Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HBD, Heriditarian, Race Reality claims debunked by hard scholarship




Joint products of "racial evolution"...





Evolution, brain size, and the national IQ of peoples ... - Jelte Wicherts 2010
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wichertsPAIDrejoinder.pdf
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Why national IQs do not support evolutionary theories of intelligence - WIcherts, Borsboom and Dolan 2010
Personality and Individual Differences 48 (2010) 91-96
http://wicherts.socsci.uva.nl/wicherts2010.pdf
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Are intelligence tests measurement invariant over time? by JM Wicherts - ?2004
 --Dolan, Wicherts et al 2004. Investigating the nature of the Flynn effect. Intelligence 32 (2004) 509-537
http://www.iapsych.com/iqmr/fe/LinkedDocuments/wicherts2004.pdf
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LYNN AND VANHAVEN'S IQ AND THE WEALTH OF NATIONS DEBUNKED
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www.anth.uconn.edu/faculty/mcbrearty/Pdf/McB%20&%20Brooks%202000%20TRTW.pdf

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Race and other misadventures: essays in honor of Ashley Montagu... By Larry T. Reynolds, Leonard Lieberman

http://books.google.com/books?id=5DLrgG_MflgC&pg=PA190&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=1#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
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Race and intelligence: separating science from myth. By Jefferson M. Fish. Routledge 2002. See Templeton's detailed article referenced above also inside the book

http://books.google.com/books?id=t9OdPPLIgMAC&pg=PA64&dq=r-+k-+selection+races&cd=7#v=onepage&q=r-%20k-%20selection%20races&f=false
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http://www.ogiek.org/indepth/what-they-mean.htm
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Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
For summary see: http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/05-02-18/
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http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/course/topics/curveball.html

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--S OY Keita, R A Kittles, et al. "Conceptualizing human variation," Nature Genetics 36, S17 - S20 (2004)
http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v36/n11s/pdf/ng1455.pdf


--S.O.Y. Keita and Rick Kittles. (1997) *The Persistence ofRacial Thinking and the Myth of Racial Divergence. AJPA, 99:3
http://www.councilforresponsiblegenetics.org/pageDocuments/WAURRSZQOE.pdf
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HBD RACE EVOLUTION CLAIMS DEBUNKED BY GENETICISTS
Alan Templeton. "The Genetic and Evolutionary significnce oF Human Races." pp 31-56. IN: J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating scinnce from myth.
http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/239/templeton1humanracesinf.jpg
http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/2731/templeton2humanracesinf.jpg

HBD RACE AND INTELLIGENCE CLAIMS DEBUNKED
 J. FiSh (2002) Race and Intelligence: Separating science from myth.

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MORE HBD DEBUNKING
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Oubre, A (2011) Race Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences, vol 1 and 2. BTI Press
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Krimsky, S, Sloan.K (2011) Race and the Genetic Revolution: Science, Myth, and Culture
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Wicherts and Johnson, 2009. Group differences in the heritability of items and test scores
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2009/04/24/rspb.2009.0238.full


http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/coming-apart-can-murrays-down-with.html


"SELECTION FOR"- "SELECT FOR" HDB CLAIMS DEBUNKED- "SELECTION" IS NOT THE ONLY KEY FORCE DRIVING CHANGE
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/12/demic-diffusion-notes-and-tropical.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/08/cro-magnons-are-us-debunking-claims.html

http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html



--Joseph Graves, 2006. What We Know and What We Don’t Know: Human Genetic Variation and the Social Construction of Race
http://raceandgenomics.ssrc.org/Graves/

J. Kahn (2013) How a Drug Becomes "Ethnic" - Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, v4:1
http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1072&context=yjhple

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http://evolution.binghamton.edu/evos/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/PageProofs-Graves_race.pdf

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LINKS TO OTHER POSTS:

Exploding nonsense: the 10,000 Year Explosion
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html


We need "rational racism"?
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/we-need-rational-racism-proponent.html

The Affirmative Action Propaganda Machine- part 1
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-affirmatve-action-propaganda.html

Two rules for being "really" black- no white wimmen, no Republican
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/to-be-really-black-you-cant-have-white.html

The Axial age reconsidered
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-axial-age-reconsidered.html

Cannibal seasonings: dark meat on white
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/12/i.html

"Affirmative Action" in the form of court remedies has been around a long time- since the 1930s- benefiting white union workers against discrimination by employers
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/09/affirmative-action-as-term-appears-in.html

Mugged by reality 1: White quotas, special preferences and government jobs
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/mugged-by-reality-1-white-quotas.html


Lightweight enforcement of EEO laws contradicts claims of "flood" of minorities "taking jobs"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post.html

Railroaded 3: white violence and intimidation imposed quotas
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-3-white-violence-and.html

Railroaded 2: how white quotas and special preferences blockade black progress...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-2-thow-white-quotas-and.html

Railroaded 1: How white affirmative action and white special preferences destroyed black railroad employment...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-how-white-affirmative-action.html

Affirmative action: primary beneficiaries are white women...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/04/quick-regime-kill-hopes-in-libya.html

7 reasons certain libertarians and right-wingers are wrong about the Civil Right Act
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

Social philosophy of Thomas Sowell
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/07/social-philosophy-of-thomas-sowell.html


Bogus "biodiversity" theories of Kanazawa, Ruston, Lynn debunked
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post.html

JP Rushton, Michael Levin, Richard Lynn debunked. Weaknesses of Jared Diamond's approach. 
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_1818.html

In the Blood- debunking "HBD" and Neo-Nazi appropriation of ancient Egypt
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2009/11/blog-post_29.html

early Europeans and middle Easterners looked like Africans. Peoples returning or "backflowing" to Africa would already be looking like Africans
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post_1754.html

 Ancient Egypt: one of the world's most advanced civilizations- created by tropical peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post_06.html

Playing the "Greek defence" -debunking claims of Greeks as paragons of virtue or exemplars of goodness
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/03/playing-greek-defence-review-of-thornton.html

Quotations from mainstream academic research on the Nile Valley peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_9251.html


http://egyptsearchreloaded.proboards.com/thread/15/basic-database-nile-valley-studies

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Exploding nonsense: a review of Cochran and Harpending's 10,000 Year Explosion

Cochran and Harpending's book, The 10,000 Year Explosion, makes several bold claims, and they are economically laid out with easy to understand language. But there are several weaknesses. Now let’s get down to bidniss.



