The Right Coast
August 31, 2005
Murray on IQ
By Mike Rappaport
Eleven years after the publication of the Bell Curve, Charles Murray is defending and updating his claims about the relative IQs of women and blacks. I am part of the way through the 40 page article, which is quite interesting.
One provacative claim that Murray makes disputes the common assertion that race is a social construct, not genetic reality:
Turning to race, we must begin with the fraught question of whether it even exists, or whether it is instead a social construct. The Harvard geneticist Richard Lewontin originated the idea of race as a social construct in 1972, arguing that the genetic differences across races were so trivial that no scientist working exclusively with genetic data would sort people into blacks, whites, or Asians. In his words, “racial classification is now seen to be of virtually no genetic or taxonomic significance.”