Jason Richwine recently put up a rather good post over at Politico. Why can't we talk about IQ should really be titled Why cant we talk about certain things?
In my mind, the IQ debate is settled. Overwhelming scientific evidence validates the concept, as does personal experience. Only those who deliberately turn a blind eye to the data can assert that there isn't a genetic component. Environment does play a role, though you can't put in what God's left out. Still, I'm not a IQ Calvinist who believes in genetic predestination, there are ways to by-pass innate stupidity but that is for a different post.
What struck me about Richwine's piece was it's explicit, but confused, attack on The Cathedral.
At stake here, incidentally, is not just knowledge for the sake of knowledge, but also how science informs public policy. The U.S. education system, for example, is suffused with mental testing, yet few in the political classes understand cognitive ability research. Angry and repeated condemnations of the science will not help.
What scholars of mental ability know, but have never successfully gotten the media to understand[ED], is that a scientific consensus, based on an extensive and consistent literature, has long been reached on many of the questions that still seem controversial to journalists.