1)) ARE THEY REALLY DEBUNKING "CONVENTIONAL WISDOM" OF SCIENTISTS? THEY PROFFER LITTLE BESIDES VAGUE SPECULATIONS- "could" "might have"-- NOT SOLID ARGUMENTS AND DATA. AND ON SOME COUNTS, THE AUTHORS THEMSELVES FOLLOW THE SAME "CONVENTIONAL WISDOM"

Chapter 1 lays out their claim of bucking conventional wisdom among scientists, who it is claimed, hold to a "Great Leap Forward" in cultural evolution that marked the end of evolution some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago in Europe. The only thing wrong with this claim is that it is a strawman. Cochran and Harpending provide little evidence as to the existence of this "conventional wisdom" among scientists regarding static human evolution. Who exactly is preaching this "static" condition? We don't know and the authors don't say. Respected heavyweight scientists in the field (like Stringer 2012 (Lone Survivors), and Mellars 2006 (WHy DId Modern human populations disperse..' ), do not at all hold to the alleged "conventional wisdom" strawman re "static" evolution or of alleged European "cultural revolutions" and in fact dispute these notions in their writings as cited.

Stephen Jay Gould is referenced as saying that 50-100,000 years is too short to notice any "evolutionary" changes. OK, but this does not at all mean Gould held to any idea of "static" humanity- just that said time frame was too short to see changes of any significant "evolutionary" magnitude. That in no way implies anything "static."

In addition, since the late 1990s/early 2000s numerous scientists have challenged the notion of a "Great Leap Forward." McBreaty and Brooks (2000) for example in their seminal article:"The Revolution That Wasn't"- showing that so called "revolutionary" changes in Europe in culture such as art and symbolic processing had in fact taken place in Africa millennia before the alleged "cultural revolution" in Europe. A referenced author, Klein (2000) himself holds that the innovations that led to the behavioral "spark" developed FIRST in Africa, before moving to Europe. Ironically, the authors themselves subscribe to "conventional wisdom" of a great "innovations bustin forth all over" when they argue that the Paleolithic cultural explosion is due to some sort of dramatic biological change in Chapter 2. They say they are challenging "conventional wisdom" but in key ways are merely repackaging and continuing the very same "conventions." Even McBreaty and Brooks do not dispute the EXPANSION of previous changes in Africa when more favorable environments were available. So where is this touted bucking of conventional wisdom? Seems more like a marketing ploy.

Harpending and Cochran proffer the notion of a rapid genetic change causing the innovations, but even if these as Klein says took place in Africa first, they only present a bare outline of vague data with little precision. Yes perhaps the FOXP2 alleles and MCPH1 genes may regulate brain size, but did they have any credible role to play in the self-styled "cultural revolution"? If so how? Based on what scholarship? Little is done to develop the claim. Mostly we get is vague speculation, including the claim that said genetic elements derived first from Neanderthals. If this an attempt to connect bigger brains with Neanderthals, which in turn link to modern humans it fails dismally- both in logic and data. "HBD" types of course love this because it allows styled cold-climate "Caucasoid continuity" from the Neanderthals down to modern Europeans. They only thing wrong with such styling is that it is nonsense.

Early European forensic reconstruction www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/romania/5273654/Scientists-reveal-face-of-the-first-European.html
 


2)) DID HUMAN INTERBREEDING WITH NEANDERTHALS PRODUCE A CAPACITY FOR CIVILIZATION? PLENTY OF SPECULATION BUT LITTLE CREDIBLE EVIDENCE IS PRESENTED.

In Chap 2 the authors note Neanderthal’s larger brains but said larger brains failed to translate into any earth-shattering “evolutionary” advances. In fact, these  cold-climate denizens of Europe failed to advance beyond Stone Age technology and failed to innovate in plant and animal domestication, or extensive symbolic processing. Anatomically modern humans did not spring from Neanderthals in Europe. They developed, yes evolved in Africa – later migrating to Europe to replace said Neanderthals. So how could alleged “mixing” between these modern humans and Neanderthals produce any “spark of civilization?” Assorted racists, HDB and “biodiversity” types love the Neanderthal mix scenario because if offers a sort of “Caucasoid continuity” talking point, a “negro free” Europe free of those dreaded Africans. Sorry.. they fail again.. It was those dreaded African moderns, and their variants that populated Ancient Europe via the Middle East and other routes over the long span of migrations over millennia. Their distinctive tropical skeletal patterns are seen in Paleolithic excavations and their cranial patterns appear among Cro-Magnon and other Paleo types, even as far afield as icy Russia (Holliday 2001, 2010, Trinkhaus 2000, 1983, et al). Sorry to bust so many “HBD” bubbles…

The authors proffer little evidence of Neanderthal-human intermixing besides the claim by multi-regionalist M. Wolpoff 2001, clearly noting however that claims of such mixing are in dispute among scientists. Other more up to date studies show little evidence of admixture, tracing seeming similarities in gene patterns to descent from a common hominid ancestor, not Neanderthals (See 3 current studies debunking the "mix" notion: (Ghirotto, et al 2011. No evidence of Neandertal admixture..; Gokcumen et al 2012. Balancing Selection on a Regulatory Region...; Eriksson and Manica (2012) Effect of ancient population structure...). So not only is the admixture scenario still doubtful, but even if there were admixture it is in trivial amounts (they cite Stringer to just this effect as to rarity) -hardly a sterling basis for any “spark of civilization” brought about by the alleged “admixture.” On top of this is the question of why bigger brained Neanderthals did not develop more culturally and technologically. The authors skip over this and move on to the next shaky claim...



3)) HAS HUMAN EVOLUTION REALLY “EXPLODED”OR ACCELERATED SINCE THE DAWN OF “CIVILIZATION”  CIRCA 9,500 BC? NOT REALLY. WE SEE ADVANCES IN HUMAN KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNIQUE BUT WHERE IS THIS ALLEGED “EVOLUTION”? JUST  BECAUSE SOMETHING CHANGES, DOESN'T MAKE IT “EVOLUTION.”

The authors could have helped their case by defining precisely just want they mean by “evolution.” But they never do make such a precise definition. Things are left fuzzy. A number of right wing and libertarian race-monger types have jumped on this to preach their own bogus “HBD” gospel, and the authors print the endorsements of such like John Derbyshire and the assistance of others like Steve Sailer. But their fuzzy “evolution” makes it seem like some “great leap forward” for humanity by Europe, when in fact the data show a much less flattering picture.

So what is this “evolution”? In Chap 1, the authors say Sargon and Imhotep are different culturally and genetically than people today. Sure. Anyone who lived 6,000 years ago would be “different” from today’s people. But is this human “evolution” or simply the routine process of change in human societies? The authors lay out an unconvincing case to cover this glaring omission in their logic and approach.

