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    I got a bit carried away with congressional maneuvering over immigration issues last week, leaving myself no time for other topics in the news. Here's one of those topics: the assault on meritocracy. Now, the whole issue of meritocracy is problematic. It needs some serious thought and public discussion, but isn't getting much of either....
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    Yellow dogs are for homomania, diversity, PC, interracism, and anti-white narrative.

    Make yellows suffer in NY.

    Go Blasio.

    If yellows voted for Obama and Hillary, let them have PC and Diversity shoved up their butts.

    Generally speaking, East Asians do not at all sympathize with “homomania”. They actually took to the streets en masse in support of California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. However, Proposition 8, which won majority support among voters statewide, was overturned in the courts.

    “Democracy” does not matter if the courts can achieve a political objective of activist Jews.

    The Left’s political objectives must be achieved “by all means necessary,” including violence in the case of AntiFa. Most East Asians are completely clueless about the larger political struggle going on.

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  • From the New York Times: Ron Unz pointed out a number of years ago that Harvard et al's flat percentage of Asian students at a time when the number of Asians was soaring, as were Asian test scores, suggested discrimin
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    A 60% Mexican United States wouldn’t be America would it?
     
    People have been making this argument for a long time. I don't know about 60%, but great nations like America and China have a way of swallowing invaders after a couple of generations. If you had told the Founding Fathers in 1789 about all of the millions of Germans and Irish and Italians and Jews, etc. who were going to be coming, they might have said that America won't be America any more and yet it is still America. If they HADN'T come, America would be 50% black by now - not sure that would be an improvement.

    BTW, even if every last Mexican moved here I don't think you could get the US to 60% Mexican. The entire Hispanic population of the US is closer to 16% than to 60%. It might SEEM like 60% when you are in certain parts of LA, but overall it's not that many.

    “If you had told the Founding Fathers in 1789 about all of the millions of Germans and Irish and Italians and Jews, etc. who were going to be coming, they might have said that America won’t be America any more and yet it is still America.”

    America is still “America,” but it has undergone radical change: demographically, culturally, and institutionally.

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  • I have good memories of 1975. I got my first secure job, a Lectureship in Psychology at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, part of the University of London. It was a glorious summer, followed the next year by an even better and drier one, and I finally finished my PhD. Little did I realise that...
  • @obwandiyag
    Notice how the scientific racists always seem to magically find "statistics" (which aren't lies or damned lies or anything), to prove that they themselves belong to the cohort of the smartest of the smart. No bias there.

    Not true. White race-realists often note that East Asians have higher average IQs than whites.

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    Yes, that is a great tell (on all sides) for whether someone is engaging in motivated "reasoning."

    P.S. "all sides" is confusing. I mean all of these cases:
    1. someone asserts their race is "best" in something
    2. someone acknowledges their race is not "best" in something
    3. opponent assumes 1 (that would be obwandiyag here)
    4. opponent acknowledges when 2 happens (not holding my breath)
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  • From the Phoenix New Times: Arizona Legislator: 'There Aren't Enough White Kids to Go Around' in State Schools ANTONIA NOORI FARZAN | JUNE 13, 2018 | 11:33AM Update, June 14: After the publication of this story, Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines, and Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer released statements...
  • Want to guess whether Representative David Stringer is a reader?

    Sounds like Sapir–Whorf in action to me.

    Representative Stringer’s read enough isteve posts to have a phrase handy to describe a phenomenon in action.

    None of listeners understood the phrase or what he was even talking about, now he’s bearing the brunt of using linguistic phrase that they didn’t understand.

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  • From the New York Times: What happens after 8th grade that makes boys and girls more different? Puberty. The biggest male>female gap in math is in the small Montgomery Township, NJ. ... In the Montgomery Township district in New Jersey, for example, the median household income is $180,000 and the students are about 60 percent...
  • Steve Jobs’s home was at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, CA, not Cupertino. However, the property is in the Cupertino school district.

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  • I have good memories of 1975. I got my first secure job, a Lectureship in Psychology at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, part of the University of London. It was a glorious summer, followed the next year by an even better and drier one, and I finally finished my PhD. Little did I realise that...
  • @anon


    You can make a genius out of your child. People have.

     

    Most children can be made excellent basketball players if drilled relentlessly from birth - "basketball geniuses." That said, training being equal, a 6' player will have an advantage over a 5'9" player, and a population that averages 6' will have an advantage over a population that averages 5'9.

    Just because you can (or most people can) make a 'genius' of a 5'9 player doesn't mean that he's not at an intrinsic disadvantage - or that the population from which he's drawn isn't at an intrinsic disadvantage. And, it doesn't mean that genetic differences "don't exist" or constitute "scientific racism."

    The term “scientific racism” represents an effort to discredit science when it poses a threat to political imperatives. “Anti-racism” has thus been put above the truth.

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  • The argument from authority is of questionable merit. Yes, some people know far more than others, but how does one establish that? Happily, there are publication and citation metrics available to help us, and a reasonable case can be made that experts exist. That does not preclude the possibility that they are all wrong. One...
  • @Crimson2

    it seem funny that all the “bad” schools are in places where all the blacks and Hispanics are?
     
    Funny? No. It makes perfect sense that poor schools are in poor areas since property taxes are generally used to fund education.

    As for how much to spend the answer is: enough. I've seen disintegrating textbooks and crumbling buildings so don't pretend that too much is being spent. That's nonsense.

    Oakland and many inner-city school districts spend a lot per student. Bad management of supplies and infrastructure go hand in hand with bad students.

    Are bad people the result of a bad environment, or is a bad environment the result of bad people? Causation is possible in either direction. Plomin (e.g., his behavioral genetics textbook), Christainsen (Intelligence, 2013) and Rindermann (e.g., “Cognitive Capitalism”) have found that there may be two-way causality, but it is more the case that people shape the environment; they are not blank slates at birth.

    See Robert Weissberg on “Taj Mahal” schools in “Bad Students, Not Bad Schools.” See Hanushek on returns to school spending.

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  • Jim Flynn of Flynn Effect fame has been pointing out recently that in some places where rising IQ scores were best documented, such as Scandinavian countries with universal male conscription, his namesake phenomenon has seemed to go in reverse in recent years. Now, from PNAS: Flynn effect and its reversal are both environmentally caused Bernt...
  • If the authors of the study are correct, the impact is not likely to be on g. If Woodley and others are correct, negative Flynn effects ARE on g.

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  • @Mishra
    Well TD, when you're right, you're right.

    https://cangeo-media-library.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/images/web_articles/happinessrankchart.png

    Ranking of Happiness 2014-2016 (Part 1). (Chart: Helliwell, J., Layard, R., & Sachs, J. (2017). World Happiness Report 2017, New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network.)

    Steve has touted the relative homogeneity and religiosity of Poland, but it does not score so well in the chart shown. Homogeneous Japan does not score well either.

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    Well, Phil, you may want to ask yourself if you can trust a chart that shows Guatemala and El Salvador, two places that we accept refugees from because of their shithole nation status, have a higher happiness index than Japan, a clean, thriving First World nation in anyone's estimation.
    , @bomag
    The difference seems to be in self reported levels of happiness.

    The self-effacing don't score as high here, but they build countries that score better in the other categories.
    , @Mishra
    Japan's ranking is ridiculous, although if you note its performance on all the metrics (aside from 'residual') it does fairly well--as it should. Just look at the graphic instead of the ranking.
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  • A giant article in The Atlantic compiles every imaginable cliche about why Baltimore being the way it is is Your Fault. In The Atlantic, the problems of inner city blacks are always due to "segregation;" the implied solution is always for the government to subsidize sending them to to remote white suburbs and towns, coincidentally...
  • @Kurlos
    “except in the case of a few specific ailments, such as nondiabetic kidney disease, scientists have largely failed to identify genetic differences that might explain racial health disparities. The major underlying causes, many scientists now believe, are social and environmental forces that affect African Americans more than most other groups.”



    Does steve have a collection of medical conditions with racial differences that are genetically based?

    http://thescienceexplorer.com/brain-and-body/genetic-ancestry-partially-explains-racial-sleep-differences

    Neil Risch at UC-San Francisco is a specialist on the matter and can give you more references.

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  • I recently was asked to speak at an online conference entitled Deep Truth: Encountering Deep State Lies. My panel addressed Understanding Zionism: Deconstructing the Power Paradigm and my own topic was How Jewish Power Sustains the Israel Narrative. Working on my presentation, I was forced to confront the evolution of my own views on both...
  • “If they wished, the 60% of USA non-Jewish billionaires could use their larger power to crush or restrict Jewish power … but they do not do so

    The reason is that the highest billionaire class, has come to see Jewish mafias as their core tool to achieve all their other objectives. ”

    The above excerpt and the other attached comments in no way show that Jewish mafias are a tool for non-Jews. It is more the case that non-Jewish billionaires do not view Jewish mafias as an existential threat. Therefore, they do very little to counteract what the Jews are doing.These non-Jews are sadly mistaken.

    Much of the other commentary makes dubious claims about the impact of Jewish upbringing on Jewish psychology. One of main research findings of the last 25 years, but one that is not trumpeted in the Jewish-led media, is that, by adulthood, parenting and other aspects of the social environment have very little influence on intelligence or personality.

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    "One of main research findings of the last 25 years ..... is that, by adulthood, parenting and other aspects of the social environment have very little influence on intelligence or personality."

    You can back this up? Citations?

    Plus, you've introduced a semantic minefield: "intelligence or personality" are not character or ethics. [Are you suggesting that Israeli victimhood and chosenness indoctrination of their youth (at home and at school) has no effect?]
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  • Having just returned from a trip to Russia, I am pleased to report that the Russian people and the officialdom that I encountered displayed none of the vitriol towards Americans that I half expected as a response to the vilifying of Moscow and all its works that pervades the U.S. media and Establishment. To be...
  • @Patricus
    I never meet Jew haters in my personal life but there sure are a lot on this site. How does less than 2% of the US population utterly dominate the nation? Is each Jew 50 times stronger than every gentile. I meet many Jews but can't recall a single super Jew. Maybe they are clever deceivers? The great majority are middle earners. There are some rich and some poor. Jews dominate Hollywood and certain occupations but they are underrepresented as engineers and architects. So what. They tend to be urban dwellers where salaries are higher but standards of living are often lower. Those in my neighborhood are very well assimilated. They put elaborate Christmas lights on their houses. It is not a rich neighborhood.

    Jewish history does not support the idea of a super race. They only entered middle classes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and only in the western world. Before that they were not allowed to attend universities or even own land in many cases. Their earlier history was wretched and included slavery and persecutions for thousands of years. Don't waste much time fearing Jews.

    Very naive. Organized Jewry controls not only Hollywood, but major newspapers and television networks. More than half the Ivy League provosts and presidents are Jewish. Jews are responsible for more than half of the money donated to the Democratic Party and a good amount of the money for the Republican Party (e.g., Sheldon Adelson’s influence on Trump). They have well-placed operatives in the intelligence agencies and other Deep State organs. Whole wars are fought at the behest of Organized Jewry.

    It is not a waste of time to be extremely concerned about Jewish influence, not only in the US, but also in Europe. The influence is hugely disproportionate to the number of Jews in those countries.

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  • From the New York Times: This is not to say that it couldn't all blow up. But 19 months after Trump's election,
  • phil says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Presidents can screw up the economy. Judging from what you read in the papers, Trump ought to be screwing up the economy. Just like you would assume that poor Jeff Bezos is being persecuted into penury.

    But the bottom line says the opposite.

    “Presidents can screw up the economy.”

    Bush and Clinton–in the name of diversity, both engaged in the evisceration of traditional down payment requirements for housing loans

    Reagan–Plaza Accord, 1985–misguided effort to promote monetary stimulus to hold down the value of the US dollar vs the yen; stock market bubble popped in 1987–bigger percent fall than in 1929

    Jimmy Carter–appointed G. William Miller to head the Fed–resulting in excessive monetary expansion and higher inflation on top of adverse oil shocks

    Richard Nixon–wage and price controls beginning on August 15, 1971–widespread shortages

    Otherwise, the state of the macroeconomy is largely a matter of monetary policy. Presidents get the credit or the blame for the state of the business cycle. Monetary conditions are currently quite benign. The MSM can carp about Trump–they will find reasons every day–but the expansion continues as it has pretty much for all of this decade. Economists generally oppose tariffs, but tariffs generally do not cause recessions.

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  • In the 1977 NBA finals, a mostly white team of Portland Trailblazers defeated a mostly black Philadelphia 76ers variety assortment of would-be superstars (a surprisingly ineffectual Dr J, a disastrous George McGinnis, Darryl Dawkins, World B. Free, etc). Back then, whites (Bill Walton, Bobby Jones, and Don Buse) were a majority of the All NBA...
  • Phil says:
    @Paleo Liberal
    One of my favorite end-of-career stunts was pulled by Tim McCarver with the Phillies in 1980.

    McCarver started his career in 1959, and originally wanted to retire after the 1980 season. By that point he was basically Steve "Lefty" Carlton's catcher and spokesman (Lefty NEVER talked with reporters. His catchers did the talking for him), while Bob Boone (Aaron Boone's father) caught the other pitchers.

    The Phillies needed a new home broadcaster for Channel 17 in Philadelphia. They made a deal that McCarver would go to the broadcasting booth, and would be brought up in the expanded roster in September.

    He played a few games that year, rather unspectacular, except for one at bat.

    One day I was watching a game, and McCarver left the broadcast booth to suit up. This was in the middle of a tight pennant race, which the Phils won by one game (they took their first WS that fall).

    Late in the game, McCarver pinch hit with men on base. He hit a 2 RBI double, winning the game for the Phils. It was his only hit of 1980, and the last of his career.

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=mccarti01

    Perhaps the second-greatest baseball achievement by an announcer (Dizzy Dean once pitched and won a game for the Browns when he was their announcer. He injured himself stealing third and was taken out of the game at his wife's demand.)

    McCarver wanted to play one game in 1990 as a publicity stunt, but the baseball commissioner vetoed it, saying it would hurt the integrity of the game. Considering how the game was tarnished by PEDs in those days, I doubt one plate appearance by McCarver would've disgraced the game of baseball.

    You know something you don’t hear about very often?

    Guys who don’t talk to reporters.

    I feel like when I was growing up in the late 80s to early 90s you heard about a lot of guys who wouldn’t talk to reporters.

    I guess leagues have fined that out of existence?

    I guess a few years ago Marshawn Lynch had to be fined a few times in order to fulfill his league mandated media availability requirements, and then had some notable examples of saying the bare minimum when he did show up.

    Seems like that’s much more uncommon than it used to be.

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    After the wild, recreational drug-fueled 70s and 80s with their bitter labor disputes; MLB made a conscious effort to weed out personalities which were highly neurotic, disagreeable, anti-social and so on...

    Entering the 90s, you had players like Canseco who felt entitled to say some really obscene things to children in the stands. You had alleged child molester Mel Hall bullying young, introspective and sensitive Bernie Williams to the point of tears. You had Vince Coleman throwing bleach at fans; David Cone facing allegations of masturbating (and cocaine use) in the Mets bullpen in front of fans. You had Bobby Bonilla willing to show reporters "the Bronx" and Kevin Elster recounting his orgy-filled nights with any reporter in earshot...rape accusations aplenty...especially for those wild Mets teams.

    And I don't think the story has been written yet as to how badly recreational drug use became in Major League Baseball and what effects it had on the culture. It went from a sport of all american alcohol abuse and greenies to speedballs sometime in the early 70s. I believe one the many reasons the MLB turned it's head on steroids and performance enhancers is because the culture changed from a destructive hedonism to a more constructive one (for them). A guy obsessed with his physique may still be snorting cocaine but he's probably not doing copious amounts after every game. If he dies at 50,60-something after his playing days; well, that's an unfortunate hazard- at least the MLB isn't running the risk of one of their star players turning up dead in the middle of a road series at 20 or 30. Look at how quickly Jose Fernandez was memory-holed by the sport once his toxicology report came back with cocaine and alcohol in his system. Dead at 24- a nightmare for baseball.

    Doc Ellis, the star pitcher who cleaned his life up explained it well: when he started in the late sixties, he was a (self-described) angry young black man with alcohol problems. But the team leader, Roberto Clemente, didn't allow other substances into his Pirates clubhouse. Once Clemente died tragically in '70 and the old guard retired, it became an absolute free-for-all among many teams, including his own. Ellis talked about being uncertain about going to the Yankees until he was assured by someone (unnamed, as Ellis was no rat) on the team that they were "cool" about it. He said that those late 70s Yankees teams and New York were awash in every substance imaginable. That he himself, who couldn't simply be a dabbler like some guys, couldn't remember a single thing about his years in New York. Additionally, and bear in mind I cannot substantiate this bit of gossip, so take it with a grain of salt but; I've heard that Jackson's "stirring" of the Yankee clubhouse went beyond him merely being a loudmouth showboat. While no saint, he was against the rampant abuses, and expressive about it- which rankled teammates.

    Jackson of course went on to make anti-drug PSAs and is one of the most vocal hall of famers about keeping steroid/HGH users out of Cooperstown.

    So baseball definitely decided to breed better behavior by making personnel decisions around certain characteristics before a player even sniffs a major league roster. Over the last two decades, it's had an effect. Instead of saying so directly, they have filled the sport (and sports reporting) with eliding- jargon about searching for guys with "leadership qualities", "intangibles" and long discussions about "good clubhouse guys" and "clubhouse chemistry" discussions which always talk around the issues.

