Proximate and Ultimate Cause: a clarification

Someone emailed me to point out that I was misusing the terms “Proximate and Ultimate cause.” (As in: the proximate cause of disparities are differences in GMA; the ultimate cause is…) I’m not. I’m obviously using the terms in the philosophical, not psychological, sense.

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One Response to Proximate and Ultimate Cause: a clarification

  1. KG says:

    OT, but an interesting paper by an Australian student.

    ‘The Antidiscrimination Paradigm’

    “The antidiscrimination paradigm is, however, a truly ingenious means of propagating egalitarianism, nothing short of Machiavellian in its brazen ambition—an ambition its supporters openly admit. Despite the paradigm’s repugnancy, irrationality, and immorality, one cannot help but stand genuinely in awe of its ambitious nature and the success it has already achieved in placing certain anthropic concepts off-limits in polite discussion. After all, how can one ensure equal outcomes for different groups of people any better than by destroying the concepts that allow them to be differentiated in the first place? Whatever else the antidiscrimination paradigm demonstrates, it attests to the immense capacity to neuter the minds of large numbers of people with little more than belligerent moral intimidation. Whenever a person is too anxious to think about or mention an obvious difference between racial groups, lest he be called a racist or a bigot, the antidiscrimination paradigm is at work, crippling his conceptual faculty.”

    http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_13_04_4_oneill.pdf

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