Natural selection gives argument for race supremacy?


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Article reads: Cochran and Harpending suggest that Ashkenazi (Northern European) Jews were, quite literally, born to be bankers. Their existence in northern Europe for 1,200 years as an unassimilated subpopulation make them an interesting case study. Today, Ashkenazi Jews are measurably more intelligent on average that the overall human population, on the basis of IQ tests, Nobel prizes won, and representation in academia and among the upper echelons of the business and even entertainment worlds. As a tiny minority, their achievement is almost unbelievable.

Is this a racist view? I report, you decide.

Darwinian natural selection is now given as an explanation to explain everything. Natural selection explains selfishness, then it explains selflessness. It is said to explain nurturing other species, but it could just as easily explain not nurturing. It seems that natural selection can explain every behavior and its opposite, and this is why natural selection cannot be the explanation that it pretends to be.

Article reads: Darwinian natural selection now is applied to ideas, technologies, and economic systems rather than to the human genome.

Natural selection applies to ideas? Really! Perhaps only weak ideas that can back into obscure justifications for race supremacy.

A closer look at consciousness is needed, to avoid the misconceptions that come with the over prescription of natural selection. Feelings and awareness are stark, self-evident, and are not in need of scientific explanations that rationalize their existence. Explanations come nevertheless, even those that are uninvited, and that are pompous and grandiose expressions proclaiming an absolute authority like Darwinian selection. Trouble comes when the absolute authority is found enforcing itself by way of intellectual fascism and censorship; this is not expected from an authority that has found certainty. Something else is going on: a need came that was found self-serving, it sought control beyond itself but was discovered incomplete. It was a blind affection that fell for its own hubris, dully anticipated by Hegel`s “cunning of reason.”

Are we troubled by this confrontation? Schopenhauer was troubled, and he described the world as will: an aimless desire that serves to perpetuates itself. Nietzsche`s “will to power” is even more troubling, and pessimistic.

I am troubled too, but I feel there is room for optimism. The fact is that blind hubris is seen to be in error, as found in the above article. This provides an alternative interpretation to this emotion that has lost hold of its senses. From a non-dual perspective, the hubris is looking for itself. And its desire to find itself is so strong that it is willing to injure itself, except because it is blinded by blunderbuss desires it can`t know of this intent. This intent is hidden from its awareness, nevertheless, the blunderbuss hubris is a slave to its own desires and an intent that transcends them. Hubris is led into extinction. The pain that is found in the wake of this extinction gives birth to a new awareness: the rediscovery of a self that is closer to the authentic self, one that feels the injury coming from waywardness.

Some people fall for the belief that this evolution of ideas is consistent with evolution by natural selection. No, the blind watchmaker only plays the role of blind hubris. What I have described now is vitality-assisted evolution that offers foresight by feeling. I believe that`s how evolution unfolded from panpsychist constituents, more generally. I think it is a strong argument, and fits the evidence even better than the standard account of natural selection.

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