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As I pointed out in VDARE in 2002, the greatest accomplishment by an American woman sculptor is Malvina Hoffman's spectacular Races of Mankind collection created for Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History Museum. Now you might think that in an age constantly on the look out for female talent of the past, this would be... Read More
From CBS Sports: Indeed. The USA women's team that lost 5-2 to adolescent Dallas boys then beat the Russian national women's team 4-0. By the way, let me repeat my suggestion that rather than try to keep alive a women's league based on cities, instead the national women's team should just barnstorm around America with... Read More
I finally went to see two popular animated movies at the $3 theater: Disney's big budget / big hit Zootopia and the medium budget / medium hit Angry Birds based on the Finnish smartphone game. Like a lot of mainstream movies these days, both are allegories about classic iSteve topics like biodiversity. Zootopia is a... Read More
Japanese sumo wrestling has perhaps the oldest dataset of professional sports statistics in the world, going back to 1761. (English thoroughbred racing pedigree tables are of similar antiquity -- I traced one Kentucky Derby entrant back to a progenitor who carried a cavalry officer in the Battle of Boyne in 1690.) Japan was perhaps the... Read More
Be honest: pygmies don't sound as though they actually exist. Homer Simpson could have added them to his observation, "Lisa, vampires are make-believe, like elves, gremlins, and Eskimos." But there are quite a few of them. From the New York Times: There are also populations around the Indian Ocean and southwestern Pacific that are pygmy... Read More
Back in 2002, I wrote in VDARE: America's most spectacular trove of human biodiversity depictions is badly abused today. One of the most impressive American female artists remains in obscurity, in an age which dredges up forgotten women artists as role models, because of her sins against racial correctness. Malvina Hoffman has been called "the... Read More
On GoTrackTownUSA, 3 time All-American female distance runner Alexi Pappas writes: ALEXI PAPPAS: WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID By Alexi Pappas / TrackTown USA EUGENE, Ore. – My family stood together in the small waiting room just outside the Oval Office, nervously smiling like a group of kids waiting their turn at the top of a... Read More
Back before 1992 Olympics, Runner's World executive editor Amby Burfoot published a cover story "White Men Can't Run" pointing out the West African / East African distinction between who wins Olympic sprints versus distances races. At that point, blacks of West African descent had made up all of the last 16 finalists in the Olympics... Read More
Track and Battlefield Everybody knows that the "gender gap" between men and women runners in the Olympics is narrowing. Everybody is wrong. by Steve Sailer and Dr. Stephen Seiler Published in National Review, December 31, 1997 Everybody knows that the "gender gap" in physical performance between male and female athletes is rapidly narrowing. Moreover, in... Read More
Last month, psychologist James Thompson hosted a scientific conference for researchers interested in IQ and human biodiversity topics at an undisclosed location in Europe. I advised him last year to keep arrangements non-public because a somewhat similar conference a decade-and-a-half ago was broken up by a mob of anti-science fanatics.I would have liked to have... Read More
From my book review in Taki's Magazine:
James Thompson of University College London recently wrote of J.P. Rushton, who died last week:(T.H. Huxley was known as "Darwin's bulldog.")Jensen and Rushton were able to draw together the main points of a complex argument and also r
For Americans planning on watching on tape delay, I won't give away who won the finals of the men's 100m dash on the London track, but I will note who didn't make it to the finals for the eighth consecutive Olympics, beginning with 1984: a non-black. That's 64 men in a row of primarily black... Read More
Over at West Hunter, Greg Cochran has been introducing a a fairly new and potentially important theory of the genetic origins of race differences in IQ.  It's less a theory of evolution than of devolution. The mechanism causing effective differences, he argues, is less selection for higher IQ due to differences in the environment (e.g., winter... Read More
At West Hunter, Gregory Cochran writes about the distinction between extremely deleterious genetic mutations that frequently kill people before they pass on their bad gene (e.g., Huntington's Disease) and mildly detrimental mutations that reduce Darwinian fitness in the range of 1 percent. Not surprisingly, the latter are more common because they can build up over... Read More
I frequently post excerpts from serious articles that sound as if I wrote them as parodies. But here's a terrific section from a New York Times article Australia's Changing View of the Dingo by James Gorman and Christine Kenneally that hits on about a half dozen or more iSteve golden oldie themes in a row.... Read More
Today's conventional wisdom that Science has proved that race does not exist (and all the more or less comic variants on that) seems to my recollection to have reached a crescendo in the single year, 2000, when there was a vast amount of hype over the Human Genome Project. For leaders of the vastly well-funded... Read More
