Seems the PC elite are experiencing further cognitive dissonance over a scientifically valid conclusion that human ability is partly determined genetically. The angst resulted from Nobel Laureate James Watson who uttered the heresy that intelligence seems to be biologically determined.
Intelligence? How so defined? By IQ tests? I had to do an IQ test at high school to determine which career direction I should take; the IQ score indicated I should find a career in real estate or sales. I ended up as a professional exploration geologist specialising in diamonds.
I also filled in one of those internet IQ tests, and overall, IQ tests seem to quantify how adept one is at dealing with abstract ideas. Abstract ideas are metaphysical constructions of the human brain that have no basis in physical reality. The Matrix is one such construct.
I discovered from personal experience with second and third world peoples that they generally thought literally, and were ignorant of the ambiguous, abstract ideas voiced by, so-called, civilised humans. I had a Samoan-Maori field assistant once, large fellow, the gentle giant, and he could not understand the abstraction behind complex rock sample numbering schemes. This puzzled me until I recalled my experiences in southern Africa when I discovered that the Africans thought quite differently to we Westerners. The crucial difference was they think literally, we think
abstractly. As IQ tests quantify abstract ability, literal thinkers will never score high in the IQ stakes. And what IQ tests don’t test is intelligence.
High academic scores are also not indicators of intelligence but how well one has memorised the authorised teachings. High academic scores indicate how well one is able to recite the metaphysical scriptures, and how well one is capable of specious reasoning.
Intelligence is the ability to discern the essential from the inessential. Intelligence is learning from experience and adapting.
The citizens of The Matrix are the intellectually addicted, those who have become disconnected from physical reality by retreating behind a thought-wall fabricated from their beliefs. Abstract thinking is the dominant activity in The Matrix, thinking about impossible things before breakfast,
James Watson is right, there is a difference between people, those who learn from experience, and those who don’t. The latter live in The Matrix whose capital is Jerusalem.
PS: And of course all religion is metaphysical and hence totally in and of the abstract. Reality IS, and religion is hope imagined by the brain and thus always in the future which is an idea fabricated from its memories that are intrinsically always in the past. The religious are thus addicted to the past and exhibit cognitive dissonance when confronted with reality.