For an example, I'll use two stereotypes: Asian and Polish people. Asian people are seen as very intelligent a lot of the time, and Polish people as very dumb, whether they are or not. Do Asians get better test scores and invent more technology because of their education-intensive environment, or because they are naturally more intelligent? Or are they equally as intelligent and society has divided them for some reason? Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Do you think that there are some races that are naturally more intelligent than others, or is it a result of environment when one culture seems smarter than another?
For an example, I`ll use two stereotypes: Asian and Polish people. Asian people are seen as very intelligent a lot of the time, and Polish people as very dumb, whether they are or not. Do Asians get better test scores and invent more technology because of their education-intensive environment, or because they are naturally more intelligent? Or are they equally as intelligent and society has divided them for some reason?


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17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 10/25/04 - 1:00:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
I cannot believe that this got approved. It's a good question, but it's not yes/no.

Anyway, I think it's environment. If your culture values education, you'll be more likely to be smart than someone in a culture that doesn't care.

17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 10/25/04 - 1:13:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
of course it got approved, its kikipeepers questions.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 10/25/04 - 1:24:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't feel that race has anything to do with being smarter..It's all about education, values and the environment you are surrounded by. Along with your dedication to a chosen subject or profession!
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 10/25/04 - 11:06:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with skalartha. If only the American culture embraced education as much as it does fast food, sports, and television, we'd be far more intelligent.
17 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/2/04 - 11:14:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
lol to be honest, chinese people always seem so DAMN SMART!

But I doubt race, enviroment, ect has anything to do with it

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/19/05 - 11:30:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Definitely nurture. I'm really just an average person with average abilities, and I HATE it when people look at me and judge me to be some genius just because I'm Asian.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/19/05 - 11:34:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nurture, of course. Every race has some natural differences, but each one could be as smart as the other. Like africa is always presented as "dumb" and it shocked and astounded archealogists when ruins were found near mozambique of a large and highly developed african empire.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 4/24/05 - 7:08:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that it is a little bit of both, mostly nurture, but, it has been shown that the things that make you intellegent(study habits and such) are passed on through genes.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 4/24/05 - 7:37:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Mostly environment; but some people are more genetically apt to be able to learn in a certain way.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 4/24/05 - 7:38:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I never knew that Polish people are considered dumb.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 4/24/05 - 8:13:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
I definitely believe it's environment.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 4/24/05 - 8:17:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Im not going to touch this one. I have my thoughts but race is one thing I dont comment on. It gets people too upset.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 6/2/05 - 9:00:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
they it a study a while back where they measured the intelligence of a bunch of caucasions taught chinese from birth and and a bunch of chinese taught english. the caucasions ended up having hire IQs, explained by the scientist by the fact the chinese language is more difficult to learn, and thus makes you smarter if you learn it.

so one point for nurture.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/8/05 - 5:45:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's all about environment. A black person can be just as smart as a white person. And it PISSES me off when a Black peer labels another Black peer "white" because he/she is more into education. Which is probably one of the MANY reasons why not that many African-American students do well in schools. It's because of peer pressure.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/8/05 - 5:52:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Brain structures don't vary between races; changes that significant wouldn't have been able to propogate throughout an entire "race" in the relatively little time humans have been in the groups that resulted in slightly differing physical appearances.

In other words, the latter.

16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/22/05 - 8:12:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
In a way, it could be about nature. I've talked to a few people in real-life about this, and if you take the Indians for example, they are an extremely intelligent race and they often excel in fields such as medicine.

And that has nothing to do with environment, I mean just look at Calcutta.

That's not saying that environment and education has nothing to do with it, it most certaintly does.




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