Probably. Chuck at Occidentalist assembles a bunch of test reports, here and here. It's not as well-studied of a subject as it is in the U.S., so it's hard to make sense of all the data, but most point toward the white-black gap in the U.K. being well under a standard deviation.I haven't seen a good meta-analyses... Read More
Chuck at Occidentalist has been blogging up a storm lately of statistical analyses on various interesting questions. He vents:I'd get right on it, but I have to take a nap first. Seriously, there truly is a huge amount of data out there. Various longitudinal studies have been going on for decades that follow thousands of individuals... Read More
Gregory Cochran writes in 2012 Edge question series on "What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?"A huge amount of money has been devoted to searching for the genetic causes of slow-acting diseases because with the development of genome sequencing we have a very handy lamppost to search for our keys under. Looking for germs... Read More
Lefthanded people are interesting, in part because they don't make up a strong identity politics group and thus don't benefit from legal protection. There is no Lefthanders History Month of PBS documentaries on Lefthander Pride. This is despite a stringent period of anti-lefthanded bias in the early 20th Century. Ronald Reagan, for instance, was a... Read More
Over at GNXP Discover, Razib Khan asks about selection for height genes.I’m a little over 6’4?, and I find being tall pretty useless other than for seeing over other spectators at golf tournaments.  Personally, I think genes for height exist in part to fool other people into thinking you are from a wealthy family. We’re used... Read More
For the last couple of decades, there has been a popular theological concept that every living human being was 100% descended from modern humans who came Out of Africa about 50,000 years ago, so therefore there hasn't been enough time for evolution to cause any changes among people, so, therefore, Science Proves the complete genetic... Read More
From New Scientist:It is a very exciting discovery, says Isabelle De Groote at London's Natural History Museum. "Hominin material from southern Siberia is rare and usually extremely fragmentar
This Washington Post article illustrates that the widespread conceptual confusion over what race is can be bad for health care:Presumably, Patent Office staffers got a memo encouraging them to make sure that genetic tests work on minorities and aren't just being optimized for whites. But this upsets the Race Does Not Exist crowd.
hbd chick has made an interesting response to my review in The American Conservative of Francis Fukuyama's The Origins of Political Order. First, another excerpt from my review:Indeed, it is “not obvious,” but Fukuyama’s challenge is hardly unanswerable. In arranged-marr
Here's an article about HP's plan for next generation computing built around memristors (dreamed up by Amy Chua's dad 40 years ago). The problem with the current architecture:There are perhaps analogies here to the evolution of human intelligence. For millions of years, our predecessors' brains got larger, peaking with the Neanderthals. That suggests that bigger... Read More
I review the massive book on immigration discussed from the perspective of the human sciences in VDARE.com.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
From the Wall Street Journal:The strongest gene associations found to date involve the so-called Asian flush. Roughly 40% of people of East Asian descent carry one or two gene variations that rapidly convert alcohol into the chemical acetaldehyde, which causes nausea, rapid heart beat and a severe flush. It's a strong deterrent to drinking, much... Read More
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples goes looking for the places that produce the best NFL linemen: For West Coast programs that can afford the steep airfare, the best bet is to cast their nets even further west into the Pacific. Hawaii produced five NFL linemen, and tiny American Samoa (population: 67,190) produced six. Those who can't... Read More
Here's that big new science story I teased a couple of days ago. By Carl Zimmer in the New York Times:An international team of scientists has identified a previously shadowy human group known as the Denisovans as cousins to Neanderthals who lived in Asia from roughly 400,000 to 50,000 years ago and interbred with the... Read More
From VDARE, here's the opening of my speech last weekend to the H.L. Mencken Club in Baltimore, in which I try to do a quick summing up of my epistemological approach:I’m glad to be back addressing the H.L. Mencken Club.Richard Spencer has asked me to speak on the topic “Can HBD Trump PC?” So let... Read More
I'm glad to be back addressing the H.L. Mencken Club. Richard Spencer has asked me to speak on the topic “Can HBD Trump PC?” So let me begin by explaining what those acronyms mean. PC stands for “Political Correctness”. HBD is short for “Human Biodiversity”. In an intellectually healthy world, of course, the study of... Read More
Sometimes I get discouraged when I realize that I've been debunking dumb ideas for many years now, yet dumb ideas remains wildly popular. But think how Nicholas Wade, the genetics correspondent of the New York Times, must feel. He has the top soapbox in the world for educating the public, the New York Times, and he... Read More
Nick Wade writes in the NY Times: Tibetans live at altitudes of 13,000 feet, breathing air that has 40 percent less oxygen than is available at sea level, yet suffer very little mountain sickness. The reason, according to a team of biologists in China, is human evolution, in what may be the most recent and... Read More
