Obsidian is criticizing me and I can’t figure out what he’s talking about. Could someone explain to me what he is criticizing me for so that I can respond?
In the interests of defending myself, I’ll be charitable and try to create a coherent argument against myself based on what Obsidian has written.
Here’s my guess as to what his argument is:
1) He thinks that HBDers believe that every characteristic of any given human being is 100% heritable.
2) I wrote a post about passing advice on to my progeny.
3) point 2) implies that I would be changing my progeny’s behavior, which contradicts point 1)
Therefore, I don’t really believe in HBD. QED
Is this his argument?
Assuming that it is, it easy to see why it’s retarded. Point 1) is an absurd caricature of the HBD position. HBDers (and biologists generally) believe that human actions and abilities are largely heritable. When "largely" is quantified, it’s usually put in the 60%-80% range. In other words, a given person’s abilities are 60%-80% determined by genetics. Personally, I think the 80% side of that range is probably correct, but there’s still a lot of room for a person to be affected at the margin by non-genetic factors.