Is it normal to have nightmares about books that you have read???(To be honest, reading The Bell Curve required a lot of fortitude as I did not like the message of the “inferiority” of the poor, and minority races). The Bell Curve also reminds us that the lives of these people are miserable and we cannot do anything to help them because their problems are hereditary. Instead, the book argues that we shouldn’t help them and live with this inequality insouciantly.
I became interested in that book after I read an article by Steve Sailer (since I am not allowed to post it here as it promotes bigotry; the article is titled “Racial reality and the New Orleans nightmare”).
After reading *The Bell Curve *, which argues that many people are innately “defective,” I could only think about mass murder, genocide, and forced sterilization. Although Murray and Herrnstein do not endorse these policies (but they do not explicitly reject them), accepting the thesis of The Bell Curve it will inevitably lead to eugenics.
I fear The Bell Curve will bring out the worst in me and I might advocate cruel policies. I fear I might metamorphize into a compassionless person.
A symptom of this includes the fact that I recently requested *Eugenics: A Reassessment * by Richard Lynn from a library because I am interested in the procedures for modern eugenics and its ethical implications. To me, it is inevitable the germline genetic engineering and embryo selection will be used in making major reproductive decisions regarding controlling the genotype of the progeny. I would also read Race Differences in Intelligence: An Evolutionary Analysis (also by Lynn).
In Eugenics, Lynn argues embryo selection as a form of standard reproductive therapy would raise the average intelligence of the population by 15 IQ points in a single generation (p. 300). If couples produce a hundred embryos, he argues, the range in potential IQ would be around 15 points above and below the parents’ IQ. Lynn argues this gain could be repeated each generation, eventually stabilizing the population’s IQ at a theoretical maximum of around 200 after as little as six or seven generations.
I want to know the genetic rationalization for that… I would actually expect diminishing returns after the first generation.
Any comment about this modern manifestation of eugenics. If individual inequality is caused by heredity, maybe eugenics might be the only solution to rectify these inequalities. I do not know if one should embrace eugenics to create an egalitarian society (where everyone is equal).