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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    Where do you think culture comes from? In any case, there's been many decades and billions of dollars spent on educational intervention with little effect.
    Like what upper-middle-class people and upper-class people spend on their children's education? If they have superior genes, then expensive schooling is a big fat waste of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
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    Where do you think culture comes from? In any case, there's been many decades and billions of dollars spent on educational intervention with little effect.
    Like what upper-middle-class people and upper-class people spend on their children's education? If they have superior genes, then expensive schooling is a big fat waste of money.
    You need both genes and education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
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    In practice, what we normally see are cultural differences. It's not that the Chinese are smarter, it's that they value education more. That's passed by nurture, not by genetics.
    Where do you think culture comes from? In any case, there's been many decades and billions of dollars spent on educational intervention with little effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    Where do you think culture comes from? In any case, there's been many decades and billions of dollars spent on educational intervention with little effect.
    Like what upper-middle-class people and upper-class people spend on their children's education? If they have superior genes, then expensive schooling is a big fat waste of money.
    It mostly is. Most "expensive schooling" is simply to provide the child with the social cachet of having gone to that certain school. A proxy for IQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
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    I think, from the perspective of what you are calling the left (I guess, I would call it common sense) is that it's not denying that there may be slight evolutionary differences in variations on the theme, but that it is of no use to classify people based on any of these theories as to a groups worth within society. In fact, the potential to do much. much more harm than any good (if possible at all) is off the charts.

    As we witness time and time again, without exception.
    No one is saying that except progressives and their hierarchical stack.
    Just for the record, it’s not progressives who are proposing Muslim bans, incarcerating asylum seekers, attacking LGTBQ rights, attacking women’s rights (I could go on) - it’s the progressives who are calling the right out for this idiocy.

    And in response, progressives get the “I know you are but what am I” argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
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    I think, from the perspective of what you are calling the left (I guess, I would call it common sense) is that it's not denying that there may be slight evolutionary differences in variations on the theme, but that it is of no use to classify people based on any of these theories as to a groups worth within society. In fact, the potential to do much. much more harm than any good (if possible at all) is off the charts.

    As we witness time and time again, without exception.
    No one is saying that except progressives and their hierarchical stack.
    Just for the record, it’s not progressives who are proposing Muslim bans, incarcerating asylum seekers, attacking LGTBQ rights, attacking women’s rights (I could go on) - it’s the progressives who are calling the right out for this idiocy.

    And in response, progressives get the “I know you are but what am I” argument.
    No one proposed a Muslim ban. You know that. Everyone knows that. But when someone repeats the lie, it obviously clouds everything else they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    In practice, what we normally see are cultural differences. It's not that the Chinese are smarter, it's that they value education more. That's passed by nurture, not by genetics.
    Where do you think culture comes from? In any case, there's been many decades and billions of dollars spent on educational intervention with little effect.
    The aspects of culture that vary across time and place come mostly from an infinitely complex interaction of countless random systematic and random environmental conditions and events that vary across time and place. They determine which of the countless features of basic human psychology/behavior, many of which directly contradict each other, get enhanced, emphasized, and manifest as the norms we call "culture". Also, a single individual with authoritarian control can massively determine culture in ways that have nothing to do with the otherwise "natural" tendencies of the majority of people in that culture. In fact, most of what would be called "culture" are the socially created systems designed to shape behavior and manufacture "norms", and such systems are only needed precisely because it is not within people's nature to consistently abide by those norms.Biology is to culture what biology is to injuries. It provides the constraints that determine what kind of injuries can happen, but what various injuries do happen when and where is the product of environmental contingency.

    Getting back to China and the cultural value it place on education, there is as much variability in the cultural emphasis on education between different Asian countries as between Asia and the rest of the world. A fact that directly refutes any notion of a genetically based cultural value of education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    In practice, what we normally see are cultural differences. It's not that the Chinese are smarter, it's that they value education more. That's passed by nurture, not by genetics.
    Where do you think culture comes from? In any case, there's been many decades and billions of dollars spent on educational intervention with little effect.
    Culture comes from both the family and the people around them. Educational intervention isn't of much use if the parents don't care about education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Trausti View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    In practice, what we normally see are cultural differences. It's not that the Chinese are smarter, it's that they value education more. That's passed by nurture, not by genetics.
    Where do you think culture comes from? In any case, there's been many decades and billions of dollars spent on educational intervention with little effect.
    Culture comes from both the family and the people around them. Educational intervention isn't of much use if the parents don't care about education.
    That's so untrue as confirmed by MANY examples in US history ALONE that I cannot believe that even you have the gall to type that out.

    Of course, children do best when parental influences and societal ones converge to promote education.

    As to 'many decades and billions of dollars spent on educational intervention with little effect?' Equally ignorant and bigoted and utterly unsupported by facts.

    Unless you mean that we still have poor among us and uneducated among us. Or unless you are referring to the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on the Trump family's education alone which has given us a powerful yet exceedingly ignorant and ill educated oligarch who is attempting to foist his dynasty on the world, bringing in more directly bloodthirsty dictators to achieve his goals which extend only to personal enrichment.

    Then, you'd be exactly right.

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