Looks like the APA is going to be my favorite whipping-boy for a bit.

I was bored the other day on social media... yes, a lot of stupidity starts that way but not the kind of epic stories that start with "There I was , no shit" or "I was drunk when...", and some SJW type started trying to round up people to tar and smear Excalibre games. Here is the Excalibre Games' statement he was referring to:

And here was what he was writing about it:

If it were just some rando drive by and not a smear attack on a company, it would  not be worth arguing over due to predictable Kafkatraps, and so forth, but it was amusing to see what he posted in support. Take a careful look at his original quote and his reply to me.

Eventually, in reply to me, to prove that there is absolutley no way there could be any difference based on genetics, etc., he posted a statement from the APA.

Yes, I know, the same APA that thinks masculinity is toxic. The golden quote from his source though, is this:

The task force agrees that large differences do exist between the average IQ scores of blacks and whites, and that these differences cannot be attributed to biases in test construction.

Yes, we have a moron who posted a direct contradiction to his position that there was no "science" backing the "racist" position that there was an overall large-population differences in average IQ, to show that "science" believes the causes are... I dunno?

Oh, and even after being blocked people were replying about how I shouldn't be posting racist "alt right" shit", which I only know because MeWe still sends you notifications though I couldn't see the post anymore due to being predictably blocked.

But then what do you expect of a job-killing SJW?

So let's disassemble this statement.

In response to the controversy surrounding The Bell Curve, the American Psychological Association's Board of Scientific Affairs established a task force to write a consensus statement on the state of intelligence research which could be used by all sides as a basis for discussion. The full text of the report is available at a third-party website.


The findings of the task force state that IQ scores do have high predictive validity for individual (but not necessarily population) differences in school achievement. They confirm the predictive validity of IQ for adult occupational status, even when variables such as education and family background have been statistically controlled. They agree that individual (again, not necessarily population) differences in intelligence are substantially influenced by genetics.

Hold that thought about individual vs genetics....

They state there is little evidence to show that childhood diet influences intelligence except in cases of severe malnutrition.

So you can kill IQ (as well as beat it out of someone with sufficient head trauma). Not mentioned - that if not malnourished, abused, etc., such factors seem mostly irrelevant.

They agree that there are no significant differences between the average IQ scores of males and females.

True enough, but fails to mention that while the median/mean are roughly the same, the distribution appears to vary, and so more male idiots as well as geniuses.

The task force agrees that large differences do exist between the average IQ scores of blacks and whites, and that these differences cannot be attributed to biases in test construction.

Well, so a difference does exist, and even an organization that by intellectual predilection, and as we shall see, their own statement, wishes it were otherwise, admits that it is indeed repeatably verified science.

While they admit there is no empirical evidence supporting it, the APA task force suggests that explanations based on social status and cultural differences may be possible.

Guys, first-rate weasel words. "We have no evidence but it is theoretically possible"

Regarding genetic causes, they noted that there is not much direct evidence on this point, but what little there is fails to support the genetic hypothesis.

Notice the shift. From empirical to direct - because as is noted below, there's a LOT of empirical, if not direct evidence, that genetics are a factor, and given that companies like 23 and Me make their entire living off of the ability to track genetic traits and how they cluster in different population groups, the concept that IQ is somehow partly genetic but only on an individual level is preposterous.

The APA journal that published the statement, American Psychologist, subsequently published eleven critical responses in January 1997, most arguing that the report failed to examine adequately the evidence for partly-genetic explanations.

Doesn't surprise me

The report was published in 1995 and thus does not include a decade of recent research.

Which looking at the last decade or so as listed at both wikipedia and infogalactic doesn't show any replicable studies that disprove the existence of IQ, or cast significant doubt on there being a genetic basis for a large chunk of it.