of the pseudoscientist Stephen Gould. This led to a mild discussion of sociobiology in his comments. Some black people showed up to offer their take. Their take will not surprise you.
I posted the bare bones of this last night. I always meant to devote a whole post to it. Yesterday offered too much material all at once, and this one was one which got stuffed into miscellany. Now we have a clearer field.
The primary commenter was one "Chique d'Afrique" from, I vaguely recall, Nigeria. From my observations, the Chick's IQ exceeds the national US average. Also, I probably need to repeat here, I am not in the HBD Fanclub. The whole point of The Bell Curve is statistical. I take it as given that there are black people smarter than I, in some cases much smarter than I.
With that out of the way, here is the Chick's view:
Those "controlled experiments" on racial differences do exist - in the hundreds, by now. In all of them the American black IQ clusters around 85. The Chick does accept that. She explains this as interbreeding between her West African race and the worst of my relatives, presumably border-Celtic rednecks and Irish. Pure West Africans, she points out, do well in the US when they come off the boat.
The Chick has failed to note that recent arrivals from Africa are generally the best of the lot. It is not easy to get across the Atlantic without a sponsor. American universities would kill for a set of IQ-120 black students; extracting the top of the Dark Continent is one easy shortcut. Europe, by contrast, is closer. All it takes is a boat from Libya or Tunisia. Europe will get the peasants. The average African has an IQ closer to the low 70s. (Rushton.) To illustrate what happens when Americans sponsor normal Africans to come here, I give you the Somali community in Minneapolis.
The same goes for Indians-with-a-dot, by the way. We get India's Brahmins, her Saint-Thomas Christians, and her Zoroastrians. Europe gets her Muslims.
I do have to add a side-note on Timbuktu. While this town was under indigenous African control: it was Malian from 1200s to 1400s, then Tuareg (a Berber group), and finally Songhay (before the Portuguese). According to Wiki, Mali founded Timbuktu as a trade emporium. The scholars showed up during the Tuareg period. These nerds came from Walata. Walata at the time was Massufi Berber. Ibn Battuta tells us about Walata but not about Timbuktu although Timbuktu did exist. That's because, while Timbuktu was black, it wasn't scholarly. When Timbuktu shifted from West African to North African, that's when the 'ulema found it worth their while. Wikipedia is not immune to Timbukturientalism: "
As to how the Chick explains her unique take on racial intelligence differences - she invokes God. No, srsly. "For the record", she does"n't believe in evolution".
The reason the Chick doesn't want this to become an argument is because she hasn't an argument. She offers assertions and expects that the community is too kind to rebut them.
Africans, once thrust into the non-African world and faced with HBD, retreat to asabiya and away from reality. Even the smart ones. Maybe especially the smart ones.
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