I disagree with any notions of superiority in terms of race. I think this is nonsensical, as for any given population to be successful it must adapt to the constraints of its environment. The notion that race concept is based purely on appearance also seems somewhat idealistic to me. The likelihood that biological differences separating 'races' are restricted to the skin and facial features only is ludicrous. If you view a human as a survival machine, it stands to reason that biological adaptation would include internal changes also, affecting processes such as cognition, etc. I also have to disagree with the chap who said that if you run a Google search you will find numerous 'black' inventions. He is falling into the trap of attributing value to inventiveness/creativity as though it is a universal currency. Let me put this to you: if a population lives in an environment where ingenuity and the mentality that fosters it actually threaten chances of survival, won't these traits rapidly die out? As with previous threads on racial differences, I think many of the arguments seemed to be skewed by what people want to believe, as opposed to what is factual. All scientific data is open to interpretation to some degree and individuals tend to see what supports their view of the world. This is true of all the different viewpoints. I find it interesting that 'non-racists' seem to enjoy the moral high-ground they perceive themselves to inhabit. One minute they will proclaim their intellectual superiority with pages and pages of superbly written prose, the next they will stoop to sarcasm, goading and cheap personal insults to support their argument. It's funny to note that once you hit a nerve in some people, no matter how intelligent, an entirely sensible discussion descends into a slanging match! To me it is no coincidence that 'racism' has become a dirty word since the WWII. The impact of the Nazi attitudes towards race has had repercussions to the effect that now, no one dare mention even glaringly obvious racial differences, to the extent that the cultures and unique beauty of entire peoples are just dismissed. Individuals in the modern western world have been raised to believe in racial homogeneity and automatically chastise anyone who dares to challenge this viewpoint. Insight has become demonised. Despite our claims to an enlightened age, it seems as though we have gone back to the witchhunts of the 17th century! So scared is society that endorsing the notion of racial differences will lead to a holocaust MKII at some point, that any racial and cultural differences are now just glossed over. It appears to be no coincidence that this is the case following the holocaust, when there are a great number of Jewish people in prominent positions in the western media. If any group of people suffered a great tragedy and had the means to report on it effectively, you would no doubt hear about it often. The implications of such a catastrophe may also change the way people see the world, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the situation. I have no criticisms of any race - as a consequence of environment and geographical differences their existence is entirely justifiable. In terms of their achievements, they have survived and that surely is the ultimate purpose of any living thing. What I do think is ill-judged and somewhat idealistic is the idea of a multi-cultural society - the idea that different groups of people will just throw away thousands of years of compounded biological and cultural development to have one big 'party of humankind'. Even though I have been raised to believe this to be a nice idea, reasoning suggests that it just won't happen unless the very differences that make a society multi-cultural in the first place are sacrificed.