The tabula rasa, or blank slate theory, upon which most modern approaches to education, politics and morality are based has taken a massive hit from a new scientific study which has identified dozens of specific genes which are inherited and largely control human intelligence. Nature is coming out on top of nurture. Newsweek reports:
Scientists have discovered over 50 new genes relating to intelligence—a finding that gives us a far better insight into the “genetic architecture of intelligence” and how this relates to IQ.
While the exact percentage is widely debated, scientists generally agree that a large proportion of intelligence is inherited—and therefore based on genetic factors. But intelligence is not a straightforward trait influenced by just a few genes. Rather, there are hundreds of genes that make up a complex web, the vast majority of which research has yet to identify.
…Most of these genes were found in brain tissue: “Pathway analysis indicates the involvement of genes regulating cell development,” the scientists wrote in the journal Nature Genetics.
…Corresponding author Danielle Posthuma, from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, tells Newsweek she was not expecting to find as many genes as they did: “I’ve run a lot of genome studies and a lot of the time you don’t find a lot of genes, even though the traits you are investigating are highly heritable. And it’s only if you have a really large sample size that you start to find things.”
…“For these 52 genes we won’t be able to increase intelligence,” she says. “The heritability of IQ is 80 percent, so it’s still a long road before we find all the genes. And even if we find them there might still be environmental interactions, or gene interactions that we haven’t really investigated but that might be important. So I wonder if we’ll ever be able to do this in mice or humans.
AN IMPOSSIBLE GAP TO CLOSE
Of course, different populations inherit different traits from their ancestors. This is why billions of dollars and several decades of efforts by the liberal education establishment in the USA and other Western countries have failed to “close the education gap.” You can not close the gap in performance between different racial groups. Differences in performance are based upon real inherited traits and without blending groups together and destroying human diversity the performance gap will persist despite all efforts by Leftists to close it.
A ranking of countries by their IQ average shows that the least intelligent people in the world are Africans, far exceeded by Asians and Europeans. For example, Hong Kong has an average IQ of 108 while poor Equatorial Guinea sits at just 59, a whooping difference of 49 points. Realistically, we can never expect the people of Equatorial Guinea and Subsahara Africa in general to ever amount to much on average in a competitive modern world. And, of course, adding a number of them to the population of an European or Asian country would reduce the overall IQ of that country and introduce a significant social schism. If the country into which the lower IQ immigrants were introduced placed great value on equality of outcome (as do all Weatern nations) then this introduction would constitute a huge burden. And, importantly, it would provide rent-seeking institutions trying to being about equality with a task which could never be completed – providing persons involved in such efforts a lifetime of job security and justification for ever-increasing funds to meet their impossible goal.
IGNORING THE OBVIOUS
Of course, our ancestors came to these conclusions without genetic studies. They made simple observations and upon these based their social order and immigration policies. In contrast, Western man today seeks to defy that which he has ample scientific evidence to believe. He assert that nurture can fundamentally change that which countless generations of human evolution has produced. He grasps at ridiculous theories which might deny human inequality. As he does so to his own detriment.