Why No Modern Data on Australian Aborigines?

Why No Modern Data on Australian Aborigines? By Lance Welton.

Inaugurating her Politically Correct remake of National Geographic, Editrix-In-Chief Susan Goldberg wrote recently: “Some of what you find in our archives leaves you speechless, like a 1916 story about Australia. Underneath photos of two Aboriginal people, the caption reads: ‘South Australian Blackfellows: These savages rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings.’”…

When Cook and his men landed in Australia in 1770 and met the Aborigines they couldn’t believe what they were confronted with. They recorded that they were “savages,” “barbaric” and even “stupid”.” And this wasn’t just casual racism. They knew the people of Hawaii well and, though they regarded them as childlike, perceived them in much more positive terms.

The ancestors of Europeans and Asians split from the so-called “Eurasians” about 30,000 years ago. But the ancestors of the Aborigines split off about 75,000 years ago and made their way through Asia, where they inter-breed with the now extinct Denisovan Neanderthal-like sub-species, which also interbred with ancestors of Papua New Guineans.” …

Australia split from Papua New Guinea about 11,700 years ago. Aborigines were pretty much genetically isolated from then on, making them the most ancient population outside of Africa. Their closest genetic cousins are thus Papua New Guineans and Southeast Asians, though there is still a genetic chasm between them.

Despite the Aborigines sometimes being referred to as “blacks,” only Amerindians (“Native Americans”) are more genetically different from Africans than the Australian Aborigines.” …

But, consistent with the perception that the Aborigines weren’t very bright, we now know that at some point in their history they’d had sufficient ingenuity to be able to build relatively sturdy boats and make their way to the Torres Strait Islands, but by 1770, they had lost this knowledge. Indeed, the Australian archaeological record is replete with evidence of technological regression: some Aborigine tribes once farmed, some traded with Papua New Guineans, some tribes even “forgot” how to make the boomerang. …

Perhaps fluctuations in the arid climate meant fluctuations in average intelligence as tiny populations, with mutually incomprehensible languages, meant that mutations for intelligence just couldn’t spread.

British psychologist Richard Lynn, in his seminal study of race differences in IQ, Race and Intelligence: An Evolutionary Analysis, brings together all of the available studies on the intelligence of modern Aborigines. They have an average IQ of 64, compared to about 70 for Sub-Saharan Africans, 85 for African Americans and 100 for whites.

An IQ of below 70, in Western countries, has you classified as mentally retarded. So, the average 18-year-old Aborigine has the mental age of 11. …

They are evolved to “live fast and die young” — a so-called fast Life History strategy which is an adaptation to an unstable ecology. In such an unstable environment there was very little selection for cooperative groups and thus for agreeableness, impulse control and mental stability.

Thus while American Blacks are 12% of the US population and 38% of its prison population, Aborigines are 3% of the Australian population and, in 2009, 25% of its prison population. … The Aborigine suicide rate is 7 times the Australian national average. The life expectancy of male Aborigines in 69, ten years lower than that of other Australians. They have high rates of dementia — 12.4% compared to 2.4% among whites. …

Left in their own “Indigenous Protected Areas,” the living conditions of Australian Aborigines are extraordinarily poor, especially considering that, annually, $43,000 is spent on every Aborigine, compared to $21,000 dollars on everybody else. …

Aboriginal policy by Australian governments of the past few decades assumes that Aboriginal disadvantage stems only from environmental factors and racism. Eventually they will concede that it is also partly genetic. But until they do, this is yet another example of fantasy-land PC beliefs leading to ineffective and even counter-productive policy.

Meanwhile, there is no modern data relating to Aboriginal IQ. Strictly forbidden, by PC. The PC mob have driven the truth away to hide.

Evolution and natural selection did not magically stop for humans 50,000 years ago. The blank slate hypothesis — that all large groups of humans have the same statistical properties — is therefore wrong.