What is race realism? What are its premises? What research is it founded on?

wildwiredweasel

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Loosely, I am aware of the concepts of race realism. I am also aware of what happens when you try to judge a philosophy according to loosely understood data. As I currently understand it, it seems to be a flawed understanding of reality.

The reason I think it is a flawed understsanding of reality is because of a particular study I'll link here. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1893020/ The part that makes me think race realism is a flawed understanding of reality is this part right here:

"For simplicity, only two populations (Europeans and sub-Saharan Africans) and 50 typical loci randomly chosen from the insertions data set are used. The distributions of pairwise genetic distances for within- and between-population pairs of individuals (Figure 1A) overlap considerably even for these geographically isolated populations. The dissimilarity fraction, equation M13 is 20%, indicating that between-population pairs are more similar than within-population pairs one-fifth of the time."

I could tell you what I thought accounted for differences among different people, but that's ultimately irrelevant to the defense or attack of the theory of race realism. What are the core concepts to race realism, and what are your thoughts on them?

Note: The reason I ask is because I've seen posts from members on this forum that allude to the idea. I don't know if it is central to the concept of alt furries, but from an external perspective, it seems to be so. I'm not asking any of this because I feel like fighting people, I'm asking this so people can answer these questions.
 

Jolt Squirrel

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Race Realism is the idea that there are innate biological differences within other human races - be it white, black, Asian, you name it. Think of human races like dog breeds and the human as a species.
For example, Sub-Saharan Africans have an average IQ of 70, Whites 100 and East Asians 105. On a surface, but the implications of such a thing run deeper than many will ever realize. Much of this is genetic and less so based on nurture or the environment - see the SAT results of white students vs black students.

https://isteve.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/2008-sat-scores-by-race-by-income.html

Is race realism inherently flawed viewpoint? Yes and no. There's a lot of theories floating around that are more flawed than race realism in viewing both people and the world, such as the blank slate or Nature vs Nurture.

Me, personally? I think race realism has answers to so many uncomfortable truths in the world that many are too scared to answer or take note of, lest their worldview crumble into pieces. I am not a hardcore believer of the subject matter and there's certainly more for me to learn.

If you want the best research on the topic of race realism, look for certain sites which are not biased into calling the researchers racist. I will give you some to get you started, and a few books worth reading:
http://www.unz.com/tcategory/raceethnicity/
https://www.amazon.com/Troublesome-Inheritance-Genes-Human-History/dp/1594204462
https://www.amazon.com/Why-Race-Matters-Michael-Levin/dp/0983891036
 
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For example, Sub-Saharan Africans have an average IQ of 70, Whites 100 and East Asians 105.
These are statistics that apply to large populations. We don't deal with populations. We deal with an individual African, White European, East Asian, that individual's capabilities, qualifications, and/or credentials.

When you come right down to it, there is only one legitimate minority, the minority of one: the individual. Take care of securing his rights, and everything else automatically falls into place. America has always fallen short of this ideal, and every time it does, it creates a toxic political environment. Every. Single. Time.