Enough With Race and IQ Tests Already
Race and IQ tests are two nebulous determinants of nebulous qualities that have incited fractious and controversial reactions as long as they have existed.
Many studies of the correlation between the two--and we might as well stir the pot by throwing gender into the mix as well--have been conducted. The matter has attracted much attention especially since James Watson asserted blacks to be less intelligent than whites. Nature gives a point-counterpoint with a twist. The question is not if there is an intelligence difference between races, but rather, should we even try to find out?
In the blue corner, Stephen Rose argues that because race, gender, and IQ are largely constructs, the whole pursuit is pretty stupid. That is, gender and race are difficult to define, buried under shifty societal definitions, and IQ is just some test about how many triangles are in a puzzle or something. In the red corner, Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams find that while plenty of racists over the years have used science to justify the inferior treatment of non-whites, this is no basis for ending the scientific quest for truth. Also, many studies are showing that IQ gaps between races are closing (thus, not genetic) and could be bridged effectively with the right social policies. Slate helpfully summarized and debated the most recent race-IQ studies during the Watson flap, though the author in that case did accidentally cite a racist among the many respected works of scholarship.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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