BLACKS HOPELESSLY LESS SMARTER? TRY YOGA TO INCREASE INTELLIGENCE


Erle Frayne Argonza

The recent news about Watson, the American Nobel prize biologist, claiming that Blacks are less smarter than Whites due to genetic factors, comes as a real shock to me. I can’t believe that a 20th century post-war scientist would declare such highly destructive, bigoted contention.  

Not only that, Watson even pushed his racist theory beyond the limits by claiming that Blacks are hopeless, as genetics have doomed them to be mentally inferior to Whites. This accordingly explains why Blacks always end up with poorer aptitude and/or IQ points compared to Whites. Shocking! Really shocking!

Had Watson just dared to traverse outside of his own discipline (biology) and reviewed the latest studies in psychology and ‘new science’, he could have become better informed about the subject. And, hopefully, could have articulated his views with greater circumspection.

Among the studies done by psychologists in the past decades was the possibility of increasing intelligence through a variety of interventions. Some psychologists such as Jung and Maslow ventured into Eastern psychology, studied yoga and esoteric philosophy along the way. And many of their students, who are tops in both pure and applied psychology, have carried on the R&D in the field.

As a yogi myself, I was so surprised when, as a 20-year old boy at the University of the Philippines c. 1979, my first yoga lesson was to be taught right inside our classroom by a pioneer psychologist, Dr. Alfred Lagmay, rather than a long-haired Indian guru (I used to be long haired). Invited by his anthropologist wife, Dr. Leticia Lagmay, to her class, which was my formal class then, Dr. Alfredo agreed with gusto and taught us the basics of yoga breathing during one class session.

Dr. Lagmay originally had little fondness for Eastern psychology. Being among those trained by his American professors (first mentors and builders of the University of the Philippines) in the Philippines as well as in the USA (where he took his masters degree and doctorate), his exposure was in behaviorism,  experimental psychology, or in scientistic psychology. He then stumbled upon yoga in his studies, and then pursued it relentlessly. It was among his last passions as an actively engaged scientist.

Yoga, as far as the spiritual masters are concerned, is the chief science for increasing intelligence. And by intelligence I don’t mean ‘mental intelligence’ alone, but that of ‘multiple intelligences’. Being a yogi and mystic of long standing now, and already a spiritual guru in level of awareness, I can verily say, based on many accounts by practitioners, of the following intelligences improved by yoga meditation:

·         Emotional Intelligence: One becomes more emotionally stable, increases attitude for learning. Cures neurosis or affective disorder, including obsessive-compulsive disorder.

·         Social Intelligence: Improves ones capacity to harmonize with diverse peoples in diverse environments, stabilizes sociopathic (or psychopathic) tendencies and eradicates suicidal tendencies, and improves one’s chances for high leadership posts.

·         Mental Intelligence: Improves one’s IQ, capacity for analytical thought processes, linguistic ability, and makes one a better planner, tactician, and strategist. Stabilizes and cures manic-depressive disorder.

·         Intuitive Intelligence: Greatly improves ones creativity, thus transforming one from copycat artisan to original, high-creative artist. Also increase one’s extra-sensory powers.

·         Spiritual Intelligence: Greatly improves one’s wisdom, by improving one’s capacity to digest and absorb deeply esoteric and mystical lessons, and articulating the same before an enthused audience.

To claim that Black’s mental intelligence can never be altered is simply outrageous and fallacious. The contention reveals that Watson is now an old-fogey man, a ‘has been’ in the sciences given the new frontiers of research. He should better shut up a bit, as his words will be taken by White fascists who are up to clobber or kill every Black or Colored Man with whom they can effect a transference of their own sociopathic tendencies.

[Writ 03 June 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]

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