    It has also, for the owners, created a union of more compliant and agreeable individuals who've been losing ground (if not in goodies) in the seemingly perennial power games with the owners. Players definitely have more perks and bigger salaries than any in the past could've imagined but look at how willingly almost every player on a roster has become to jump through every hoop the owner asks of them- go the extra mile for fans, sit for every tv/newspaper interview without complaint, do the commercial, meet with sick kids....they are compensated, sure, but probably not to the extent the brand advertisement should probably pay. The guys in the 80s wouldn't have lifted a finger, let alone participate in the round-the-clock hustle the modern player does.
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  • @anonymous
    J. Irving was vastly overrated. Flash and glam. No outside shot, not much of a passer. Can't be spoken in the same breath with Larry Bird, let alone Lebron James

    While no serious analyst rates Erving higher than Bird or Lebron, he did average more than 24 points a game with a field goal percentage above 50 percent–granted, he was more of an inside scorer. He was a reasonably good passer, averaging more than 4 assists per game. He also average 8.5 rebounds per game from the small forward position.

    A genuine hall of famer.

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  • I know this isn’t what you’re talking about, but it seems like the percentage of whiteness in the black guys in the NBA has already gone up

    The Balls being a product of their tall black ex jock, and his tall white volleyball playing wife, seems like a model that vaguely describes more than one prominent player.

    It does seem like the rule changes do encourage recruiting higher skilled players, that seems to somewhat advantage white guys.

    Against that grain, basketball seems more culturally niche these days than it did in Jordan’s heyday, and that niche goes against the niche that most white athletes come out of

    White NFLers at least seem to largely come out of deplorable culture http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/donald-trump-is-tearing-the-nfl-apart/

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  • From the Washington Post: This boss is likely making a mistake in hoping his high wage strategy pays off for him. But even if he is errin
  • Phil says:

    I’m legitimately curious about Chick-fil-a’s hiring tactics. At least around where I live, they seem to consistently have more pleasant workers than all the other fast food places around (they also seem to be generally better looking younger ladies than seems standard for a fast food restaurant).

    I suspect that might be because getting Sunday off is a nice perk when you’re hiring fast food level workers.

    I also wonder whether they explicitly try to get referrals going through church youth groups, (or maybe giving everyone Sundays off, and they’re generally Christian reputation causes that to happen naturally).

    Idk, the difference in workers between them and everyone else is pretty noticeable though.

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    "I suspect that might be because getting Sunday off is a nice perk when you’re hiring fast food level workers."

    It's a new fangled breakthrough in progressive labor management concepts: everybody gets a sabbath day off per week to relax with family and friends.

    What will they think of next?

    , @MikeCLT
    I think they recruit pretty heavily from church youth groups. There is a Chik Fil A , a Bo Jangles and a Wendy's near me. Chik Fil A has great service and friendly and competent workers of all races. Many of the kids wear crosses. Some of the Black girls wear long black skirts and dress modestly. Not sure what the denomination is but it seems likely it is related to some church afiliation. The other two have the usual surly incompetent employees.
    , @Sam
    Have some insight into their hiring process via a friend that ran a store. It's not rocket surgery:

    - They don't specifically recruit Church kids, but they do knowingly attract them, and when there is an opening they make a point of asking current workers if they can recommend a friend, instead of just sticking a sign in the window. So de facto they do often wind up with multiple kids from the same church/ family/ neighborhood, which in turn cultivates positive peer pressure to do well on the job.

    - The number one thing they look for on applications are kids that are involved in something extracurricular. Church involvement is great, but it can be sports, clubs, music, whatever. They ask about hobbies in the interview process, and video games TV or books are all bad answers.

    - They vet their franchisees VERY carefully. The corporate office really does care about employees, they make sure franchisees do too, and they make sure franchisees hire managers who do.


    Crazy stuff, right?
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  • From a press release: There should be a sitcom or at least an SNL sketch about some guy who had clawed his way to the top of the greasy pole of New York City Public Radio fame but has now gotten #MeTooed down to interviewing experts on native plant sustainability at the smallest NPR station...
  • When are they coming for Bill Clinton?

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    When Madame gives the signal...otherwise, nada!
    , @Hibernian
    When submarine races are held in Boise.
    , @Anon
    Never, you see Hildabeast stood by him rather than divorcing him.
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  • The death of novelist Philip Roth has led to an explosion of Jews debating in the New York Times whether or not Philip Roth was good for the Jews. From the New York Times: She is from Short Hills, which Time claimed in 2014 was "the richest town in America." Uh ... feel free to...
  • phil says:
    @Tiny Duck
    white males are too entitled

    That's why they commit so much terrorism and mass murder

    Tiny,

    You are disingenuous and a flat-out anti-white racist. You are well-aware that the homicide rate among blacks is multiple times higher than it is among whites and Asians. Even in The Bahamas, the wealthiest black-majority country ruled by blacks, the homicide rate is horrific.

    That white gentiles, Asians, and Jews have much higher living standards simply means that they are smarter and more successful on average. Adjusted for IQ, blacks are over-represented, not under-represented, in high-paying jobs. Discrimination that is unrelated to ability tends to be in their favor, yet their average living standards are not as high because, as a people, they are not as capable as whites or Asians.

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  • Pity the poor blogger’s lot: there are more interesting papers being published every week than any essayist, however diligent, can possibly cope with. And there will be more, as the vast genetic databases give up their secrets. No sooner does one team scoop the others with a savage novelty than their rivals counter-attack with their...
  • phil says:
    @res
    Could you elaborate a bit on why you find the reaction-time data more compelling than the VNR data as an indication of male-female g differences? The RT difference does appear to be a bit larger:
    VNR d = -0.18, VR = 0.97
    RT d = -0.21, VR = 0.92
    Speaking of those numbers, that VNR VR=0.97 seems a bit too close to 1 to be supportive of a female IQ SD ~= 14.

    Any thoughts on how much relative (profiles within group, e.g. M vs. V in women) abilities and interests matter for group differences in outcome compared to the absolute differences? It seems to me there is a good comparative advantage argument to be made there in addition to the absolute advantage argument.

    I am having trouble finding references to Meisenberg’s work in this area. The closest I see is this letter: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308765268_Sex_Differences_in_Intelligence
    but I don't see that referring to his own work. Can you point me to any?

    res,

    I do not regard the reaction time difference to be the only relevant evidence for g differences, but I found Ritchie’s finding interesting because, measured in standard deviation units, the difference was about equal to the IQ difference for the other part of the study.

    Meisenberg has an interesting article in the issue of Mankind Quarterly devoted to sex differences (published within the last 12 months). He argues that the IQ difference between men and women does not represent a difference in g.

    I agree that relative abilities and interests (including non-g considerations) may affect group outcomes and, I would say, country outcomes as well.

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  • phil says:

    Ritchie’s reaction-time finding is important because it indicates a male-female difference in g, whereas Meisenberg has posited that the male-female difference is not on g.

    Consider mechanical sense and ability. If women are relatively bad at mechanical tasks, is it because they are not very interested in them (as suggested by the work of Simon Baron-Cohen), or would they be bad at them even if they were interested? Ritchie’s work suggests that the answer may be both; they are are not so good in any case AND they are not so interested. When one adds in the greater variability in male abilities, one can start to explain very large differences between the number of elite men and the number of elite women with respect to mechanical ability.

    Meisenberg’s work suggests that women could be equally good at mechanical work–IF they were interested in it and/or more encouraged to do it.

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    Could you elaborate a bit on why you find the reaction-time data more compelling than the VNR data as an indication of male-female g differences? The RT difference does appear to be a bit larger:
    VNR d = -0.18, VR = 0.97
    RT d = -0.21, VR = 0.92
    Speaking of those numbers, that VNR VR=0.97 seems a bit too close to 1 to be supportive of a female IQ SD ~= 14.

    Any thoughts on how much relative (profiles within group, e.g. M vs. V in women) abilities and interests matter for group differences in outcome compared to the absolute differences? It seems to me there is a good comparative advantage argument to be made there in addition to the absolute advantage argument.

    I am having trouble finding references to Meisenberg’s work in this area. The closest I see is this letter: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308765268_Sex_Differences_in_Intelligence
    but I don't see that referring to his own work. Can you point me to any?
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  • phil says:
    @Atavisionary
    Here are some studies which compare brain size to IQ. Most found a correlation between .3-.5. So there is definitely something to it.

    154 McDaniel, M. A. (2005) Big-brained people are smarter: A meta-analysis of the relationship between in vivo brain volume and intelligence. Intelligence. 2005 Jul– Aug. Vol. 33 Vol. 4, 337– 346.

    155 Rushton, J. P., Ankney C. D. (2000) Size matters: a review and new analyses of racial differences in cranial capacity and intelligence that refute Kamin and Omari. Personality and Individual Differences. 2000 Oct. Vol. 29 Vol. 4, 591– 620.

    156 Wickett, J.C., Vernon, P.A., Leeb, D.H. (2000) Relationships between factors of intelligence and brain volume. Personality and Individual Differences. Vol. 29 No. 6, 1095– 1122.

    157 Brouwer, R. M., Hedman, A. M., van Haren, N. E., Schnack, H. G., Brans, R. G., Smit, D. J., Kahn, R. S., Boomsma, D. I., Holshoff, P. (2014) Heritability of brain volume change and its relation to intelligence. NeuroImage. 2014 Oct 15. Vol. 100, 676– 683.

    Kaine, Roderick. Smart and SeXy: The Evolutionary Origins and Biological Underpinnings of Cognitive Differences between the Sexes (Kindle Locations 4375-4384). Arktos Media Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

    Res,

    Also note the importance of this issue for East Asians (slightly larger brain volume on average, but also smaller body size, so the brain-size difference is greater if we adjust for body size)

    East Asians (on average) are particularly good at 3D reasoning, which is also suspected to be a strength of males vs females.

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    Good point. Thanks.

    Has anyone done similar MRI studies on East Asians? If so, it would be interesting to compare the results with this study.
    , @Atavisionary
    A good way to find interesting studies is to read one that you find interesting (say you hear about it on the news or something), and then any of the points in there that also looks interesting and has a citation should link you to another one. So you look that one up too.

    Reddit has a sub called /r/scholar. It has a link to a russian website called libgen which should have just about any study you could possibly want to read, and without the paywall. In the rare case they don't have it, you can post a request to the sub and usually someone will add it to libgen or provide you a direct link.
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  • In the Weekly Standard, Christopher Caldwell has a fascinating article, "The Killa in Manila," explaining the popularity of President Duterte with Filipino voters. I liked Caldwell's prose portrait of the previous president: Unmarried, childless, gnomic, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, son of the makers of the EDSA revolution and president from 2010-16, did not present that elite’s...
  • Phil says:

    Profiles of Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite leader in Iraq, would often mention that he enjoyed playing video games.

    I’ve always been of the opinion that actually being good at video games reveals a pretty IQ, its all problem solving, especially for how low status it is.

    Wikipedia seems to indicate that he still has a fair amount of political clout in Iraq, which I would say makes him a pretty impressive political survivor at this point.

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  • After 18 months of withering attacks and accusations, Donald Trump has decided to get up off the canvas and fight back. In a series of tweets stretching from Sunday night to early Monday morning, Trump announced that he would launch his own investigation to see whether the FBI and DOJ had improperly targeted his campaign...
  • phil says:
    @Harold Smith
    "After 18 months of withering attacks and accusations, Donald Trump has decided to get up off the canvas and fight back."

    If "they" are really out to "get" orange clown, why don't "they" go after him for his impeachable war crimes in Syria, for example? Why don't "they" at least bring a lawsuit against him for his illegal, immoral and unconstitutional occupation of Syria?

    Generally speaking, when one party ostensibly dislikes another party, and apparently seeks to "get" that party, isn't there usually some kind of plausible, identifiable reason for the enmity?

    Since being inaugurated, orange clown has reversed himself on the pre-election intimations and campaign promises that apparently got him elected. Instead of improving relations with Russia, he's made everything worse; he never misses a chance to provoke Russia. Instead of pulling out of Afghanistan, he's escalating that pointless war. He's increased the illegal, immoral and unconstitutional U.S. military occupation of Syria. He's escalating the genocidal war against Yemen. He's arming the corrupt puppet government in Kiev. He's already slaughtered more people with drone strikes than Obama did in eight years. He's surrounded himself with bloodthirsty psychopaths. He's trying to overthrow the Maduro government in Venezuela. He puts Israel first and America second (or lower) on the list. He wants more military spending. He seems to want a bigger, more powerful more and aggressive NATO, not the reverse. Rather than investigate 9/11, he studiously avoids the topic. Etc., etc., etc.

    From a "deep state" perspective, what is there to dislike about orange clown? How can the "deep state" have any kind of serious problem with someone who's making Obama look like Mister Rogers?

    "In any event, Trump has decided to throw caution to the wind and go for broke. He’s decided that the only way he’s going to get his enemies off his back is by flushing them out into the open and subjecting their activities to public scrutiny."

    Has the "deep state" deployed a "lone nut" against him? Apparently not. Is he being impeached? No. Is there even a hint of political opposition to his reckless, imperial "foreign policy"? No. Have any of his appointees been blocked? No. Has there been any kind of significant legal action against him challenging his blatantly unconstitutional military adventurism for example? As far as I know, no.

    So how is anybody actually "[on] his back"?

    “Has the “deep state” deployed a ‘lone nut’ against him? Apparently not. Is he being impeached? No. Is there even a hint of political opposition to his reckless, imperial ‘foreign policy’? No. Have any of his appointees been blocked? No. Has there been any kind of significant legal action against him challenging his blatantly unconstitutional military adventurism for example? As far as I know, no.

    So how is anybody actually ‘[on] his back’?”

    Answer: the Deep State obviously is on his back, It is has successfully manipulated him into a foreign policy that he did not want. He wanted an America First policy, but because of political blackmail and dishonest allegations about collusion with Russia, Trump has felt compelled to do what Zionists want in the Middle East. At home, massive legal immigration continues, there will be no mass deportations, and the border wall will not be built. The Democrats will be firmly entrenched after Trump is gone from the scene.

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    "the Deep State obviously is on his back, It is has successfully manipulated him into a foreign policy that he did not want. "

    Or so goes the Trump apologists' claim. But that's pure unfounded speculation.

    How do you "manipulate" a reasonable person into flirting with planetary extinction? How can someone who actually cares about America be manipulated into risking war with Russia for no good reason? Such a person is not morally or mentally fit for the job of president in the first place.

    So in essence Trump's whole campaign platform was reversed by "deep state" "manipulation" but rather than surround himself with reasonable people, appeal to his supporters, investigate or threaten to investigate 9/11, or even resign (rather than become a mass-murderer), he decides to stay on because he enjoys killing people with drones and he loves the vacations, etc.?

    I think not. The more likely case is that orange clown's a con man whose whole campaign was a calculated bait and switch fraud from the beginning. And all this "out to get Trump" nonsense depicting Trump as hapless "victim" of the deep state is pure political theater.
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  • From Child Development: This was one of the weirder shibboleths to gain massive publicity in this century. After all, talk is cheap. So it's hardly surprising that poor children hear a fair amount of talk.
  • phil says:

    Following Plomin, insofar as child environments do differ, there tend to be shared genes involved; insofar as some children are exposed to lower-quality vocabularies, it may be the case that the parents–and the child himself–have inherited less verbal capability than others have.

    In adoption studies, the intellectual level, including vocabulary, at which adoptees end up tends to be closer to that of their birth parents than it is to their adoptive parents.

    Steve Jobs ended up closer to his birth-sister (who was raised in another family) than he did to his adoptive siblings.

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  • For our Social Justice Warriors, race differences in intelligence absolutely cannot be acknowledged to be genetic. If that happens, they sense, then racial inequality in outcomes will have to be accepted as fair and their entire religion of cultural determinism, the thing that gives SJWs their power, will be discredited. This sends them into paroxysms...
  • phil says:
    @notanon
    if (very roughly)
    Africans are AMH
    Caucasians are AMH + Neanderthal
    east Asians are AMH + Neanderthal+ Denisovan

    then couldn't some populations (e.g. Amerindians) have missed out on some of the variants unique to each sub-species (if that's the right word) while having more of one of the others so wouldn't you need to do race-specific GWAS as well as a global one?

    (or maybe they did already but don't want to publish the results?)

    On backwards digits tests (correctly reciting a series of digits in reverse order), people with substantial Amerindian (AI) admixture tend to outscore people of sub-Saharan African (SSA) ancestry, but SSAs tend to outscore AIs on forward digits tests (correctly reciting the series of digits in the original order); AIs seem particularly weak with respect to short-term memory. SSAs tend to be comparatively strong with respect to short-term memory, but not as strong as ethnic Europeans or Northeast Asians.

    It would be amazing if one day the genetic factors involved could be reliably identified.

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    yes - odd things like that especially
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  • @notanon
    if (very roughly)
    Africans are AMH
    Caucasians are AMH + Neanderthal
    east Asians are AMH + Neanderthal+ Denisovan

    then couldn't some populations (e.g. Amerindians) have missed out on some of the variants unique to each sub-species (if that's the right word) while having more of one of the others so wouldn't you need to do race-specific GWAS as well as a global one?

    (or maybe they did already but don't want to publish the results?)

    Possibly so. It would indeed be nice to have additional, race-specific GWAS. Note that, if your conjecture is correct, it would give additional credence to the idea that there are separate biological races.

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  • @RaceRealist88
    Social class causes IQ scores; IQ isn't "genetic".

    The high heritability of IQ has been well-supported not only by twin and adoption studies (e.g., Polderman’s survey), but also by genetic complex-trait analyses (GCTA) (e.g., Deary, Plomin).

