The set of ideas promulgating the notion that intelligence is based on race, and that Black people are genetically inferior to whites when it comes to intelligence (or anything else, actually), is indeed fascist propaganda. 

Why you think that my saying that disses Stephen Jay Gould, who tore that whole notion of race-based intelligence to shreds, is beyond me.

If you actually read my article -- I even linked to it for your convenience -- before opining about it -- you'd see that I quoted from the very work of Gould's that you ridiculously say that I'm dissing.

On another note, the same folks who think that it's okay for THEM to malign people on this list -- including calling those they disagree with infantile, crackpot, conspiracy nuts, etc., take umbrage that I used (and did so correctly) the term "fascist" to describe the race-based (genetic) intelligence "studies" of Herrnstein, Eysenck, Shockley, Jensen and their ideological descendants passing themselves off as scientists. Their articles and speeches gave purported "scientific" cover for fascist movements.

Are we really disagreeing here? Are you saying that the ideas promoting race-based Intelligence are actually legitimate scientific works?


-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Balter <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Feb 20, 2007 8:45 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Genetics & Race
>It is particularly silly and unproductive because this is one area where
>scientific arguments,  so successfully put forward in works like our late
>colleague Steve Gould's The Mismeasure of Man, have been particularly
>effective. The Bruce Lahn story I referred to earlier, pdfs again available
>to whoever asks offlist, is another good example of the chips falling where
>they may scientifically. Those who live by the gene sometimes die by the
>On 2/20/07, Eric Entemann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Would you not agree that "intelligence" is a social construct as well?
>> It's inappropriate to label any discussion on this list as "fascist
>> propaganda".  That is entirely silly and unproductive, and it undermines
>> the
>> impact of the word.  It reminds me of the good old '70s, when too
>> frequently
>> the slightest disagreements were met with that epithet, including on some
>> occasions hurled by SftP members at "liberals" on the podium at AAAS
>> meetings.  I, for one, cringed.
>> ----Original Message Follows----
>> From: Mitchel Cohen <[log in to unmask]>
>> Reply-To: Science for the People Discussion List
>> <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: Genetics & Race
>> Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 06:06:32 -0500
>> There is no such thing as "race" biologically/genetically; Race is a
>> social
>> construct. There is no "White" race, and there is no "Black" race. All
>> discussions of intelligence based on race are fascist propaganda -- not
>> only
>> Jensen, Shockley, Eysenck and Herrnstein, but the more "liberal"
>> proponents
>> as well, such as Wasserman and Pine at Columbia.
>> See my chapter on the latters' experimental drugging of Black children to
>> control their serotonin levels in "Redesigning Life: The Worldwide
>> Challenge
>> to Genetic Engineering" edited by Brian Tokar -- a new twist to the old IQ
>> debate. A version was printed as an article in "The Shadow" at
>> which was listed in the Project
>> Censored Awards for 2001, and earlier in Z Magazine.
>> Mitchel
>> ***************************