Proofing power.

/Proofing power.

We have passed the stage of history when people can simply assert unchallenged that the poor or blacks or women are of lower intelligence than the rest of the population. Anyone who said that would be written off as a crank or a racist or a misogynist. But it is possible to state that “science” says that the poor or blacks or women are of lower intelligence than the rest of the population. So powerful is the mystique of science and so widespread the ignorance of the limits of scientific inference that such a statement can be widely publicized and accepted – even if few understand the basis for it.

Mano Singham on scientific racism.

It’s worth noting this is from something Singham originally wrote in 1995. In 2018, I’m not sure you could, in fact, assert that “anyone who said [poor or blacks or women are of lower intelligence than the rest of the population] would be written off as a crank or a racist or a misogynist”…

2018-04-18T08:20:43+00:007th October, 2018|Tags: culture|0 Comments

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