All other things being equal – which they’re not, but if they were, then – the better-looking people would get their first choice of mates, and they’d probably choose the better-looking ones.
By ‘better-looking’ here I mean something we’re told is going on in the back of our heads. That is, our reptilian brains have been naturally selected for picking up on the correlation of between phenotype and genotype. And what correlation are they looking for? Probably viability of offspring.
Of course very early in our history human breeders of animals picked up on this. But they also had particular tasks in mind they wanted their animals to perform, and hence particular traits associated with those tasks. Not exactly rocket science, right?
Well, human beings are animals. So neither would it have been rocket science to figure out how to breed people for certain desirable traits. Why else would some women seeking artificial insemination inquire after the intelligence of the donor?
So didn’t the slave-owner likewise have particular traits in mind when he sent a pair of his stock to the breeding shed? If all you want is a strong back and a biddable disposition, breeding for intelligence is counter-indicated. So it should come as no surprise that in his latest book, Facing Reality, Charles Murray has been looking at some of the data suggesting that African Americans may be less intelligent than white and Asian Americans.
Certainly Jews select for intellect, not looks. What else could explain Woody Allen? Or me, for that matter?
Is this racist? Oh hell, go big or go home! So wuddya say? Shall we resurrect Nazi eugenics and reproductive Apartheid?
Some people say, let science do science, and let the chips fall where they may. Others say we should be looking at where those chips might fall before we do the science. I don’t think we can have it both, i.e. let science do science and then suppress the results we don’t like. Inconvenient truths leak as readily as convenient ones. So it really is an either-or. Tough call sometimes, isn’t it?