PhilSci Archive

Should Cognitive Differences Research Be Forbidden?

Meisenberg, Gerhard (2019) Should Cognitive Differences Research Be Forbidden? [Preprint]

[img] Text
Forbidden science Jan 2019 preprint.docx

Download (68kB)

Abstract

Some authors have proposed that research on cognitive differences is too dangerous to be allowed to proceed unchecked. From a consequentialist perspective, this contribution investigates the usually unstated assumptions about harms and benefits behind these proposals, finding that knowledge about intelligence differences is not always more harmful than alternative false beliefs. The main conclusion is that the proper questions to ask are not about the nature of the research, but about whether prevailing value systems can turn truthful knowledge about the world into benign outcomes. These value systems are the proper focus of action. Therefore, the proposal to suppress knowledge about cognitive ability differences must be based on the argument that people in modern societies are unable to apply such knowledge in benign ways, either because of universal limitations of human nature or because of specific features of modern societies.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Meisenberg, Gerhardmeisenberggerhard@gmail.com
Keywords: Intelligence, consequentialism, values, epistocracy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Gerhard Meisenberg
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2019 17:08
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 17:08
Item ID: 15659
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 23 January 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15659

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item