I have wanted to write about this for a long time. Today I got an golden opportunity because of this picture.
I want to adopt a practical perspective here and by that LKY had made the biggest mistake of running Singapore with this one. So many of our problems today is the result of that attitude and the policies which came from it.
You cannot prove the Bell Curve is right or wrong. The scientists after so many years are divided among themselves. More important, work life is not doing IQ tests. Even what is IQ is up for vigorous and inconclusive debate. We also know the highest IQs have not produced another Einstein for decades. What do you want? Creative genius or high IQs? May be EQ is preferable. All the sorting we have put our children through in IQ-related tests, aren't we barking up the wrong tree?
If we were discussing theories from a hard science, say Physics we could until the 20th century get to the bottom of things - today the Higgs boson can only be confirmed with an incredibly high degree of probability.
It seems that in our time, we have become less cocksure, so let's just get on with being agnostic and practical. Intelligence is not like running long distance races which the black Africans clearly have an edge. What with each word in this debate is debated this is worse than Economics.
LKY never consider that his stance on IQ will eventually lead to the demise of the PAP in government? This is one issue he truly thought and acted totally with prejudice. He has laden his successors with the burden of undoing the damage and dealing with the liability of his legacy.
Here is a good BBC program on race and intelligence the family watched sometime back.
And this is a new clip I hope to find time for. I read the Bell Curve by Charles Murray long ago. Unimpressed, I had also lost my copy of the book. Without rock solid evidence, I chose to stick with my religious and moral convictions. Twenty years later, there is actually more light but still there is far more heat.
And a very good and short one on race and intelligence hosted by Morgan Freeman. How appropriately it began with dogs. I still remember LKY comparing people to sheep dogs. LKY had analyzed the issue in a way any scientist would squirm. He is a good lawyer but a hopeless scientist.
Perhaps I should also add a clip on the Flynn effect for good measure and balance. Well when I find one that I like. But this is already included in the first clip by the BBC.
And now from the good Dr. James Flynn, which I have his book but not yet the time to devour. For practical people and not the scientists and politicians with prejudiced agendas, the Flynn effect makes the Bell Curve academic and for practical purpose stupid isn't it? Why would I care about the damn Curve if IQs are rapidly raised across the generations. I have a new worry! How to make sure the old can keep up with the young! The issues have completely changed. So LKY one of the smartest fellows around was in this case stupid and completely stubborn as a mule. We must be guided by faith and use that as our light to keep pursuing the path especially when the temporary truth war against our sense of morality. LKY should have stayed agnostic for life on a subject like intelligence.