The only idea that ever supported the notion that races could be 'cognitively equal' were the tabula rasa/blank slate theories. These theories have been conclusively debunked by genome-wide association studies establishing that human intelligence is highly heritable. There is little to no chance that discrete human races have 'equal' cognitive capability.
The only idea that ever supported the notion that races could be 'cognitively equal' were the tabula rasa/blank slate theories. These theories have been conclusively debunked in recent years by genome-wide association studies establishing that human intelligence is highly heritable. There is little chance that discrete human races have equal cognitive abilities.
It is widely agreed that intelligence, at the very least, is partially biological, i.e. inherited and genetically determined. Given human biological diversity, it stands to reason that just as humans vary in physical characteristics by ethnic group or race, so too do we mental characteristics, including intelligence. That is not to say one is superior to another, just different.
The problem with trying to use 'race' as a means of predicting intelligence is that there are no pure races on this planet and few that are even semi-pure or identifiable genetically. Worse, the definition of intelligence itself is ambiguous and actually derived and measured based on culture rather than a quantifiable and reproducible quantity.
Intelligence has nothing to do with race!!! All races have made incredible and INTELLIGENT accomplishments. Jane Bolin was the first African American women to gradate from Yale. Rabindranath Tagore was the first Asian to win a Nobel prize. The first people to fly were the wright brothers who were Caucasian. All races have intelligent accomplishments that are equal to each other.
I feel that race has nothing to do with intelligence. However, I do feel that certain societies or cultures place more emphasis on learning, which can lead some people to excel more than others. As an example, people often stereotype Asians as being scholarly. This isn't tied in to their race, but is more tied in to a culture that believes hard work is very important. But I don't think anything is hard wired with a person's race.
I do not believe intelligence can be partially determined by race. I think assuming this is a possibility only fuels poor race relations and can lead to racism. Each race as a wide variety of IQ levels in their population and no one race is smarter or dumber than the others.
Intelligence knows no racial boundaries. Math was arguably invented by the Asians. Peanut butter was created by an African (American) and the first men to fly were Caucasian. Defining intelligence based on race is impossible. There have been cases of Indians with no formal math training that have created whole new facets to mathematics. Native Americans developed complex wind resistance reduction methods for their hunting weapons. The list can go on.