I Wonder If Tom Friedman Will Be Writing about This?
Our information overlords make it mandatory that in all public discussions it is understood that there is no such thing as "intelligence"; that if there were, it wouldn't be important to success anyway; and if it were, then it certainly isn't genetic; so all we have to do is implement a "race to the top" and "leave no child behind" and we'll have all the smart people we could ever need. Do you think the People's Republic of China fears engaging in these thought crimes? From Steve Hsu:
Some of the world's fastest supercomputers are being set up in Hong Kong to address the age-old mystery of human intelligence. It will survey DNA samples from 1,000 child prodigies from China's best high schools, comparing them with samples from 1,000 children of average intelligence, searching for genetic variations.Ah yes, Nazi Germany, the gift that keeps on giving. Of course, China has its own murderous past, but of the opposite variety, when Mao forcibly starved tens of millions of his own people with his Great Leap Forward followed by his violent pogrom against modernism with his Cultural Revolution. So China feels no guilt pursuing a genetic understanding of intelligence. Indeed, China makes no apologies for its past whatsoever, as they currently showcase the now fully-discredited Mao as if he were George Washington (though come to think of it we proudly display Washington's image as if his vision of America were anything like what we have today).
...By the end of this month, 115 of the world's fastest sequencers ...will be able to sequence the equivalent of 1,000 human genomes a day, and soon surpass the entire sequencing output of the United States to become the world's largest sequencing centre.
The study by BGI, which receives strong financial backing from the Shenzhen and mainland governments, will be the largest-scale examination of its kind. Ethical and privacy concerns have hindered such work in America and Europe...Ever since Nazi Germany misused science to support its murderous racist and anti-Semitic theories, Western societies have been extremely sensitive about linking genetics to IQ.