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Rushton and Jensen’s Work has Parallels with Some Concepts of Race Awareness in Ancient Greece

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Ajman University, Ajman 8723, UAE
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United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain 8765, UAE
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Psych 2019, 1(1), 391-402; https://doi.org/10.3390/psych1010028
Received: 21 May 2019 / Revised: 12 June 2019 / Accepted: 14 June 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
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Abstract

Rushton and Jensen’s “Thirty Years of Research on Race Differences in Cognitive Ability” documents IQ differences in populations on the basis of race. The authors explain these data by arguing that cold winter conditions in Europe had greater pressure for the selection of higher intelligence. Critics of Rushton and Jensen, and of the very category of race, claim that race is a social construct that only came up in the 16th century, as a result of overseas voyages and the Atlantic slave trade. The goal of this article is to refute that particular claim, by documenting how, long before the 16th century, in classical antiquity race was already a meaningful concept, and how some Greek authors even developed ideas that bear some resemblance to Rushton and Jensen’s theory. The article documents how ancient Egyptians already had keen awareness of race differences amongst various populations. Likewise, the article documents passages from the Hippocratic and Aristotelian corpus, which attests that already in antiquity, there was a conception that climatic differences had an influence on intelligence, and that these differences eventually become enshrined in fixed biological traits. View Full-Text
Keywords: Rushton; Jensen; race; classical antiquity; Greece Rushton; Jensen; race; classical antiquity; Greece
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Andrade, G.; Campo Redondo, M. Rushton and Jensen’s Work has Parallels with Some Concepts of Race Awareness in Ancient Greece. Psych 2019, 1, 391-402.

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