I vividly remember 3 times in my life being intellectually startled. I’d be happily reading along, then, suddenly…..bam, whoa! No way. How can that be? The first was quantum physics (the double slit experiment, etc.); second, Friedrich fricking Nietzsche; and third, Richard Dawkins’ book The Selfish Gene (1976). I gasped ‘Oh my God’ out loud in a library after learning that genes are the most essentially important, determinative aspect of any biological organism – especially humans. Evolutionary natural selection enables genes to replicate themselves. Dawkins writes:
They did not die out, for they are past masters of the survival arts. But do not look for them floating loose in the sea; they gave up that cavalier freedom long ago. Now they swarm in huge colonies, safe inside gigantic lumbering robots, sealed off from the outside world, communicating with it by tortuous indirect routes, manipulating it by remote control. They are in you and in me; they created us, body and mind; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence. They have come a long way, those replicators. Now they go by the name of genes, and we are their survival machines.
We are lumbering robots controlled by genes. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Dawkins answer – the egg; a chicken is just the eggs way of making another egg so that the genes inside it keep on keeping on. Chapter 12 of Charles Murray’s Human Diversity (2020) is Abilities, Personality, and Success, highly heritable human traits. Science has answered the question: Which came first – intelligence or socio-economic status? Intelligence came first, which in turn produces high socio-economic status. It’s genetic. Smart parents attain higher economic status and produce smart kids, which then do the same. The genetic lottery drives everything. The Left hates this knowledge and actively tries to suppress it for ideological reasons. Fortunately, current cancel culture will be temporary because you can’t suppress scientific truths forever, as we’ll see here in the coming months.
Proposition #9 of Murray’s 10 things we do not need to argue about anymore (even though people still do) is: Class structure is importantly based on differences in abilities that have a substantial genetic component.
Murray writes in a later chapter that “the debate about nature versus nurture is not just one of many issues in social science. It is fundamental for everything involving human behavior.” Next week, we’ll learn if there is anything anybody can do to improve inherited personality, abilities and social behavior.