Ironically, one of the proponents of a radical cognitive leap separating modern humanity from archaics like Neanderthals, Richard Klein puts this leap as having taken place in sub-saharan Africa, home of those dreaded tropical types, and then expanding outwards to the rest of the globe. This includes the much touted Cro-Magnons, themselves immigrants from Africa, via various pathways like the Middle East. Klein dismisses notions of any Neanderthal continuity with these moderns, which essentially kills HBD hopes of alleged "Caucasoid" flitting about Europe at the time of the great explosion. The people in place then were more like the dreaded tropical Africans. Per Klein's bio:

“I [Klein] came to the conclusion that the Neanderthals had a very different mindset from mine or Bordes—that they had very different cognition from modern humans” (3, 4). This conviction strengthened Klein's belief that the Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons were too different to make it plausible that Cro-Magnons evolved from Neanderthals in a short time span. Today, most paleoanthropologists agree that the Cro-Magnons came from Africa (5). "
(Biography of Richard Klein- http://www.pnas.org/content/101/16/5705.full)

In Chapters 3 and 4 Harpending and Cochran lay out the changes wrought by agriculture in terms of food production, disease resistance and susceptibility etc. Fine. But is this “evolution”? Were food-producing people a significantly different sub-species than non-agriculturalists? What about societies where people were BOTH agriculturalists and non-agriculturalists, such as the mix or farmers, foragers and cattle-herders in the ancient Nile Valley? Some of these foragers were SEDENTARY, not roaming hither and yon- and they did not need agriculture to make them settle down (Reader 2000, Ehret 2002).

Were the tropical African farmers who laid the foundation of the dynastic era a “different species” from say Ramses III over 2,000 years later? (Hint- they both share certain DNA markers found mostly in sub-Saharan Africa –Hawass 2012).  The authors present little evidence on this crucial point- instead they make a vague claim and add a bit of structure to it- presenting well known facts for things not at issue. Yes we know agriculture brought new diseases and these diseases decimated New World Populations. Jared Diamond (1997- Guns, Germs, Steel) and others before him noted that a long time ago. But is this “evolution”? Defined by what parameters? The authors don’t really say- they move on to the next claim.



4)) DO BIOLOGICAL CHANGES BROUGHT BY AGRICULTURE MAKE FOR “EVOLUTION”?

The authors spend much time documenting things NOT at issue- such as the beneficial effect of more food, or the time created for surplus craft production etc.Sure.  But this “evolution”?  Little credible evidence is presented that it is. Remember the authors neglect even to proffer a precise definition of “evolution.” We just have to take their vague framework in which a bunch of things (some shakier than others) are tacked on. Their vague approach allows virtually any change o be called "evolution" and this tacked on to the rickety scaffolding.

The authors claim that good things such as more social stratification, “bourgeois” values, etc etc are due to agriculture. Farmers they assert on page 115 are more selfish. Really? In fact many communal land systems on all continents often held land in common – i.e. the classic Medieval European commons- and that co-existed form millennia with “selfish” land grabbing, to the many communal systems of non-European farmers. If we take Europe, enclosure of the commons is a relatively recent phenomenon. Did Europeans who enjoyed their communal style co-existence with the more selfish  in the 16th century suddenly “evolve” biologically into more “biological bourgeois” forms when ruling regimes began to enclose those common areas? And who says hunter-gatherers and nomads are not selfish? The Mongols were extremely selfish, murderously so, as are South American rainforest Indians like the Yamamano in defending their hunting grounds. The contradictions can go on, but the crucial question – are these changes “biological evolution”? Little credible evidence is presented to that effect.



4A)) ARE THERE REALLY GENETIC ALLELES THAT AFFECT BEHAVIOR SUCH THAT THEY CAN BE DEEMED TO CAUSE  “BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE”? LITTLE CREDIBLE EVIDENCE AGAIN, PLENTY OF SPECULATION

On page 122, the authors assert a thought experiment- what of an allele affecting behavior had a frequency of 20 percent, and a 6 percent selective advantage in a European population in 1500, then doubled over the next 300 years? All fine and dandy- those thought experiments. But again, what we have is speculation, with little credible data. What specific alleles control violence or greed in Europeans? Were they less in 1500, and more in 1800 when native populations in various parts were enslaved or liquidated? Was there an “evolution” of those genetic alleles?  No answers are forthcoming from the authors.

What specific alleles in Europeans led to the vicious, heart-rending mass murder of the Holocaust? The high IQ Germans for example showed advanced cognitive organization and efficiency in murder. Consider their more efficient killing methods:

"He called the method of mass killing he invented Sardinenpackung. As Meier describes, it involved forcing victims to lie together face down and side and side and killing them with Genickschussen, then forcing the next group of victims who preceded them to form another layer, ignoring the victims; terror and horror in the interest of efficiently filling up the killing pit. Jeckeln's despicably cruel execution protocols destroys SS claims, during and after the warm that its executions were 'correct' military-style executions of partisans. Himmler's goal was mass murder.. By the end of August 1941, commanding the Kommandostab SS First Brigade in the western Ukraine, Jeckeln had personally supervised the murder of more than 44,000 human beings, the largest total of Jews murdered by any of Himmler's virulent legions that month." -- Richard Rhodes. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen .. 2002 


"I went out to the woods alone. The Wehrmacht had already dug a grave. The children were brought along in a tractor-drawn wagon. I had nothing to do with this technical procedure. The Ukrainians were standing round trembling. The children were taken down from the tractor. They were lined up along the top of the grave and shot so that they fell into it. The Ukrainians did not aim at any particular part of the body. They fell into the grave. The wailing was indescribable. I shall never forget the scene throughout my life. I find it very hard to bear. I particularly remember a small fair-haired girl who took me by the hand. She too was shot later.. The grave was near some woods. IT was not near the firing range. The execution must have taken place in the afternoon at about three-thirty or four.. Many children were hit four or five times before they died."
-- Richard Rhodes. Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen .. 2002 p. 135


 So what DNA alleles among high IQ Europeans is responsible for such far-sighted cognition and efficiency? What one calls mere "technical procedure"? And we haven't even gotten to the DNA alleles that produced Comrade Stalin.. It is all well and good to talk about alleles when Europeans can be presented as good and virtuous. But why do we here so little about the flip side? 

On page 123 the authors claim that modest biological changes might trigger massive social changes by crossing some threshold. OK fine, but biological change is not the same as biological evolution. The authors confuse the two repeatedly, perhaps deliberately so, enabling them to fool the gullible and unwary.



5)) DOES THE MOVEMENT OF ALLELES VIA GENE FLOW CAUSE “BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION”? LITTLE CREDIBLE EVIDENCE IS OFFERED.

In Chap 5 the authors talk much about gene flow but proffer little evidence supporting their central claims. Yes humans have had gene flow over the millennia. Europeans for example, according to some DNA studies have had gene flow from Africa and Asia, with some conservative genetic scientists estimating Europeans are one-third African, two-thirds Asian (Cavalli Sforza – Genes, Peoples And Languages 1997, 2001) for example.

