X-Message-Number: 21889
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 16:38:06 EDT
Subject: the tallest midget

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Mark Plus mentioned Jared Diamond, a Pulitzer Prize winner. Diamond may have 
some things right, but he is also hilariously politically correct.

In his book Guns, Germs, and Steel he (a) practically froths at the mouth 
over "racists" who dare suggest a possible innate difference in average 
intelligence between races, yet (b) offers the opinion that New Guineans are 
genetically smarter than Caucasians!

It's of no importance, of course, whether races differ in genetics related to 
intelligence or by how much or in what ways. There are lots of people both 

smarter and dumber than me in all races, and the individual's problem is to make
the best of his own situation. From the perspective of the to-be-thawed, it 
doesn't matter who is the tallest midget; if we make it past the singularity, 
we will all be giants.

Robert Ettinger


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