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  • @RaceRealist88
    P1) Natural selection lowers genetic variation in traits important for survival.
    P2) Intelligence is important for survival.
    C) Ergo, intelligence should have a low to nonexistent genetic variation in humans.

    And IQ isn't "intelligence".

    In Western industrialized countries, the correlation between IQ scores and “general intelligence” (as calculated via principal components analysis/factor analysis) is about 0.90. In sub-Saharan Africa, Wicherts calculates the correlation (on Raven’s tests) to be 0.55–not as high, but still substantial.

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  • @RaceRealist88
    Social class causes IQ scores; IQ isn't "genetic".

    In the peer-reviewed journal literature on the matter (e.g., Rindermann 2008, Christainsen 2013), causality runs mostly from IQ to socioeconomic status and not so much in the reverse direction.

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  • phil says:
    @res

    It is unwise for The Unz Review even to have published this article.
     
    Unwise because it oversteps the evidence (and it does IMHO) or unwise because you think the underlying conclusions are wrong?

    It’s just ridiculous to post as a “headline” article that the case for genetically-based racial differences in intelligence has been “proven,” and the world is not being allowed to see the “proof.” Neil Risch (population geneticist at the University of California-San Francisco) has taken note of Piffer’s work, but he is not going to take seriously a claim published under a pseudonym that a proof now exists.
    To me, this makes The Unz Review look like a crackpot website.

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    • Replies: @res
    I tend to agree with that. It is hard to balance open publishing of controversial ideas with avoiding "crackpottery." Perhaps the best response is commenters calling out rhetorical oversteps like that? As you did.

    Can you elaborate on what form Risch's noticing of Piffer's work has taken?
    , @lavoisier

    To me, this makes The Unz Review look like a crackpot website.
     
    Well, it is seen as a crackpot website already by the great and the good because it publishes ideas that are clearly outside the narrative.

    But no matter. Ideas stand on their own merits, whether considered to be crackpot or not.

    But on this essay I would have to agree with you. I have scarce doubt that there exist genetic differences in the ability to reason between various human subpopulations. Either evolution is true or it is not. I happen to think that Darwin was right.

    But this article implies that the definitive proof for genetic differences in intelligence has been written and it is being suppressed.

    You are right this is a bit overstated.

    But who cares if Unz is considered crackpot by the great and the good?

    The more relevant issue is whether or not what is being published here approximates reality or the truth.

    , @Wally
    Then why then do they refuse to publish 'genetically-based racial differences in intelligence' and let others review it?

    Let the debate begin.
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  • phil says:
    @Meimou
    IQ is clearly based on the physical traits of the brain; children who grow up in houses with lead based paint have lower IQs, boxers loses IQ points because of blows to the head, people deprived if oxygen can become retarded because of the damage oxygen deprivation has on the brain.

    IQ is based on the physical traits on the brain, physical traits are largely genetic.

    Rarely are contentious social science assertions “proven” to be true or false

    The genetics of IQ is hard science, it is not social science, and it is only contentious because of politics, not evidence.

    For example, the alleles in question may affect conscientiousness rather than intelligence; conscientiousness can affect educational attainment

    "Educational attainment" is not IQ.

    “IQ is based on the physical traits on the brain, physical traits are largely genetic.”

    “The genetics of IQ is hard science, it is not social science, and it is only contentious because of politics, not evidence.”

    “‘Educational attainment’ is not IQ.”

    IQ is certainly related to brain activity, and the brain can be affected by “social” activities (e.g., education) as well as narrowly biological factors (e.g., parasites). Disentangling the separate impacts of genes, the physical environment, and the social environment is difficult in any case. The discussion is indeed especially contentious in light of politics.

    “Educational” attainment is indeed not the same thing as IQ so an attempt to correlate the presence of certain gene variants with educational attainment does not come close to proving that the highlighted genes account for a major part of the variation in IQ scores.

    It is unwise for The Unz Review even to have published this article.

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    It is unwise for The Unz Review even to have published this article.
     
    Unwise because it oversteps the evidence (and it does IMHO) or unwise because you think the underlying conclusions are wrong?
    , @Meimou
    IQ is certainly related to brain activity, and the brain can be affected by “social” activities (e.g., education) as well as narrowly biological factors (e.g., parasites). Disentangling the separate impacts of genes, the physical environment, and the social environment is difficult in any case. The discussion is indeed especially contentious in light of politics.

    You don't think psychometricans took physical/social environment into account for over 100 years? Do you think they were engaging in mass fraud? None of those things would account for persistent differences among the four races and racial groups within thoses races; thoses who are mixed race score in between their respective races; the IQ gap between American blacks and whites has always been 1 SD.

    Environment would not explain why Ashkenazis would score higher the verbal subtest and East Asians in the spatial. Genetics do.
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  • @Henry's Cat

    As matters stand, the findings for Amerindians vs. sub-Saharan Africans are not what a “race-realist” would have expected.
     
    How so?

    On average, Amerindians outscore sub-Saharan Africans on IQ tests, but not on their polygenic score for the alleles highlighted by this Genome-Wide Association Study.

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    if (very roughly)
    Africans are AMH
    Caucasians are AMH + Neanderthal
    east Asians are AMH + Neanderthal+ Denisovan

    then couldn't some populations (e.g. Amerindians) have missed out on some of the variants unique to each sub-species (if that's the right word) while having more of one of the others so wouldn't you need to do race-specific GWAS as well as a global one?

    (or maybe they did already but don't want to publish the results?)
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  • phil says:

    Please, SJWs are a cancer, but do not speak of a “proof” that race/IQ differences are genetic. Rarely are contentious social science assertions “proven” to be true or false. For example, the alleles in question may affect conscientiousness rather than intelligence; conscientiousness can affect educational attainment. Or, subsequent research may find that other gene variants that are linked to IQ are not distributed across races in the expected way. As matters stand, the findings for Amerindians vs. sub-Saharan Africans are not what a “race-realist” would have expected.

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    As matters stand, the findings for Amerindians vs. sub-Saharan Africans are not what a “race-realist” would have expected.
     
    How so?
    , @Meimou
    IQ is clearly based on the physical traits of the brain; children who grow up in houses with lead based paint have lower IQs, boxers loses IQ points because of blows to the head, people deprived if oxygen can become retarded because of the damage oxygen deprivation has on the brain.

    IQ is based on the physical traits on the brain, physical traits are largely genetic.

    Rarely are contentious social science assertions “proven” to be true or false

    The genetics of IQ is hard science, it is not social science, and it is only contentious because of politics, not evidence.

    For example, the alleles in question may affect conscientiousness rather than intelligence; conscientiousness can affect educational attainment

    "Educational attainment" is not IQ.
    , @res

    As matters stand, the findings for Amerindians vs. sub-Saharan Africans are not what a “race-realist” would have expected.
     
    Phil, what do you think of the hypothesis that this is because the GWAS was done on a European population which may have missed alleles which are low frequency in Europeans but higher frequency in Africans? Since Amerindians and Europeans diverged later than Africans diverged from all other groups this issue should be more important for African populations.

    This would be similar to what has been seen with Pygmies and height. See this preprint: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/11/06/167551

    This excerpt could be read just as well as an argument against Piffer's results being proof:

    These polygenic scores should not be viewed as phenotypic predictions across populations. For example, the Maasai and Biaka pygmy populations have similar polygenic scores despite having dramatic differences in height.28 Discrepancies between polygenic scores and actual phenotypes may be expected to occur either because of purely environmental influences on phenotype, as well as gene-by-gene and gene-by-environment interactions. We also expect that the accuracy of these scores when viewed as predictions should decay with genetic distance from Europe (where the GWAS were carried out), due to changes in the structure of linkage disequilibrium (LD) between causal variants and tag SNPs picked up in GWAS, and because GWAS are biased toward discovering intermediate frequency variants, which will explain more variance in the region they are mapped in than outside of it. These caveats notwithstanding, the distribution of polygenic scores across populations can still be informative about the history of natural selection on a given phenotype,18 and a number of striking patterns are visible in their distribution. For example, there is a strong gradient in polygenic height scores running from east to west across Eurasia (Figure 1)
     
    Making the appropriate substitution of height to EA I think this is the most cogent criticism of the issues with Piffer's work that I have seen (do you know of any better?). And I suspect the "caveats notwithstanding" part is equally applicable.

    I am sure you know this, but to be explicit, these issues are most important with Africans because they have the largest genetic distance from the European populations which are typical for GWAS.

    Here is a graphic showing an example analysis:

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Uq9813v02_Q/WXgL1Bx0qJI/AAAAAAAASqQ/N0OKPmSy-UQ7kceLICw_1SAk5bmxwGZvgCLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-07-25%2Bat%2B11.23.22%2BPM.png

    This Coop lab paper is well worth a look, but it is notable that despite looking at 34 complex polygenic traits they do not include any cognitive or education based traits. But for those willing to consider a level of indirection (the references in this iSteve comment might be good for context) the polygenic scores by populations results in Figure 2 for Infant Head Circumference and Waist-Hip Ratio might be suggestive.

    This paper is a preprint. I don't think it is published yet so it will serve as a good example of what is and is not allowed through peer review.

    P.S. It is worth noting that (if I understand correctly) LD differences were an important issue with the early reviewer feedback to Piffer (and IMHO would have been good to mention in the Welton article). Piffer is working on enhancements to his methodology that account for LD decay, but I think the only solution for missing alleles which are important for Africans but not Europeans is for there to be more GWAS done on African populations.

    P.P.S. The Coop lab has an excellent reputation. This blog post from them discusses the issues with GWAS and traits in rigorous detail using a hypothetical tea drinking example: https://gcbias.org/2018/03/14/polygenic-scores-and-tea-drinking/
    Perhaps the best argument I have seen against leaping to conclusions in this area. Much more good stuff at that blog. I need to spend more time reading it.
    , @res

    As matters stand, the findings for Amerindians vs. sub-Saharan Africans are not what a “race-realist” would have expected.
     
    As an alternative hypothesis to explain that seeming inconsistency, how about consanguinity? I am reading Rindermann's book and in Table 10.9 on page 314 there are three regions which have notably high rates of consanguinity.

    Africa (sub-Sahara) 37.5 - e.g. Nigeria 51.2
    North Africa M-East 29.24 - e.g. Egypt 23.89
    Asia (Central-South 30.44 - e.g. India 21.90

    All of these areas are underachievers in the country wide IQ data which is suggestive. Rindermann finds correlations of about 0.6 for consanguinity and cognitive ability.

    I wonder how a two factor model with Piffer's PGS and consanguinity would do for predicting country IQ?

    From a why does this matter perspective I see some important points:
    1. This provides an explanation for the dramatic underperformance of some countries.
    2. This is an issue which in theory is easily remedied. One generation of outbreeding eliminates the immediate problem in that generation (though there may be ongoing issues if THAT group keeps interbreeding).
    3. Rindermann also finds that consanguinity correlations are lower for the top 5% (i.e. the elites) than for the bottom 5%. This helps explain how a country might have smarter elites than its average IQ might suggest. See Chanda Chisala's posts for more on this. I need to add this to my list of possible explanations there.

    If anyone is interested in this idea, the conversation is probably better continued in James Thompson's blog post about Rindermann's book: http://www.unz.com/jthompson/cognitive-capitalism-2/
    , @Svigor

    Please, SJWs are a cancer, but do not speak of a “proof” that race/IQ differences are genetic. Rarely are contentious social science assertions “proven” to be true or false.
     
    Precisely. Smart people "grade on a curve," as it were, and lower the bar for "proof" in areas where things are less provable. Otherwise we surrender a useful word for broad contexts, which is worse than pointless (if you aren't an SJW) - it's wasteful.

    For example, the alleles in question may affect conscientiousness rather than intelligence; conscientiousness can affect educational attainment.
     
    If conscientiousness is defined-down so far that one is considered highly conscientious because he tries his best on an IQ/scholastic test, we've now lost two words from the English language on your behalf.

    Any more fucking requests, snowflake? P.S. I don't think you're a "cancer"; don't be so hard on yourself.

    , @Santoculto
    We are not talking about personality traits which affects considerably intelligence-behavior [as a whole], but even if it was the case, certain types of personality traits correlates or even express better certain paths of intelligence than others, for example, introversion versus extroversion. Think more about your actions seems clearly a sign of higher intelligence than act impulsively, as often happen when you are more extroverted than introverted, and in the end of day, subsaharian africans are one of the most extroverted macro human groups while east asians are the least. And i even can bet that there are more introverted people among highly intelligent blacks than in general black pop.

    Based on PURELY COGNITIVE aspects, for example, vocabulary size in mother [or second mother] tongue, again, there are such racial differences.

    On very avg, blacks, at ''least'' in entire western hemisphere, do poorly to learn ''properly'' european mother tongue's than white europeans, east asians and whatever non-black group you want, for example, indians in Suriname.

    Instead analyse broadly, these researchers must analyse firstly this ''purely' cognitive aspects, because a lot of this findings seems will be due to ''personality-confounding'' as you said.

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  • From People:
  • phil says:

    “Who, Whom?” Apply Lenin to sex.

    “4 Legs Good, Two Legs Bad.” Apply Orwell to sex.

    Girls are good, and Boys are bad.

    “What’s mine is mine. And what’s yours is mine, too.”

    Amherst had to integrate, while Smith remains only for girls. Wellesley is for girls. They don’t have to integrate.

    The Boy Scouts should integrate. The Girl Scouts shouldn’t have to.

    If girls aren’t much interested in mechanical devices, it just shows how bad boys are; they’ve created a sexist society. If boys are less social than girls, it confirms what we already know: boys are bad.

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    It's the Boy Scouts who started this, Phil, by trying to poach girls after their pervo scoutmaster thing hit them hard. Partly blame that on the Gay Mafia who came down hard on the Boy Scouts for not being too welcoming to gay scouts or scoutmasters; after all of that hoo haw (in Philly, the Boy Scouts were facing being shut out of facilities usage for being too cishetero and all), now they're running scared, but finding that no amount of craven caving in will save them, and that their efforts along that line have been cutting into their recruitment. Hence, the poaching of girls.

    Seems to me that if you want the Boy Scouts to remain all male, and basically cishetero, why do you hold it against the Girl Scouts for wanting to remain all female, and basically cishetero? They, as opposed to the BSA, are trying to fight the good fight for the right to gender-exclusive organizations. It's the BSA that is pozzed here, not the Girl Scouts. No pleasing you, is there?
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  • In June 2017 I declared open season on Davide Piffer, inviting criticisms of his findings: The official response to Piffer is: “publish, and then we will give you our comments in reply.” This will take time, but it is the traditional way of doing things. The unofficial response is to encourage more criticism right now,...
  • @res
    For the Chinese ethnicities I think a population weighted average makes sense. Given that the Han are >90% of the population, that pretty much turns into "look at the Han number." https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/nationality/
    Do you have a sense of what % of Chinese population is covered by groups tested by both ALFRED and Lynn?

    That does beg the question of how much intra-Han variation there is. This was the best paper I saw about that: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/07/13/162982
    But I am skeptical of their median 1.7x coverage (what do you think?). Figure 2 has the PCA population structure, but the % variance explained of PC1 and PC2 is tiny (0.146% and 0.032%) compared to continental races. I am not sure how it compares to e.g. North-South Italian differences.

    Mapping IQ data into the various population groups seems to me like the most questionable (vulnerable to both measurement/mapping error and bias) aspect of his research. I get the sense Piffer is making an honest effort here, but I would feel better if there was more transparent discussion of how the IQ numbers and PGS results are assigned for the different populations. Ethnic groups and countries can be quite different. Perhaps this discussion is embedded in his various earlier papers, but I think it would be good to make it more explicit for each set of data being used.

    Whether it’s neglect of ethnic minorities, or rural Han people, the samples used by Lynn and Vanhanen for China are biased. The PISA results by province indicate an average IQ for China that is still probably above 100, but not really close to 105. On the other hand, there is still a positive Flynn effect going on in China, despite some dysgenic fertility.

    Japan represents a different challenge. The cognitive allele frequencies are not really that impressive compared to Utah whites, and yet they may be biased toward urban areas. On the other hand, there is probably a substantial difference in average IQ between Japanese and Utah whites.

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  • @res
    Thanks! Do you know which populations he was using?

    To add some context: https://www.unz.com/jthompson/genetics-of-racial-differences-in-intelligence-updated/
    https://topseudoscience.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/new-genes-same-results-group-level-genotypic-intelligence-for-26-and-52-populations/

    If I understand correctly the 26 population group is 1000 Genomes: http://www.internationalgenome.org/faq/which-populations-are-part-your-study/

    The 52 population group in the link above is from ALFRED (right?): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3245092/
    but the more recent RPubs documents refer to CEPH-HGDP (included in ALFRED?): http://www.cephb.fr/en/hgdp_panel.php
    Are those two references the same data by different names?

    I think the consistently high correlations of IQ and Piffer's successive PGS provide a good validation of his hypothesis that the smaller SNP subsets capture selection pressure.

    The one PGS which seems like an exception is the relatively low correlations seen in http://rpubs.com/Daxide/279148
    "Correlation between the intelligence PS and IQ,PS_Piffer2017,PS_Piffer_2017_162SNPs are r=0.496, 0.646, 0.497."

    To preserve context, the rest of that paragraph was: "Correlations between the intelligence-EA PS and IQ, PS_Piffer2017_9, PS_Piffer_2016_162SNPs are r= 0.877, 0.924, 0.835 These are lower than the correlations previously observed (Piffer, 2017)"

    Good question! The 1000 GENOMES data for East Asia are biased toward urban elites in Beijing, Tokyo, and Saigon. If the ALFRED data are used, how does one aggregate all the Chinese ethnicities to come up with a composite allele score for China? The populations sampled for ALFRED are not the same as the groups that were sampled for the IQ results reported by Lynn.

