Race and Intelligence

Is there an argument for linking race and intelligence? I.Q fundamentalists have argued in the past how differences in I.Q test scores between racial groups suggest a link between genes and intelligence — affirming their belief in inherent white superiority.

While many of us would likely disagree today, where is the evidence then?

Do watch the extract above and pay especially close attention to moral philosopher James Flynn’s comments on how his ‘Flynn effect’ theory suggests a greater relationship between intelligence and environment (rather than genes) and points out how the I.Q test is more of a test on ‘adaptation to modernity’ (given its focus on abstract conceptualizing) rather than an immutable measure of innate intelligence.

Discuss the implications of the ‘Flynn Effect’ on social attitudes around the world and in Singapore.

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