The last Open Thread went rather haywire quick (though it did end up being a very powerful thread), so I’m posting a new one now.
@blatnoi – Enjoy your forthcoming trip to Kazan! While it’s a city I’d like to visit, I am entirely occupied all of next week. But I’m always happy to meet up if you’re in Moscow.
@vinteuil – Enjoy your stay in Moscow! I would be happy to give recs on all sorts of places and activities, though I will need some more details about what you’re interested in.
More notable posts since the last Open Thread in case you missed any of them.
- There is a profile of Liu Cixin (The Three Body Problem) in The New Yorker. I am not reading it yet as I have yet to read his books, but perhaps others will find it interesting.
- Jonatan Pallesen: Taleb is wrong about IQ
- All the claims from the article that I looked at, that can be interpreted as something specific and tested in a real data set, turned out not to be correct. If Taleb hadn’t blocked everyone who disagrees with him, perhaps he would have found out about this, and not published a post with all these incorrect claims.
- Ben Aris: Russia’s National Projects: Economic Reboot or Mucky Bog?
- Russia will probably soon become a net exporter of meat
- *poll* FOM: 7% support for gay marriage in Russia in 2019, unchanged during the past few years
- *poll*: Ivo Daalder summarizes polls showing US support for interventionism has grown during the age of Trump
- Asia Times: Coalition of the willing builds in South China Sea
- *powerful thread* Duke of Qin on how a subversive mercantile race took over China in the 8th century.
- ZeroHedge: Trump Planning “Economy Crippling” Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 Purchase
- The mafia like letter the US sent Turkey
- *review* Andrew Batson: Three ways of looking at China and its history
- *study* Kirkegaard, Emil O. W. 2019. “First Names, Cognitive Ability and Social Status in Denmark.” The Mankind Quarterly 59 (4).
- We linked IQ-test scores from the Danish draft test (Børge Prien Prøven, BPP) to social status for a list of 265 relatively common names in Denmark (85% male). Intelligence at the level of first name was strongly related to social status, r = .64. Ten names in the dataset were non-western, Muslim names. These names averaged an IQ of 81 (range 76-87) compared with 98 for the western, mostly Danish ones. Nonwestern names were also lower in social status, with a mean SES score of 2.66 standard deviations below that of western names. Mediation analysis showed that 30% of this very large gap can be explained by the IQ gap.
- whyvert on the population crash in Japan during a cooling trend in 2500BP
- Kirkegaard: Bigger brains better, rat edition, also 1935 edition
- Ben Southwood: European coupling norms over 1,200 years: polygyny to monogamy to serial monogamy
- People have been alerting me to the presence on Twitter of a very powerful individual posting as Sailor Haumea.
- On overthrowing Iranian regime
- “Also, I’m an intersex bisexual Jewish woman living in the United States. The Iranian regime would murder me for several different reasons.”
- On Weimar Germany
- On bringing Western democracy to Russia
- “Much of leftist foreign policy is defined by white privilege.“
- On overthrowing Iranian regime
- *glowniggers* Henry Krinkie: FBI agent accidentally reveals own 8chan posts; attempts to redirect white supremacist rage against Russia
- Vassar’s “SPLC-in-Antiquity” blog does a hit piece on Unz Review contributor Guillaume Durocher.
- *Western Lysenkoism* Noah Carl responds to the latest Varsity hit piece against him.
- *comment* “S” compares Trump, Pompeo, and Kushner to their Roman equivalents.
- *comment* Hyperborean on growing support for Russian Holocaust Culpability Hypothesis.
- UK Home Office (complete with rainbow avatar): “The UK will resettle thousands more refugees starting from next year, and for years to come.” Home Secretary @sajidjavid has announced the details of the UK’s new refugee resettlement scheme that will start in 2020. #RefugeeWeek
- RT: Teen kicked out of class for claiming there are only ‘two genders’
- Not often you see a *literal* appeal to authority.