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    For the Chinese ethnicities I think a population weighted average makes sense. Given that the Han are >90% of the population, that pretty much turns into "look at the Han number." https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/nationality/
    Do you have a sense of what % of Chinese population is covered by groups tested by both ALFRED and Lynn?

    That does beg the question of how much intra-Han variation there is. This was the best paper I saw about that: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/07/13/162982
    But I am skeptical of their median 1.7x coverage (what do you think?). Figure 2 has the PCA population structure, but the % variance explained of PC1 and PC2 is tiny (0.146% and 0.032%) compared to continental races. I am not sure how it compares to e.g. North-South Italian differences.

    Mapping IQ data into the various population groups seems to me like the most questionable (vulnerable to both measurement/mapping error and bias) aspect of his research. I get the sense Piffer is making an honest effort here, but I would feel better if there was more transparent discussion of how the IQ numbers and PGS results are assigned for the different populations. Ethnic groups and countries can be quite different. Perhaps this discussion is embedded in his various earlier papers, but I think it would be good to make it more explicit for each set of data being used.
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  • David Reich [Email him] Professor of Genetics at Harvard, has published a book about ancient human DNA: Who We Are and How We Got Here. He heralded publication with a March 23rd New York Times op-ed [How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’ ] that got the chattering classes a-chattering and the sputtering classes...
  • Reich thus becomes the genomic equivalent of Eric Turkheimer. Turkheimer became a well-recognized behavioral geneticist, going so far as to articulate the Laws of Behavioral Genetics, the 1st Law being that EVERY human trait is heritable to one degree or another. The 2nd Law is that genetic differences amongst people do more to explain differences in intelligence and personality traits than child-rearing differences or differences in the social environment. The main findings in the field are among the best replicated in the history of psychology.

    However, Turkheimer has spent much of his career trying to explain away the findings of behavioral genetics. In particular, he has claimed that the heritability of IQ among poorer children is low because of poor socioeconomic conditions. His work suggests that black IQ is depressed by these poor socioeconomic conditions although his own research did not have such a finding (which he never disclosed until he was called on it).

    Reich says that it is no longer tenable to say that there are no biological races, but he lashes out against (in his words) “the evils of racism and nationalism”, although he knows that there are differences across races in gene frequencies. He talks as if there isn’t any non-genomic evidence for racial differences when, in fact, intelligence researchers have discussed these differences for many years.

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  • And an oldie but goodie:
  • @candid_observer
    The second of Pinker's tweets above points out that IQ tests generally take into account a number of "environmental" factors (broadly understood) that genetic tests can't, so such tests will always be more reliable.

    But that's not a priori obvious. As I recollect, broad heritability of IQ is about .7-.8. If, in the fullness of time, almost all of this is captured by some sort of polygenic scoring, then the genetic test may nonetheless be more reliable at younger ages. It is well established that IQ tests at younger ages are relatively unreliable.

    It's also possible that the polygenic scoring techniques will be able to reveal a more precise measurement of "real" intelligence than does an IQ score. There's no reason to believe that IQ tests are perfect in measuring what they were originally designed to measure. It may be that some sort of "real", organic trait is what should be considered "intelligence", and might, for example, correlate even more strongly with the sort of outcomes that we regard as validating IQ. This organic trait, while not perfectly predicted by any purely genetic test, might correlate better with such tests than with IQ tests.

    Are you referring to ‘g’? It fits all the points you are trying to make.

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    g would certainly be closer to what I have in mind.

    But g is at base a statistical construct, derived from IQ tests used as measures. Based as it is on such tests, it may always bear some of the limitations of those tests.

    No doubt g gets closer to a measure of organic intelligence than IQ. But it's quite possible that there's something even more basic going on organically that is a truer expression of intelligence. And it may be that genes get at this trait relatively accurately.

    The point is, genes are closer to the actual biology of the brain, and may get at things we can only quite imperfectly measure with our standard techniques.

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  • The concept of “cognitive capitalism” was used by Yann Boutang in 2008 (modern economies are becoming more knowledge based), but I first heard it used by Heiner Rindermann in a somewhat different sense: cognitive ability is the cause of wealth. Heiner’s earliest mention of it in the title of a paper is one which we...
  • @phil
    For those who still believe that group differences in socioeconomic outcomes (S) are largely explained by skin color and racial discrimination ('colorism'), note the following results for major racial groups in the Americas (North, Central, and South):

    Fuerst and Kirkegaard 2016 (regional units within the Americas):

    Correlation between S and skin reflectance: 0.60
    Correlation between S and skin reflectance, controlling for genomic ancestry: 0.19


    Ruiz-Linares et. al 2014 (individuals in the Americas)

    Correlation between S and self-identified race: 0.52
    Correlation between S and self-identified race, controlling for genomic ancestry: 0.08

    Slight amendment to the previous comment:
    For those who still believe that group differences in socioeconomic outcomes (S) are largely explained by skin color and racial discrimination (‘colorism’), note the following results for major racial groups in the Americas (North, Central, and South):

    Fuerst and Kirkegaard 2016 (regional units within the Americas):

    Correlation between S and skin reflectance: 0.60
    Correlation between S and skin reflectance, controlling for genomic ancestry: 0.19

    Ruiz-Linares et. al 2014 (nations within the Americas)

    Correlation between S and self-identified race: 0.52
    Correlation between S and self-identified race, controlling for genomic ancestry: 0.08

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  • For those who still believe that group differences in socioeconomic outcomes (S) are largely explained by skin color and racial discrimination (‘colorism’), note the following results for major racial groups in the Americas (North, Central, and South):

    Fuerst and Kirkegaard 2016 (regional units within the Americas):

    Correlation between S and skin reflectance: 0.60
    Correlation between S and skin reflectance, controlling for genomic ancestry: 0.19

    Ruiz-Linares et. al 2014 (individuals in the Americas)

    Correlation between S and self-identified race: 0.52
    Correlation between S and self-identified race, controlling for genomic ancestry: 0.08

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    Slight amendment to the previous comment:
    For those who still believe that group differences in socioeconomic outcomes (S) are largely explained by skin color and racial discrimination (‘colorism’), note the following results for major racial groups in the Americas (North, Central, and South):

    Fuerst and Kirkegaard 2016 (regional units within the Americas):

    Correlation between S and skin reflectance: 0.60
    Correlation between S and skin reflectance, controlling for genomic ancestry: 0.19

    Ruiz-Linares et. al 2014 (nations within the Americas)

    Correlation between S and self-identified race: 0.52
    Correlation between S and self-identified race, controlling for genomic ancestry: 0.08
    , @res
    For those who want to follow up on this, the Fuerst and Kirkegaard 2016 results are in Section 14 and Table 48 of https://www.researchgate.net/publication/298214364_Admixture_in_the_Americas_Regional_and_National_Differences
    Note that the cognitive ability correlations are similar at 0.62 and 0.18.

    Table 49 has even stronger evidence rejecting a culture hypothesis (European identity controlled for European ancestry) for both S and CA.

    Section 18 and Table 58 have correlations (within the US) for S and CA with parasite load with and without control for European ancestry.

    More at https://osf.io/78nvf/
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  • There are some fairly good reasons in favor of Russia's decision to intervene in Syria, which is why I have always been modestly if unenthusiastically supportive of it: It is basically a giant and continuous live training exercise for Russian pilots and generals, making it almost "free" in financial terms. The value of the Khmeimim...
  • @Daniel Chieh

    Chinese believes peace, harmony, cooperation, developments and mutual benefits are the trend of times.
     
    Yes, the Red Guard was very kind and loving when they completely executed every one of my mainland family member for being landowners. This was an excellent demonstration of peace, harmony, cooperation, development(s) and mutual benefits for "trend of times."

    Eff off.

    Joe is a soul-mate of Godfree Roberts. That’s all you need to know.

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  • On this 50th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, there are countless articles in outlets like The New Yorker and The New York Times asking, in effect: Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act, why are so many African Americans still stuck in economically hopeless, job-deprived slums, such as, say, Brooklyn, Washington DC, the...
  • Oakland is a sizable city, but it is changing fast. Tech and start-up workers who cannot afford San Francisco have moved into Oakland en masse. There is a Chinatown. East Palo Alto is now less than 20% African-American; it was not long ago that African-Americans were a majority. Hispanics have been establishing themselves as a permanent working class, but the gentrification of these places is doing more ethnic cleansing than white nationalists could have dreamed of.

    Perhaps the Oakland Raiders cannot wait and are better off moving to Las Vegas. Perhaps the Golden State Warriors will move to San Francisco. But the east side of San Francisco Bay may yet be an attractive place to put sports franchises.

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  • From The Nation: Really? I guess that's why he never wrote a huge book entitled The Descent of Man. Yet it was inevitable as his ideas took the world by storm that they would be misinterpreted, intentionally or otherwise. The subtitle of On the Origin of Species—“Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle...
  • People attach the word “racism” to “scientific” in order to try to discredit the scholarly study of intelligence. Once the word “racism” has been attached, the unwelcome findings of intelligence researchers can be ignored. The truth becomes irrelevant. Participation in the research effort is not even necessary. Those who use the term “scientific racism” thereby delude themselves.

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  • Emil O.W. Kirkegaard has posted the famous but long-lost 1971 article in The Atlantic "I.Q." by Richard Herrnstein, future co-author of The Bell Curve 23 years later. The editors wrote an introduction that concluded: The decline in The Atlantic raises doubts about the Flynn Effect, does it not?
  • @Phil
    What is the state of the art knowledge about the Flynn effect anyway?

    What causes it? A while back I read Everything Bad Is Good for You by Steven Johnson, and the thesis seemed to be was that it was environmental factors causing it, TV shows with more complex plots, video games that made you solve problems, navigating more devices, that sort of thing

    conversely, it seems like as information manipulation is increasingly tied to economic well being, it seems like there could be a eugenic effect going on, nerds who wouldn't have been desirable mates as farmhands, are as engineers ...

    is there evidence for one of these thesis's vs the other?

    Hunting around to see if you’d already written a review of Everything Bad Is Good for You, the article below was https://www.unz.com/isteve/white-guy-wins-nba-mvp-award/

    This part ages especially well:

    “This raises a more general question about the state of African-American culture. On a variety of measures, blacks are doing better than in the early 1990s: crime is way down, illegitimacy is down, and abortion is down.

    But, African-America’s flagship, the NBA, is culturally stuck in the gangsta rap era that began about 1988 with NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” album, which spread the crack dealer’s ethos nationwide. The typical NBA star in his prime today was an impressionable adolescent during the worst years of the crack era, about 1988-1994, and his selfish play and squabbling demeanor reflects the culture of that era. It will be interesting to see whether African-American players with better attitudes are coming along. Perhaps Lebron James, who finished sixth in the voting at the age of 20, is a hopeful harbinger.”

    Not only James, but it almost hints at the unselfish ball movement style of the Warriors on the distant horizon

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    I don't watch too much basketball these days, but I've noticed that many Europeans and a few South Americans (i.e., Manu Ginobili) are making inroads in the NBA. Perhaps emphasis on team play as opposed to individual hijinks have something to do with this.
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  • What is the state of the art knowledge about the Flynn effect anyway?

    What causes it? A while back I read Everything Bad Is Good for You by Steven Johnson, and the thesis seemed to be was that it was environmental factors causing it, TV shows with more complex plots, video games that made you solve problems, navigating more devices, that sort of thing

    conversely, it seems like as information manipulation is increasingly tied to economic well being, it seems like there could be a eugenic effect going on, nerds who wouldn’t have been desirable mates as farmhands, are as engineers …

    is there evidence for one of these thesis’s vs the other?

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    Hunting around to see if you'd already written a review of Everything Bad Is Good for You, the article below was https://www.unz.com/isteve/white-guy-wins-nba-mvp-award/

    This part ages especially well:

    "This raises a more general question about the state of African-American culture. On a variety of measures, blacks are doing better than in the early 1990s: crime is way down, illegitimacy is down, and abortion is down.

    But, African-America’s flagship, the NBA, is culturally stuck in the gangsta rap era that began about 1988 with NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” album, which spread the crack dealer’s ethos nationwide. The typical NBA star in his prime today was an impressionable adolescent during the worst years of the crack era, about 1988-1994, and his selfish play and squabbling demeanor reflects the culture of that era. It will be interesting to see whether African-American players with better attitudes are coming along. Perhaps Lebron James, who finished sixth in the voting at the age of 20, is a hopeful harbinger."

    Not only James, but it almost hints at the unselfish ball movement style of the Warriors on the distant horizon
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: ... Since 1929, anthropologists have assured us that race is just a social construct, that ancient peoples made pots not war, that Aryan conquests in India and Europe were Nazi delusions, that the caste system was imposed on the egalitarian Indians by British colonialists, and many other agreeable...
  • @Harry Baldwin
    But he’s tiptoeing up to the same conclusion that more and more people have reached, namely that there is a limit to what social interventions can do when it comes to the behaviors and associated outcomes with groups of people whose ancestors were under very different selective pressures.

    Our masters have already foreseen this and neutralized it by the strategy of flooding Western nations with so many unassimilable immigrants that whatever conclusions people finally reach, it will be too late to act upon them.

    Also, the weighty journal Nature has just been merged with Springer; you can be sure that the higher-ups already intend to be the gatekeepers of the truth as the genomic evidence continues to come out. And the New York Times and other MSM outlets will make sure that the people hear what they need to know.

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  • Cavalli-Sforza defined indigenous peoples according to who occupied territory before 1492. Thus, Native American Indians are indigenous to the Americas, and ethnic Europeans are not. Reich encourages us to “embrace” mixture and recognize that Cavalli-Sforza’s classifications reflected earlier migrations and invasions.

    Of course. We can “embrace” mixture as a historical reality, but we do not have to embrace invasions and mass immigration. Cavalli-Sforza’s “genetic clusters,” which correspond to laypeople’s conceptions of race, are simply referred to by Reich as ancestry groups. Fine. “Race” has become a poisonous word. Words matter. The underlying reality is that the ancestry groups have distinctive average IQ scores and socioeconomic outcomes, and the research to date (e,g., Rindermann) indicates that, in the main, cause and effect runs from ancestry group to IQ to socioeconomic outcomes, and not so much from socioeconomic outcomes to IQ. Reich has a laudable and unflinching commitment to genomic truth, but flinches when faced with the social realities involved.

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  • After 20 years of silence from academics, Nathan Cofnas has written a comprehensive critical review of The Culture of Critique in an academic venue. I have been waiting for this to happen and was beginning to think it never would. Academics want their work to be taken seriously, and honest academics value the rough and...
  • @utu

    Richard Lynn – the guy who published “The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish Intelligence and Achievement” and started the “110 Ashkenazi IQ” ball rolling
     
    It is the shabbos goys who are doing the job of spreading the gospel of Jewish HBD supremacy: Lynn, Murray, Cochran, Sailer, Peterson with some help of Jews like Harris and Pinker. The meme is going mainstream and is there to help the masses understand that their masters are there because of immutable universal laws established by IQ sacred science and nothing can be done about it except to submit to masters. But masters are not cruel and let whites having some consolation with that their IQ is higher than that of blacks. The consoling goes 24/7 at VDare and iSteve with occasional reminding how smart our masters are.

    “The meme is going mainstream and is there to help the masses understand that their masters are there because of immutable universal laws established by IQ sacred science and nothing can be done about it except to submit to masters.”

    This is, of course, irresponsible rhetoric. The point is simply that, on average, blacks are less intelligent and are therefore likely earn less than other major racial groups. It is now generally accepted amongst labor economists–Roland Fryer is a good example–that a lack of cognitive ability is the #1 factor causing the earnings of blacks to languish. Fryer has occasionally fallen for “Harlem education miracles” and the like, and James Heckman has looked to comprehensive pre-school education to close “the gap”, but the gap remains. “IQ theories,” like other theories, are never really proven. They just haven’t been convincingly falsified, at least for the time being. No one really knows where average black genotypic IQ lies. Heiner Rindermann’s recent estimate is 93.

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    Looks like you like the bait they caught you very much. So I will not argue with you and let you stay in the sandbox with the Black IQ as your favorite toy.
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  • @utu

    Richard Lynn – the guy who published “The Chosen People: A Study of Jewish Intelligence and Achievement” and started the “110 Ashkenazi IQ” ball rolling
     
    It is the shabbos goys who are doing the job of spreading the gospel of Jewish HBD supremacy: Lynn, Murray, Cochran, Sailer, Peterson with some help of Jews like Harris and Pinker. The meme is going mainstream and is there to help the masses understand that their masters are there because of immutable universal laws established by IQ sacred science and nothing can be done about it except to submit to masters. But masters are not cruel and let whites having some consolation with that their IQ is higher than that of blacks. The consoling goes 24/7 at VDare and iSteve with occasional reminding how smart our masters are.

    “It is the shabbos goys who are doing the job of spreading the gospel of Jewish HBD supremacy: Lynn, Murray, Cochran, Sailer, Peterson…”

    Are you sure that Steve Sailer is a goy?

