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    Exclamation Racial Anthropology: : The Censorship of Science

    I'm sure I'm not the only Skadi member who was introduced to physical anthropology at this forum. I am quite interested in the sciences, and I was very surprised that there was such a large field I had never heard of. I never understood why physical anthropology seemed to have been 'banished' to forums on the internet, being as it is a legitimate scientific field.

    I soon realized why, science is being censored. Hundreds of years of work done by hundreds of scientists is being destroyed. Why? Because certain works go against the agenda of the political correctness movement. The media, large corporations and even governments are attacking science.
    [Please note, that anthropology is only one of many things being censored]

    This is not the first time in history such a thing has happened. As many of you may recall from grade school, during the Dark Ages the Church (compare to modern day government) was very oppressive and resided over every occurrence of the lands. As the name suggests, the Dark Ages were not a time of scientific advancement.

    During this time, many scientists risked their own lives and those of their families to disprove the 'official' doctrines endorsed by the Church (compare to modern day pseudo-scientific lies), which were proven by their own scientific findings to be dead wrong (compare to the censored sciences.)
    [Note that the modern day government is obviously not as powerful as the church, yet]



    German astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus


    Worked in secrecy, fearing criticism and punishment from the Church, developing the theory that the solar system was heliocentric, in contradiction to the Church's official stance that it was not. His works were published shortly after his death and started a chain reaction (although a slow moving one) of scientists publishing works which contradicted the Church.



    Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei


    Further expanded on the ideas of Copernicus and other astronomers. Publishing his works in the very heart of Italy, he met with the Church head on. He was forced to recant his theories or face punishment of death and excommunication. He complied, to avoid such a fate, and continued his work in secrecy until his death.



    It was not until nearly 200 years after the work of these two, and many other brave men, that the "chain reaction" started to speed up. Moving us out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution.

    "History will always repeat itself"


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    Now, moving onto the main subject of this thread, here are numerous examples of the scientific field of anthropology being censored by the aforementioned sources.


    "I have no question, given what we know about human genetics, that the tall person and the short person are significantly more different than the black man and the white man of a similar height," answers Dr. Sylvia Spengler, a geneticist at U.C. Berkeley.

    Sylvia Spengler is part of the human genome project, ... [s]he represents the viewpoint of most geneticists today: that "race" has no real meaning in science.

    "Race is something we do to each other; it has nothing to do with what our DNA does to us."


    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...race_part1.dtl
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It goes on to say that only six genes effect skin color, and we all came from Africans, so no races exist.


    ''There's no genetic basis for any kind of rigid ethnic or racial classification at all,'' said Bryan Sykes, the Oxford geneticist and author of ''The Seven Daughters of Eve.''

    ''Genetics research is now about to end our long misadventure with the idea of race,'' Steve Olson writes in his new book, ''Mapping Human History.''

    On the other hand, genetic markers associated with Africans can turn up in people who look entirely white. Indians and Pakistanis may have dark skin, but genetic markers show that they are Caucasians.

    Genetics increasingly shows that racial and ethnic distinctions are real -- but often fuzzy and greatly exaggerated. Genetics will increasingly show that most humans are mongrels, and it will make a mockery of racism.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/11/op...l?pagewanted=2
    New York Times (an opinion article, but still)

    Basically says the same as the first one, we are all mixed genetically similar and of ancient African descent so we are all the same!


    Race as a Social Construct: The Impact on Education

    http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal...accno=EJ864825
    Education Resources Information Center, a government website


    RACE: The Power of a Illusion.

    As the race concept evolved, it justified extermination of Native Americans, exclusion of Asian immigrants, and taking of Mexican lands. Racial practices were institutionalized within government, laws, and society.

    Human subspecies don't exist.
    Despite surface differences, we are among the most similar of all species.

    Race is not biological but racism is still real.
    Race is still a powerful social idea that gives people different access to opportunities and resources. Our government and society have created advantages to being white. This affects everyone, whether we are aware of it or not.


    http://www.pbs.org/race/001_WhatIsRace/001_00-home.htm
    Public Broadcasting Service

    Surprisingly, they say [American] slavery and race were not connected.

