Peter Posted May 30, 2016 Share Posted May 30, 2016 Ahhh gee, Marcus. Do I have to go until I get my shit together? Anyone interested in the idea of a black Howard Roark, Hank Reardon, or John Galt should read the Bell Curve first if you want to NOT be snickered at. You brought up race. Rand wrote: The possession of a rational faculty does not guarantee that a man will use it, only that he is able to use it and is, therefore, responsible for his actions." ("Ayn Rand Letter," 27 July, 1972.) And, Man's volition is an attribute of his consciousness (of his rational faculty) and consists in the choice to perceive existence or to evade it." (ARL, 27 July, 1972). Objectivism is at an intellectual cross-road. It can stick to an “a priori” counter-factual belief about intelligence and genetics, and become another pseudo-intellectual movement like "Creation Science", or Scientology, or it can, through the proper use of reason, reconcile its ideology with reality. Negroid is the correct term used by anthropologists, Marcus. The anthropological distinction of the races usually consists of the groups, Caucasoid, Negroid, Mongoloid, and sometimes (bushman, Capoid,) or (Australoid for aborigines), and there are subgroups of other racial types in Asia. My college anthropology professor’s name was Dr. Laid and he had a keen interest in the genetic “closeness” and study of Homo Neanderthalus and Homo Sapiens Sapiens. He maintained that three of four racial characteristics should be required to objectively classify a person as “belonging” to a certain race. Otherwise racial classifications should be up to the individual, if they wish to classify themselves as any particular thing. If my memory serves me, in the case of Negroes those classifying characteristics would be: Dark skin. Kinky hair. Thicker, distinctive “Negro” lips. And a “Tropical nose.” Now, as most educated people know, an Arab like Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who had a dark skin, looked like most ancient Egyptians if you compare him to glyphs, (and Anwar was even played by a black man on a television biography,) yet he had all of the other racial characteristics of the subgroup “Arabic.” His dark skin did not make him a Negro. And it is ludicrous to say the Pyramids were built by blacks. The original Aryans were from the north of India, but darker skinned people from Bombay are not Negroes. In fact East Indians are classified as an Asian subgroup of the Caucasoid race. Some Scotch people with red hair which could be described as kinky, are not Negroes. Many people of many races have “thicker” lips but are not Negroes. And most people who evolved at the equator have a tropical nose. Polynesians, and Malaysians are not Negroes though there are people of mixed ancestry. It is interesting that racially minded people in the Southern United States think that a person with a tropical nose, or dark skin, etc., must be Negroid. This is erroneous thinking and too imprecise and irrelevant in a personal sense to Objectivists. Each race has certain characteristics but of course there are moderately “mixed raced” humans everywhere! I agree we all originated from an original, mostly common DNA pool, and non-Africans diverged from Africans 100,000 years ago or even further back. That is not controversial. It is necessary for Science to differentiate between the races for the sake of knowledge and also for Medicine. The races are not the same medically. Some need different medical treatments, as do men and women. I have no problem with anyone who sees no difference between the races in a social context and I agree with Objectivism that our degree of *Volition* is the biggest part of what makes us different from the great apes. The Sciences of Anthropology and Evolutionary Psychology are not Racism. There are significant differences in heredity that do matter, for all the reasons I have discussed. Innate capacities for talent and intelligence do exist. A is A. So, what if Roark was black? What if two kids walk into a “day care for the arts” on the first day it opens? One has the potential to be another Mozart, and one can’t carry a tune but draws like Rembrandt. Would you think it is better to get young Mozart some crayons and young Rembrandt a piano? No one can disprove comprehensive IQ tests or the SAT’s as good indicators of academic success, but I am also leery of pigeon holing some poor kid into “industrial arts,” or mark another kid for college, when volition, application, and interest, matter as much. Is my shit together yet, Marcus? Peter From, "The Missing Link," by Ayn Rand: I am not a student of the theory of evolution and, therefore, I am neither its supporter nor its opponent. But a certain hypothesis has haunted me for years; I want to stress that it is only a hypothesis. There is an enormous breach of continuity between men and all the other living species. The difference lies in the nature of man's consciousness, in its distinctive characteristic: his conceptual faculty. It is as if, after aeons of physiological development, the evolutionary process altered its course, and the higher stages of development focused primarily on the consciousness of living species, not their bodies. But the development of a man's consciousness is volitional: no matter what the innate degree of his intelligence, he must develop it, he must learn how to use it, he must become a human being by choice. What if he does not choose to? Then he becomes a transitional phenomenon - a desperate creature that struggles frantically against his own nature, longing for the effortless "safety" of an animal's consciousness, which he cannot recapture, and rebelling against a human consciousness, which he is afraid to achieve. For years, scientists have been looking for a "missing link" between man and animals. Perhaps that missing link is the anti-conceptual mentality. end quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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