That really was the 'Arc de Triomphe'... the one from Bucharest. And the satnav thing was not surprising at all (for someone who lives in Eastern Europe). The irony is that a lot of car manufacturers sell their cars here with satnav as an option, but they don't always have the Romanian map. :lol:The 'James getting lost' thing I think lost something in the edit - if you didn't know the 'Arc de Triomphe' wasn't what it appeared to be, it was a bit of a stretch, and similarly the eastern Europe/ western Europe options on the Lamborghini satnav... but if you have to explain the joke, it isn't funny any more.
I totally agree with everything you said, but we would be slightly naive to believe that the only difference between the races is athletic / psysical, even if hard to prove otherwise. Bone density, as well as hormone levels and gestation periods among races vary.While physical factors are easy to measure, to scientifically prove or disprove the theory that race has an effect on intellectual skills would be extremely difficult because in order to do so you would have to remove the 'nature/nurture' issues arising from cultural and sociopolicial differences. In order to get a statistically valid sample size, many thousands of children of varying races would need to be raised in exactly the same way. Issues of ethics aside, it would be virtually impossible to do this.
Culture, however, is separate and is not a static thing, even without outside influence - something which is just about impossible nowadays what with television and the internet and whatnot - though a lot of people seem to think that it should be. Immigration is one factor in that change, but hardly the only one. Young people will always have differing ideas to their parents and grandparents, after all. I don't really think this is the ideal place to discuss this sort of thing, though. Shall we go back to looking at the pretty scenery and arguing about what we mean by 'scripted'?