Motives, part 1: hatred and rage?
Mar 13th, 2012 by Unamused
This is a very reactionary Libertarian, hyper-masculine, MRA, misogynist/sexist and anti-Black racist website. It’s nasty and ugly. I don’t care how good the writing is. Why even go there.
The answer to that rhetorical question, by the way, is that Dennis Mangan is much more informative and insightful than Robert Lindsay, who goes on to indulge in one of the nastiest and ugliest forms of (invalid) argumentation: Questioning Opponents’ Motives with a Presumptuous Amateur Psychoanalysis, or QuOMPAP.
Most people just say QuOMPAP
QuOMPAP is by far the creepiest of fallacies, and comes in many flavors. Here are a few. Note that, as with frozen yogurt, the sexual flavors are the worst.
- “You’re opposed to immigration because you’re afraid of foreigners.” Phil Donahue employed a variant of this in an interview with/attack on Jared Taylor.
- “You’re opposed to miscegenation because you want more hot white girls for yourself.” I started to get this a lot after I wrote a flyer explaining why white women shouldn’t date black men.
- “You’re opposed to feminism because you can’t get laid.” This is literally the only argument feminists have.
I assume the flaws in this argument form are obvious. One might as well say: “You only disagree with me about the relative influence of genes on race differences in intelligence because as a small child you were robbed by a sea otter at the beach.”
For the record, my opinions about behavior genetics have little, if anything, to do with my perfectly rational fear and hatred of the vile sea otter, chubbiest member of the weasel family.
He took my conch!
Also for the record, I am currently in a competition to clutter up the record with the greatest possible number of weasel facts and other pointless things.
HATRED AND RAGE (not really)
Lindsay wants to know why the “HBD [human biodiversity] crowd,” whatever that is, is “obsessed” with the average intelligence of black Americans. “White racism against Blacks,” he explains, “is the biggest White racism of all,” and
HBD pounding away at Black IQ makes no sense until we see it in this light. The emphasis [on] Black IQ can only [be] seen from the [point of view] of their high degree of hatred and rage against Blacks. The HBD crowd could pretty much [not] care less about the other groups tulio [a commenter] mentioned, hence they do not mention them and their IQ’s which are near the Black range. Seen in this light, HBD ranting about “Black IQ” is just another club to use to beat Black people over the head with.
I attempted to articulate another (altogether less insulting, presumptuous, uninformative, baseless, etc.) reason why many HBD enthusiasts (not to mention race realists, as opposed to race denialists), such as me, might spend so much time discussing race differences in intelligence and comparing black people to white people.
Let us assume that we live in the United States of America and, as HBD enthusiasts, want to discuss racial differences of some sort. In order to do so, we have to compare races. Which races should we compare?
How about white people? (Yes, they’re people too.) For one thing, they are still the majority in this country. For another, we ourselves are overwhelmingly white. Of course we are — who else needs race realism? Everyone else is cashing in on race denialism.
And how about black people? They certainly provide the most spectacular contrast, and one of the most relevant. While Hispanics are more numerous, they are also less dysfunctional in just about every way. (Cubans are especially good.) East Asians perform quite well. American Indians are pretty awful as a whole, but there are relatively few of them and they don’t make nearly as much noise as black people. As for Australian Aborigines, who cares? They’re way over there in… whatever country Australian Aborigines come from. And so on.
Mainstream media slowly discovering stupidity is bad
Finally, why compare the intelligence of human populations? Because it’s so important (you silly). Even the despicable New York Times is getting in on the action (“Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters,” Nov. 19, 2011), as I discovered by reading… Mangan’s. What do ya know.
Research has shown that intellectual ability matters for success in many fields — and not just up to a point.
Exhibit A is a landmark study of intellectually precocious youths directed by the Vanderbilt University researchers David Lubinski and Camilla Benbow. They and their colleagues tracked the educational and occupational accomplishments of more than 2,000 people who as part of a youth talent search scored in the top 1 percent on the SAT by the age of 13. (Scores on the SAT correlate so highly with I.Q. that the psychologist Howard Gardner described it as a “thinly disguised” intelligence test.) The remarkable finding of their study is that, compared with the participants who were “only” in the 99.1 percentile for intellectual ability at age 12, those who were in the 99.9 percentile — the profoundly gifted — were between three and five times more likely to go on to earn a doctorate, secure a patent, publish an article in a scientific journal or publish a literary work. A high level of intellectual ability gives you an enormous real-world advantage.
It would be nice if intellectual ability and the capacities that underlie it were important for success only up to a point. In fact, it would be nice if they weren’t important at all, because research shows that those factors are highly stable across an individual’s life span. But wishing doesn’t make it so.
This leaves one interesting question.
Why even bother?
“Let us assume,” I said, “that we want to discuss racial differences of some sort.” But why would we want to do that?
Why compare one race to another? What is the practical purpose of popularizing, for example, race differences in intelligence or criminality or cultural achievement, when the major races each comprise hundreds of millions of people living all over the place? Why would anyone care that the average brain size among the 15 million or so Sinhalese people in the world (mostly in Sri Lanka) is approximately 1222 cc, while the average brain size among the 7 million or so Swiss people in the world (mostly in Switzerland) is 1408 cc? (Smith and Beals, 1990.)
The surprising answer is: self defense. More next time.