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Will China Ever Surpass the West?   [Copy link] 中文

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25 years ago it was illegal for Westerners to use the Internet, which was anyhow unheard of and reserved for specialized military purposes. By 2011, any Westerner who reflected too much on genes, race and IQ wouldl be silenced or sacked. In Taki Magazine (19 i), the sage John Derbyshire pondered what the future held for the ‘killer technology’ of genomics, and reckoned China had the edge:

Hong Kong is poised to become an international gene sequencing and genomics research hub, thanks to the work of the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), mainland China’s leading genomic company.
   
BGI set up its genome sequencing research lab thanks to a 10 billion yuan low-interest loan from the state-run China Development Bank.    Ten billion is a lot of yuan (around $1.5 billion), and there is plenty more where that came from.

    Chinese genomics research is casting its net wide—wider than would be thought proper in our own gene-shy public culture. One of BGI’s programs is studying the genetic basis for IQ’s heritability, variously estimated by researchers at between 40 and 80 percent. Prevailing dogma in the US, however, insists the correct number is zero percent, so that no such work could be done here, certainly not on billion-dollar soft loans from the feds.

{Meantime, the more humble eugenic experiment of allowing more breeding by the relatively well-educated members of the Communist Party within a 100-mile radius around Peking remained unstudied by even the Galton Institute – which had declined to show an interest despite my promptings in the 1990s.

Altogether, it seemed likely that the Chinese would indeed get more out of Darwin than had the British – even if Peking’s top geneticist, Bruce Lahn (q.v.) stayed located in Chicago pro tem., keeping his views on race and IQ under his hat for the sake of US dollars, and China’s politicos and media folk had still to prove they could cope more manfully than the West with the realism of The Bell Curve and The g Factor.}

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FRIENDSHIP HAS GENETIC BASES

Student friends tend to share a gene known to make for alcoholism (or non-alcoholism) and to differ in a gene making for openness (cf. tender-mindedness), reported a team from San Diego (Nature, 18 i) (though replication was thought necessary).

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BEEB CONSENSUS ON IQ

Determined that pop psychology of 2011 should continue to repeat the mistakes of the previous thirty years, the BBC’s News Magazine provided a review of intelligence and genius (David Shenk [q.v., 7 iii 2010], 13 i) which insisted no individual differences were ‘set in genetic stone’ since they were all ‘complex interaction effects – entirely neglecting in this the opinions of psychogeneticists and differential psychologists, not to mention The g Factor [Chap. 3].

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Post time 2014-11-24 22:01:34 |Display all floors
How far will China go?

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aint no empire that lasts 4ever...even john lennon was wrong about chairman mao  
a man who uses his hands is a laborer. one who uses his hands and his mind is a craftsman. but he who uses his hands, his mind, and his heart, is an artist...

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CumOnMe Post time: 2014-11-24 14:32
The chinese DNA can last for billions of years.

aint FACIAL is much better than cumonme  
a man who uses his hands is a laborer. one who uses his hands and his mind is a craftsman. but he who uses his hands, his mind, and his heart, is an artist...

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CumOnMe Post time: 2014-11-24 14:51

a man who uses his hands is a laborer. one who uses his hands and his mind is a craftsman. but he who uses his hands, his mind, and his heart, is an artist...

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