Steve Sailer has written an important macro-level review of Richard Lynn’s Race Differences in Intelligence: An Evolutionary Perspective, which makes an interesting companion to Jason Malloy’s micro-level critique that was posted on GNXP a couple of months back.
From Sailer’s review:
high IQ people rationalize to themselves suppressing
mention of national differences in average IQ—especially
when they spend so much time thinking about how they,
personally, are smarter than other people?
A common stratagem, I’ve found, is
to assume that IQ differences matter only if they
are genetic in origin. Since no
decent, civilized, right-thinking person could
possibly believe that racial differences in IQ have
any genetic basis, then racial and national differences
in average IQ can’t possibly exist.
Except—they do exist.
And, as I will show that—no matter
what their origin, whether in nature or nurture or
both—these IQ gaps will continue to exist for many
Read the whole thing.