Thursday, October 25, 2007

Blacks Less Intelligent Than Whites

The title for this post may cause some controversy but before people start getting upset they need to understand that I am not saying this but James D. Watson is. You may be asking who is James D. Watson? Good question, he is the co-discoverer of the DNA helix and winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in medicine.

To read the news report of his controversial claim follow this link:

The goal of the Worldview blog is to expose people to diffrent Worldviews. So I want to share how someone from a Creationist Worldview would react to the above story:

James Watson, one of three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962 for helping discover the structure of DNA,1 created considerable controversy by telling London’s Sunday Times that his pessimism about African progress is because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours—whereas all the testing says not really.” Watson added that although he hopes intelligence is evenly distributed across racial groups, “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true.”

Calling his assertion a “hot potato,” Watson further explained that
[T]here is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.
Despite this, Watson made clear that he rejects discrimination against blacks, instead suggesting that “there are many people of color who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level.”

Other scientists, such as professor of biological sciences Steven Rose of the Open University, were quick to repudiate Watson’s comments:

This is Watson at his most scandalous. If he knew the literature in the subject, he would know he was out of his depth scientifically, quite apart from socially and politically.
Watson, a self-proclaimed atheistic secular humanist, is no stranger to controversy. In 2003 he told London’s Telegraph that “Every time you understand something, religion becomes less likely.”

What is perhaps most notable is that despite the flak from other scientists, Watson is being entirely true to his atheistic, Darwinist beliefs. Basing his claim on empirical evidence (which, we’ll note, is neither uniform nor conclusive, nor does it conform fully to standards of scientific experimentation) as well as the presupposition of evolution, Watson has concluded that there is no reason to assume all “races” have evolved the same level of intelligence. Given an evolutionist understanding of human history, this idea (however unlikable to most people) is no less “scientific” than many other hypotheses. What’s more, the idea has fueled racism, especially in the early twentieth century, when the indigenous inhabitants of many continents, including Africa, were mistreated under the banner that they were less evolved.

The Bible provides a starkly different—and far more positive—view on the “races.” For a starter, the Bible tells us that all people are of one blood, descended from Adam through Noah. The confusion and dispersion at Babel, described in Genesis, caused people to move away from another, which eventually led to the skin-deep differences we encounter today due to environmental adaptation. For an explanation of what the Bible says about how the “races” came about, see “Interracial Marriage

On Friday, Watson clarified and apologized for his comments after he was suspended from his duties at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. Apologizing, Watson explained:
I can certainly understand why people, reading those words, have reacted in the ways they have. To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologise unreservedly. That is not what I meant. More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief.

Watson further clarified his position in comments published in the Independent:
We do not yet adequately understand the way in which the different environments in the world have selected over time the genes which determine our capacity to do different things. The overwhelming desire of society today is to assume that equal powers of reason are a universal heritage of humanity.

It may well be. But simply wanting this to be the case is not enough. This is not science. To question this is not to give in to racism. This is not a discussion about superiority or inferiority, it is about seeking to understand differences, about why some of us are great musicians and others great engineers.

Concluding, the BBC article on the apology notes that “[p]eople from different racial groups can be more genetically similar than individuals within the same group”—something Answers in Genesis has long emphasized as well. Two Caucasians may, for example, have far less genetically in common than a Caucasian and an African (although all three are overwhelmingly similar, genetically speaking!). This goes right along with the Bible’s explanation for the origin of people groups.

AiG–U.K.’s Paul Taylor also commented on this story on Friday. You can read his comments in “DNA Pioneer in Evolutionary Racism Storm.”

For more information:
Get Answers: Racism and Evolution
Get Answers: Anthropology
Get Answers: Morality and Ethics

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Media myths about the Jena 6

By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics.

The question is have you heard the rest of the story? Have you investigated all the claims to ensure you know the real facts?

Craig Franklin has written an article entitled "Media myths about the Jena 6."

The article gives 12 myths that have been reported about this story. They myths are as follows:

Myth 1: The Whites-Only Tree.

Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students.

Myth 3: Nooses Were a Hate Crime.

Myth 4: DA's Threat to Black Students.

Myth 5: The Fair Barn Party Incident.

Myth 6: The "Gotta-Go" Grocery Incident.

Myth 7: The Schoolyard Fight

Myth 8: The Attack Is Linked to the Nooses

Myth 9: Mychal Bell's All-White Jury.

Myth 10: Jena 6 as Model Youth.

Myth 11: Jena Is One of the Most Racist Towns in America

Myth 12: Two Levels of Justice.

To read this very important article so that you can know more about what has bee reported, follow this link:

Jena 6

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A Dog can be a Friend

A fire evacuee sleeps with her pet dog at the Steele Canyon High School evacuation center in Spring Valley, California, 23 October 2007. More than half a million people across California were ordered to evacuate 23 October as wildfires raged for a third day, destroying nearly 1,300 buildings and threatening to overwhelm firefighters.

3:31 a.m. ET, 10/24/07

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

War against noise in new film

Have you ever dreamt of smashing up that car in your neighborhood whose burglar alarm has the bad habit of going off in the middle of the night?

If so you are proably not alone and finally someone has decided to make a movie about it.

To see th trailer follow this link: Noise

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Breathe Me

Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before
Hurt myself again today
And, the worst part is there's no-one else to blame

Be my friend Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am smalland needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

Ouch I have lost myself again
Lost myself and I am nowhere else to be found,
Yeah I think that I might break
Lost myself again and I feel unsafe

Be my friend
Hold me,
wrap me up
Unfold me
I am smal land needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold meI am small
and needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Music Industry Wins Illegal Downloading Case

I am tired of people illegally downloading music and then excusing their stealing as if it is ok. Stealing is wrong period. I am glad the music industry is cracking down on people and I hope it stops the illegal downloading. If you want the music here is an idea, buy it!

Here is the story in cased you missed the news:

Music Industry Wins Illegal Downloading Case
Associated Press Friday, October 5, 2007; Page D02

DULUTH, Minn., Oct. 4 -- The recording industry won a key fight Thursday against illegal music downloading when a federal jury found that a Minnesota woman shared copyrighted music online and levied $222,000 in damages against her.

The jury ordered Jammie Thomas, 30, to pay the six record companies that sued her $9,250 for each of 24 songs they focused on in the case. They had alleged she shared 1,702 songs.

Thomas and her attorney, Brian Toder, declined to comment as they left the courthouse.
In the first such lawsuit to go to trial, the record companies accused Thomas of downloading the songs without permission and offering them online through Kazaa, a file-sharing program. Thomas denied wrongdoing and testified that she didn't have a Kazaa account.

Record companies have filed some 26,000 lawsuits alleging file-sharing since 2003. File-sharing has hurt music sales because it allows people to get recordings for free. Many other defendants have settled by paying the companies a few thousand dollars.

Copyright law sets a damages range of $750 to $30,000 per infringement, or up to $150,000 if the violation was "willful."

The record companies involved in the lawsuit are Sony BMG, Arista Records, Interscope Records, UMG Recordings, Capitol Records and Warner Bros. Records.

I love music and I want the music industry to be strong so that new artist are given a chance to make albums. I want the music to be strong so that Lot's of new music is released.

If you love music search out what you like and buy the CD or download it from a legal site.

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