Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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RE[5]: ESR is a libertomoron
by Denbish on Wed 25th Mar 2009 15:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: ESR is a libertomoron"
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Especially the IQ thing. Only a racist would jump on IQ tests as proof of inferior intelligence of a discriminated minority, conveniently dismissing the influence economic and social conditions can have on said IQ scores.

Thus, ESR, while certainly not the blatent KKK type racist (by any means), appears to be more of a pseudo-intellectual, self describing non-racist, but really a
subtle racist.


Sigh...Human biodiversity scientists claim that, after adjusting for economic and other disparities, There is still an IQ difference between particular ethnic groups that is too large to be statistical noise. There are still debates about the validity of General IQ as a measurement, but it's largely political since it actually corresponds really well with success across any ethnic group. There are still debates about if the statistical difference is genetic (it may be an unaccounted-for demographic characteristic.) There are not debates that intelligence is largely heritable, it is. There is general agreement that "races" are a social construct, but that ethnic groups are genetically distinct is not controversial.

People smarter and more qualified than us to debate the topic have serious disagreements about the issue. But one thing that does suck is that studying the link between IQ and genetics is going to put you dangerously close to breaching a social taboo, perhaps the worst in Anglosphere culture, being accused of being a "secret racist." Unfortunately even many scientists haven't avoided the oversocialization that causes them to question even the motives of someone interested in these topics, which just means that anyone legitimately interested in the topic is not likely going to be willing to risk their reputation over it. "Free Inquiry" indeed.

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