Some of the tallest peoples in the world are also some of the most oppressed: the black Dinka and Nuer tribes of the South Sudan, who fought a long civil war against the brown Arab-speaking government in Khartoum. Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection driving racial differentiation appears to be at work here. From the... Read More
A woman who is a third year Harvard Law School student and in line for federal clerkships, is in trouble for sending out the following email (From "Harvard Law School 3L's Racist Email Goes National" on Above the Law: … I just hate leaving things where I feel I misstated my position.I absolutely do not... Read More
Carl Zimmer writes in the NYT in "The Search for Genes Leads to Unexpected Places:"I pointed out that in terms of genetic similarity, humanity and yeast weren't really all that different in a National Review article in 1999, "Chimps and Chumps," one of the earlier expressions of my constant theme of "genetic relativism:"Ms. [Natalie] Angier... Read More
From my new Taki's Magazine column:Due to Polish president Lech Kaczy?ski’s death in the tragic April 10 plane crash, his identical twin brother Jaros?aw, Poland’s brooding former prime minister, announced on April 26 that he is running to replace his more affable twin.This kind of heartwarming/unsettling vibe is common with stories about twins. In a... Read More
Identical and fraternal twins are particularly interesting for questions of nature and nurture. And, yet, one problem with writing about twins is that there really aren't that many famous identical twins to use as examples.I'm particularly interested in famous individuals who have an identical twin who isn't famous. For example, movie star Jon Heder has... Read More
From Yahoo News, a summary of a paper in Current Biology:Well, a lack of social anxiety is not the only characteristic of Williams syndrome. From Wikipedia:The most common symptoms of Williams syndrome are me
A friend comments:This is weirdly fascinating. The proposition that individuals can differ by innate mental ability and that races can differ by the average of such abilities:1) conflicts with no major Western religious tradition;2) conflicts with no major Western philosophical tradition;3) is consistent with everyday experience;4) is probably believed by the majority of ordinary people... Read More
Here's an excerpt from my new Taki's Magazine columnA widely-praised new book by David Shenk, The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong attempts to “debunk the long-standing notion of genetic ‘giftedness.’” Instead, it manages to unconsciously exemplify how political correctness paradoxically rationalizes the growing... Read More
Not being terribly interested in the Israel-Palestine conflict, I haven't paid much attention to the endless Alan Dershowitz-Norman Finkelstein controversy, in which OJ's old lawyer, secure in his Harvard tenure, pillories the pro-Palestinian Finkelstein from post to post.So, I'd never seen a picture of Norman Finkelstein, until I idly clicked on the review ("Is This... Read More
One issue for the Los Angeles Police Department is getting accurate racial identifications from witnesses. It's particularly hard for distant bystanders to distinguish some Latin Americans from Middle Easterners and West Asians. For example, here's a picture of the president of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom Caballeros.Joseph Wambaugh's LAPD novels going all the way back to The... Read More
From The Economist:The looming crisis in human genetics:Some awkward news aheadby Geoffrey MillerAuthor of SpentHuman geneticists have reached a private crisis of conscience, and it will become public knowledge in 2010. The crisis has depressing health implications and alarming political ones. In a nutshell: the new genetics will reveal much less than hoped about how... Read More
Slate has an article pooh-poohing old systems of trying to classify personalities by physical type and then worriedly reporting on new studies showing that maybe there is a correlation between say a heavy brow ridge and aggressiveness after all.What the article leaves out is how fully the arts have always participated in "facial profiling." It... Read More
Maureen Dowd's pal Natalie Angier writes in the New York Times:Skipping Spouse to Spouse Isn’t Just a Man’s GameIn the United States and much of the Western world, when a couple divorces, the average income of the woman and her dependent children often plunges by 20 percent or more, while that of her now unfettered... Read More
Like all of us, Newsweek's Sharon Begley isn't getting any younger. And she's not getting any happier either about that tenet of evolutionary psychology that asserts, in her scoffing words in the current issue of Newsweek:So, she spends 4300 words renewing her long-running attack on Evolutionary Psychology in:I don't think it's too unfair to claim... Read More
It's fairly obvious that when alcohol first hits a human population, whether Middle Easterners in the time of Noah and Lot or aboriginal populations in the New World, Pacific, and Australia in more recent times, it takes a terrible toll until gene frequencies and/or cultural traditions better suited for dealing with liquor emerge.On the other... Read More
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Steve Sailer is a journalist, movie critic for Taki's Magazine, VDARE.com columnist, and founder of the Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals.


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