At 9/26/06 08:56 AM, Makaio wrote:
Some cultures are prone to be better at certain tasks then others, why wouldn one race be on the average more intelligent?
Because intelligence isn't expressed through racial characteristics, which is pretty much independent from the cognative process.
I'm Mexican. Yet, I know with great fluency English and Spanish. Not only that, I've studied dialects of Old English, Middle English, Latin, and I am some what profecient in Italian and German. I also know a few phrases in a dialect of Vietnamese.
I'm very educated, I've read more books in my life than all grandparents and my parents put together.
This makes me sorta special since Mexicans, as do other Latinos, prefer hard work over education. Just because one sees a Mexican following crops doesn't mean that he or she is there because they're dumb... it's a cultural thing.
Being born to a culture has its advantages and disadvantages too.
Being White has its advantages too in America. It's the most afluent group in every step of the political process. One is more likely to be born into some wealth if one one White, meaning that the family wouldn't need to worry so much about paying for an education, or finding a good public school near enough from a home that is cheap to rent or own.
As I've said before, some cultures value education over hard labor. For many Asians, we know the math stereotype. Although, there is some truth into this, but not in the way we expected. For many Asians such as the Vietnamese (who I grew up with all my life,) they want to study. Families strive their best so that their children will do good in school, often having way to high expectations. Why? Because they value education more highly than labor.
And what else...
Intelligence comes in variety. Because one isn't proficient in one thing doesn't mean that they're dumb, but maybe because they're better at another thing. I own a Jesuiet education from SCU. And the few Blacks I meet, they were so smart in Biblical knowlege. So they were naturally inclined to do better in Literature since... basically... they've been practicing this all the time when they do Bible studies. But a great number of them were horrible in math. This isn't because they're Black, but their culture valued Biblical knowlege over the scientific.
Well anyways... to conclude stuff because I need to get ready for school:
Intelligence isn't a racial thing... it's a cultural thing.