In a day or two I will write a review of The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality. While you wait for that, in referring to a seminal work, Race et Intelligence, he writes, quoting Jacquard

determining intelligence with IQ is as ridiculous as confusing rectal temperature with health. The real problem is to understand why some people pose this question. Their true aim is to justify social inequalities by means of alleged natural inequalities.

Diop,Cheikh Anta. Civilization or Barbarism, pg65



About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

52 thoughts on “quotes

  1. Intelligent people think for themselves, that’s an easy one. You don’t need an IQ of 150 to do that. You need determination, self-confidence, and a healthy dose of questioning cynicism..

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  2. carmen says:

    I have found that those who introduce the topic of IQ really can’t wait for you to ask what theirs is. . . I’m with roughseas.

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  3. NeuroNotes says:

    A Canadian study published in the journal Neuron concluded that the IQ test is fundamentally flawed, finding that the questions posed in the test grossly oversimplify the abilities of the human brain.

    Basically, IQ tests simply measure how well Westerners might do in Western schools.

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  4. $Amen$ to that quote. Couldn’t agree more with this sentence: “Their true aim is to justify social inequalities by means of alleged natural inequalities.” This is a statement you’ll never hear uttered by a white supremacist.

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  5. IQ and intelligence seem to be terribly poor indicators of the impact we are capable of having on the world.

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  6. vequinox says:

    Reblogged this on Manolis.


  7. atheistsmeow says:

    I have met several with supposed high IQ’s & they seemed less intelligent than the average person when it came to common sense. Almost as if they think they are beyond the lowly common thinking, & the real way of things.


  8. There are indeed some people who are very intelligent and who don’t have much awareness of the world around them. However, there are people who are very intelligent and also are as adept with the physical world as they are with the world of the mind.

    I know I’m much smarter than others. IQ test can, though not always, quantify that. I know my husband is much smarter than me. To claim that there are no differences in intelligence seems rather silly and certainly not supported by evidence. There is indeed an “us” and “them”, albeit on a huge range.


  9. Nan says:

    Much more valuable than IQ is common sense.

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    • makagutu says:

      Which we think died, here is the obituary


      Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
      He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

      – Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
      – Why the early bird gets the worm;
      – Life isn’t always fair; and
      – Maybe it was my fault..

      Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

      Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

      It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

      Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

      Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

      Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

      Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

      He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:
      I Know My Rights
      I Want It Now
      Someone Else Is To Blame
      I’m A Victim
      Not many attended his funeral because
      so few realized he was gone..
      If you still remember him, pass this on.
      If not, join the majority and do nothing.

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      • atheistsmeow says:

        Adults were in charge of their children & had to keep them in line in public, or be ostracized.

        If a kid did something bad, other adults would get after them, & then they’d get it again, when their parents found out.


        • makagutu says:

          That age died with Common Sense 🙂

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          • atheistsmeow says:

            Which is why I’d never have kids if I was starting out now.

            I don’t think kids should be in charge of my life, dictate my spending, & make me go into debt so they can be “fashionable”.

            They don’t need personal phones, tv’s, stereos, computers, game consoles, etc., all in their own double-size bedroom, with their own bathroom.

            I still have the old idea that adults are in charge & the kids should be doing as their told.

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      • Nan says:

        Perhaps it if we pray hard and long enough, the Great Spirit of Resurrection (you know, the one who took over JC’s body) will raise CS to his former glory. Ya’ think?

        P.S. It’ll probably never happen because those nasty stepbrothers gained considerable control after CS’s demise. 😦


    • koppieop says:

      The difficulty of common sense Nan, is that it is not common. I like the way the Dutch say it: gezond verstand = healthy sense.-
      I don’t know what my IQ is and now, thanks to this thread, I’m less interested than ever to measure it. .-

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  10. carmen says:

    That’s a gem! 🙂


  11. atheistsmeow says:

    The last time I checked, my residence wasn’t in Utopia, not even in the lower class end of it…hahahaha………


  12. feels4ever says:

    It’s Interesting. .


  13. It’s definitely reality. Looking forward to your article!


    • makagutu says:

      Unfortunately, yours truly is a little busy at the moment and such a review may not be out soon. You could in the meantime, in your spare time, read a few offerings here from the same author.


  14. Real real me says:

    I agree with the quote. IQ tests know to be very confusing and the results can vary greatly from test to test.


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