Race and IQ: Navigating the Taboo in Search of Truth

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In this installment from my ‘Ask Me Anything’ series, which you can find on my social media channels, I delve into the topic of race and IQ.

“Going for the taboo today! Thoughts on race and IQ?”

Definitely a taboo topic in today’s world. God forbid that there are phenotypical differences between people of distinct geographical origin within the human species.

There’s quite a bit of literature documenting the average IQs of various races and ethnicities across the world. These endeavors have been called “scientific racism” by some people, but that idea rests on the crux of actual racism: Thinking a race is superior or inferior to another.

Simply acknowledging average racial differences is not racist, and it happens all the time in medicine to save people’s lives (for example, GFR thresholds for kidney disease are different between Black and non-black people).
Regardless, group averages are just that: averages. They can be useful at a population level, but do not account for individual variations and should not be used to make assumptions about any particular person’s intelligence or potential.

Within all races, you will have smart, average, and ignorant people, although the distribution may vary.

I don’t find this discourse useful on a practical level. While not the same, I can somewhat relate as I’ve been judged based on my appearance my entire life. Instead of attempting to change myself—like coloring my hair dark or avoiding trendy makeup and clothes—I concluded that people who won’t listen to me based on how I look aren’t the type of people I want to interact with anyway.

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