    The part I 'reviewed' above is the introduction to a series of different things about the "Powerful Illusion"

    Feel free to read the garbage yourself here: http://www.pbs.org/race/000_About/002_04-background.htm

    I am very disapointed, I love watching the scientific things on PBS



    Last but not least, a few things from the "RACE" project by the American Anthropological Association (the project was in part funded by the National Science Foundation, a government organization)
    The program explains how human variation differs from race, when and why the idea of race was invented, and how race and racism affects everyday life. The program conveys three overall messages:

    •Race is a recent human invention
    •Race is about culture, not biology
    •Race and racism are embedded in institutions and everyday life.


    http://www.aaanet.org/resources/A-Pu...on-Program.cfm
    Anthropologist Nina Jablonski, Ph.D. theorizes that variations in human skin are adaptive traits that correlate closely to geography and the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, not race.

    "All skin colors, whether light or dark, are not due to race but to adaptation for life under the sun." -Alan Goodman, Biological Anthropologist

    http://www.understandingrace.org/humvar/skin_01.html
    These are only parts of the series which is the "RACE Project"

    This one is by far the most radical and anti-scientific one, endorsed by the government and created by an anthropology organization no less! It is full of vague and ambiguous terms, fallacies, and non sequitur reasoning. They even have a section aimed at children, so they can 'learn'!

    Like I said about the PBS one, there are many more parts to it than the ones I reviewed, check it out: http://www.understandingrace.org/home.html



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    Subject of thread:

    Why/how long is the censorship of science in our modern time going to last?

    Who will be the brave souls that are going to publish scientific works of the modern era, in spite of them being censored and banned on a large scale?

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    Science and Cult

    There has always been a confrontation between Science and Cult (based on pseudo-science and myth). Always has been, always will be. The most famous is the Church's stand against the findings of a nascent Astronomy. Followed by the bans on human vivesection in the medical fields. The current battles lie in the fields of Anthropology and Evolution. Such that whole sectors of the populous adhere to a literal interpretation of Scripture as their main understanding of proto-history (Genetic Anthropology is the work of the Devil).

    Remember, I ain't no Ape, never was descended from a Ape, I and my forbears was created just as we are from the begining of time directly descended from Adam and Eve through the survivors of the Great Flood via God's grace of the Ark; etc., etc., etc! ...

    Time will only tell who shall prevail...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wittwer View Post
    Time will only tell who shall prevail...
    But it certainly won't be us if we just wait around for someone else to do something for us.

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    Who cares what they teach the public? That's why I believe in elitism we should teach our own children and community better.

    Anyway I want to write these guys and tell them I am convinced! They must be right race isn't real. Now can they please get read of hiring quotas, affirmative action, the NAACP, the anti-defamation league, Israel, Native American privileges, and so on.

    Essentially when it comes to whites being racist race isn't real. When it comes to non-whites being racist then race is a fact of life. And of course the stated "fact" is that society is ultimately biased in favor of whites (what society do they live in because I really would like to live there!).

    "Race isn't real!" in the next breath "we need to protect minorities!". How can you protect something that isn't real?

    Anyway lots of books have been published, mostly by Jews. The primary one is the Bell Curve. The same authors of the Bell Curve also wrote a lot of great other books. Then there's David Dukes books. It's out there it just isn't on public TV and in public schools of course.

    I would say the first step though would be for white racialists to act more respectful, professional, and to be more successful instead of wanting to live in the Ozarks and grow tomatoes they should be gaining the highest education possible (because education is power plain and simple) and networking with the most powerful and richest people possible (which means not living in the middle of nowhere) and so on and so forth.

    Once a person has wealth and power then they can affect and change society. 1 single well educated (and not only through college but even self educated- a well informed person)- 1 single well informed billionaire who is competent has more power than 1 million average people put together.

    But money alone can't buy this competence it comes from aquiring skill, learning the ins and outs of life, knowing how the system works, being a sleek and smooth knowing how to use the resources you have and so on.

    The power comes from constant self improvement and a constant struggle towards wealth/power.

    Otherwise sit back and be a victim or just ignore it but I don't see how anyone can expect to remain powerless yet at the same time expect the system to change.

