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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Army of GOD on Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:53 pm

thegreekdog wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:
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Neoteny wrote:I propose that everyone who has an interest in the scientific inquiry into intelligence or physiology of different "races" are all racist.

To be exempt from this: without using Google, please list three other areas of basic or applied research in the fields of psychology or physiology that you are as knowledgeable about.

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You could use bing.com.

All I'm saying is that if the color of one's skin correlated to athleticism, then on Saturday I would not have seen a white wide receiver from Iowa (or Idaho) outrun a black cornerback.

I wonder if there has ever been any studies on how many [insert sport] players are from poor or lower middle class backgrounds versus middle class, upper middle class or rich backgrounds. I bet 3/4ths of all professional atheletes are from low to middle class backgrounds.


ITT: thegreekdog thinks "on average" means "all"


ITT: AoG thinks that 76% of the NBA (or 342 of 450 players) consisting of black men means that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person.


oh, so NOW you understand my argument
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby thegreekdog on Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:56 pm

Army of GOD wrote:oh, so NOW you understand my argument


No, I really don't.
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Funkyterrance on Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:56 pm

Army of GOD wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
ITT: AoG thinks that 76% of the NBA (or 342 of 450 players) consisting of black men means that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person.


oh, so NOW you understand my argument


You have to admit TGD, he's got his right to his opinion.
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Funkyterrance on Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:58 pm

thegreekdog wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:oh, so NOW you understand my argument


No, I really don't.


Damn it, he just finished the discussion TGD lol. Now it's time to move on to something else. :lol:
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby thegreekdog on Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:58 pm

Funkyterrance wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
ITT: AoG thinks that 76% of the NBA (or 342 of 450 players) consisting of black men means that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person.


oh, so NOW you understand my argument


You have to admit TGD, he's got his right to his opinion.


That blacks have bigger muscles than whites? On average?
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Army of GOD on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:00 pm

thegreekdog wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:oh, so NOW you understand my argument


No, I really don't.


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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Funkyterrance on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:00 pm

thegreekdog wrote:
Funkyterrance wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
ITT: AoG thinks that 76% of the NBA (or 342 of 450 players) consisting of black men means that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person.


oh, so NOW you understand my argument


You have to admit TGD, he's got his right to his opinion.


That blacks have bigger muscles than whites? On average?


No that he chooses to believe that the fact that the NBA is composed of 76% black people is enough evidence that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person. It has all other kinds of implications but it's not our problem. :D
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby thegreekdog on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:03 pm

Funkyterrance wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
Funkyterrance wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
ITT: AoG thinks that 76% of the NBA (or 342 of 450 players) consisting of black men means that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person.


oh, so NOW you understand my argument


You have to admit TGD, he's got his right to his opinion.


That blacks have bigger muscles than whites? On average?


No that he chooses to believe that the fact that the NBA is composed of 76% black people is enough evidence to him that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person. It has all other kinds of implications but it's not our problem. :D


I'm no scientist, statistician, or logician, but a sample size of 450 people is probably not enough to make a generalization about most of the people in the world.
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Funkyterrance on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:06 pm

Army of GOD wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:oh, so NOW you understand my argument


No, I really don't.


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What is the psychological affect of using actual footage of AoG to flame him? The layering is mind boggling.
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Funkyterrance on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:11 pm

thegreekdog wrote:
I'm no scientist, statistician, or logician, but a sample size of 450 people is probably not enough to make a generalization about most of the people in the world.


Funkyterrance wrote:No that he chooses to believe that the fact that the NBA is composed of 76% black people is enough evidence to him that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person. It has all other kinds of implications but it's not our problem. :D


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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Army of GOD on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:19 pm

You guys are right, the ONLY thing I based my opinion on is the percent of black basketball players in the NBA.

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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Funkyterrance on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:28 pm

Army of GOD wrote:You guys are right, the ONLY thing I based my opinion on is the percent of black basketball players in the NBA.

