Dr. James Watson and the IQ Flap
Well, there are the flat-Earth folks; the sun and stars revolve around the Earth folks; and the Earth revolves around the Sun folks. We know how that turned out. Dr. Watson estimates that the question of genetic codes and human intelligence will be identified in about a decade. Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners, Science Museum cancels talk by Watson after 'racist' comments, and The controversy of intelligence theories. These can be found also at Michael Savage. I have been an educator for a good portion of my career whether in public schools, in overseas dependent schools, at universities, and in nuclear power training departments. I have not held much truck with IQ as a determining factor in a student's achievement. I have always seen IQ as a projector of potential. But I have also seen one young white girl with a tested IQ of 110 +/- a few points beat the socks of fellow students with IQs testing in the 140 range. First, she didn't know the IQ score and she used her abilities and applied herself to her studies. The 'smarter' students took intelligence for granted and did not apply their abilities. They suffered and she soared academically. So while IQ may be a factor in reasoning or in potential, IQ is not the only determinate to success. Environment and early-training in the home are determining factors as well. But IQ alone does not determine anything other than the potential for xyz. It is what one does with his potential that matters. To be very clear, I readily accept that Asians from the Far East may be generally more intelligent than I am, they certainly have the potential to be very successful. For me, I'm not defensive about that. I don't consider comments that Asians generally score higher on IQ tests than Causasians as racist, just fact based upon the results of thousands of IQ tests. Why do blacks get so easily offended? Why not prove the "theories" wrong? A score on an IQ test is not the sole determining factor in one's live and on one's accomplishments. Is it?