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The Watson Controversy

I find it interesting that a lot of people are pro-science until science tells them something that they don’t agree with or don’t want to hear–then they slam the scientist that said it. 

People are going to hate me for saying this, but I’ve never been very good at being politically correct. 

 By now, everyone has heard of the James Watson racial controversy.  (If you didn’t, google it, I don’t feel like doing a recap.)  Basically, he said that black people weren’t as intelligent as white people and it’s because they’re genetically different. 

While I admit that the way he said it wasn’t very tactful, and while I also admit that I don’t know how I feel about it–whether it’s true or not, it made me think about things.  When all of us evolved, we were in different areas of the world.  Asian people are usually much shorter than white people or black people, and they’re usually very intelligent.  They’re also very rarely fat, excluding sumo wrestlers, of course.  Black people are known to be better athletes than white people.  Jewish people stereotypically have big noses.   

My point is, all of these individual people groups were separated for years and years, and we all evolved differently.  Asians are short.  Black people are atheltic.  We all evolved different when it comes to physical aspects, like height, color, etc.  Doesn’t it also make sense that we would have evolved differently when it comes to intelligence?  Science doesn’t lie.  And it doesn’t always give you the results you’d like.  I feel awful saying that, but it’s the truth.  I can’t dance for shit, but I don’t know a single black person that CAN’T dance.  I can’t play sports to save my life, but the vast majority of black people that I know were very active in sports in high school, and they played sports well, they didn’t just sit on the bench.  We’re just all different.  In some areas, white people accel more, in others Asians and Indians excel more, and in some areas, black people accel more.  Doesn’t that make sense?  We’re different, even though we’re the same.  We evolved differently.  It makes sense to me, and I don’t think it has to be a bad or negative thing. 

I’m sick of people saying, “It’s not genetics, it’s because of the environment that they were raised in and the education that they received.”  I don’t buy that.  Someone’s house might be different, but all of the black people in my city had the same education as I did, and they grew up in the same city as I did, and the crappiest neighborhoods where I live still aren’t all that bad.  So, I’m not buying it.  I think it’s how much people apply themselves or push themselves.  Genetics or not, you can easily make yourself more intelligent, some people just have to work harder, study harder.  I think it’s all about how you apply yourself. 

I don’t think that the James Watson guy should be condemned because of something he said that can be scientifically supported.  This guy is obviously brilliant, he discovered DNA.  And like I said, he was most definitely not tactful when he made his remarks, but still–leave the guy alone.  Stop supporting science only when it tells you what you want to hear.  That’s dumb.  Facts don’t always make you happy.  That doesn’t mean you should ignore them. 

Okay.  I’m done now.  And I promise I’m not racist.

October 25, 2007 at 8:34 pm 3 comments

The Awesoming of my Vocabulary

awe·some [aw-suhm] 1. inspiring awe: an awesome sight. 2. showing or characterized by awe. 3. Slang. very impressive: That guy Barney is totally awesome.

Who in the pop culture heirarchy decided that “awesome” is such a, well, awesome word? I used to hate that word. I thought it was lame and old-fashioned and I would never say it. So now that I say it all the time, does that make me lame and old-fashioned? Since no one wants to be lame or old-fashioned, I’m going to say no.

Here’s how the word “awesome” sneaked its way into my vocabulary. I fully blame my addiction to television. I blame How I Met Your Mother. Legendary events on that show aren’t labeled “cool” or “neat,” they are awesome. One character, Barney Stinson, describes himself as awesome. “When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.”

I also blame the show Chuck. Not only do the characters on that show use the word “awesome,” one character is even named Captain Awesome. And it’s not lame! I don’t know how they did that, but damn if I don’t find Captain Awesome the antithesis of lame. He’s a doctor, he’s fun, he’s a cool guy. He declares things like group hugs awesome. I guess with the name Captain Awesome, he pretty much has to be awesome.

There are many other shows that use the word “awesome.” The Office (“So is the question ‘How’d I get to be so awesome?'”), Supernatural (“Awesome!” “Dean, could you be a bigger geek about this?”), Veronica Mars (“Honestly! I was awesome, right?”), and Gilmore Girls (“Oh, that’s awesome. It’s chocolate pie with Oreo cookie crust, and sometimes you can get Luke to put gummy worms in it, like worms in the mud, so, you can imagine.”) I could go on and on about the awesoming of television, but you get the picture.

Since these are all shows that I have or currently do watch, you can see how, bit by bit, the word “awesome” has slipped into my everyday vocabulary. If I took the time to actually count the number of times I say “awesome,” it would probably be a scary high number. But I don’t care, because the word awesome isn’t lame or old-fashioned. It’s awesome.

October 8, 2007 at 1:01 am 1 comment

Friday’s photo, one week late and on Saturday

I really suck at getting this thing posted on Friday, don’t I?dsc01154.JPG

October 6, 2007 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

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