Someone was quoted as saying that if you adopted an Australian Aborigine kid and raised him in England, he’d do just fine. This is a standard prediction, or maybe really an assumption, of most social scientists: people are the same everywhere. Let me put it more precisely: If you adopted a random draw of such kids just after birth, and then treated them in the same way that local native kids were treated, they’d end up with the same adult IQ, on average. And the same rate of alcoholism, and so forth. Same with any other racial group, the prediction says.
But is this actually true? The same people would say that one-day-old babies from different groups ought to act the same, and that’s certainly not true.
I would think that there was a lot of adoption of Australian Aborigines going on in Australia, back in the day. What were the results?