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    This is the same stuff I have been reading in a lot of Marxist/Liberal books like Obama's book and ones written by others. I have summarized the message. It sounds more absurd when it is boiled down and summarized, but this is the exact same message that progressives have come up with recently:

    Essentially all people are the same, there are no real differences between races even though we can physically see a different appearance among races, this is simply a surface “skin deep” trait that comes from regional variations. All the failures of underperforming races comes from racism. All the success of over performing races comes from racism. Their success or failure does not originate from within them. Because all people have the same potential- human differences are thus a result of society! We need to help those who under perform because it is not their fault- it is the rich people's fault! Whites make black people fail and rich people cause poor people to fail! No one fails because of their own inability or bad choices, but rather because of the bad choices of those who do better. We are all guilty of this. We need to learn to feel sorry for those below us and do more to help them. Likewise even though some groups like Jews and East Asians out perform whites we will focus our blame on whites- whites have special privileges in society that makes them do better than black people! Whites should feel guilty for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genius View Post
    Who cares what they teach the public? That's why I believe in elitism we should teach our own children and community better.
    We should very much care at the moment, the media and government schools are basically the only source for telling people what they should think these days. And yes, we must be the ones who teach more and have a bigger influence over our kids and community, but trying to find a solution by ignoring the problem will not work.

    Anyway lots of books have been published, mostly by Jews. The primary one is the Bell Curve. The same authors of the Bell Curve also wrote a lot of great other books. Then there's David Dukes books. It's out there it just isn't on public TV and in public schools of course.
    Like I mentioned above, no one is going to be able to learn about them if they don't know about them! The media also plays a big role in the ciriticsm of those works, which also drives people away from such information.

    I would say the first step though would be for white racialists to act more respectful, professional, and to be more successful instead of wanting to live in the Ozarks and grow tomatoes they should be gaining the highest education possible (because education is power plain and simple) and networking with the most powerful and richest people possible (which means not living in the middle of nowhere) and so on and so forth.

    Once a person has wealth and power then they can affect and change society. 1 single well educated (and not only through college but even self educated- a well informed person)- 1 single well informed billionaire who is competent has more power than 1 million average people put together.

    But money alone can't buy this competence it comes from aquiring skill, learning the ins and outs of life, knowing how the system works, being a sleek and smooth knowing how to use the resources you have and so on.
    I agree with you here, it is not you or me who is making anti-Germanic legislation, nor is it the homeless black or illegal Mexican, it is the rich politicians, and it is the 'educated' media who fools the public into supporting the legislation.

    We can also look back at history for another lesson, our nations did not become great because simply willed them to, they became great because we made them greater than the surrounding ones, whether that be by force, trade, or something else. We can look at British colonialism, they became the strongest empire in the world, and even the successors of some of their colonies became successful (USA, Canada, Australia for example) because they rose up and defeated those who stood in their way (the natives living on the colonized land, mainly.) Separating ourselves and saying "we can do better" isn't going to work, since the other nations/organizations/societies will become better than us.

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    Archaeological artifacts alone can't pinpoint an ethnic culture

    Attempts to equate archaeological cultures with ethnographic cultures are problematic from more than just a scientific standpoint.

    Martin argues that determinations of where and when Iroquoian groups entered the region have political implications that relate to such modern concerns as American Indian land claims.

    He writes that "archaeology's role in society is not purely academic." It can have immediate consequences for a variety of stakeholders.

    Archaeologists, therefore, have a responsibility to become more attuned to the social context in which we do our work.

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content...s&cat=&sid=101
    Columbus Dispatch

    If archaeologists are unable to determine culture based on artifacts, then all we know about ancient civilizations is incorrect, and it is impossible to do any further learning about them...


    Skadi thread on this article: Archaelogists Urged to Put Ethnic Sensitivity Before Truth


    Does Race Exist?
    A proponent's perspective
    by George W. Gill

    Slightly over half of all biological/physical anthropologists today believe in the traditional view that human races are biologically valid and real. Furthermore, they tend to see nothing wrong in defining and naming the different populations of Homo sapiens.

    Those who believe that the concept of race is valid do not discredit the notion of clines [gradient of change], however. Yet those with the clinal perspective who believe that races are not real do try to discredit the evidence of skeletal biology. Why this bias from the "race denial" faction? This bias seems to stem largely from socio-political motivation and not science at all. For the time being at least, the people in "race denial" are in "reality denial" as well. Their motivation (a positive one) is that they have come to believe that the race concept is socially dangerous. In other words, they have convinced themselves that race promotes racism. Therefore, they have pushed the politically correct agenda that human races are not biologically real, no matter what the evidence.

    Consequently, at the beginning of the 21st century, even as a majority of biological anthropologists favor the reality of the race perspective, not one introductory textbook of physical anthropology even presents that perspective as a possibility. In a case as flagrant as this, we are not dealing with science but rather with blatant, politically motivated censorship. But, you may ask, are the politically correct actually correct? Is there a relationship between thinking about race and racism?

    In my experience, minority students almost invariably have been the strongest supporters of a "racial perspective" on human variation in the classroom.