In Chap 5 they discuss barriers to gene flow like deserts, not realizing that that geography undermines several parts of their central “biology first” claim, as Jared Diamond, Ian Morris (Why the West Rules 2010, and others show. Places with good water transport like Europe for example can import ideas, people and technology a lot easier than Africa with its numerous transport blockages. Even the famous Nile is unnavigable for hundreds of miles once the networks of cataracts to the south are encountered. And tropical Africans were not lolling about in "predictable" environments, and did not need cold-climate challenges to construct the powerful civilization that was Kemet. Not only are the people derived from such tropicals but over 15% of Egypt itself resides in the tropical zone. The powerful influence of geography undermines numerous "HBD" claims and is discussed at length by Sowell, Diamond and Morris, anmong others,

As for "biological evolution", was it “biological evolution” that led the African based forces like the Moors to conquer significant parts of southern Europe for example, or the Mongols, large swathes of Eastern Europe? We don’t know and the glaring gaps in the authors’ speculations become more noticeable as one goes through the text. A lot of what they claim, simply doesn’t add up.



6))  DID LACTOSE TOLERANCE LEAD TO THE TRIUMPH OF NOMADS OVER MORE ADVANCED PEOPLES?

The authors note that Proto-Indo-Europeans were backward technologically compared to many of their neighbors (who developed writing, the horse, agriculture etc), less skilled at grain cultivation, and so on, yet conquered due to lactose tolerance that enabled them to be successful nomads. Tolerance of dairy products meant more efficient food storage, translating into military gain. This is touted as an example of a gene variant with “decisive” advantages. OK, but how is this an example of “biological evolution” of the human species? What we have here is a simple adaptation to a nomadic situation or lifestyle over time. Lactose tolerance may have helped, but is “evolution?” Here again, the authors failure to make a precise definition means that they can shoehorn any gene change into their leaky shoe and call it “evolution” when it suits them. 

And lactose tolerance was hardly decisive over the span of history. For much of human history NON or LESS lactose tolerant people have been the technological and civilization leaders- from China, to Egypt.



7)) DID “BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION” MAKE JEWS SMARTER THAN THE REST OF US? AUTHORS NOTE ENVIRONMENTAL PRESSURES ON JEWS AND  CERTAIN JEWISH HEREDITARY DISEASES. BUT WAS IT “EVOLUTION” THAT DID THE TRICK? HOW COME JEWS POSTED LOWER IQs THAN OTHER PEOPLE AS LATE AS WW1 IF SO? AND  HOW COME SEPHARDIC JEWS DIDN'T GET THE MEMO?

Did Jews biologically “evolve” into smarter people? As conservative libertarian Thomas Sowell shows Jews posted dismal scores on IQ tests as late as WW1 (Sowell 2004, 1981). Did “evolution” kick in to help them Jews since then? What about the Sephardic Jews? They too show a number of distinct genetic related diseases. How come “evolution” didn’t kick in to help them? The authors list a number of impressive Jewish names like Einstein  and note environmental influences such as living under Islam versus non-Islam, persecution, occupational specialties, cultural love of learning, higher degree of urbanization etc.

Ironically, these elements undermine the authors’ biological evolution claim. People with these characteristics- the classic “Middle man minorities” (Syrians, Armenians, Chinese in the US and SE Asia, Japanese in S-America, Igbos in Nigeria, Croats on Yugoslavia, Lebanese in West Africa, even black Caribbean migrants to the US, etc- Sowell 1981, Bonacich 1973, Light 1972) living in often hostile or discriminatory societies show the same patterns of higher literacy, income, intelligence scores etc.  etc. In short, the Ashkenazi Jewish pattern is nothing special for ethnic “middleman minorities” on several counts.

It is true that said Ashkenazi’s post higher scores on the constructs known as 20th century IQ tests than non-Ashkenazi Jews, but a fact of DNA is that Ashkenazis, while a distinct group, trace most of their lineages to the Levant with varying levels of admixture with European and Middle Eastern populations throughout the centuries. Ashkenazis emerged rather late in human history, a few centuries before the birth of Christ. What? Are we supposed to believe that biological “evolution” took place that made these latecomers to Europe such smart folk? Some sort of special Jewish biological “evolution” is responsible for Einstein? Such holes in the authors’ theory are not adequately dealt with. They present their theory, erect a scaffold of data of varying weaknesses then move on.


8)) DID MORE BACKWARD BLACK “EVOLUTION” ENABLE WHITE PEOPLE TO CREATE ALL THE GREAT CIVILIZATIONS BUT NONE FOR BLACKS?

A number of reviewers suggest a “vaguely racist tone” in the book, but the authors make no such racist arguments. A number of racist “HBD” or “biodiversity” libertarian or right-wing types have seized upon the book to advance their particular crock of nonsense. On the web some point to page 172 in which the authors assert that “In most ways (except for their use of iron tools) African technology and social organization were simpler than that of Amerindians- at any rate simpler than Andean and Mesoamerican civilizations.”

This is not a racist statement per se, but it betrays a profound ignorance and lack of up to date scholarship on the part of the authors. They go on to point to areas “not influenced by Islamic civilization- west, central and southern Africa.”

In fact, Africa produced one of the most sophisticated, powerful and advanced civilizations in human history- namely Kemet in the Nile Valley, as credible mainstream historians since the 1990s have shown. The peoples who founded Kemet and inaugurated the era of the dynasties were tropical Africans from the south, proved by hard skeletal, cranial, cultural, archaeological, dental and DNA evidence (O’Connor 2007, Wengrow 2004, Bard 2001, Yurco 1989/1992, Lovell 1999, Irish 2006, Keita 2005, et al). In the north the pattern is the same- the ancients cluster with Africans rather than Europeans or Middle Easteners (Kemp 2005, Smith 2002). And they did not need any “Islamic civilization” to do it, or Asiatic influence. In fact they had it “done” long BEFORE that. Their closest cousins were not “Middle Easterners” but, wait for it.. Nubians, as proved by credible DNA, cultural and skeletal evidence (Yurco 1989, Zakrewski 2007, Godde 2009, Hanihara 2002, et al). In fact the Nubians and Egyptians were so close that in some eras they are indistinguishable in the archaeological record (Bianchi 2004), with both sides conquering the territory of the other. Several Pharaohs were of Nubian origin or descent (Yurco 1989, Robins and Schute 1984) and typical sub-Saharan DNA markers show up not only among ordinary ancients but among pharaohs as well, like Ramses 3 (Hawass 2012). Most of the data and scholarship above was readily available before this book was written. The fact that the authors skip it says volumes.

“HBD” race-monger Steve Sailer’s blog is mentioned in the preface with a vote of thanks and the denizens that frequent there often assert that “sub-Saharan” Africa never had the wheel, or the plough, as an example of African backwardness. But in fact “sub-Saharan” Africa includes Ethiopia and huge parts of the Sudan, and wheel, plough and writing were both in those places long BEFORE Islamic times. And "sub-Saharan" Africans are not static entities, conveniently huddling behind some sort of "climate apartheid" lone. They range throughout the continent. "Sub-Saharan" Africa also includes parts of "North Africa" as credible geographers note.

