The Transhumanist Solution to Biological Disparities Between Human Populations (*cough*races*cough*)

So, there has been a small subset of intelligent antiracist progressives who are willing to countenance the possibility that meaningful, insuperable biological gaps between human populations are responsible for socioeconomic disparities. However, many of them turn immediately to the future fruits of transhumanism as a sort of ‘way out’ of addressing the problem in the present.

This transhumanist suggestion was recently forwarded to me by Robert Smith, who wrote an excellent article on Amren.

Here, at 17:21, I outline my doubts about transumanism, such as brain implants and genetic engineering, as a viable solution to gaps between populations in trait frequencies – and, therefore, neuroanatomy.

The whole video is worth watching, although you can only see one side of the conversation.

In any case, this was my response to Robert Smith regarding the transhumanist ‘way out’:

Firstly, to use transhumanism would require that we abandon the culturist hypothesis in the first place.

Otherwise – and this is how I think transhumanism will happen – it will be mostly through piecemeal and available mostly to the rich.

“To he who has, it shall be given…”

Regarding genetic engineering, again, we would have to concede that HBD is true.

Secondly, what if these genes for cognitive/behavioral traits happened to express themselves also through phenotype? I’m sure lots of “light skin” and “smart” genes simply /happen/ to coexist, but I am worried that they might also affect phenotype.

For either transhumanism or genetic engineering, it would require vast amounts of money as well as the an end to this antiracism era. It would be such a massive public project – perhaps requiring a degree of coordination that might outstrip the ability of a democratic society – that it would perhaps amount to the ushering in of a radically ‘brave’ new world.

Lastly, the ‘random mutation’ component of Darwin’s theory of evolution exists much in the same way that intellectual diversity is heralded as such a vital driver for innovation, and for adapting for unforeseeable challenges and existential risks – if all humanity is engineered to be the same, or to fit into a handful of human-designed types, then it might send us up a blind alley such that we lose the ability to adapt. That said, however, it is conceivable, in my mind, that if this new, genetically-engineered ‘universal’ human is of a sufficient intellectual, adaptive capacity, then perhaps they would be able to intellectually adapt to unforeseeable twists on the horizon.

All this said, I’m down for any solution. I just think we gotta put the fire out first.

My shtick is agnosticism on the issue. Let the cup be half full and half empty at the same time. Give people sovereignty over their faculties of inductive logic (including racial biases which, I should remind you, persist in all of us, almost as a consensus, regardless of our race or political orientaions). At the same time, however, we should work together to cultivate a magnanimous skepticism toward any purported ultimate verdicts regarding apparent correlations between cognition/behavior and racial groupings. Treat people equally under the law, and give all equal claims to human rights. I am against fascism, don’t want Jim Crow or Nazism, or ethnic cleansing. In my heart there are only two races: those who believe in it and those who don’t.


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