Africa's Curse

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    Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa

    Low IQs are Africa's curse, says lecturer

    Researcher accused of promoting racist stereotype wins backing from LSE

    Denis Campbell
    Sunday November 5, 2006

    The London School of Economics is embroiled in a row over academic freedom after one of its lecturers published a paper alleging that African states were poor and suffered chronic ill-health because their populations were less intelligent than people in richer countries.

    Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist, is now accused of reviving the politics of eugenics by publishing the research which concludes that low IQ levels, rather than poverty and disease, are the reason why life expectancy is low and infant mortality high. His paper, published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, compares IQ scores with indicators of ill health in 126 countries and claims that nations at the top of the ill health league also have the lowest intelligence ratings.

    Paul Collins, a spokesman for War On Want, the international development charity, said the research 'runs the risk of resurrecting the racist stereotype that Africans are responsible for their own plight, and may reinforce prejudices that Africans are less intelligent'.

    The reaction to Kanazawa's paper will reopen the simmering debate about whether academics are entitled to express opinions that many people may find offensive.

    The Observer revealed last March that Frank Ellis, a lecturer in Russian and Slavonic studies at Leeds University, supported the Bell Curve theory, which holds that black people are less intelligent than whites.

    Kanazawa declined to comment on either War on Want or Atkinson's allegations about reviving eugenics because, he said, other academics had come up with the national IQ scores that underpinned his analysis of 126 countries. In the paper he cites Ethiopia's national IQ of 63, the world's lowest, and the fact that men and women are only expected to live until their mid-40s as an example of his finding that intelligence is the main determinant of someone's health.,,1939891,00.html
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  3. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

    Oh, that can't be, JB know as well as I do that every problem that the blacks have ever had throughout history has been the fault of the whites!!!

    Baron Max
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  5. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

    Maybe their IQ is lower due to poverty and ill health. Studies have found that mental stimulation is vitally important in the first years of life while the brain is developing.
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  7. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

    Yes, most of them suffer from PEM and kwashiorkor due to poor nutrition in the formative years.
  8. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

    If he can back it up with facts, why stand in his way? Isn't the truth more important than not offending people?
  9. John99 Banned Banned

    That is preposterous.
  10. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

    umm no it is not
  11. Roman Banned Banned

    So is food. And not getting your arm chopped off by this week's warlord.
  12. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

    So ...why don't the parent feed them more and better??

    Baron Max
  13. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

    Maybe if they had less children, the ones that they did have would have enough food and mental stimulation, huh?

    Baron Max
  14. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

    Infant mortality is the reason they have so many children. The problem with that, though, is that there is only so much food.

    The only proper solution is to let the population dwindle to match the food supply.
  15. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

    Yeah, but, oh, we can't have that now, can we?! No, we should dump billions of money out of airplanes over Africa every day, all day, for the rest of eternity.

    Baron Max
  16. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

    That's a paradox, since more children means more hands to work the farm, and more boys to support the elderly.
  17. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

    What farm? What elderly? Huh???

    Baron Max
  18. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

    That's what I thought, no conception of the reality of problems in Africa.
  19. Chatha big brown was screwed up Registered Senior Member

    The problem with Africa is very smple. First I should point out that there is a lot of false stereotype about Africa. Africa is not one country, and certainly not filled with Jungles and bushes. Many parts of Africa are adequately developed, and many more parts are relatively underdeveloped. Africa's probem is like any other depressed society; isolation. Things you won't easily find in Africa is freedom, education, morality, structure, investments, and interdependence, all synonyms of isolation. With time things will change and governments will rip from the benefits; Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa are stedfast in the progressive process in Africa. I personaly think they just need more education. Africa is not going to be macdonalds, burger king, walmart, and super modern meteropolitan cities, even I don't want it that way, its going to develope in its own time and fashion. Certainly, war is not helping. There are many brillirant African scientists, I personaly know some very brilliant and original thinkers. They also need to teach and learn in their own language, sort oflike the Japanese and Chinese. They need to revive their identity and develop confidence in themselves.
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  20. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

    I read "Chatha" and I thought you were just going to blame the whole thing on colonialism. Well done, or something....except you missed out the fact that south africa is a dump and it wasn't when apartheid was in effect.
  21. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

    It was for the blacks.
  22. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

    ....and it still is
  23. tablariddim forexU2 Valued Senior Member

    If blacks were genetically less intelligent than whites, then I guess the following people are just flukes?

