Intelligence Genes Discovered by Scientists

In The Telegraph, Sarah Knapton reports on “Intelligence genes discovered by scientists“:

Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power.

Researchers have believed for some time that intellect is inherited with studies suggesting that up to 75 per cent of IQ is genetic, and the rest down to environmental factors such as schooling and friendship groups.

Err… has anyone explained to Ms. Knapton that any such researchers putting forward such a thesis are routinely targeted and harassed by SJWs and their willing accomplices amongst the hordes of university adminstrators, and put their careers at risk when even contemplating such theses?

But until now, nobody has been able to pin-point exactly which genes are responsible for better memory, attention, processing speed or reasoning skills.

Now Imperial College London has found that two networks of genes determine whether people are intelligent or not-so-bright.

They liken the gene network to a football team. When all the players are in the right positions, the brain appears to function optimally, leading to clarity of thought and what we think of as quickness or cleverness.

However when the genes are mutated or in the wrong order, it can lead to dullness of thinking, or even serious cognitive impairments…

“We know that genetics plays a major role in intelligence but until now haven’t known which genes are relevant,” said Dr Michael Johnson, lead author of the study from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College.

“This research highlights some of genes involved in human intelligence, and how they interact with each other…

Earlier this year a team at King’s College London discovered that up to 65 per cent of the difference in pupil’s GCSE grades was down to genetics, after analysing genetic data fro, 12,500 twins.

They found that all exam results were highly heritable, demonstrating that genes explain a larger proportion of the differences between children, between 54 and 65 per cent.

The walls of The Cathedral on this issue have been piled high in these heady BLM / ‘Safe Space’ days. But the wall will inevitably crumble, hastened by more studies depicting a truth on the matter.

As Nicholas Wade writes in his excellent book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (2015), a book that every liberal should read:

The idea that human behavior has a genetic basis has long been resisted by those who see the mind as a blank slate on which only culture can write. The blank slate notion has been particularly attractive to Marxists, who wish government to mold socialist man in its desired image and who see genetics as an impediment to the power of the state. Marxist academics led the attack on Edward O. Wilson when he proposed in his 1975 book Sociobiology that social behaviors such as conformity and morality had a genetic basis…

How did the academic world contrive to reach a position on race so far removed from reality and commonsense observation? The politically driven distortion of scientific views about race can be traced to a sustained campaign from the 1950s onward by the anthropologist Ashley Montagu, who sought to make the word race taboo, at least when referring to people. Montagu, who was Jewish, grew up in the East End district of London, where he experienced considerable anti-Semitism. He was trained as a social anthropologist in London and New York, where he studied under Franz Boas, a champion of racial equality and the belief that culture alone shapes human behavior. He began to promote Boas’s ideas with more zeal than their author…

[Richard Lewontin] went on to say that “Human racial classification is of no social value and is positively destructive of social and human relations. Since such racial classification is now seen to be of virtually no genetic or taxonomic significance either, no justification can be offered for its continuance.” Lewontin’s thesis immediately became the central genetic plank of those who believe that denying the existence of race is an effective way to combat racism. It is prominently cited in Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race, an influential book written by the anthropologist Ashley Montagu with the aim of eliminating race from the political and scientific vocabulary. Lewontin’s statement is quoted at the beginning of the American Anthropological Association’s statement on race and is a founding principle of the assertion by sociologists that race is a social construct, not a biological one. But despite all the weight that continues to be placed on it, Lewontin’s statement is incorrect…

Despite the misleading political twist on Lewontin’s argument, it became the centerpiece of the view that racial differences were too slight to be worth scientific attention. The assertion left the ugly implication that anyone who thought otherwise must be some kind of a racist. The subject of human race soon became too daunting for all but the most courageous and academically secure of researchers to touch. A frequent assertion of those who seek to airbrush race out of human variation is that no distinct boundaries can be drawn between one race and another, leaving the implication that races cannot exist. “Humanity cannot be classified into discrete geographic categories with absolute boundaries,” proclaims the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in its statement on race. True, races are not discrete entities and have no absolute boundaries, as already discussed, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. The classification of humans into five continental based races is perfectly reasonable and is supported by genome clustering studies. In addition, classification into the three major races of African, East Asian and European is supported by the physical anthropology of human skull types and dentition.

It should be noted that Montagu, Boas and Lewontin are all Jews, as was Stephen J. Gould, arguably the biggest mouth in the ‘genetic theories are racist’ camp. Each of these men, it is important to note, were — like Freud — very conscientious of their Jewish identity and very proud of their Jewish heritage.

The impact Jewish Marxists have had in shaping mainstream Culture’s views on ‘race’ cannot be underestimated.

See KMac’s The Culture of Critique, especially chapter 2 (“The Boasian School of Anthropology and the Decline of Darwinism in the Social Sciences“).

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