As for the Sahara, it was never an absolute barrier to movement- indeed it was once a lush greenbelt that helped shape a great part of Africa- a true "Pan-African" entity (Kruper and Kroelin 2006). The present shift of the desert southward with about 3 miles being added every year make peoples and cultures once “sub-Saharan,” converted to NON sub-Saharan, obscuring deep-rooted historical patterns. And well-known kingdom like Mansa Musa’s kingdom of  Mali which was producing most of the world’s gold at one time, and indeed depressed gold markets in the Mediterranean due to volume at one time, were more prosperous than numerous contemporary kingdoms of medieval Europe (Dunn 1987).


And so what if there was “Islamic influence” in Africa? Is there any continent anywhere that has not been influenced from the outside? Europe is a massive beneficiary, copier and borrower from elsewhere. The influential Christian religion for example did not originate n Europe but from the sub-tropical Middle East, as did a good chunk of Europe’s Neolithic pioneers. Europe did not invent writing systems- Kemet in the Nile Valley pioneered such writing some 3 centuries before Mesopotamia and inspired creation of the alphabet most Europeans used today – the Phonecian or Semitic scripts being derived, simplified versions of Egyptian systems as David Sacks, Yale archaeologist shows. (Sachs 2003) In numerous other areas: guns, compass, printing, iron plows, etc etc China far surpassed Europe in technology for millennia as credible scholars like Joseph Needham show (See Temple 1986- The Genius of China). In sort, Europe has been under a lot of “outside influence” – massively borrowing and copying. How come that’s OK, but when Africa is involved, then  the invidious overtones about being “influenced” by Islamic civilization? When has Europe NOT been influenced by other civilizations?

A number of “HBD” types claim a “cognitive revolution “ in Europe circa 40-50kya, caring an expansion of art and symbolic thought and advanced tools. But in fact as credible scholars show, the alleged “revolution” had ALREADY taken place in AFRICA, not Europe (McBreaty and Brooks 2000, Mellars 2006). There was an expansion in Europe with the advent of better climate and less ice, etc, so more shows there, but the foundations were ALREADY laid in Africa.

Even more ironic, well into the Paleolithic and on into the Mesolithic, the peoples of ancient Europe resembled, wait for it.. tropical Africans with dark skin, elongated limb segments and similar features (Holiday 2001, 2013 2010, Trinkhaus 2000, 1981). Even in crania, the pattern shows a mix with clear markers of tropical African provenance among the oft touted Cro-Magnons (Holliday 2010, Trinkhaus 2000, Brace 2005). Irony or ironies, the people who initiated the so-called “cognitive revolution” in Europe, looked like today’s tropical Africans as the scholars noted above show. Europe like Africa was never monolithic in phenotype – other types co-existed- but the dreaded “darker brethren” even show up in cold-climate locations like icy Sungir Russia. “HBD” hopes for an all-white Europe from whence sprang all “cognitive advances” are thus dashed in pieces. It is the feared “darker breeds” that actually made “the revolution.”

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Bottom line:

This book has an easy to read writing style, but a simplistic tone, and as other reviewers have noted it is filled with speculation and contradictions, and with glaring holes in logic and data. We don’t really find out precisely what is meant by “evolution” by the authors, and the info tacked on to the rickety structure furnishes weak support. he authors shrewdly cultivate "the white faithful" of the HBD "community" - beads ofr the natives if you will - and it has paid off in support and buzz, but beneath the facade the work is clearly wanting is several areas. Recommend books like Ian Morris’ 'Why The West Rules' for a better idea of why the West has progressed so fast after being behind for centuries, and on the evolution side, respected scientist Chris Stringer's book: 'Lone Survivors..' 

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A Final Irony: Will Continued "Evolution" Of Europeans Make Them More Atheist, More Liberal And More Gay? Some HBD Arguments Seem To Suggest This. Yet ironically, many Hbders Rail Against Liberalism And Its Fallout -  More Gay Rights, More Social Spending Etc. 
Yet it is higher IQ whites for the most part that are putting such things in place.

Liberalism linked with higher IQs. If higher cognitive patterns are the mark of the future, then some data shows that the trending is for more liberalism, lack of religious faith and more homosexuality. This is linked with higher IQ folk supposedly having a penchant for the novel and unexpected. Such novelty you see is what allegedly "selects" for higher IQ per HBD dogma. Some HBD data seems to support these patterns among higher IQ folk. For example, liberal “non-judgmentalism” is quite on track- for those identified as liberal may have higher IQs than non “liberals” (Kanazawa 2010). According to hereditarianism and “racial reality” favorite Satoshi Kanazawa (2010), intelligent people tend to have values novel in human evolutionary history, as compared to somewhat squarer conservative types.

Homosexuality linked with higher IQs. This “evolutionary” preference for the novel and unexpected tracks well with more liberal, non-traditional types, mayhaps even “fabulous” types. Interestingly enough- some data show that gays on the average have higher IQs that straights- perhaps a reflection of that supposed taste for the “novel.” (See for example: John P. De Cecco, Michael G. Shively (1984) Bisexual and homosexual identities: critical theoretical issues.)

Some studies (Rogers and Turner 1991) report higher rates of homosexual activity among whites than blacks. Remafedi, Resnic Blum and Harris (1992) also find same sex attraction some 3 times higher in Whites than Blacks. Yet another study confirms white trending in homosexuality. A National AIDS Behavioral Survey study (NABS), reported by Binson et al (1995) shows that 9.1% of white men, 3.1% of Black men, 2.7 percent of Hispanic men, and 2.3 percent of Asian/other had had same-sex action. In essence whites were 3 times more likely than blacks to be engaging in homosexual acts. Indeed, the NABS study oversampled Black and Hispanic men but still showed higher rates of white activity. In another study based on vascular risk factors Krieger and Sidney (1997) reported white women and men were more likely to have had homosexual or bisexual contact than either black men or black women. In essence whites were twice as likely to be engaged in homosexual behavior than blacks.

This HBD data no doubt does not cover all the studies but it does raise the question. If higher IQ whites are trending more homosexual, could this gay trend therefore represent a higher step up of white evolution? These are indeed the questions HBDers say they are asking, brave questions "which few dare ask" they say, and so on. OK, let's use their "IQ Supreme" model for a moment. Given the higher IQ trends, do more gays represent an advance in white evolution? Could this not be another argument for gay marriage- the need to encourage such a high IQ sub-population rather than discourage them?

Less religious faith/more atheism linked with higher IQs. In addition, the higher IQ people whites may also tend to be more atheist, or more skeptical, or weaker in religious faith. Zuckerman 2013's meta-analysis found 'a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity' in 53 out of 63 studies. What this boils down to, on the average, is that smarter people tend to be less religious, and this includes atheists. (Zukerman et al, 2013. The Relation Between Intelligence and Religiosity: A Meta-Analysis and Some Proposed Explanations', 'Personality and Social Psychology Review'). The authors claim that even during early years, the more intelligent a child is the more likely it would be to turn away from religion. A 2009 study of white American youth came to the same overall conclusion - atheists scored an average of 1.95 IQ points higher than agnostics, 3.82 points higher than liberal persuasions, and 5.89 IQ points higher than dogmatic persuasions (Nyborg(2009). "The intelligence–religiosity nexus: A representative study of white adolescent Americans". Intelligence 37: 81–93.)  In short, people at the higher end of the Bell Curve would tend to reject or despise faith more, or be less serious/more eclectic. They are the celebrated folk with high IQs, and, (not surprisingly) they also tend to be more liberal.