    African American Scientists
    Benjamin Banneker
    (1731-1806) Born into a family of free blacks in Maryland, Banneker learned the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic from his grandmother and a Quaker schoolmaster. Later he taught himself advanced mathematics and astronomy. He is best known for publishing an almanac based on his astronomical calculations.
    Rebecca Cole
    (1846-1922) Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cole was the second black woman to graduate from medical school (1867). She joined Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first white woman physician, in New York and taught hygiene and childcare to families in poor neighborhoods.
    Edward Alexander Bouchet
    (1852-1918) Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Bouchet was the first African American to graduate (1874) from Yale College. In 1876, upon receiving his Ph.D. in physics from Yale, he became the first African American to earn a doctorate. Bouchet spent his career teaching college chemistry and physics.
    Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
    (1856-1931) Williams was born in Pennsylvania and attended medical school in Chicago, where he received his M.D. in 1883. He founded the Provident Hospital in Chicago in 1891, and he performed the first successful open heart surgery in 1893.
    George Washington Carver
    (1865?-1943) Born into slavery in Missouri, Carver later earned degrees from Iowa Agricultural College. The director of agricultural research at the Tuskegee Institute from 1896 until his death, Carver developed hundreds of applications for farm products important to the economy of the South, including the peanut, sweet potato, soybean, and pecan.
    Charles Henry Turner
    (1867-1923) A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Turner received a B.S. (1891) and M.S. (1892) from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. (1907) from the University of Chicago. A noted authority on the behavior of insects, he was the first researcher to prove that insects can hear.
    Ernest Everett Just
    (1883-1941) Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Just attended Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago, where he earned a Ph.D. in zoology in 1916. Just's work on cell biology took him to marine laboratories in the U.S. and Europe and led him to publish more than 50 papers.
    Archibald Alexander
    (1888-1958) Iowa-born Alexander attended Iowa State University and earned a civil engineering degree in 1912. While working for an engineering firm, he designed the Tidal Basin Bridge in Washington, D.C. Later he formed his own company, designing Whitehurst Freeway in Washington, D.C. and an airfield in Tuskegee, Alabama, among other projects.
    Roger Arliner Young
    (1889-1964) Ms. Young was born in Virginia and attended Howard University, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Ph.D. in zoology in 1940. Working with her mentor, Ernest E. Just, she published a number of important studies.
    Dr. Charles Richard Drew
    (1904-1950) Born in Washington, D.C., Drew earned advanced degrees in medicine and surgery from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in 1933 and from Columbia University in 1940. He is particularly noted for his research in blood plasma and for setting up the first blood bank.

    African American Inventors
    Thomas L. Jennings
    (1791-1859) A tailor in New York City, Jennings is credited with being the first African American to hold a U.S. patent. The patent, which was issued in 1821, was for a dry-cleaning process.
    Norbert Rillieux
    (1806-1894) Born the son of a French planter and a slave in New Orleans, Rillieux was educated in France. Returning to the U.S., he developed an evaporator for refining sugar, which he patented in 1846. Rillieux's evaporation technique is still used in the sugar industry and in the manufacture of soap and other products.
    Benjamin Bradley
    (1830?-?) A slave, Bradley was employed at a printing office and later at the Annapolis Naval Academy, where he helped set up scientific experiments. In the 1840s he developed a steam engine for a war ship. Unable to patent his work, he sold it and with the proceeds purchased his freedom.
    Elijah McCoy
    (1844-1929) The son of escaped slaves from Kentucky, McCoy was born in Canada and educated in Scotland. Settling in Detroit, Michigan, he invented a lubricator for steam engines (patented 1872) and established his own manufacturing company. During his lifetime he acquired 57 patents.
    Lewis Howard Latimer
    (1848-1929) Born in Chelsea, Mass., Latimer learned mechanical drawing while working for a Boston patent attorney. He later invented an electric lamp and a carbon filament for light bulbs (patented 1881, 1882). Latimer was the only African-American member of Thomas Edison's engineering laboratory.
    Granville T. Woods
    (1856-1910) Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio, and later settled in Cincinnati. Largely self-educated, he was awarded more than 60 patents. One of his most important inventions was a telegraph that allowed moving trains to communicate with other trains and train stations, thus improving railway efficiency and safety.
    Madame C.J. Walker
    (1867-1919) Widowed at 20, Louisiana-born Sarah Breedlove Walker supported herself and her daughter as a washerwoman. In the early 1900s she developed a hair care system and other beauty products. Her business, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, amassed a fortune, and she became a generous patron of many black charities.
    Garrett Augustus Morgan
    (1877-1963) Born in Kentucky, Morgan invented a gas mask (patented 1914) that was used to protect soldiers from chlorine fumes during World War I. Morgan also received a patent (1923) for a traffic signal that featured automated STOP and GO signs. Morgan's invention was later replaced by traffic lights.
    Frederick McKinley Jones
    (1892-1961) Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. An experienced mechanic, he invented a self-starting gas engine and a series of devices for movie projectors. More importantly, he invented the first automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks (1935). Jones was awarded more than 40 patents in the field of refrigeration.
    David Crosthwait, Jr.
    (1898-1976) Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Crosthwait earned a B.S. (1913) and M.S. (1920) from Purdue University. An expert on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, he designed the heating system for Radio City Music Hall in New York. During his lifetime he received some 40 U.S. patents relating to HVAC systems.

