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In his latest VDARE column, John Derbyshire has written a glowing discussion of yours truly: John Derbyshire On JayMan—A Righteous Jamaican-American | VDARE.COM Well... more on that shortly. That is my thing. A couple of my tweets on the matter shoul
Thanks to certain recent events, I wanted to have you guys look at an excerpt from Judith Rich Harris's The Nurture Assumption. This is here to serve as a reminder to certain people (you know who you are, if not, don't worry): In Chapter 3 I recounted some stories of identical twins separated in infancy... Read More
My previous post – “Squid Ink” – has spawned a little discussion about the role of the "environment." However, I'd argue what all the discussion is about – what it is always ever about when people invoke "environment" – is changeability. This is what people really want to know about that, and they see heredity... Read More
It's been nearly three years since the JayMan has been chugging away on the innerwebs about all this heritable biological impact on human behavior and society. I thought I would leave a quick snapshot of my most time-honored posts here at JayMan's blog. Now this is only for its life on Wordpress. For about the... Read More
People who follow me know that I stress the three laws of behavioral genetics, starting with the all-important First Law, all human behavioral traits are heritable. OK, but that established, most people aren't necessarily interested in heritability per se; they want to know about changeability. Can the trait in question be changed? Sure, there are... Read More
Slate recently featured an article written by Roy F. Baumeister, Do You Really Have Free Will? In it, he claims that human do indeed have free will, something that regular readers will know that I have emphatically argued against. Baumeister doesn't make any supernatural appeals in this article; he does not appeal to some sort... Read More
Here is an excellent talk by Sam Harris on the non-existence of free will, as discussed in his book Free Will is an excellent summation of why free will does not exist, and why our perception of it is an illusion, as I've discussed before. There is one point of exception I'd take with his... Read More
ABC News recently aired a story about the drug Qnexa, which is a combination drug which seems to treat obesity (watch the story here). The results have been impressive, as can bee seen in the featured before and after photos. And yes, like almost all other diet drugs, it comes with side effects. The question,... Read More
Fresh stuff! New Blog Post #3! So in my last blog posts we learned about the role of heredity in determining behavior and the non-affect of parenting and the family environment on behavioral traits. But most of us feel we are in control of ourselves (I suppose except when it comes to the “scars” parents... Read More
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