    The truth is, innocuous contemporary human-variation classes with their politically correct titles and course descriptions do not attract the attention of minorities or those other students who could most benefit. Furthermore, the politically correct "race denial" perspective in society as a whole suppresses dialogue, allowing ignorance to replace knowledge and suspicion to replace familiarity. This encourages ethnocentrism and racism more than it discourages it.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/first/gill.html
    PBS NOVA

    He says that most scientists who do not believe in race are those who work with blood types, since changes in blood types are more gradual than changes in physical characteristics.

    It is also good to see he is not afraid to state that it is political correctness which is destroying his scientific field.

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    Anthropology Group Tries to Soothe Tempers After Dropping the Word ‘Science’

    The American Anthropological Association had caused a stir by dropping the word “science” from its long-range plan, angering the evidence-based anthropologists who worry about their field’s growing too soft. All three mentions of the word “science” were excised, and two were replaced by the phrase “the public understanding of humankind.”

    There has been a longstanding cultural gap within the association between the evidence-based researchers, who include some social anthropologists, and those more interested in advocating for the rights of women or native peoples. The new long-range plan, approved last month, inflamed these differences.

    “We evolutionary anthropologists are outnumbered by the new cultural or social anthropologists, many but not all of whom are postmodern, which seems to translate into antiscience,” Dr. Marlowe said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/sc...logy.html?_r=1
    New York Times

    Disgusting how people's subjective opinions get to change an objective science. Yet this happens all the time, a dozen examples of it in this thread from well known organizations.

    At least this is causing quite a stir among the scientists.

    Skadi thread: American Anthropological Association Drops the Word 'Science'


    The great and terrible war that has now ended was a war made possible by the denial of the democratic principles of the dignity, equality and mutual respect of men, and by the propagation, in their place, through ignorance and prejudice, of the doctrine of the inequality of men and races.

    up again, after a lapse of fifteen years, a project which the International Institute for Intellectual Co-operation has wished to carry through but which it had to abandon in deference to the appeasement policy of the pre-war period. The race question had become one of the pivots of Nazi ideology and policy. Masaryk and Beneš took the initiative of calling for a conference to re-establish in the minds and consciences of men everywhere the truth about race... Nazi propaganda was able to continue its baleful work unopposed by the authority of an international organisation.

    The UNESCO also pointed out that science alone could convince humanity to let aside racial prejuidices which were deeply rooted in emotional factors:

    Knowledge of the truth does not always help change emotional attitudes that draw their real strength from the subconscious or from factors beside the real issue." But it could "however, prevent rationalizations of reprehensive acts or behaviour prompted by feelings that men will not easily avow openly.

    The UNESCO statement condemned any attempt, on both scientific and moral grounds, to relate intelligence to racial factors, stating that "At the moment, it is impossible to demonstrate that there exist between 'races' differences of intelligence and temperament other than those produced by cultural environment." It considered racism as a "particularly vicious and mean expression of the caste spirit," thus paying close attention to theories issued for example by eugenicist Georges Vacher de Lapouge (1854-1936), who equated race with social class.

    The Race Question asserted that...

    Concern for human dignity demands that all citizens be equal before the law... no matter what their physical or intellectual differences may be... The conscience of all mankind demand that this be true for all the peoples of the earth. It matters little, therefore, whether the diversity of men's gift be the result of biological or cultural factors.

    Not only scientific racist theories were thoroughly disqualified by modern research, but racist ideology in itself was adamantly criticized as contrary to the humanist foundations which had laid the groundworks for the creation of the United Nations at the June 1945 San Francisco Conference. The nature versus nurture debate was thus rejected as irrelevant to politicals or legal concerns.

    In 2005, Claude Lévi-Strauss, then 97 years old, declared at the 60th anniversary of the UNESCO :

    In the wake of the Second World War and the horror inspired by the racist doctrines that gave rise to the massacre of entire populations and concentration camps, it was only normal that UNESCO give top priority to the scientific critique and moral condemnation of the notion of race,

    While the director-general Koïchiro Matsuura recalled that since 1951 UNESCO had prepared several declarations on race, Claude Levi-Strauss praised the work of the UNESCO, stating in response to Matsuura:

    A task made all the more necessary by certain recent and worrying publications from biologists attempting to give new recognition to the notion of race – albeit with a different interpretation than in the past – but which nonetheless must be handled delicately.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Race_Question
    http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/001...2/128291eo.pdf
    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

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