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[6]: ESR is a libertomoron
by JeffS on Wed 25th Mar 2009 16:46 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: ESR is a libertomoron"
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What adjustments? And how were they applied?

Also, to make the theory, or data or stats, valid, it has to tested in different ways.

For instance, the IQ thing is saying African Americans score lower on IQ tests than say, Whites.

But does it take into account comparing IQ tests of Whites living in middle class or afluent neighborhoods as opposed to whites living in lower class areas?

It would be reasonable to suspect that the whites living in the lower class areas will score lower than the ones in the higheer class areas, due to different social, economic, and educational nurturing, conditions.

Same goes with African Americans. I would not be a bit surprised that blacks living in higher class areas score higher than blacks living in lower class areas.

There are many, many, other scenarios to take into account.

I also think that IQ tests have as much to do with how much an individual knows (accumulated knowledge), as with actual intelligence. Social context has huge influence as well.

Of course, that could all be BS, and perhaps these so called "scientists", or whoever these people are that are coming up with these stats, have taken all of that into account.

Thus, I think it's ridiculous to jump on these "studies" and start thinking that they show that certain ethnicities are inherently more or less intelligent than other ethnicities. I think doing so demonstrates a very subtle form of racism. I also think doing so is completely useless, because it can only lead to offending people or discriminating people. It can also lead to "tags" being put on people, and stunting their potential.

So you're best off dropping it. So is ESR.

Sorry for the thread hijack. ;-)

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