I got out of this 'discussion' a long time ago but I keep reading up on what you guys are saying. I just have some small and general problems with some statements that IAR80 said.
We are born no smarter, nobler, or less prone to our instincts than our ancestors 10.000 years ago
Wrong. Since we first emerged as a seperate species. Homo Sapians have created and annihilated a subrace, and we have evolved to a noticable degree. It is written by evolutionary scientists that within every 100 years there is a significantly noticable change in the average population. For example, since the beginning of the century, average intelligence has increased more than one point by our current IQ tests. A height change world wide has also been noticable, especially when comparing people of 500 years ago. This is all averages obviously. So in your 10.000 years there have been traits destroyed, traits gained, etc. Our aggression probably has not been decreased, but you mentioned intelligence and I believe that over that period we would have evolved our brains to some extent.
Second, IAR80 wrote:
...if you take a african from a remote tribe as a child(to avoid culture shock) and bring him up in US he will KNOW all the stuff we KNOW.
I'm not really a racialist in the sense of a neo-nazi, but that statement is not exactly correct. Under perfect conditions there are still subtle differences between the races - AVERAGE intelligence being one that is constantly found to be significant in scientific studies. For those of you out there who are not in the science world, for something to be significantly different, there has to be a more than 5% discrepancy between findings. I know the example most of you are thinking, but the discrepancy between japanese asians and european and north american caucasians points towards the former being on AVERAGE more intelligent.
You are correct in the average sense though, an african child grown up in a middle class society in north american will not really have any really noticable differences in intelligence.
I'm not arguing with your general sentiments, I don't think we Canadians/Americans are more civilized than the germans were in ww2.
I'm generally on the side against racism, but my reasons for posting here are that I hate hate hate hate hate hate political correctness, especially at the expense of scientific findings. There might only be a .001% genetic difference between a north american white and a japanese asian or an african negroid, but there is only a 99.9% difference between homo sapians and chimps...and that obviously makes a big difference