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AoG, I really meant it when I said you have your right to your opinion. I think you should be allowed to believe what you believe with whatever evidence you want. You simply stated that you agreed with TGD's understanding of your position and therefore there's no more argument. You've properly ended it, don't back-peddle now else your stance means completely nothing. You can of course admit you are wrong and agree with TGD but that is the only other alternative.
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Phatscotty on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:35 pm

thegreekdog wrote:
Funkyterrance wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
ITT: AoG thinks that 76% of the NBA (or 342 of 450 players) consisting of black men means that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person.


oh, so NOW you understand my argument


You have to admit TGD, he's got his right to his opinion.


That blacks have bigger muscles than whites? On average?


but smaller penises
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby Funkyterrance on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:41 pm

Phatscotty wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
Funkyterrance wrote:
Army of GOD wrote:
thegreekdog wrote:
ITT: AoG thinks that 76% of the NBA (or 342 of 450 players) consisting of black men means that the average black person is more athletic than the average white person.


oh, so NOW you understand my argument


You have to admit TGD, he's got his right to his opinion.


That blacks have bigger muscles than whites? On average?


but smaller penises


Well my African American buddy happens to be staying over my house tonight...
Yup, roger on that Scotty.
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Re: race differences (from McDonald's thread)

Postby BigBallinStalin on Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:46 am

Neoteny wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:*sigh* I'll be less subtle. I thought using the phrase "Cyber Communications" would hint at "The Holy Trinity of Internet Communications," and that the false equivalance argument was obvious enough.


But you do bring up some great points. Yes, people presume knowledge over which they don't know (e.g. economics, BBS). However, there's several ways to address this problem. Two of which are: (1) Encourage people to use different analytical frameworks for understanding causal relationships, or (2) try to shut down the inquiry while labeling people racist.

I opt for #1 by using the econometric way of thinking. You've regrettably opted for #2, which in my opinion is not at all productive/useful because it still leaves people wondering about those causal relationships. At least with the #1 approach, I provide some people the means for framing such questions in order to become more skeptical about their personal observations and the conclusions which they ponder.

Hopefully, that clears up the confusion. RE: your last sentence, Sure, many scientists don't view inquiries about race as decent, but that in no way contributes to the public discourse. Many (even scientists) adhere to th pretense of knowledge, but at least many are willing to understand through questions and argument. Side-stepping and/or undercuttnig the entire debate fails to undermine the sources of racism through idea creation in the non-scientific spheres. I'm tackling this problem, and you're essentially calling people racists (which isn't nearly as useful). It's almost as useless as Symmetry's approach of calling people idiots.


You're very correct in that assessment. Indeed, my original proposal comes across as somewhat non-sequitur for a reason. Not many people in this thread have discussed their motivations for joining this fracas. But I've played in these trenches. I've seen things you wouldn't believe, man. I know who holds the perspective I'm criticizing. And some of them are here. Now, I'm as sad as you are that these younger whippersnappers are maybe missing out on having some 98.5% reagent grade knowledge dropped on they asses, but I'm just a man. I have an ATP reserve comparable to that of your average black man. Or white man. Or purple man. I'm here to enjoy myself. Sometimes that involves talking science. But it's hard work. It's difficult to spend time putting an argument together to have Scotty play the race card card and scamper away. It's exhausting trying to explain to Gabon what a peer-reviewed source is, much less to get him to post one. Sometimes its more fun to feed into their paranoia that I just think everyone in the world is a racist. I won't be able to change their mind anyway. I think you know that sometimes taking the high road feels frustrating. Ineffective. Pointless. But you have to ask yourself: are you having fun? You can spend hours of your life explaining the minutiae of the work you love, and then have to stare at the ceiling before you sleep wondering whether addressing these racists legitimizes them. Whether it is really going to make a difference to them. Whether letting them know they kept you up for two minutes one night will just encourage them. I'll let you decide where you draw your line. But if you want to criticize my methods and motivations, then I'll, well, let you have cake.

Like I hinted at above, you and I are very likely in agreement on this.


As long as my cake comes loaded with ATP, I'm happy.

As far as the High Road Crusade goes, it seems to be the best choice. By analogy, if I took your approach with economics, I'd turn into an 70-year-old white man calling these clowns a bunch of idiots for buying into the political hype and the well-intended nonsense of disastrous socialist policies. But, would that approach be better? Maybe. I'll consider it.
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