Thus the final irony. There are many who are all too happy to use IQ as a club to bash “lesser breeds” – but as it turns out, their own almighty IQ construct, Great Source Of All, has produced a class of leading folk that in many ways undermine and displace traditional values. The "cognitive elite" so touted in many quarters tends to be:
--More liberal/leftist/politically correct
 --More atheist/skeptical of or hostile to faith
 --More gay/cross-gender/willing to experiment sexually


And these characteristics in many ways produce fallout that bodes ill for the more free-market oriented, conservative America many HBDers tout.   Why are people like Charles Murray (and various other "heriditarian" types) complaining when their "high G" favorites are those in the forefront of helping white America "come apart" (to borrow from the title of Murray's book)? Didn't he celebrate these people earlier?  They worship the IQ gods, and the IQ gods have served up exactly what will undermine them. Surely their gods must be laughing.




LINKS TO OTHER POSTS:

Exploding nonsense: the 10,000 Year Explosion
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/03/exploding-nonsense-review-of-cochran_8.html


We need "rational racism"?
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/we-need-rational-racism-proponent.html

The Affirmative Action Propaganda Machine- part 1
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-affirmatve-action-propaganda.html

Two rules for being "really" black- no white wimmen, no Republican
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/to-be-really-black-you-cant-have-white.html

The Axial age reconsidered
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-axial-age-reconsidered.html

Cannibal seasonings: dark meat on white
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/12/i.html

"Affirmative Action" in the form of court remedies has been around a long time- since the 1930s- benefiting white union workers against discrimination by employers
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/09/affirmative-action-as-term-appears-in.html

Mugged by reality 1: White quotas, special preferences and government jobs
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/mugged-by-reality-1-white-quotas.html


Lightweight enforcement of EEO laws contradicts claims of "flood" of minorities "taking jobs"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post.html

Railroaded 3: white violence and intimidation imposed quotas
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-3-white-violence-and.html

Railroaded 2: how white quotas and special preferences blockade black progress...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-2-thow-white-quotas-and.html

Railroaded 1: How white affirmative action and white special preferences destroyed black railroad employment...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-how-white-affirmative-action.html

Affirmative action: primary beneficiaries are white women...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/04/quick-regime-kill-hopes-in-libya.html

7 reasons certain libertarians and right-wingers are wrong about the Civil Right Act
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

Social philosophy of Thomas Sowell
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/07/social-philosophy-of-thomas-sowell.html


Bogus "biodiversity" theories of Kanazawa, Ruston, Lynn debunked
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post.html

JP Rushton, Michael Levin, Richard Lynn debunked. Weaknesses of Jared Diamond's approach. 
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_1818.html

In the Blood- debunking "HBD" and Neo-Nazi appropriation of ancient Egypt
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2009/11/blog-post_29.html

early Europeans and middle Easterners looked like Africans. Peoples returning or "backflowing" to Africa would already be looking like Africans
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post_1754.html

 Ancient Egypt: one of the world's most advanced civilizations- created by tropical peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post_06.html

Playing the "Greek defence" -debunking claims of Greeks as paragons of virtue or exemplars of goodness
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/03/playing-greek-defence-review-of-thornton.html

Quotations from mainstream academic research on the Nile Valley peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_9251.html


Monday, January 27, 2014

We need "rational racism"? Proponent Dinesh D'Souza becomes his own test case

Note: none of the below takes away from some good  arguments D'Souza has made on OTHER matters, as noted elsewhere on this blog, but that's another tale. Now  let's get to this one..



Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza is once again on the hot seat- this time he is under indictment for fraud:

"by a grand jury for alleged campaign finance fraud, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office announced this evening.. According to the office, Mr. D’Souza, 52, is charged “with violating the federal campaign finance laws by making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions.”

 According to a complaint, Mr. D’Souza contributed $20,000 to a New York Senate candidate’s campaign—five times the legal limit—by using straw donors, whom he later reimbursed.
 FEC campaign finance records show Mr. D’Souza made two $2,500 contributions to long-shot Republican New York U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long in March 2012—the maximum allowed. Mr. D’Souza’s wife at the time, Dixie D’Souza, also gave $5,000 that March, records show."
Read more here at: http://politicker.com/2014/01/dinesh-dsouza-indicted-for-campaign-finance-fraud/

D'Souza was in hot water previously for attending a Christian conference with a woman he introduced as his fiancée, and sharing a hotel room with said "fiancee" even though he was still married to another woman,his blond wife Dixie. The resulting scandal forced D'Souza to resign his presidency at conservative private Kings College.

World Magazine, a Christian-oriented publication, reported that he had checked into a Comfort Suites in South Carolina in September with a woman he introduced as his fiancée, despite the fact that he was already married. The magazine reported that he filed for divorce the same day its reporter called to ask about the situation.


In his defence, D'Souza was quoted in a Foxnews article as saying:
"“I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced,” 

Well, well, imagine that. Sorry Dinesh. It is considered "wrong" to ferry around another woman who is not your wife, apparently share a room with her (so say observers at the Christian conference), misrepresent who she is, and yes, get engaged while you are not divorced. According to one NY Times article, D'Souza on learning that the scandal story broke, filed for divorce one day after. To avoid any appearance of impropriety, D'Souza piously announced he was "suspending" the engagement to his "fiancée." There.. that oughta fix it y'all..



What is interesting is that D'Souza is a proponent or "understanding observer" of "rational discrimination" (critics dub it "rational racism") where adverse or negative action or attitudes against another race or ethnicity is reasonable based on statistical patterns of behavior by various group members. Let's go with that for a moment, and agree with D'Souza. Based on his approach, then "rationally" Indians like him would tend to be corrupt and his indictment should be expected.