    I could also mention 2 of the world's greatest mathematicians Euclid and Fibonacci, both black and born and raised in Africa.

    Olusegun A. Adeyemi -

    Ilesanmi Adesida Computer Scientist(?) Physicist(?) at the Beckman Institute of University of Illinois

    George E. Alcorn - NASA physicist and inventor

    Stephon Alexander - young and very good

    Francis K. A. Allotey - received the Prince Philip Gold Medal Award for his Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy known as "Allotey Formalism"

    Oluseguna Adeyemi -

    Alexander Animalu - early Nigerian Ph.D.

    Rutherford H. Atkins -

    Aakhut E. Bak -

    Oliver Keith Baker - Hampton professor gets 2002 Bouchet awatd

    Clayton W. Bates -
    Valerie Bennett -

    Solomon Bililign -

    Edward Alexander Bouchet - first Black Ph.D. in Science (Physics, Yale University, 1876)

    Astronomer's and Astrophysicists:

    Stephon Haigh-Solom Alexander - young mathematical cosmologist

    Harvey Banks - first African American Ph.D. in Astronomy

    Gibor Basri - Berkeley Professor on brown dwarfs is the most published African American Astronomer.

    Jason Best - young astrophysicist

    Beth Brown - NASA Astronomer

    George Carruthers - principal inventor of the Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectrograph that accompanied the Apollo 16 mission

    Chantale Damas -

    Stanley Davis -

    Aaron S. Evans - extremely active researcher (astronomy) at SUNY Stony Brook

    Jarita Holbrook - Cultural astronomy: Contemporary and historical astronomical knowledge of Africa.

    Lewis Johnson -
    Robert B. Lee -

    Ronald Mallett -

    Jean Paul Mbelek - excellent research from Cameroons, living in France

    Walter S. McAfee - on first team to bounce signal of the moon

    Charles McGruder III - Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy at WKU

    Windsor Morgan

    Dara Norman - in Chile now

    .Hakeem M. Oluseyi -

    Ray O'Neal -

    Benjamin F. Peery -

    Arlie Petters - Duke University researcher on gravitational lensing and winner of the 2002 Blackwell-Tapia prize.

    Derek Pitts - Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Programs Director, Senior Scientist Franklin Institute Science Museum
    Mercedes Richards - Professor at the University of Virginia

    Carl A. Rouse - particle physicist turned astronomer

    Leonard Strachan, Jr. - astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

    Neil deGrasse Tyson - first rate astrophysics scholar - director of the Hayden Planetariun

    Arthur BC Walker - famed solar physicist and x-ray astronomer. Chaired the presidential commission that investigated the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster.

    Eric M. Wilcots -

    Barbara A. Williams first Black American female Ph.D in Astronomy

    Reva Williams - first Black American female Ph.D in Astrophysics

    Alphonse Sterling - Solar Astronomer with Marshall Space Flight Center

    Charles E. Woodward - astrophysicist

    Robert Bragg - developed methods of quantitative x-ray diffraction and small angle x-ray scattering

    Albert Bridgewater -

    Herman Branson - cheated out of a piece of the Nobel Prize?

    Charles S. Brown - Lucent Technologies Physicist also promotes development of Physics in Africa

    Warren Wesley Buck, III -

    Rooselvelt Calbert - NSF

    George Campbell - National Academy of Sciences, President of NACME & Cooper Union university
    Ernest Coleman -

    John W. Coleman -

    Edward Colón -

    Thierry d'Almeida -

    James Davenport - Chair of the Department of Physics at Virginia State University

    Peter J. Delfyett - in 2004, one of the 50 most important Blacks in Research science

    Darnell Diggs -

    Robert M. Dixon -

    Halson V. Eagleson - fourth AA Ph.D. in Physics

    Donald Edwards -

    G. O. S. Ekhaguere - Mathematical Physics in Nigeria

    Robert A. Ellis - early pioneer in plasma physics
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