Uche Africanus wrote:It is evident that Pastaneta does not do science but she keeps looking for the genetic basis of intelligence to demonstrate the superiority of her own group or the inferiority of the group she opposes. But thankfully due to the excellent education one gets here from the likes of TI, we know that for close to the 2,000 years Jews spent in Europe their intelligence only came to the fore for only 150 years of that.
Also, I remember well when Askenazi Jews from Eastern Europe were denied entry into the United States on account of their low IQ and small skulls. Oh well, It seems that with Pasta anything goes.
There really is an interesting question about the” genetic nature of intelligence” that is often overlooked in these debates about “nature or nurture,” and that is how far one may be a function of the other.
There is a condition, characterized by severe learning difficulties that used to be called cretinism, but is now called phenolketonuria.
It was common in the Alpine valleys and the peasants of that region referred to the sufferers simply as cretins
, which was the word, in their dialect for “Christians.” In this way, they reminded themselves that these unfortunates were baptized into the same hope with themselves and destined, one day, to reign with Christ in his kingdom to come. They did not have them put down, but nurtured them, but this is by the by.
Well, research into the aetiology of the condition has now shown that the brain damage that results in learning difficulties is caused by an environmental factor: the presence of phenylalanine in the diet. But it only affects that tiny minority of people who are unable to metabolize it – a genetic condition. As phenylalanine occurs in pretty well every naturally occurring protein, those at risk have to be fed on a highly artificial diet, but their brains are then perfectly normal and their intelligence average.
Nature, or nurture?