PSYA02 Jan 16, 2013
How much intelligence is from genetics? How much is from the formal education
Science: Should There Be Limits?
Do we need to/should we study certain topics when they may just make society worse?
Or is anything free game?
Studying racial issues
o One race is proven to be smarter and there begins to be
discrimination/mockery of that race.
o One gender is proven to be smarter and then that one gender is pushed
down in terms of jobs/opportunities/education
Philip Rushman – studied the fact that some races are different in terms of things like
intelligence and sexuality.
However, it was quite racist and there were protests.
He claimed that a social group may have certain means that they focus around
o A disparate group would have children that are closer to the mean
o Extremely smart parents would have average children and vice versa.
Intelligence as Evidence of Intelligent Design
According to some, intelligence can’t evolve
The counter to that: if God bestowed intelligence, where did God get intelligence
Is Intelligence Even a Single Thing?
Intelligence is often spoken of someone being intelligent or not. However, athletes may
be considered ‘intelligent’ (successful) in one sport and ‘stupid’ (unsuccessful) in
another. Does this mean that they a