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Andrew Sullivan Shows His Spots

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I missed Sully's slanders in the run-up to the war in Iraq - I only started reading him during the 2004 election, so I didn't hate him like some bloggers do. I disagree with much of what he says, but he seemed like a rational person.

And then I read this. Apparently Sullivan is willing to entertain the idea that some races are genetically inferior. A little surprising that a gay man would be so quick to find bigotry attractive, but then Andrew does call himself a conservative.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 1:05 PM
  • thank you! i was so pissed seeing his name on the atlantic's cover....

    By Blogger JustMe, at 4:04 PM  
  • Not so fast...The problem with Sullivan is that he thinks an IQ test is an effective proxy for intelligence. There may in fact be statistical differences in IQ tests for Europeans vs. Africans and Asians, but that doesn't imply that they have different levels of intelligence. Psychometrics is very similar to phrenology. You can easily measure IQ, but the measurement doesn't really mean anything because the measurement only concerns abstract thinking (mathematical abilities) and vocabulary (which correlates with general education and experience). It cannot measure creativity, original thinking, athletic ability, emotional intelligence, aesthetic appreciation, and a host of other abilities that are just as valuable, if not more so, than mathematical and verbal abilities.

    By Blogger Marriah, at 8:28 PM  
  • And your point? The man should do some investigating before so eagerly embracing pseudo-intellectual justifications for racism. The fact that adopts such views on flimsy evidence indicates a real underlying predisposition, don't you think?

    By Blogger Arbitrista, at 7:59 AM  
  • There is not enough evidence here to indicate a "real underlying predisposition." I would rather give Sullivan the benefit of the doubt. Stupidity does not equal malice.

    By Blogger Marriah, at 9:55 AM  
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