D'Souza conveniently skips over "character issues" in his own homeland- India. It is a clear and long-standing statistical pattern that India, where D'Souza is from, has a high level of corruption. Such corruption is well documented by credible studies. A study conducted by Transparency International in year 2005 found that more than 62% of Indians had firsthand experience of paying bribes or influence peddling to get jobs done in public offices successfully. In its study conducted in year 2008, Transparency International reports about 40% of Indians had firsthand experience of paying bribes or using a contact to get a job done in public office.[ "India Corruption Study – 2008". Transparency International. 2008.-http://www.transparencyindia.org/resource/survey_study/IndiaCorruptinoStudy2008.pdf] In 2012 India has ranked 94th out of 176 countries in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, tied with Benin, Colombia, Djibouti, Greece, Moldova, Mongolia, and Senegal.[http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2012/results/]

D'Souza conveniently skips over "character issues" of people from the Indian subcontinent in the West. A number of weighty commentators, some conservative soulmates of D'Souza had also warned about how the Indian sub-continent "culture of corruption" threatens to poison the culture of Britain. Dominic Grieve, Attorney General of the United Kingdom, said just that publicly in 2013 warning that said denizens from the Indian sub-continent were bringing a culture of mendacity, dishonesty and corruption- warning ruling elites: to ‘wake up’ to the threat of corruption posed by minority communities using a ‘favour culture’. Says Grieve: ‘I can see many of them have come because of the opportunities that they get.  ‘But they also come from societies where they have been brought up to believe you can only get certain things through a favour culture. ‘One of the things you have to make absolutely clear is that that is not the case and it’s not acceptable.’

Uh oh. Playing by the rules? Honesty? Bribes? In Jolly Old? Grieve sounds there like those colored Third World politicians complaining about Indian dishonesty in their own countries. Who woulda thunk? Grieve focused mostly on Pakistanis, but the same complaint about people right next door, Indians, is frequently heard in Britain- about "the Indian character" and the pattern of cheating, not playing by the rules, and corruption. Another ideological soulmate, conservative William Dalrymple, also a writer for the prominent conservative American magazine "National Review" like D'Souza, voices similar sentiments- only in India, in his book "The Age of Kali".

Respected Indian writers mention the same. The Booker Prize winning debut novel The White Tiger, written by Indian novelist Aravind Adiga, tells the story of Balram Halwai and tells an oft dismal tale of character paralleling Grieve, where straightforward moral principle or behavior may be a quite flexible concept. Per one review: "Within the novel there are two sides of India known as the “light” and the “darkness”. The light and darkness refer to the economic conditions in different areas of India and really emphasis the inequality that exists in the country. Ironically, the actions that often bring you from the light to the darkness or from the bad to the good are morally questionable. It seems that you need to abandon the values learned in the darkness in order to escape into the light. Basically, to live in the light you need to be dark or bad, whereas if you live in the darkness, your morality might have a chance of staying intact. Balram’s narration, especially later in the novel, does not glorify his actions or achievements but uses his actions to portray how moral ambiguity is a commonly accepted practice."

Therefore, using D'Souza's own "rational discrimination" standard, should we be biased against Indians as prone to corruption and bribery or illegal activity? If so, why should we be surprised at the indictment against the Indian D'souza for making illegal campaign contributions, using his ex,or former blond wife, Dixie, as a front to do so in the past? Isn't it "rational" that we view all Indians as dishonest and suspect? And hasn't D'Souza proven it by his own behavior?


"rational" infidelity?

On the sexual infidelity front, hard data is more ambiguous, but anecdotal evidence and accounts puts infidelity by Indian men as a not unusual occurrence, including men who openly consort with other women even though married. One account below for example sees the dowry-marriage complex as a business arrangement for many Indian men, leaving them free to cheat in between the sheets of "convenience" in these "marriages of convenience." See for example:
http://www.lovinganindian.com/2013/02/16/are-most-indian-marriages-just-a-business-arrangement-infidelity-and-dowry-in-india-and-the-time-my-indian-parents-in-law-arranged-a-marriagefor-my-husband

It could be argued that D'Souza has outgrown Dixie- she was good to start- giving him a certain "honorary white" cachet- the colored who "dares say what no others dare say," to the delight of certain conservatives- and it certainly fit the bill to have a white blond on his arm back then. And he has the best of several worlds.

Since he arrived on American shores in 1978, well AFTER all the messy and ugly business of the "unneeded" Civil Rights law he dismisses, he and white wife get to stay in any public accommodations he chooses, can pretty much buy housing where they want, and get to send their kids pretty much to the schools they want, without being blocked and sandbagged by racist Realtors, restaurant owners or bureaucrats. Furthermore, he and Dixie lived in Virginia, a state that once imprisoned or threatened to imprison interracial couples for the crime of "miscegenation." D'Souza gets to have to both ways, He can dismiss Civil Rights laws as "unneeded," because as an "honorary white" immigrant coming after the fact, he can enjoy that which he dismisses, and never had to worry like say, interracial couple Mildred Loving and her husband- miscegnation "criminals" sentenced to jail or exile. But hey, mission accomplished. D'Souza's new paramour is reportedly a "minority" woman. Back to those old colored roots aye old chap?

So again, usng D'Souza's own "rational racism" approach, should we not suspect Indians like him as being likely to cheat? D'souza relates how his white father-in-law objected to him marrying his blond daughter. He says he "quite understood" these objections based on skin color. Indeed- all hale and hearty, and wondrously understanding by the honorary white guy.

But perhaps the white father-in-law had a deeper, more "rational" reason for objecting to the marriage of his daughter, sweet Dixie to D'souza. Perhaps he suspected the character of Indians- as fundamentally more corrupt and as a corollary, suspected them as less reliable and faithful, compared to other  men. His objections to the marriage would thus be not only skin color, but might be even more understandable under D'souza's rational bias argument.  And maybe Dad was right- for the Indian apparently not only cheated on Dixie, but publicly shamed his daughter- openly parading is paramour about, even before they were divorced.

Was Dixie's father also disturbed by the occurrence of "honor killings" in perpetrated by Indian men in fits of jealously? There are a number of documented instances where Indian women received short shrift, indeed short life in these cases. In colonial Trinidad for example were the notorious 'Coolie wife-murders', crimes of violence by Indian men against wives suspected of infidelity. Between 1872 and 1900, eighty-seven murders of Indian women occurred primarily among the estate-resident Indians.".. (Bridget Brereton - 2002 - Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad 1870-1900 - Page 182) But is it fair to bring this up? There must be mitigating circumstances. Indeed, but curiously, D'Souza cuts little of such slack to his black targets or scapegoats in his writings.

Another author likewise notes the pattern of violence against Indian women by Indian men and how that pattern is embedded in the Indian culture of dowry expectations and jealously: "In 2008, 1,948 Indian men were convicted in dowry-death cases, and 3,876 acquitted, with 5,824 cases pending, and many were never even brought to justice. Honor Killings. In addition in Bangladesh, 86 women were attacked with acid in 2010, and 12 percent of those attacks were related to disputes over dowries. Acid attacks, while usually not lethal, are designed to maim or disfigure the victim, thus rendering victims marriageable and economically vulnerable."
--Jeffry O.Korgen, Vincent A. Gallagher - 2013 - The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization. pg 21

All the above are reasons D'Souza should NOT have married his white wife and would have been prevented from doing so in their residence of Virginia, before he came to US shores. A number of right wingers would agree. But like D'Souza they seldom detail patterns of WHITE corruption and violence that would make the case in reverse. And D'Souza seldom applies the case in reverse to his own people. Now why is that double standard?

