Charles Murray: "Deeper into
the Brain"Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve, is the Bradley Fellow
American Enterprise Institute. Here's an excerpt from an article
he wrote in the January 24, 2000 issue of National Review, titled
"Deeper into the Brain."
"[W]hen we know the complete genetic story, it will turn
the population below the poverty line in the United States has
configuration of the relevant genetic makeup that is significantly
different from the configuration of the population above the
line….As the biological basis for personal qualities statistically
associated with social problems--low IQ, impulsiveness, short
horizons, sociopathy, indolence--is understood, the old arguments
about causality (e.g., `It's poverty and disadvantage that create
the low IQ, not the other way around') will be resolved….
"I have no idea how the new eugenicism will play out,
only a general
"I confess to a certain optimism. I suppose that sex selection
expectation that eugenics, anathema today, will be a spinoff
neurogenetic revolution tomorrow….[S]hould we expect that
sapiens will take it into its collective head to redesign itself?
be common, and that some parents will, if they can, opt to make
babies more compassionate, or more competitive, or "more"
other personality trait that they favor. Some parents may want
grow seven-foot-tall basketball players….[But t]he popular
uses of gene manipulation are likely to be ones that avoid birth
defects and ones that lead to improved overall physical and
abilities. I find it hard to get upset about that prospect."