Monday, April 9, 2012
- Racially Medieval America
The uproar around John Derbyshire's controversial column has subsided a tad for the opening of the weekly news cycle. Liberals have successfully mounted a conservative head over their mantle, and would now like the conversation to move on. But I still believe it needs a little more talking out.
Nothing I write on this blog ever takes me more than about 45 minutes. It's more a free flow of consciousness than you would expect. Sometimes that yields great results (by my own assessment anyway) and sometimes it's leaves things a confusing jumble. In this case I'm getting more of the latter then the former.
I spent about 2 hours yesterday working on three different versions of something on this topic, but I was so upset that I found I couldn't finish anything. I'm not upset about John's fate, he's a big boy and can take care of himself. I'm upset that the America I live in is so quick to reject cold empiricism in deference to a completely imaginary worldview.
Here then is a fact.
Blacks score lower on standardized tests of intelligence than Whites. Whites score lower than Asians. This is as close as any human will ever get to accurately describing people in aggregate. As I said, this is a fact. It is an objective and rationally determined piece of evidence. It is not a reflection of school funding algorithms, or denial of social services. It's not caused by 'bias' in the tests or some other statistical anomaly. It is not "an error". Based on all the available evidence gathered by people of any race and in any circumstance. It is not caused by outside forces of any kind, but is an actual and accurate reflection of a base potentiality of intelligence, classified by race.
There is a HUGE amount of data which has been gathered in this area - far FAR too much to be dismissed in so cavalier a way. To put it plainly, rejecting this evidence is to embrace stupidity over that which will inevitably bring wisdom. But to be acceptable to our political classes, you must never admit this to yourself. We must pretend that the cause of this anomaly is still an open question. In reality however, it isn't. This is not social policy, it's math. And the fact that America is unable to face this evidence as it stands has left me thoroughly disheartened.
I was raised in a environment where, in an effort to instill in me a desire for self improvement, I was taught that I was the worst thing a human being can be. This changed how I viewed myself in a number of ways but since we're on the topic of intelligence testing, lets talk about that.
When my IQ was last tested it was 186, and all available evidence would suggest that it has been something close to that since my early childhood. But by the time I was 16 I was convinced through constant repetition that I was 'stupid' and 'worthless'. This didn't hurt my feelings as much as it convinced me that I was wrong about who I was. It wasn't intended this way, but it ended up being a kind of brainwashing that had teenage me convinced at some level that I really was stupid and worthless.
But in 'reality' this wasn't actually the case. In 'reality' I was actually much smarter than average, even though I had been convinced otherwise. So the best day of my life was not actually my wedding day or the day my daughter was born (although that comes pretty close). The best day of my life was the day in my early 20's when I realized that I was lied to about who and what I was. It literally came to me as an epiphany. And on that day I tossed aside all the things I had been convinced of about myself and the world in general, and started building a worldview from scratch.
That realization changed something important about how I think. As I rebounded from my "Great Santini" style upbringing, I developed a dependency on objectivity.
Most people don't have any trouble reconciling their subjective view of the world with the objective evidence around them. But I knew that my subjective view - my biases about the world - could not be trusted. To this day I require external verification of my every judgement before I'll trust it. If I can't find external evidence to support my position, I feel the need to treat it as 'untrue' until otherwise demonstrated. And this has effected everything in my life from the career I chose, to my relationships, to how I see myself.
Liberal America takes the opposite view. They have declared that if the objective evidence cannot be reconciled with the story that they've told themselves, then it's the objective evidence that must be ignored. They are quite literally a 'flat earth' society - ignoring empirical reality in deference to the 'old wives tales' of modern liberalism.
And that's the thing that has me really upset. I hadn't realized what a medieval period we're living in with regard to our discussions on race. I hadn't realized how far that intentionally dogmatic ignorance has reached into what I would call 'conservative' America. We are not empiricists in this regard. We are still hopelessly enraptured in the demonstrably false fantasies of the progressives. The sun still revolves around the earth in their universe, and no further discussion of the topic shall be allowed.
Anyway, that's it. I'd like to talk about the substance of the whole thing, but at the moment I'm still too upset to talk about anything but my feelings on the topic. I'll come back to it again later when I've calmed down.