D'Souza's excuse that he "had no idea" that Christian teaching would consider it wrong or unethical to be engaged to someone while still being married to someone else, seems contrived and disingenuous, especially since D'Souza has made quite a name for himself as a defender of Christianity. Yet he "had no idea"? Seriously? Here again, such sophistry raises questions bout character. Did Dixie's dad suspect that the character of the Indian wanting to marry his daughter was not all it seemed to be? Again, wasn't Dad justified in his objection "rationally" about Indians? Not simply skin color, but character and truthfulness?


But you object dear reader... Why should ALL Indians be suspect because of certain patterns that pertain to some Indians? That is a good objection- why should all be impugned due to the actions of some?   I agree and reject any broad brush stereotype.  But see, this "all are suspect" line of reasoning is fine, as long as black folk can be bashed. The bashers conveniently, seldom apply their own logic the other way- when their favored group are put under the spotlight. After all, its the general statistical patterns that count for "understanding observers" of rational racism. It is is exactly what D'Souza's "rational racism" argument does, and it is embraced by white right wing types enthusiastically as long as blacks are involved.

They never apply it the other way- that it is "rational" for say blacks to distrust or fear whites as violent killers (the Nazi murderers were white after all), or deceptive cheaters (the bogus treaties made with Indian tribes in the US for example were made by white people), or that whites are congenital hypocrites (the US constitution's purported democracy and justice, written by whites, seldom until recently applied to non-white people in the US). Isn't it then "rational" for black thugs to do what they do against the well documented violence, deception or hypocrisy of certain conveniently exempt people? Isn't it "rational" for people like Al Sharpton or other assorted "race activists" to gain and keep prominence, given the long legacy of suspicion and anger in black communities at white violence, hypocrisy and deception? You get the picture..

The reasoning is faulty, and morally ugly, yes, but the purpose of this post is to expose it. Isn't this exactly the bottom line approach of the hypocritical proponents or acceptors of "Rational racism" when all the polite language is stripped away? How come they never seldom their own reasoning on the flip side?  None of the above says that behavioral patterns based on bonafide business reasons should form no part of a decision. Companies dong business in CERTAIN PARTS of  India that may be corrupt for example, may have to budget more for extra middlemen to funnel bribes through- a dismal but realistic "cost of doing business." But that does not mean ALL Indians are bride prone and corrupt, anymore than all white people are liars and hypocrites, or blacks for that matter, nor should they be automatically treated according to "rational" bias. Lovers of the "rational bias" argument seldom extend their logic -- all or most white people are automatic liars though "rationally" there is a lot of empirical evidence as to the white capacity for mendacity. Remember than the next time you hear arguments about "rational racism." Ask their proponents why they don't apply them in reverse.. where their own selected group of virtue does not come out smelling so good..

"rationally" planning adultery and bribery?


How come white people themselves never accepted "rational racism" when they were put at a disadvantage?

One author who coined the term "rational racism," Tim Harford,  (see his book- The Logic of Life)  is oft quoted by right-wing types to justify bigotry or racism, in either "soft" or "hard" aspects. He notes that if a particular colour group was perceived to exhibit higher economic returns to employ, the employer would rationally prefer this group over the other. This general pattern thus stated, they then go on to "rationalize" Jim Crow, discrimination in hiring, public accommodations and other such things, as inevitable, even good. SO the minorities should just stop their politically correct agitation or whining and learn to accept "racial reality."

Curiously proponents, white or "honorary" like D'Souza, quickly move on to other topics when certain hard questions arise. Why for example did whites react so murderously when "rational" bias applied to put THEM at a disadvantage? When employers on California's West Coast in the 19th century saw Chinese were more efficient workers why did white mobs engage in mass murder so that they did not even have "a Chinaman's chance"? Why didn;t the white people, supposed paragons of merit, just "get over it"? Proponents never say. They duck the implications. Why did white union thugs murder black railroadmen some of whom had been on the job for decades, because they dared to want to move up and work in jobs deemed "reserved" for whites? See Letter of Harry Truman below. And not only railroads. In industry after industry, when employers "Rationally" concluded it was cheaper and more profitable to higher blacks over whites, whites responded viciously, from special laws and Jim Crow legislation, to open police thuggery or the frenzy of lynch mobs. How come the white people just didn't "get over it" and "accept the inevitable"? And if employers "rationally" perceive hiring cheaper, harder-working Mexican illegals as more profitable to the detriment of whites, why are white people upset? After all, isn't that what "rational racism" is all about? But on the other hand, "blacks and other minorities" are supposed to remain quiescent and accept their fate under regimes of bias and discrimination?





LINKS TO OTHER POSTS:

We need "rational racism"?
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/we-need-rational-racism-proponent.html

The Affirmative Action Propaganda Machine- part 1
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-affirmatve-action-propaganda.html

Two rules for being "really" black- no white wimmen, no Republican
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/to-be-really-black-you-cant-have-white.html

The Axial age reconsidered
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-axial-age-reconsidered.html

Cannibal seasonings: dark meat on white
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/12/i.html

"Affirmative Action" in the form of court remedies has been around a long time- since the 1930s- benefiting white union workers against discrimination by employers
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/09/affirmative-action-as-term-appears-in.html

Mugged by reality 1: White quotas, special preferences and government jobs
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/mugged-by-reality-1-white-quotas.html


Lightweight enforcement of EEO laws contradicts claims of "flood" of minorities "taking jobs"
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post.html

Railroaded 3: white violence and intimidation imposed quotas
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-3-white-violence-and.html

Railroaded 2: how white quotas and special preferences blockade black progress...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-2-thow-white-quotas-and.html

Railroaded 1: How white affirmative action and white special preferences destroyed black railroad employment...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/06/railroaded-how-white-affirmative-action.html

Affirmative action: primary beneficiaries are white women...
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/04/quick-regime-kill-hopes-in-libya.html

7 reasons certain libertarians and right-wingers are wrong about the Civil Right Act
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2012/05/7-reasons-libertarians-may-be-wrong.html

Social philosophy of Thomas Sowell
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2011/07/social-philosophy-of-thomas-sowell.html


Bogus "biodiversity" theories of Kanazawa, Ruston, Lynn debunked
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post.html

JP Rushton, Michael Levin, Richard Lynn debunked. Weaknesses of Jared Diamond's approach. 
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_1818.html

In the Blood- debunking "HBD" and Neo-Nazi appropriation of ancient Egypt
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2009/11/blog-post_29.html

early Europeans and middle Easterners looked like Africans. Peoples returning or "backflowing" to Africa would already be looking like Africans
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/05/blog-post_1754.html

 Ancient Egypt: one of the world's most advanced civilizations- created by tropical peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-post_06.html

Playing the "Greek defence" -debunking claims of Greeks as paragons of virtue or exemplars of goodness
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2013/03/playing-greek-defence-review-of-thornton.html

Quotations from mainstream academic research on the Nile Valley peoples
http://nilevalleypeoples.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_9251.html