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  • On Monday, the Monmouth University Polling Institute released the results of a survey that found that "a large bipartisan majority... feel that national policy is being manipulated or directed by a 'Deep State' of unelected government officials.....[1] According to the survey:"...6-in-10 Americans (60%) feel that unelected or appointed government officials have too much influence in...
  • @paraglider
    everything you say is true and it does not matter unless you are an american.

    our elites along with the english have been ruling the world for 5 centuries and are now in hysteria because all that is now drawing to a close. without the usa military acting as a global enforcer for elites wet dreams they remain wet dreams.

    russia now technically has thwarted our elites from using muscle. chinas economic rise will supplant the usa within a decade and by the 2030's the financial center of the world will move to shanghai from new york/london.

    the entire history of mankind speaks the same tale. once and empire collapses it NEVER recovers its former status and power. the anglosaxon empire is now running on empty...ergo the media hysteria of russia this and that. even the serfs.....thats you and i.....can no longer be trusted to vote the way we are told.

    the msm is dying as the go to organization for people control. we no longer live in the 20th century so the iron fist of ruling is pretty much out as an option.

    the elites have their wealth but their power at least here is on the downswing.

    ideas and opinion are how societies are controlled and the elite orgs for disseminating these things have become embarassingly overt which makes their effectivness drop towards zero.... hence the hysteria.

    when you have nothing to sell or nothing anyone with a brain will purchase you have to appeal to irrational emotions............but that is a futile game plan because maintaining that level of frantic enrgy is exhausting and collapses in time of its own accord.

    all the rising east has to do is watch us eat ourselves to death. they have to do nothing aggressive towards our deep state idiots in power do it for them.

    at the end of the day americans will still be stuck with the swamp until it collapses into bankruptcy once the dollar loses its reserve status... still some years ahead.... by 2030.

    once the dollars loses its status america becomes regular nation. how we pick up the pieces after that will be the real story.

    “…chinas economic rise will supplant the usa within a decade…”

    Uh-no, according to the World Bank, average real living standards in China are still below those in Mexico. Those in the US are almost 4 times as high. When I walk the streets of Shanghai I still see people on decrepit bicycles hauling cinder blocks in wooden carts. The stock exchange and financial accounting in Shanghai are still opaque. Come with me, and I’ll show you where congregations of amputee beggars hang out. Most of the rest of the country is poorer.

    But some day in the distant future…

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    And what has any of this to do with them becoming a financial power? In fact this more likely explains why they will. How many people here have the ambition to haul cinderblocks on a bicycle? Also seems like you may have given us a glimpse into our future. Scary.
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  • From Vox: Hume and Voltaire make guest appearances as evil white men.
  • @t
    https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/978814404379553792

    Dear Matt,

    You deliberately refer to “racists” as a way to try to discredit honest intelligence research. You put “anti-racism” above the truth.

    Dear Jeet,

    It is now generally accepted in the field of labor economics that black-white differences in cognitive ability do more to explain black-white differences in earnings than lax policy (or lax policy enforcement) regarding “equal opportunity” or affirmative action. That is why, James Heckman has continually argued in favor of greater access to pre-school education. Unfortunately, the most common research finding with respect to pre-school education is that it does not permanently increase a student’s IQ.

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  • Dear Ezra,

    Does slavery explain why blacks do comparatively well on forward digits tests (remembering and reciting a series of digits in correct order), but poorly on backwards digits test (reciting the digits in reverse order)?

    Does slavery explain why, when asked to register answers to simple questions electronically by using buttons on a console, blacks on average have the slowest decision-making times, but the fastest hand-movement times?

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  • From the New York Times: Here's Razib's early reaction to Reich's book. Greg Cochran is doing a fundraiser at West Hunter to pay him to review "Who We Are" in depth. In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race,” an influential book that argued that race is a...
  • @bike-anarchist
    I would say that you are brainwashed into thinking there are races.
    I prefer to look at large collections of certain phenotypes as being of an ethnicity based on environment and interbreeding.

    Any XY human can breed with any XX human. Any other differences, like race, are categorized by those that perceive differences as having an effect on the manufactured hierarchy of a supposed "higher" or "superior" human's preconceptions.

    Did you read what Dr. Reich said about prostate cancer? Was he thus claiming that sub-Saharan Africans are inferior people to ethnic Europeans?

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  • From Vox on Chetty's latest paper: This seems to be a Thing among female SJWs lately: announcing how exhausted you are by people not automatically submitting to your arguments. At the same time, the gender asymmetry found in the paper serves to rebut a remarkably persistent racist trope: that the black-white income gap is due...
  • @Anon
    Maybe this is obvious, but both black men and black women in the top 10% pretty much have their choice of job offers because businesses need to appear diverse so they grab whoever's the best available. (So every crime show has a black tech wizard who mostly can barely say their lines.) So their pay levels are much higher than you'd otherwise expect.

    Very important point. The black-white IQ gap is HIGHER at HIGHER income levels because affirmative action inflates black income levels at the high end; whites have to have MUCH higher IQs to earn as much as these blacks.

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  • Things are moving so fast in genetic research on intelligence that one cannot take a coffee break without missing important announcements. By way of small compensation, even the biggest breakthroughs are based on previous breakthroughs, so most stories in science are about a pattern of results rather than a single paper, and that pattern eventually...
  • @CanSpeccy

    IQ isn’t construct valid therefore we can’t logically state that IQ tests test ‘intelligence’.
     
    Yes, that is the heart of the matter. Psychologists use a circular definition of intelligence to justify their claim to be able to measure it:

    What does an IQ test measure? It measures intelligence.
    What is intelligence? It is what an IQ test measures.

    Pressed on the matter, they will present you with "g." But g is, to use the current terminology, a nothingburger. The correlation coefficients from which g is derived are minor. So yes, of course there are some common factors in all aspects of intelligent behavior. You need a beating heart to pump blood and oxygen to the brain. You need a functioning liver to supply glucose to the brain, etc. But that's it: g could be nothing more than an index of cardiovascular health.

    Get serous. g differences explain a substantial amount of the variance in a variety of phenomena. General mental ability has been the single best predictor of job performance according to 100 years of research.

    Deary recently defined intelligence as general cognitive function. That’s a good start.

    Don’t create straw men.

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    General mental ability has been the single best predictor of job performance according to 100 years of research.
     
    Well that is the point of an IQ test isn't it? To predict something.

    I never suggested that people with high IQ's are not intelligent. They are obviously intelligent at doing IQ tests, which means they have good verbal and mathematical reasoning ability. But traditional academic tests do as well at predicting both academic potential and workplace success, or so Lynn has concluded.

    However, if you want to know if someone has the hand:eye coordination to be a surgeon, or the ear to be a violin virtuoso, (both forms of cleverness that the dictionary allows are forms of intelligence) then some other kind of test is necessary.

    As for wisdom, judgement, humor, etc., we don't even have a clue how to measure them, yet they are surely the higher forms of intelligence.


    Deary recently defined intelligence as general cognitive function. That’s a good start.
     
    Good start at what? To define intelligence as general cognitive function is entirely circular.

    g differences explain a substantial amount of the variance in a variety of phenomena
     
    g is based on correlations among tests of different mental attributes and in general those correlations are low. Overall r squared is less than 0.1: e.g.: Pearsonian intercorrelation matrix.
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  • In Vox, there's an article about the Amy Wax Brouhaha at Penn Law School that is amusing even by 2018 standards for Guilt-by-Association: And, after a slow start, we're off to the races: Amy Wax ~ Jason Richwine ~ Richard Spencer ~ Charles Murray ~ John Derbyshire.
  • @J.Ross
    Racists only ever say one thing, and they say this thing by accidentally betraying their own racism (which is deplorable by the way). Worrying about what fake point the racist was ostensibly making would be like trying to argue with a demon. If their knowledge is something we already know, then we don't need it from them, and if it is racism, then we don't want it, so burn it all.

    You put “anti-racism” above the truth. You suggest that “racism” is wrong even if Amy Wax has knowledge about black academic performance that you don’t have. Race differences are real, and law students are an excellent case in point.

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    Sarcasm, phil, I was relating the SJW attitudes to the Spanish burning the Aztec codices.
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  • I haven't been paying attention to the current hoo-ha over Trump-linked marketing firm Cambridge Analytica and their suddenly famous ex-CEO Alexander Nix, but I do have one comment: Doesn't "Alexander Nix" sound like the name of the bad guy in a James Bond movie? In other Name News, I particularly like the name of the...
  • @Anon


    Culture is an obvious explanation for some disparities: if a wave of Irish immigrants to Boston joins fire departments, and Italians start restaurants, then we might expect that the next generation of Bostonians will contain a disproportionate number of Irish firefighters and Italian restaurant owners.

     

    Could it be that Jews go into white collar professions because their parents went into white collar professions and that this culture of going into white collar professions is the explanation for their "high IQ" and not the other way around? (they go into white collar professions because they have high IQs, as usually proposed)

    Isn't culture usually a more parsimonious explanation for psychological differences between closely related groups than genetics is?

    What if the groups differ in their average performance on a backwards digits test? What if groups differ in their average decision-making times for very simple mental challenges? These test have very little cultural content, but major racial groups differ from one another in terms of average outcomes.

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    I agree phil,

    But, where are these culture-free IQ tests that demonstrate these differences you speak of between Jews and White Gentiles? Do they exist, because I've been looking and I can't find them. I would be most indebted to you if you could find them.

    Also, see this comment

    Let's not rush to say that because 60,000 years of isolation caused a 15 point genetic IQ gap between whites and blacks, that 1,000 years of isolation also created a 15 point genetic gap between whites and Jews, when culture is a much more parsimonious explanation, and whites, in fact, seem have slightly bigger brains than Jews, which flies in the face of the genetic explanation.
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  • From my new column in Taki's Magazine: But now in 2018, Stanford economist Raj Chetty is more or less admitting he got it wrong: instead, race matters. ... Now that Chetty has race data, he admits that the real main reason behind America’s long-running social problems is mostly just what I’ve been telling him for...
  • “In fact, Chetty is beginning to admit that his whole obsession with income mobility was a distraction:

    ‘Mobility by itself is not the solution when it results in movement only within the lowest parts of the respective income distribution.’”

    As Gregory Clark discovered as a result of 6 years of research for The Son Also Rises (Princeton University Press), a lot of “mobility” is just random fluctuations in income. Life has a large element of luck or chance. This also explains why efforts to find all the factors (including IQ) that account for differences in pay levels across individuals account for only a minor part of the variance. Nevertheless, over several generations, the same surnames pop up again and again as having higher social status than other surnames; Clark could not rule out genetics as being decisive over a period of multiple generations.

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  • James Levine, the conductor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, had been notorious since the 1970s for running a gay sex cult for barely legal teenage boys who would do anything to be classical musicians. He finally got fired in the #MeToo purge. Now Levine's suing on the grounds that he was really fired...
  • When is the #MeToo movement going to come for Bill Clinton?

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    "When is the #MeToo movement going to come for Bill Clinton?"

    I can't imagine anyone wanting to come for Bill Clinton.
    , @Robert Hume

    When is the #MeToo movement going to come for Bill Clinton?
     
    Or Jack Kennedy
    , @njguy73

    When is the #MeToo movement going to come for Bill Clinton?
     
    I think enough people have come for him already ;)
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  • Things are moving so fast in genetic research on intelligence that one cannot take a coffee break without missing important announcements. By way of small compensation, even the biggest breakthroughs are based on previous breakthroughs, so most stories in science are about a pattern of results rather than a single paper, and that pattern eventually...
  • @RaceRealist88
    1) This paper is 2 months old so it's not 'new' (people are now talking about it because of the news articles on it methinks).

    2) Same problems as other GWA studies. Social class stratification confounds the results. The 7 percent 'explained' are genetic differences between classes which are functionally irrelevant to cognitive ability and educational attainment.

    "The point is that migration history creates correlations between social class and genetic variation, albeit functionally irrelevant to CA or EA."

    "In sum, it seems highly likely that genetic differences—albeit ones irrelevant to CA/EA differences—will correlate with social class. This is why contemporary GWAS/PGS find direct (but weak) correlations with SES [2], although interpreted as an effect of genetic variation on SES, rather than vice versa as argued here. Of course, all the correlations account for only small amounts of variance in the respective traits and in a context in which the vast majority of genetic variation is within, rather than between, local groups. But that is all that is needed to account for the tiny correlations found in GWAS/PGS."

    http://sci-hub.tw/10.15252/embr.201744140

    We can also discuss how tests are constructed on the basis of social class, too, which then 'causes' these test scores due to the sociocognitive-affective nexus among other factors. IQ tests are constructed on the basis of who the constructors believe is or is not 'intelligent' and items are removed that don't fit normality. "

    https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/0382/3398d781543cd0edcf51f181074f4c3ff35b.pdf

    "So it should come as no surprise that performance on them [IQ tests] is associated with school performance. As Robert L. Thorndike and Elizabeth P. Hagan explained in their leading testbook, Educational and Psychological Measurement, "From the very way these tests were assembled [such correlation] could hardly be otherwise." (Richardson, 2017: 85)

    https://cup.columbia.edu/book/genes-brains-and-human-potential/9780231178426


    "it provides potential physiological mechanisms and an overall rationale for arguing that the revealed associations are causative"
     
    How? GWA studies don't show causation (just like heritability estimates) so how would it show physiological mechanisms in pathways for 'intelligence'?

    "For those who, like me, don’t take easily to genetic jargon, just think of all this as computer code. If you look through traditional computer code you will find sub-routines and Go To instructions"
     
    Would it be fair to say you're saying 'input ---> output'?

    Also re GWA studies:

    "As we run larger and larger GWAS, some of the signals that emerge may turn out to reflect the action of modifiable (e.g., environmental or behavioural) exposures, rather than more direct biological effects."

    http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1005765

    84 percent of genes are expressed in the brain, so it's going to be very tough to 'find these genes'.

    "These results corroborate with the results from previous studies, which have shown 84% of genes to be expressed in the adult human brain …"

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-00952-9

    It's so tough because the BG model is wrong and twin studies are highly flawed.

    http://logosjournal.com/2015/joseph-twin-research/

    http://cyber.sci-hub.tw/MTAuMTAwMi93Y3MuMTQwNQ==/10.1002%40wcs.1405.pdf

    IQ tests are rubbish and they do not test 'intelligence' (whatever that is.

    In the article Hill et. al refer to intelligence as general cognitive function. One indication of the validity of the concept is the finding of Schmidt, Oh, and Shaffer in Personnel Psychology that,
    based on 100 years of research, general mental ability is the single best predictor of job performance.

    “The Validity and Utility of Selection Methods in Personnel Psychology: Practical and Theoretical Implications of 100 Years of Research Finding”.

    Then there is Garett Jones’ finding in Economic Systems that IQ is the single most robust regressor for explaining differences in the growth of total factor productivity across countries. Jones was careful to make sure that the results were not simply a case of reverse causality.

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  • Random Critical Analysis points to UCLA Law professor Richard H. Sander's 2004 article in the Stanford Law Review, "A System Analysis of Affirmative Action in Law Schools." It features data from the Law School Admission Council's study of 27,000 law students who started in the fall of 1991. It's extremely relevant to this week's Amy...
  • @Lot
    "One question is why the law school gap is so huge? Why is it two standard deviations instead of the usual one standard deviation seen most elsewhere?"

    Simple matter of math. As you go further out to the right of the bell curve, the greater the white to black ratio becomes. In the US population it is about 5. In the 90IQ+ population it might be 6.5, at 100+ it is higher still.

    Elite law schools are looking at 140IQ+ populations. There are so few blacks even close to this level, the degree of AA has to be gigantic compared to, say, firemen.

    Same principle applies to Ashkenazi, at a certain very high level of IQ, you will get a US population that is about 40% Ashkenazi and less than 0.1% black/mestizo.

    Great comment. I would add that the LSAT emphasizes critical reading (CR) skills. Whites do well on CR compared to other racial groups–as well or better than Asians. The LSAT does not test math, on which Asians (on average) are clearly better than whites.

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  • From The Telegraph: Not sure this is "the first time" because it's of course a question of how much IQ can be predicted. In that they live longer, etc. Presumably, a lot of IQ variation is less due to having genes that are better, on paper, at generating higher IQ and instead are due to...
  • “Socioeconomic status does, however, have an significant effect on success in life, given the power of the connected to favor their own relatives…”

    Not as much as you seem to think. Studies of adoptees find that their incomes as adults are not strongly correlated with the incomes of their adoptive parents. However, the correlation between the incomes of parents and biological children IS rather high–more so because the parents gave them genes.

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  • Up until, or on the day, a predictable calamity unfolds in South Africa, you still find Western Media insisting that, No, there's no racial component to the butchering of thousands of white rural folks in ways that would make Shaka Zulu proud. No, the mutilated, tortured, white bodies of Boer and British men, women and...
  • @EliteCommInc.
    I am not clear that you have a grasp for what apartheid was or its application. All of the benefits that you claim were brought to this region of Africa was denied to the majority of the population. So whatever benefits existed were almost exclusively for whites.

    Given the application of apartheid, no person of Christ could legitimately condone, support it, muchless in engage in it and stand in a congregation announcing the joys and expectations of of Christ and the Apostles.

    It is so drastically counter to everything Christ died to bestow in this life and beyond --- that making Christ a tool of the system has no justification. You'll have to do better than note the varying societies in which Christianity existed to square a life in Christ with apartheid.

    And no one demanding justice for injustices against Palestinians, could defend it it with a clear conscience, regardless of how one may feel about a particular group --

    During apartheid there was net in-migration of blacks from other African countries. Of course, whites could have given more to blacks, but blacks in South Africa were generally better off than their neighbors and possibly better off than people living in the Soviet Union.

    In Zimbabwe, average living standards are less than half of what they were at their peak. We will see what happens in South Africa.

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    There is a wide breadth of comments on this issue. Allow me to be clear:


    1. i don't agree with rev Farrakahn about Jews as a general state of being.

    2. your comments suggests that if i beat my dog five times less than i beat my neighbors, it's ok to beat
    my dog -- mind you human beings aren't dogs.

