Share of human accomplishment by race: Graphed by Emil Kirkegaard, based on Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment data. gwern also made some graphs. Here is the same thing in absolute figures: Consequently: 1. Dark Ages were definitely a real thing (in Europe), recent attempts to revise this regardless. 2. The age of Asian predominance lasted from... Read More
History - discoveries, revolutions, innovations - has always been made by the select few: The extraordinarily intelligent, and the extraordinarily driven and curious. It is easy to proxy the former (IQ tests), but quantifying the latter is more difficult. My suggestion: Look at the demographic composition of the "out of left field" groups whose equivalents... Read More
Non-West European nationalists don't tend to like Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment (HA) database. For instance, as relates to Russia: Why is Marconi propped over Popov? Where is Lodygin? Where is Bulgakov!? Let's answer that very last question. It would certainly be very useful to see Murray's assessments of the most eminent Russians correlates with Russian... Read More
Who is really the greatest Russian? Okay, formally, the Levada survey that put Stalin in the lead asked about the "of all times and places." However, in practice - and this isn't just limited to Russia - most people interpret it as "who is your greatest countryman." In my opinion, to be considered "great," you... Read More
Alexander Dugin is continuously trouted out by the Western media as this gray cardinal of the Kremlin, who is the "brain", the favorite philosopher, and even the Rasputin behind Putin and no doubt soon behind Trump as well. The banal reality is that Dugin is, at least in relative terms, far better known in the... Read More
Commentator jimmyriddle finds statistics about the ethnic composition of scientific cadres in the Soviet Union in 1973 via Cassad (the original comes via the blogger Burkino Faso). Drawing on earlier statistical data, although on a more limited sample of different ethnicities, we have the following sets of correlations: 1926 Census, literacy amongst 50 years... Read More
Charles Murray has made the entire database compiled for his book Human Accomplishment freely available at the Open Science Framework. Here is the link: Incidentally, my concept of Apollo's Ascent was to a significant extent the result of my reaction to Human Accomplishment. (A brief reminder of the AA thesis: The rate and global distribution... Read More
According to Forbes, yes he is, for the third time in a row. A natural question would be - how on Earth do you actually quantify such things? Forbes relies on an index consisting of a political/demographic component (control over people), a financial component (wealth), prominence in various spheres (e.g. automative, space, financial, etc.), and... Read More
I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.
One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.
Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.