STUPID QUESTION RIGHT???
Well a lot of people don’t think so. In-fact some truly believe People of a certain race are just not intelligent. Case in point Mr Watson of DNA “double helix fame” –
” I am inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.”
Before one considers the methods of testing required to make such an assertion, I would imagine Mr Watson would have had to isolate a significant number of random kids at an early age of different origins. Then keep them in uniform conditions for a period of time and then test them when they turned 10 years old…not the most ethical process but… lol.. When i read works by early scientist studying races, it becomes clear they were not trying to understand, discover or explore people for who they were or what intelligence meant to them, they were trying hard to prove bigoted views and stereotypes mainly to justify the negative treatment of the “Other” while benchmarking it on their OWN idea of intelligence.
You can read more on Mr watson here .Then in the same week, this blessing comes along.
Boffin Ramarni Wilfred also scored higher then Professor Stephen Hawking and Microsoft’s Bill Gates .
The 11-year-old schoolboy has joined Mensa after scoring higher than Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein in an IQ test. Ramarni Wilfred started showing signs of genius as a toddler, when his favourite book was an encyclopedia. He could read and write by the time he started reception at school and last year, at the age of 10 and still in primary school, wrote a philosophy paper on fairness that earned him a 2:1 and a mock Oxford graduation.
As regards his naturally endowed abilities, the young man intelligently said-
“I can’t begin to compare myself to these great men whose hard work clearly proves that they are true geniuses.
“This is a great opportunity and I think it can open a lot of doors for me. But I also believe that having a high IQ isn’t that important unless you do something really special with it.”
Read more here- daily mirror
Now aside from the “not too smart idea ” of judging intelligence based on standard tests regardless of intrinsic value systems whilst forcing the world into a euro-centric societal construct of what intelligence is, It was great to see Mr Watson’s bigoted views poked in the same week.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
– Albert Einstein