The question: Is racisim a natural instinct? has been closed, I feel incorrectly.
The question was closed as unfalsifiable, and no justification for why the moderator considered it unfalsifiable was given.
I think it is an important point that if a moderator claims a questions not falsifiable, they should have to show why they consider that to be the case. It is incorrect for the burden of proof to be shifted to the person not making the claim.
As noted by user Onthax, Richard Dawkins makes a similar claim in The Selfish Gene, referenced on the Wikipedia page on racism, which touches on racism as an instinct:
Dawkins writes that racial prejudice, while not evolutionarily adaptive, "could be interpreted as an irrational generalization of a kin-selected tendency to identify with individuals physically resembling oneself, and to be nasty to individuals different in appearance".
The wikipedia page on Instinct states that:
Any behavior is instinctive if it is performed without being based upon prior experience, that is, in the absence of learning and is therefore an expression of innate biological factors"
It would seem possible then that the hostility of humans to other races with differing levels of environmental influence could be measured.
In addition to those observations, other ways to test the claim:
- Surveys against representative samples asking questions about why they may be racist
- Measuring and studying reactions to appropriate stimuli
- Compare differences of self-proclaimed racists with a control group
- Looking for any brain activity that may correspond with racism, in line with established practices for studying instinct.
It is my opinion that the claim is clearly falsifiable
More importantly, we allow questions even if the answer is "We don't know". An answer explaining why we don't know would be just a welcome as an answer showing support for or against the claim.
Again, in my opinion, this is an example of a question being closed without a good basis, which only hurts the site. The user who posted the question was a new user who has had their question closed without, IMO, sufficient justification.