Jews, Genes And Intelligence

I haven’t much time for writing today, so for now, here’s Steven Pinker on the genetic basis of the high IQ of Ashkenazi Jews.

Pinker is one academic who, despite being a fairly high-echelon member of the Cathedral staff, apparently has an office with a window, and flirts openly with apostasy. Among the apostatic asseverations in this presentation: that intelligence is real; that intelligence is highly heritable; that intelligence makes an important difference in life outcomes; that the statistical distribution of intelligence varies among human populations.

This video is in four parts: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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  1. JK says

    Keerist Malcolm!

    What happened, you get fired? Surely you’re not old enough to’ve retired.

    How’s ’bout taking up ‘dribbling’ and I don’t mean trying out for the Globetrotters.

    Posted December 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  2. Dr. Strangelove says

    Really interesting videos. Here’s a small counter-point (not really even, I do think that the two perspectives are compatible) from the WSJ.

    Posted December 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    Right, no such thing as intelligence. Demonstrating once again where the WSJ stands on the reality of human variation.

    Posted December 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  4. the one eyed man says

    A word from Tom Lehrer:

    Posted December 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink