Sunday, August 29, 2010
The New Victorians
While writing the previous post, it occurred to me who the politically correct class remind me of: the Victorians.
The Victorian bourgeois are remembered for having such prudish attitudes that they covered their piano legs out of a misplaced sense of modesty. They studiously avoided certain words they considered indecent. Women were kept covered up, with only their ankles and possibly feet showing. And it was widely assumed during the era that women were asexual.
We laugh at them now for their insistence on ridiculous social codes and their unwillingness to acknowledge basic facts about human nature (such as women's sexuality).
Science has made great strides in learning about human nature in the past century. We've not only learned about women's sexuality, we've discovered the neurobiological roots of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, and have developed drugs which keep them under control. We have learned more about evolution and all its implications, including the different mating strategies between sexes. We have learned about the genetic basis for for such basic human differences as IQ, and even for traits like shyness.
However, any mention of any actual differences between people -- or populations -- is considered scandalous by the New Victorians. Unfortunately, they seem to be in control.
Any politician who would dare mention the genetic basis for IQ in public would be hounded out of office. In fact, any scientist who mentioned that would be forced to leave his job. Just ask James Watson, long ago discoverer of the double helix and more recent discoverer of the consequences of political incorrectness.
Any university president who suggested that there might be cognitive reasons why women aren't as well represented in the highest ranks of science or engineering or math would provoke a firestorm of protest. In fact, merely suggesting such a possibility was the beginning of the end for Larry Summers at Harvard.
The statistics on IQ, by the way, show that women average five points less than men, and are underrepresented at both ends of the bell curve, meaning, fewer female geniuses as well as fewer female idiots.
But heaven forbid anybody mention this. It would be like the Victorians talking about a woman's leg. It's simply not something that decent people do.