    3. the very nature of apartheid means no one claiming Christ can engage in it with a clear conscience.
    offering up that its crumbs were beneficial misses the point of what Christ meant when he made the
    reference.

    4. most are better off in the US than most around the globe -- that does not by definition suggest
    that violating my person or my rights is acceptable.

    Your argument is that my trouncing you is ok because , others are trounced worse. i am not inclined to accept that as standard --
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  • Great work, Ilana. One of your best efforts, and heartfelt, I’m sure.

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    Why was Saka Zulu a butcher? Why can't he be the African Alexander the Great? Did Zulu say anything bad about him? Based on what the author said about Saka in an unwarranted Western bigotry fashion, how much can we believe what is in the article?
    , @The Colonel
    Ilana
    Not a peep from the USA taxpaying PBS NPR crowd of all things justice..
    Nothing from the longtime
    Nightly schill Driftwood Judy
    Who licked Mandelas boots
    And Obama cuffed pants

    Or Pacifica commie radio


    Not to mention The Urban View on Sirius
    No pin on serious channel
    Hope to have you in again in April

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  • From The Guardian: "Gavin Evans lectures first year and post-graduate students in journalism at Birkbeck, and over the past decade has also lectured at Birkbeck in critical thinking, media law, online journalism and aspects of media theory. He also supervises MA dissertations at Cardiff University, where he lectures in research methodology, and he is a...
  • @MEH 0910
    https://twitter.com/gmrevans/status/969616280897671173

    From Intelligence (September-October 2013):
    IQ and the wealth of nations: How much reverse causality?
    Gregory B. Christainsen

    Article history:
    Received 25 February 2013
    Received in revised form 29 June 2013
    Accepted 19 July 2013

    ABSTRACT
    This paper uses data from 130 IQ test administrations worldwide and employs regression analysis
    to try to quantify the impact of living conditions on average IQ scores in nationally-representative
    samples. The study emphasizes the possible role of conditions at or near the test-takers’ time of
    birth. The paper finds that the impact of living conditions is of much smaller magnitude than is
    suggested by just looking at correlations between average IQ scores and socioeconomic indicators.
    After controlling for test-takers’ region of ancestry, the impact of parasitic diseases on average IQ
    is found to be statistically insignificant when test results from the Caribbean are included in the
    analysis. As far as IQ and the wealth of nations are concerned, causality thus appears to run mostly
    from the former to the latter. The test-takers’ region of ancestry dominates the regression results.
    While differences in average scores worldwide can thus be plausibly viewed as being influenced
    by genetic differences across world regions, it is also possible that score differences are influenced
    by regional differences in culture that are independent of genetic factors. Differences in average IQ
    across world regions may change in the years ahead insofar as the strength of Flynn effects may
    not be uniform, but some regional differences in average g levels seem likely to continue
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  • @Daniel Chieh
    Honestly, after seeing some African-American "raising" practices, I would be seriously pushed into the nurture camp. You know how Gregory Clark says that you probably would need a bunt hammer on infants to make serious environmental differences on a baby's IQ into an adult?

    Well, between the drugs, the yelling and violence, I'm beginning to think that bunt hammer might exist after all.

    Not that I seriously want to steelman this argument, but I think there were studies that African children raised by white German couples had significant better results than their counterpoints as well.

    Dan,

    You’re better than that! Following Plomin, the home environment is conditioned by genes more so than people are shaped by their home environment (at least in the long run). If the home environment were decisive, biologically unrelated children reared in the same adoptive family would systematically tend to turn out similar to one another in terms of intelligence and personality–but they don’t.

    Regarding “African” children raised by German mothers, you seem to be referring to the Eyferth study:
    “The Eyferth study is the name often given to a study conducted by psychologist Klaus Eyferth concerning the IQs of white and racially mixed children in post-Second World War West Germany. The mothers of the children studied were white German women, while their fathers were white and African-American members of the US occupation forces.” (Wikipedia)

    This study is not highly regarded by most experts on transracial adoption because the biological fathers of the black children had been screened before induction into the armed forces. They were thus not representative of all black fathers; they were more intelligent than other blacks on average.

    In contrast, the Minnesota Transracial Adoption Study found that, by adulthood, black children raised in upper-middle class white families did not average higher average IQs than other black children in Minnesota, and they were still more likely to be more extroverted and impulsive than white children turn out to be.

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    My point simply was that dropped babies probably have worse lifetime outcomes.

    It was mostly a throwaway comment, but its interesting to learn that they weren't adoptees, but mixed descendents of the Eyferth study.
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  • Richard Lynn is one of very few academics whose impact on their discipline is such that the field could scarcely be discussed without referring to him. In psychology, and particularly the study of intelligence, Lynn has carved out a dominant, innovative, and extraordinarily productive career spanning several decades. He remains prolific at age 87, and...
  • @AaronB

    Those of us who believe in a truly objective pursuit of science
     
    Perhaps that's your problem....to believe such a thing is possible is itself heavily unobjective and irrational, itself a tactic in a social battle as well as a consoling religious beliefs.

    Darwinism gives us no reason to believe our minds are designed for anything other than survival, and thus we are ineradicably prone to self-deception - our science cannot, according to Darwinism, be objective, but must reflect our biological imperatives for survival.

    Nothing is more irrational and unobjective than to believe science can be objective. It's an activity carried out by biological organisms under the imperatives of survival and reproduction.

    Belief in objectivity - that truth is accessible to the human mind - is a religious belief.

    In technology we can test what works - planes fall out of the sky if our formulas don't work. That does not mean our formulas are true, merely that they work.

    In social science our formulas cannot be tested in such a way, but are merely grafted onto facts to form a narrative, which are inevitably shaped by our biological needs.

    This can be seen most clearly in the science of IQ - in this science, the idea that motivation may differ between groups and heavily affect IQ is refused consideration because it clashes with the emotional imperatives of those doing the research.

    Of course, such self-awareness is denied those who seek to transcend their human condition by styling themselves "objective" - a DarwinIan impossibility - and the contradictions they involve themselves in are visible only to those outside their mythical framework.

    You refer to objectivity in such an absolutist way that, of course, it becomes impossible to achieve.

    Don’t set up an absolute standard. Be reasonable. There are researchers practicing objective science every day. Of course, we don’t prove everything with absolute certainty. We merely fail to falsify certain propositions, and we stand by, ready to modify our views if contrary evidence arises.

    And of course, IQ researchers have often discussed the possible impact of motivation on test results. Duckworth is a prominent case in point, but no one has found evidence sufficient to justify waiving away stark group differences in average scores. For example, average decision-making times differ across racial groups, but the major racial group that has the slowest decision-making times (on average) exhibits the fastest hand movements (on average) when called upon to register its decisions on a console; the test-takers are generally quite well-motivated. Conversely, the major racial group with the fastest decision-making times has the poorest motor skills for registering its decisions. Fortunately, the technology is able to separate out the decision-making times from the movement times rather well.

    Richard Lynn deserves credit for blazing a trail that no one else had dared to travel. He does make mistakes, and his statistical skills are not especially good, but other researchers have improved upon his work. Social science research can be very difficult, but progress has been made.

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    I'm being reasonable. I'm against the absolutist claims of others.

    I discussed the way motivation has been tested for on an Anatoly Karlin thread - basically, the tests simply reproduce the problem, showing bad faith or simple stupidity. It's an insoluble problem, but they don't want to admit for emotional reasons.

    I'm not against figuring out "what works" - that's all we can ever do. Science, through Darwinism, has shown its unscientific to believe our minds have been shaped to know truth,or be objective. It's unscientific to believe our minds can ever be free of biological impetatives.

    I'm performing an internal criticism here - those who ccept science can't believe in truth or objectivity, they can only believe in "what works" for the time being - and may not have work in the past and may not in the future - not can they believe that humans can - or even should - be objective or free of our biological imperatives.

    This notion of a neutral and objective science is a religious myth. Let me put to you this way, and I think is the crux of of the argument that will demonstrate once we got all that science is far from an example of rising above our biological imperatives.

    It's true that scientists can discipline themselves into "objectivity" in reference to "what works" - i.e they can put wishes aside and be honest about whether their formulas actually produced the expected result.

    Why can they do this? Simply, because doing so serves biological needs of survival (power over nature). The discipline of objectivity is itself in service to biological imperatives - and thus will break down if it no longer serves biological imperatives, or clashes with other biological imperatives . In fact, science is very selective in what it will "consider" because it is not after truth, but in service to biology.

    Scientific "objevtivity" is merely suppressing some biological needs in order to better satisfy others. The idea of a "disintefested" search for the truth is an impossibility - If you believe Darwin.

    We are mere animals.

    Now, romanticism of "truth loving" Westerners who will sacrifice their self interest aside, we can see that Western science advanced for a time the self-intetested biological needs of Western man, however, the myth of disinterested inquiry has of late become a liability and threatens the biological destruction of Western man.

    Of course, no change of course will be made until catastrophe.
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  • From Bloomberg: You Can't Have Denmark Without Danes What a small, happy country can teach a huge and fractious one. And what it can't. By Megan McArdle February 22, 2018, 11:00 PM PST ... Denmark showed up in American politics during the first Democratic primary debate in October 2015, when Senator Bernie Sanders cited it...
  • @Anonymous
    Saying it would be a "nice place" and better than Haiti is a copout. Nobody doubts such vague generalities. The point is that it wouldn't have its current mix of welfare and government spending if it had to actually be much more independent.

    The EU is only a few decades old. Denmark existed before the EU.

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  • When I was six to eight years old around 1965-67, one episode of a TV show was filmed at the local park. It was a rock and roll show and I think the band in the episode was Paul Revere and the Raiders (known for Mann & Weil's "Kicks" and always performing in rather sweaty...
  • @anonymouslee
    Any other memory checks you're aware of?

    im very good at dating childhood memories because I moved every year or so. if it's a decent enough memory to know where I was I really can't be wrong on the date.

    this also makes me extremely skeptical of people's early memories. I know where I lived when I was 2, 3, 4 , 5 (3 states, 4 cities, 5 houses up to kindergarten) and what I do and especially dont remember. Frankly, I think people are not even close about when they say they can remember to.

    Sporting events are pretty extensively documented, so details surrounding them tend to make for useful fact checks

    http://xoxohth.com/thread.php?thread_id=3645778&mc=17&forum_id=2#33543683

    I tried to recall some facts about the 1991 Ohio State basketball team there.

    I can actually date a fairly stupid amount of my life based on which football game was on the TV in the background at the time (probably a sign that I’m paying attention to the wrong things in life [oh well])

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  • From The New Yorker: The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller’s Russia Indictments By Masha Gessen February 20, 2018 ... It is true that the indictment tells us nothing about connections between the Russian efforts and the Trump campaign, and the Trump victory. It is also true that Moscow is laughing, at least in part because the...
  • OT: The Sports Illustrated expose on the Dallas Mavs’ hostile work environment features a cast of characters that should sound familiar to iSteve readers.

    https://www.si.com/nba/2018/02/20/dallas-mavericks-sexual-misconduct-investigation-mark-cuban-response

    Main culprit is the business CEO who in addition to impressive educational credentials added diversity in the executive ranks

    from a 1993 Sports Illustrated profile:

    “Will Ussery be among the NBA’s next call-ups? “Isn’t that what the league’s all about, to get to the next step?” says Utah Jazz president Frank Layden. “T is something special, and the next step would be a higher position in the major leagues. There are so few black men in executive positions. Now that we have a very bright black man in a key position in charge of a professional league, let’s fight to get him up there.” Up, and over the fence.”

    https://www.si.com/vault/1993/05/03/128532/in-a-league-of-his-own-cba-commissioner-terdema-ussery-ii-has-risen-from-the-back-streets-to-the-front-office

    other culprit is a Mavs website writer who had a habit of beating up his girlfriends

    https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&hl=en&biw=758&bih=430&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=CIGNWtPzIKW8ggfD5pyYAw&q=Earl+K.+Sneed+&oq=Earl+K.+Sneed+&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i30k1.4407224.4409025.0.4409776.2.2.0.0.0.0.372.543.0j1j0j1.2.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.2.541…0.0.m3nAc2HsOK4

    and the white head of HR who looks like he’ll be the fall guy for not doing anything about the other two guys

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  • Robert Mueller's Friday night indictment-spree, is a flagrant and infuriating attempt to divert attention from the damning revelations in the Nunes memo (and the Graham-Grassley "criminal referral") which prove that senior-level officials at the FBI and DOJ were engaged in an expansive conspiracy to subvert the presidential elections by spying on members of the Trump...
  • @jilles dykstra
    For me one of the greatest nations on this earth is small insignificant Denmark.
    It does not wage wars far from home, it does not allow foreigners to buy houses or land, it has an excellent pension system and social security system, and an excellent health care system.
    It does not welcome large numbers of migrants, has a very low crime rate.
    There may be very rich Danes, but they do not display their wealth.
    The only thing I blame Denmark for is the oversized and luxurious post offices.
    The country side is not impressive, nor what farmers produce, sugar beets.
    And so the Danes are the happiest people on earth, surveys conclude.

    All true. Good comment. Also, Denmark appears to have a genetic advantage when it comes to happiness, its lousy weather notwithstanding! See “National Happiness and Genetic Distance: A Cautious Exploration,” by
    Eugenio Proto and Andrew J. Oswald, University of Warwick.

    Abstract
    This paper studies a famous unsolved puzzle in quantitative social science. Why do
    some nations report such high levels of mental well-being? Denmark, for instance,
    regularly tops the league table of rich countries’ happiness; Britain and the US enter
    further down; some nations do unexpectedly poorly. The explanation for the long observed ranking — one that holds after adjustment for GDP and other socioeconomic
    variables — is currently unknown. Using data on 131 countries, the paper cautiously
    explores a new approach. It documents three forms of evidence consistent with the
    hypothesis that some nations may have a genetic advantage in well-being.

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  • Where is the March for Science when you need it? The science deniers are out in full force. And no, it’s not some evangelical Christians in flyover country trying to keep someone from talking about evolution. It’s the real threat to science these days – liberal reporters from the Left Coast. A student at a...
  • @RaceRealist88
    IQ tests are constructed to get the results seen. Item analysis and selection can change the test. You can make blacks score higher than whites, women score higher than men, all through item selection and analysis. There is no cognitive theory for what items are chosen for the test, it's subjective to the constructors. John Raven used his 'intuition' to choose difficult items for his test. IQ is a farce. It only 'predicts' life outcomes because they're calibrated against social class due to item analysis and selection. So lower classes score worse than higher classes because they have differential access to cultural and psychological tools needed to score well on the test.

    Cognitive systems have evolved to deal with changeable but unpredictable circumstances, like those created in social contexts. This occurs by distilling the abstract informational structure and then apply it to the problem. These structure then can be used as psychological tools, which can then be used to generate processes specific to the problem at hand but informed by the informational structure. Cultural tools are self-explanatory.

    What we do have are self-organizing dynamical, developmental systems that, in a way, drive their own evolution. These dynamical, developmental systems use not only biological tools (eyes, hands, ears etc) but cultural tools as well. We’re just self-organizing dynamical systems that use cultural tools. Though this differential access to these cultural tools explains so-called ‘intelligence’ differences between individuals (along with test construction) and social classes.

    So, as you can see, since IQ tests are calibrated against social class and tests are constructed by people from a narrow, higher social class, lower class people score worse because they're differentially prepared for the test.

    https://www.scribd.com/mobile/document/250660667/Richardson-2002-What-Iq-Tests-Test

    What "truth" is there to discover using highly flawed and biased tests for 'intelligence' when we don't have a definition for intelligence, and the tests are constructed to show what the constructors want? IQ is straight ideology.

    Why do blacks have slower decision-making times (but faster hand-movement times to register their decisions on a console) for simple mental tasks, and why do they score worse on backwards digits tests? Why, even in developed countries, do they average less brain tissue?

    Denial of the validity and reliability of various intelligence tests is ideology.

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    "Why do blacks have slower decision-making times (but faster hand-movement times to register their decisions on a console)"

    Regarding reaction time?

    "why do they score worse on backwards digits tests?"

    Does this prove a biological/physiological structure to 'IQ'? I don't know why, do you?

    "why do they score worse on backwards digits tests?"

    This means less 'intelligence'?

    "Denial of the validity and reliability of various intelligence tests is ideology."

    IQ tests are not construct valid like breathalyzers are, and how white blood cell count is a proxy for disease in the body. No construct validity exists for IQ. The 'reliability' is due to test construction and item selection/analysis. The test constructors can get any "conclusion" they want by manipulating the items on the test. This is a truism.

    Using the logic of test construction and item analysis and selection, we can logically state that it's possible for blacks to score higher than whites and women to score higher than men. This was actually debated in the 40s, it was wondered if women scoring similar to men should be allowed to persist, and, of course, they chose that it shouldn't be allowed so they changed the test. This shows how subjective item analysis and selection truly is.

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  • Here at the Unz Review, Anatoly Karlin has a fun review, "IQ in Time and Space," of the results of a sister test to the famous international PISA test, the PIAAC. The OECD explains that the 2012 PIAAC: So, it's not exactly an IQ test, but it's also not exactly not an IQ test. Unlike...
  • @phil
    It's not particularly meaningful to put test scores on an IQ scale for ages 16-65 and then compare means across countries.

    The Lynn-Vanhanen dataset attempts to adjust for Flynn effects, but assumes that Flynn effects are uniform across countries when, in fact, South Korea probably had an unusually large Flynn effect. Other countries may also have deviated from the norm.

