Go check out this fantastic post by HBD Chick on HBD and the motivations behind believers and detractors:
continuing on from the other day, jamie bartlett and timothy stanley are flat-out wrong that human biodiversity (hbd) is “neo-fascist” “bad science.” human biodiversity is simply the diversity found among and between human populations that has a biological basis. that’s all. yes, that most likely includes some degree of biological variation affecting the measurable difference in intelligence between individuals and various populations, but it’s early days yet on that front, and we barely know what exactly that biological variation entails. i’m sure the chinese will let us know all about it soon enough.
now, i am the LAST person who should criticize anybody for obsessing about any one thing (see: most of this blog), but i’m going to anyway. if you accept that humans exhibit biologically based diversity, then you’d better be prepared to accept ALL of it. here’s the problem: too many of the people who obsess over the racial differences in iq DON’T want to accept — or often even think about! — OTHER facts, or possible facts, related to hbd. especially about their own kind.
the obsession about racial differences in iq in some circles of the hbd-o-sphere is all about confirmation bias, of course, which all humans are prone to (yes, even me!) — although some more than others in my experience. people see what they want to see and disregard the rest. i’m going to quote that pessimistic pothead john derbyshire on this, ’cause the dude is like toootally awesome on these sorts of things
I say can’t we just stick to seeking out the truth, whatever that is, like I do? But, I know that that’s asking too much, since very, very few people are wired that way. The truth has social consequences, as people are wired to (not without good reason) to contemplate those consequences. Unfortunately, since we’re talking about humans, the facts often take a backseat to these real or imagined consequences, and, here we are.
So all we can do is just keep pushing on through, keep researching what we research, and speak the facts as we find them. In the end, to repeat something I said before – and this goes for people within this sphere as it does for those without – the wisdom of the “Serenity Prayer” is worth keeping in mind. There are reasons why this is easier said than done for many people, reason I will explore in an upcoming post.
I wish I had time to give this topic a more thorough treatment, but I did have to stop to acknowledge HBD chick’s superb post, a post which I think is key reading on this matter.