    All are agreed that the PIAAC results reflect positive Flynn effects within countries, effects that are inversely related to age, but the age-structures of the various countries are not the same, so computing means and comparing them across countries means what? That one country is smarter than another, or one country has more young people than another?

    The data have too many moving parts to make for meaningful comparisons.

    You are too tempted to be cynical and throw out everything. With some effort, raw IQ scores can often be properly adjusted for Flynn effects.

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  • @utu

    So, it’s not exactly an IQ test, but it’s also not exactly not an IQ test.
     
    Correlation with countries' IQ's with the test results from Karlin's list is only 0.24 meaning that only 6% of variance of test results can be explained by country IQ.

    http://www.unz.com/akarlin/iq-in-time-and-space/#comment-2197150
    http://www.unz.com/akarlin/iq-in-time-and-space/#comment-2197201

    It’s not particularly meaningful to put test scores on an IQ scale for ages 16-65 and then compare means across countries.

    The Lynn-Vanhanen dataset attempts to adjust for Flynn effects, but assumes that Flynn effects are uniform across countries when, in fact, South Korea probably had an unusually large Flynn effect. Other countries may also have deviated from the norm.

    All are agreed that the PIAAC results reflect positive Flynn effects within countries, effects that are inversely related to age, but the age-structures of the various countries are not the same, so computing means and comparing them across countries means what? That one country is smarter than another, or one country has more young people than another?

    The data have too many moving parts to make for meaningful comparisons.

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    The data have too many moving parts to make for meaningful comparisons.
     
    Or perhaps the IQ construct has too many moving parts to be taken seriously. The Flynn effect demonstrate that the IQ construct stands on feet of clay or rather rubber as it can stretch and shrink.
    , @phil
    You are too tempted to be cynical and throw out everything. With some effort, raw IQ scores can often be properly adjusted for Flynn effects.
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  • While data from various IQ tests are useful for global scale analyses (e.g. GDPcc correlations), they are far less reliable for particular countries. That's why I'm a big fan of the OECD's PISA assessments, which are highly standardized, have large samples from similar age groups, take place concurrently once every three years, test those aspects...
  • @AaronB
    Lazy is a culturally loaded term. In many cultures, idleness is prized, like in ancient Greece.

    The examples you gave still don't address the motivation issue. They're just repeats of what you already said.

    Whatever innate differences exist between blacks and whites, we can't know what they are. This is much more so the case where the differences are much smaller.

    A difference of 10 IQ points can easily be due to motivation. Many anomalies are cleared up this way.

    Why not actually be rigorously scientific about this? Lets just stick to the facts as we know them. We know groups differ in IQ. We don't know, nor can know, how much of this difference has to do with innate ability or culture or motivation.

    For certain practical purposes, this may not matter. For others, like raising the IQ of a country, it does matter.

    Set aside all the myths and agendas.

    But you can't. For you, accomplishment gives life meaning, and laziness is a sin. IQ can only measure innate ability, because everyone must be equally motivated. To admit that some people don't care as much as you do, is to threaten your fragile hold on meaning. It's why some religious people need others to agree with them.

    I know the laziness is a sin type of person well.

    It doesn't matter. Believe what you need to.

    The way to try to sort out the respective impacts of intelligence and ambition is through empirical research. Social science is typically not easy, and there will be disagreements.

    The American Psychological Association formed a committee to see if there is a professional consensus on such matters. The consensus is that there is a real psychometric difference in intelligence between blacks and other major races. A related question is whether any difference has a significant genetic component. The APA committee as well as surveys of researchers have found that there is a real difference, and the most recent survey found that only about 1/6 of the researchers believe that there is no genetic component.

    Of course, a consensus can be wrong, and you are free to be a dissenter, but you haven’t even done any research or read the available journal literature.

    I have made no moral judgement about laziness. I merely stated that you attribute low black IQ scores to a lack of ambition. Again, you are outside the consensus. Other things equal, most people would question the praiseworthiness of a person who is not motivated to do very much.

    Regarding utu’s comment about colorism, it certainly may matter, but Fuerst and Kirkegaard’s research, the most thorough thus far, found that differences in cognitive ability do much more to explain differences across racial groups in socioeconomic status. Colorism itself may represent a probabilistic exercise in judging people in situations of imperfect information; the elderly Chinese ladies that I see approaching me could possibly be violent people, but I judge them to be less dangerous than the black teenage boys nearby. (Jesse Jackson has said much the same thing.) The literature on stereotypes finds that, while they are sometimes crude, they are roughly accurate, and that people do make use of individuating information if it is not too costly to come by. (I recommend Pinker’s discussion in The Blank Slate.)

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    • Replies: @AaronB
    Unfortunately, not all problems are amenable to empirical research. In our culture, such problems tend to get ignored. That's why the problem of motivation has been disregarded.

    The problems I am proposing are philosophical - problems of method - and not problems of data. Problems in principle, and not empirical research.

    Therefore they cannot be solved via empirical research. They are anterior to it.

    Nevertheless, the data so far is notable for not containing anything that even tends to weaken the motivation tbeory, when it might d have. For instance, low IQ countries are notorious for being lazy, and high IQ countries are notorious for being workaholic. A single exception to this pattern might have provided us with some evidence that IQ is independent of motivation - a high IQ nation that was notorious for being lazy, for instance.

    However, if you reflect for a moment, you will realize that such a country cannot exist, which brings us back to critique of method, and the illusion that data can clear this up. IQ tests require effort that progresses as you go along. To do well on them, you must expend serious effort. You must persevere in the face of challenges and difficulties. You must have a will to mastery and power.

    Now, obviously, you must also have innate ability. No amount of motivation will allow you to succeed without innate ability. The problem is simply one of measurement - since ability cannot show itself in the world separated from effort, since any demonstration of ability has as its necessary precondition a willingness to expend effort, how can we measure ability without measuring effort?

    A truer expression of ability would be - ability = effort + innate ability.

    (Effort+innate ability) may be the smallest unit of measurement we can make. If true, this would make us rethink what we claim for IQ.

    Now, absent scientific rigor, we can make intelligent guesses about the role of culture and motivation in the total phenomenon known as "ability" (which is the smallest unit we can measure). Social relations, life goals and values, and motivation, would all be seen as components of "ability". For instance, if a precondition for developing abstract thought to a high level requires a reorganization of social relations away from the family and towards individualism, because, perhaps, family life requires one to become habituated to a "holistic" way of viewing the world which impedes abstract analysis, or because abstract analysis requiresn emotional detachment incompatible with fostering warm and close social relations, then one can see how culture may play a vital role in IQ.

    To accept this, would involve a massive reevaluation of our own cultural arrogance - our blithe assumption that our values are universal. This, however , is threatening, and requires humility.

    As for consensus, only a very myopic view would be unduly influenced by it - they are place and time bound. And only a timid person would seem refuge within it.

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  • @AaronB
    It isn't clear to me how this addresses motivation

    Backwards digit tests require more effort - some people may be willing to expend that effort, others may not.

    Same with decision making - decision making requires effort, hand movements are natural.

    The more difficult, unnatural, and counterintuitive the test, the worse the un-motivated will do on it.

    You cannot seperate out the effort component (motivation). It isn't a question of technique. It's theoretically impossible.

    They can only be conceptually sepetated, in thought.

    In real life, they present as a fused matrix.

    Better to admit this and make less hubristic claims for IQ. It's useful but let's not make it into a cult.

    It's not a question of data either - it's a philosphical question. More data can never solve it.

    In theory, any act of real world performance is an indissoluble mix of motivation and ability.

    Motivation, also, is only one challenge to the "strong" IQ theory, besides. There are others, where we already have rough data to contradict.

    For the same number of digits, backward digits is more difficult than forward digits, but of course, the task can be made easier by reducing the number of digits. On average, people of sub-Saharan African descent find the task to be difficult at an earlier stage, i.e., for a lesser number of digits, than mestizos, Caucasians, or Northeast Asians.

    For recent administrations of the Armed Forces Qualifying Test, if a test-taker gets a certain percentage of questions wrong at an early stage, the (computerized) test automatically starts giving him a series of easier questions in case he is tempted to give up. No matter, African-Americans score lower than other racial groups, on average.

    Jensen sometimes gave motivation tests to African-Americans as a check on the test results he obtained. He found that motivation was not the issue. Mental ability, or the lack thereof, was the issue.

    I suspect that you will make endless excuses for poor black peformance on intelligence tests, but, as a group, you do seem to regard them as lazy.

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    Lazy is a culturally loaded term. In many cultures, idleness is prized, like in ancient Greece.

    The examples you gave still don't address the motivation issue. They're just repeats of what you already said.

    Whatever innate differences exist between blacks and whites, we can't know what they are. This is much more so the case where the differences are much smaller.

    A difference of 10 IQ points can easily be due to motivation. Many anomalies are cleared up this way.

    Why not actually be rigorously scientific about this? Lets just stick to the facts as we know them. We know groups differ in IQ. We don't know, nor can know, how much of this difference has to do with innate ability or culture or motivation.

    For certain practical purposes, this may not matter. For others, like raising the IQ of a country, it does matter.

    Set aside all the myths and agendas.

    But you can't. For you, accomplishment gives life meaning, and laziness is a sin. IQ can only measure innate ability, because everyone must be equally motivated. To admit that some people don't care as much as you do, is to threaten your fragile hold on meaning. It's why some religious people need others to agree with them.

    I know the laziness is a sin type of person well.

    It doesn't matter. Believe what you need to.
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  • @AaronB
    But that doesn't show that what we call innate ability isn't a function of motivation.

    First of all, you couldn't possible compare your motivation to others. Appearances can be decieving.

    Secondly, you could have been highly motivated to regard intellectual pursuits as worthwhile and to regard problem solving in general as an activity worth doing. Having trained yourself in this fashion over years, it would become invisible to you, just second nature, and your ability would seem "effortless" to you. In fact you may be expending more effort than anyone else but it's invisible to you.

    It's a somewhat subtle argument, you see. Lots of hidden invisible factors.

    Of course, I'm not denying innate ability exists. I'm just saying we have no way of isolating it and measuring it. All we can measure is the "total person".

    Among high IQ people, there may be many who have high innate ability and little motivation, and others with lower innate ability but much higher motivation (as a general life attitude towards problem solving, perhaps developed over years).

    We wouldn't be able to distinguish between the two. They'd seem the same to us.

    What's more, IQ tests themselves are boring and strenuous - it seems a safe assumption that people of similar innate ability will differ widely in their motivation to take the test seriously.

    This is so obvious and so simple a point that only vested interests can make one overlook it.

    So - not against the reality of innate ability. Just that the total human being - the only thing we can measure - is an indistinguishable product of innate ability, motivation, and lots of other factors. We cannot get st his insides.

    Being a naysayer and taking potshots seems easier for you than doing the real work of analyzing data.

    Depending on the context, sorting out motivation and innate ability can be done reasonably well. For example, tests of reaction times (decision-making times) for very simple mental challenges find that people of primarily sub-Saharan African descent generally have the slowest reaction times of all the major racial groups, but they have the fastest “movement times”. I.e., they are the most physically gifted at moving their hands very fast from one button to another during the tests.

    Their fast movement times compared to other racial groups indicate that a lack of motivation is not a good explanation for why their reaction times are slow.

    The composite results of a whole battery of reaction time tests correlates well with general intelligence.

    Such people also do poorly on backwards digits tests, but not forward digits tests. If they do not do poorly on forward digits tests, a lack of motivation is not a good explanation for why they do poorly on backward digits tests.

    If you are serious about critiquing IQ research, write an article for Intelligence. Support your claims with data and submit it to the editor. If he does not reject the article out of hand, he will send it out to be anonymous referees.

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    It isn't clear to me how this addresses motivation

    Backwards digit tests require more effort - some people may be willing to expend that effort, others may not.

    Same with decision making - decision making requires effort, hand movements are natural.

    The more difficult, unnatural, and counterintuitive the test, the worse the un-motivated will do on it.

    You cannot seperate out the effort component (motivation). It isn't a question of technique. It's theoretically impossible.

    They can only be conceptually sepetated, in thought.

    In real life, they present as a fused matrix.

    Better to admit this and make less hubristic claims for IQ. It's useful but let's not make it into a cult.

    It's not a question of data either - it's a philosphical question. More data can never solve it.

    In theory, any act of real world performance is an indissoluble mix of motivation and ability.

    Motivation, also, is only one challenge to the "strong" IQ theory, besides. There are others, where we already have rough data to contradict.
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  • Introduction Alain Brossat and Sylvie Klingberg’s Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism was first published in France in 1983. A revised edition appeared in 2009 and an English translation in 2016. Intended for a mainly Jewish readership, the book is essentially an apologia for Jewish communist militants in Eastern Europe in the early to...
  • @Bardon Kaldian
    Although the author has made a few very good points (media exploitation of shoah; Jewish ethnic animus toward Czarist regime; ..)- his main thesis, crafted along Kevin MacDonald's ideas is- wrong.

    Jews had been numerically over-represented in the CP USSR (and its earlier variants). They've comprised ca. 5% of all card-carrying Bolsheviks & close to 50% of the Politburo during Lenin's times (never reached 50%+). They- Russian & Ukrainian Jews (except in the BUND)- never advocated separate Jewish interests, and, what is more important, they did not perceive themselves as Jews in a national sense- except in cases when they fiercely attacked Zionism as a “grave ideological error”. Many of them were actually Russian national loyalists, which was evident from their behavior in the Brest-Litovsk treaty crisis, when Lenin had had virtually all the Bolshevik party & Politburo against himself, this time based purely on “national pride” agenda (“we won't give our land to Germans”.)

    As for influence, to put it shortly: it was Lenin, an ethnic Russian with marginal Jewish ancestry (a converted mother's father Moishko Blank, himself an anti-Semite) he wasn't aware of until he was 35, and later didn't care about, who has created & lead the successful global socio-political transformation called Communism. Lenin designed & built Bolshevik party as a highly militarized, disciplined & ideologically dogmatic sect, a universal machine for transformation of all resentments (social, national, religious, personal, ethnic, “racial”, cultural, economic,..) into a “laser beam” of focused, almost inevitably violent determination for possession of total power and creation of a new, Communist utopia.

    Both ideas and actions in the crucial periods from 1903. to 1922. were his, frequently opposed by more cautious Russian & ethnically non-Russian Bolshevik leadership. The most prominent Bolshevik rulers during the revolution and civil war, of Jewish origin, had been: Zinoviev, Kamenev, Sverdlov and Trotsky. Sverdlov was perhaps the most influential among Bolshevik Jews in the earliest stage, but he died (or was killed) too soon. He himself never developed any idea, nor had been the central figure in any significant event- except the execution of Russian royal family. Trotsky, who had been a Menshevik but switched his loyalties to Lenin, played the pivotal role in organization of the Red Army, but his vanity & verbal excesses have alienated him from many other top Bolsheviks who feared his influence: so “Jewish” Zinoviev and Kamenev formed an alliance with the Georgian Stalin (and his lapdogs) to isolate & destroy Trotsky. They succeeded, but were later destroyed in the power struggles with other Stalin's allies (this time ethnic Russian Bukharin and others). At the end, the entire “old guard”, except Stalin, had been killed, one way or another. So much for “Jewish solidarity”.

    What Kevin Macdonald can't (or won't) see is that pure stats don't mean much. One person, Lenin, totally dominated the party & the Revolution (the foundation of the Bolshevik ideology, the central strategy and tactics in post-February days, the planning and execution of the October coup d'etat, formation of the Cheka, the decision to switch to War Communism, the tactical withdrawal in the humiliating Brest-Litovsk treaty, crucial political/economic “retreat” embodied in the New Economic policy, …). On many occasions Bolsheviks of Jewish extraction had tried- unsuccessfully- to counter Lenin's unique combination of radicalism & pragmatism, but inevitably failed: they've been frequently too radical, but not realistic enough; in other instances like the October coup, they were mostly too cautious and afraid to move (so was Stalin). In all critical moments Lenin virtually raped the party- and won.

    Somewhere around 1920-1921, Stalin became the man of Lenin's primary confidence. He was the only person who could see him without prior notice (Kamenev, Zinoviev, Trotsky, ..and other Jewish Bolsheviks couldn't). After 1922. (Lenin died in 1924., completely incapacitated), Stalin was, effectively, the most influential Communist ruler & all other influential political figures, whether Jewish, ethnic Russian, Caucasian, Polish, Baltic, Ukrainian, ...could not overthrow him, nor impose their ideas and practices. Eventually, Stalin got rid off all leaders of revolution and mercifully “spared” only figures of secondary importance whose chief characteristics had been blind loyalty to him.

    To summarize: over-representation of Soviet Jews in the early stages of the Communist revolution (Sverdlov, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Uritsky, Ioffe ..or their enemies like Martov, Gershuny, Blumkin (he has later “converted”, but was executed as a Trotskyst during the Purges), Dora Kaplan …) or in Stalin's Soviet Union (Kaganovich, Yagoda, Litvinov, Neftali Frenkel, ..) is an interesting phenomenon, but proves- nothing. The very formation of a new type of society was, essentially, the result of Lenin's genius; consolidation of the new “theocratic” empire was in the hands of one man, Stalin. All Communist Jews, from top to bottom, were mostly executors and followers, not shapers of history along the ideas & practices they themselves had created. And I won't address the issue of Soviet Jewish victims (Mandel'shtam, Mikhoels, Babel', …). So, Kevin MacDonald is partially right, but his thesis about some imaginary Jewish survival strategy & brilliant success and “high life” in the Soviet Union they had- according to MacDonald – made for themselves is simply- wrong.

    See Yuri Slezkine, “The Jewish Century”. There are more than 100 pages related to the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, based on Soviet sources & archives. Jews experienced relative prosperity and status by embracing communism and working their way up the hierarchy. They communicated their enthusiasm to their co-ethnics in New York and elsewhere. Later, Stalin and some of the other Party leaders became more anti-semitic.

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  • Here's something I wrote for last year's Super Bowl that is still relevant for this year's Super Bowl: Why Does Bill Belichick Play So Many Whites and Nobody Else Does? STEVE SAILER • FEBRUARY 6, 2017 They used to say in corporate America that nobody ever got fired for buying IBM, and in the NFL...
  • @Jenner Ickham Errican
    OT, but New England related.

    America running out of white kids — Northeast sector report from the Boston Globe:

    New England colleges have one big worry: 2025

    Hampshire College in Amherst has twice the number of first-generation students and students of color as it did five years ago. To help them afford the $50,000 tuition, it has decreased its merit scholarships and used that money instead for need-based aid. […]

    Amherst College is translating a brochure for prospective students into Spanish for the first time, according to Katharine Fretwell, the Amherst dean of admission and financial aid. […]

    Colby College, in Waterville, Maine, does not require parents who make $60,000 or less to pay at all. The school’s top admissions official, Matt Proto, said he believes that policy has helped the school become more diverse. Two years ago about 7 percent of the entering class was very low-income; this year that figure was 14 percent, he said.
     

    Williams College (ranked #1 and #2 with Amherst among liberal arts colleges) is setting aside lab positions for Latinos and African-Americans (often incompetents) even before students arrive as freshmen. A lab position is a recruiting tool. No whites need apply for these positions later on, and admitted whites who thought that they would have a good shot at these positions are mistaken. Pre-med hopefuls: see if you can do better somewhere else before you put down a deposit for Williams.

    Many minority students have composite SAT scores (math + verbal) in the 1300s (out of a maximum possible 1600) when the bulk of the pre-med students have scores of 1570 and above.

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  • The Democrats don't seem to understand that the Russia investigation has made Trump stronger not weaker. They don't see that their evidence-free probe has strengthened Trump's base and convinced his supporters that their leader is being unfairly attacked. (According to a January Quinnipiac survey, a full eighty-three percent of Republicans believe the current investigation is...
  • @bluedog
    Keep on dreaming its good for the soul so they say, like the millions of unemployed who have thrown in the towel, but we only count the ones drawing unemployment benefits, or perhaps its like the BLS who create jobs out of nowhere ,but then again its your reality and your stuck with it...

    Sorry, you seem not to know how the unemployment rate is calculated. It is not based on those drawing unemployment benefits. It is based on a monthly survey. It is understood that, to be counted as unemployed, a person must be actively seeking work, and there may be “discouraged workers” who have given up trying and are not counted. But the number of discouraged workers has also shrunk dramatically. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data are certainly imperfect, but they beat anything that is in second place.

    My “starving students” have cars and smart phones.The Super Bowl is on Sunday.

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    • Replies: @hyperbola
    Here is a former Asst. Secy of Treasury (GOP) who explains why your argument is specious.

    Employment Lies — Paul Craig Roberts
    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/06/03/employment-lies-paul-craig-roberts/

    The US Economy Is Failing — Paul Craig Roberts
    http://investmentwatchblog.com/the-us-economy-is-failing-paul-craig-roberts/
    , @bluedog
    The BlS is a con game as they adjust the figures up and down, for a much truer rate of unemployment would be by using those who are employed,labor participation which fails to jibe with their 4% or full employment scam,or the fact that every American worker saved thousands of dollars.If you believe which you seem to do the BLS report do so at your own risk..
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  • @Bobbie
    The Democrats are now the party of the Wall Street bankers.

    Congrats to the Clintons and the Gores, because this was their dream when they started the Democratic Leadership Council back in the '80's.

    The Democrat campaigns before the Clintons struck were very different. The Chamber of Commerce Republican campaigns always had more money. The Democrats weren't broke, but they always had less. But they always had grassroots efforts going door to door.

    Looking backwards, its obvious why the Clintons didn't like this. Campaigns that had less money meant less money going into their pockets and into the consultants pockets.

    What the Democratic voters want, "jobs, college tuition, health care, and entitlements", is obviously the exact opposite of what the Wall Street bankers and the other big money behind the modern Democrats want. And in today's Democrat Party, the Big Money controls everything. Anyone paying attention to what few primary challenges occur in the party already knew this. And by now its public record and should be well known that the creature of the Wall Street banks (aka Hillary) helped make sure the Bernie-Hillary race was rigged towards the favorite candidate of the bankers.

    Since the same forces are blocking any 'reform' within the party, its going to stay this way. If anything, the party of the bankers is making sure that none of the Bernie people have any positions of power within the party. And there is no sign that the next Presidential nomination contest won't be as rigged, fake and corrupt as the last one. There is also no sign of a wave of primary challenges to the banker-favorite Democrat incumbents in the primaries that will be occuring within the coming months.

    So, the drive to nuclear war suits the bankers. It makes sure the focus is off any policies the bankers oppose, which is anything that helps anyone except the bankers. The same bankers are invested in the nuke and defense industries that seem intent on driving the world towards a nuclear holocaust.

    If you love bankers and nuclear war, then be a proud Democrat.
    If not, run like heck and get away from the party of bankers and nuclear war.

    While Democrats and Republicans prattle on, the fact is that they haven’t affected macroeconomic performance as much as many people thinks. Kevin MacDonald, for example, has bought into the idea that labor’s compensation has lagged terribly behind improvements in labor productivity.

    The boring reality is that (a) including all workers in the private sector; and (b) adjusting for inflation by using the implicit price deflator instead of the Consumer Price Index, the real compensation of American workers in the private sector (per hour) has multiplied by more than 2.6 since 1964, an average annual increase of almost 2 percent per year.

    On a scale from 0 to 10, where 10 is perfectly free markets, the US is still close to 8 according to the Fraser Institute. New jobs are being created at a rapid rate, and the unemployment rate is close to 4 percent–nearly “full” employment. There is very little inflation.

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    • Replies: @bluedog
    Keep on dreaming its good for the soul so they say, like the millions of unemployed who have thrown in the towel, but we only count the ones drawing unemployment benefits, or perhaps its like the BLS who create jobs out of nowhere ,but then again its your reality and your stuck with it...
    , @MarkinLA
    Even if what you post is true (and I doubt it) it is funny that you have chosen 1964 as the end point. everybody knows the period from 1964 to 1976 had relatively high wage growth. What would your model be if those years were cut out?
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  • From the Chicago Tribune: So, uh, as a citizen of the world, do I get to, you know, vote for who rules the world? Just asking ... I mean, I understand how this "citizen of the world" concept benefits those who want to rule the world. But I can't really see what's in it for...
  • At Williams College (#1 liberal arts college, according to US News and World Report), an African-American student wanted to have John Derbyshire speak on campus about race and intelligence. The student said that he wanted to refute Derbyshire’s claims.

    The president of the college intervened to prevent the visit. Event cancelled.

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    • Replies: @Olorin
    It is part of the educator's role to save the kindern from themselves, no?

    :D
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  • From ESPN: McMahon's old XFL got dreamed up during the huge prosperity of the late 1990s, but then got blindsided by the brief recession. Now, however, football looks like it might be past its peak in popularity. But are there enough warmish weather cities without major league franchises or a local college football flagship to...
  • Idea that I think would be awesome for TV

    Poker they have the hole cam that tells you the cards of each play, it would be awesome to cue the viewer into the play call and put up the diagrams of the play that was called by each coordinator so you see what’s they’re trying to do before the play, combined with a behind the play camera like NBC did for the Patriots -Falcons game in the fog and the Steelers -Titans Thursday night game, would be an awesome new way to view the game

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  • @Steve Sailer
    But Manziel would be ineligible due to his arrest problem.

    I guess you’re right

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  • Clay Travis had an interesting column with his suggestions for the XFL

    https://www.outkickthecoverage.com/bring-back-xfl-new-rules-play/

    I tend to think that he’s correct that summer is the time to shoot for because after the NBA Finals tends to be the deadest stretch of the sports news cycle

    I thinks he’s also right that between Manziel, Tebow, RG3, and Kaep, there are names out there that could generate a lot of command over the news cycle.

    In term of hype, trying to bribe a star freshman or sophomore RB to give up their eligability is a great idea.

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    But Manziel would be ineligible due to his arrest problem.
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  • London Student: Exposed: London’s eugenics conference and its neo-Nazi links Some background: This scandal broke out when Toby Young, a conservative British political figure with a colorful history of Twitter controversies, was appointed to a government board on education - and removed almost instantaneously, after this story broke in The London Student, and was subsequently...
  • @jon hellevig
    Well, it is quack science. What nonsense to claim that one is able to assign the respective shares in difference in (supposed) IQ to environment and genes. It isn't as if those "scientists" had a braincamera where they monitor the genetic IQ. - It's foolish enough to claim that there are differences in IQ across ethnic groups, but this division of it into environment and genes, really takes the price. One must understand that this is nothing but the aethetic opinions of these scholars. A form of sick art.

    The results replicate, and they also pass tests of reliability and validity. You do not seem conversant with commonplace empirical findings in the field.

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    • Replies: @RaceRealist88
    "they also pass ... validity"

    No they don't. No construct validity for IQ exists.

    https://notpoliticallycorrect.me/2018/01/07/iq-and-construct-validity/

    Let's throw in some test construction too while we're at it.

    https://notpoliticallycorrect.me/2017/12/24/iq-test-construction/

    https://notpoliticallycorrect.me/2018/01/15/people-should-stop-thinking-iq-measures-intelligence-a-response-to-grey-enlightenment/
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  • @jilles dykstra
    Articles like this, in my opinion, just show how science is politicised.
    And how the importance of tests is overestimated, IQ is not intelligence.
    IQ tests just measure IQ.
    IQ tests on immigrants in the Netherlands, kept secret, for testing if they are capable for jobs with our railways, do show that on average they are less suited than 'real' Dutch.
    On the other hand, I'm amazed at the courage of immigrants to open small businesses, not always with success, but they try.
    My 'Turkish' hairdresser exists for at least twelve years.
    I suppose culture has much to do with it.
    You saw this in the USSR after it fell apart.
    Russians, accustomed to living in a big bureaucracy with anything regulated, did not know what to do with the new liberty.
    I think it was Uzbecs, a traveller in the region observed, who were delighted that they could reusme trading.
    I do like old jazz, as far as a know an exclusively black kind of music.
    Melville J. Herskovits, 'The Myth of the Negro Past', 1941, 1958, Boston
    describes how negro culture does, did, exist in the USA.

    “IQ tests just measure IQ.”

    In the context of a developed country, the correlation between IQ scores and general intelligence (‘g’) is 0.90, where ’1′ would be a perfect correlation. ‘g’ is predictive of many real-life outcomes.

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  • Thoughts? As I wrote in 2014:
  • OT: apparently google is on the lookout for Curtis Yarvin

    https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet/status/950459552675385346/photo/1

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  • Donald Trump: Oprah would be a “great” vice president

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-oprah-would-be-a-great-vice-president/

    He should dump Pence for Oprah.

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    He should dump Pence for Oprah.
     
    Far wiser for Donald Trump to appoint her Minster of Entertainment and Ethno-masochism.
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  • The New York Times Upshot section has a number of graphs showing various team sports leagues and the native countries of their players over time. For example, 75-80% of players in the English soccer league were from England or Wales (gray section of graph), and most of the rest from other parts of the British...
  • @prosa123
    But consider the NFL: the world's richest and most successful sports league, with an effective worldwide monopoly, yet it has very few international players.

    I’m of the opinion that a Boise State type school could develope a recruiting pipeline in a place like Nigeria and become a college football powerhouse.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_African-American_population

    FL, GA, TX, and CA have a combined African American population of about 11 million. How good would a college football team that got first pick from that population?

    Christian Okoye who played for the Chiefs in the early 90s came from the Igbo population in southern Nigeria.

    There are 33 million Igbo in a space a little bit larger than Maryland

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igbo_people

    Seems like out of 33 million you might be able to find 4 guys to make up a pretty dominating defensive line, maybe a few guys with the potential to be good left tackles too, if we’re really getting greedy, maybe someone we can train to be a decent corner.

    Some interesting relevant links

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/theundefeated.com/features/from-africa-to-the-nfl-native-born-and-first-generation-players/amp/

    http://www.unz.com/article/the-iq-gap-is-no-longer-a-black-and-white-issue/

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  • The idea of a "spec script" is, say you want to write for TV. You might think it would be a good idea to write a screenplay on speculation for a show you like and send it to the showrunner. But that almost never works because the people who write the show currently don't really...
  • I guess Seth macfarlane missed one of the 9/11 flights http://wafflesatnoon.com/seth-macfarlane-missed-911-flight/

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  • Introduction Clearly the pendulum has swung to the right in the past few years. Numerous questions arise. What kind of right? How far right? How did they gain power? What is their appeal? How sustainable are the right wing regimes? Who are their international allies and adversaries? Having taken power, how have the rightist regimes...
  • @Lemurmaniac
    Oligarchic regimes pursuing the factional, plutocratic, trans-national good are merely an older form of the liberal left.

    They're a cargo cult of the true hierarchical expressions of a right wing order in the realm of gross materialism.

    The post-liberal right is interested in securing the COMMON GOOD.

    The author does not provide clear definitions of “right” and left”. He seems to identify the “right” with policies that increase inequalities in income and wealth. “Left” seems to refer to policies that decrease inequalities. How an economic system is characterized is said to depend on the pursuit (or lack thereof) of a hoped-for result (“equality”). Assuming that greater equality is “good,” a leftist regime is then inherently good, and a rightist regime is inherently bad.

    Alternatively, “socialism” can be defined as government ownership and/or control of economic decision-making, whether or not a particular result is achieved. “Capitalism” can be defined as private ownership and control. On a scale from 0 to 10, where ’0′ is complete government control, and ’10′ is no government control, the Fraser Institute puts Argentina at less than ’5′, and Brazil at less than ’6′. In contrast, Switzerland and Hong Kong are well above ’8.’ Chile is at 7.77, and has been the most successful country in Latin America. But according to Petras, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile are all “far right” regimes. If a country practiced laissez-faire, but owing to a very homogeneous population, the distribution of income was rather equal, would that be a “left wing” regime?

    Extensive government control tends not to produce prosperity, and as the above examples indicate, it does not even reliably produce “equality”. Given a population of reasonably intelligent people, why not abide by a constitution providing for markets that are generally free and open, supplemented by financial support for those who are truly in need through no fault of their own?

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  • The continuing purge of horny older heavily Jewish guys with good jobs continues: Judge Alex Kozinski, 67, winning Bachelor on The Dating Game in 1968, has retired after 32 years on the federal bench. How much of what's going on is related to Viagra (and the like) keeping aging roués in the game, in their...
  • Fwiw, this would be a pretty convenient moment for a lot of Reagan and HW Bush appointees to call it a career

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  • American Renaissance has an interactive map of more than 100 documented hate hoaxes since Donald Trump declared his candidacy in 2015. Maps are a little awkward to use: don't try to scroll down on the overall page by putting your cursor on the map, you'll just zoom out on the map. Also, they could bulk...
  • @Tiny Duck
    Hoaxes are infinitesimal when compared to the atrocities committed by whit s on People of Color everyday

    You people have no empathy or honesty. If you did you sound appreciate the horror Blacks Latinos and Asians feel when living in a white supremacist society

    The number of murders of whites by blacks in just a few years’ time is greater than the total number of blacks lynched from 1882-1968, according to the Tuskegee Institute.

    Do you ever cite sources for your hallucinations?

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  • Introduction The American welfare state was created in 1935 and continued to develop through 1973. Since then, over a prolonged period, the capitalist class has been steadily dismantling the entire welfare state. Between the mid 1970’s to the present (2017) labor laws, welfare rights and benefits and the construction of and subsidies for affordable housing...
  • The author doesn’t get it. What we have now IS the welfare state in an intensely diverse society. We have more transfer spending than ever before and Obamacare represents another huge entitlement.

    Intellectuals continue to fantasize about the US becoming a Big Sweden, but Sweden has only been successful insofar as it has been a modest nation-state populated by ethnic Swedes. Intense diversity in a huge country with only the remnants of federalism results in massive non-consensual decision-making, fragmentation, increased inequality, and corruption.

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    It's fascinating watching sharp minds reduced to goo as they try to square the circle that is socialism. I'm a dope who does manual labor and I run circles around people with advanced degrees in these kinds of discussions, not because I'm smarter, but because my thought process isn't penned in by taboos.

    For most people these are matters of faith, not logic.
    , @Logan
    It has been pointed out repeatedly that Sweden does very well relative to the USA. It has also been noted that people of Swedish ancestry in the USA do pretty well also. In fact considerably better than Swedes in Sweden.
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  • The "Hot Stove League" is an ancient term for baseball fans sitting around a hot stove in the dead of winter, before there was much football or basketball to distract them, and discussing potential trades their favorite team could make. Nothing much in the way of real news was happening this year until late this...
  • @Steve Sailer
    Perhaps with Koufax but not Drysdale there was a strong correlation between how hard he pitched and how much pain he was in? Koufax retired after going 27-9 in 1966 at age 30 because pitching was doing so much damage to his left arm.

    So Koufax would ease off in a blowout but bear down in a tight game? The odd thing about that is that it suggests Drysdale was trying about as hard as he could all the time, but Koufax wasn't. So, being clutch means you aren't giving 100% all the time.

    Might have something to do with risk profile as well.

    Benjamin Morris had an interesting theory a while back that Tebow’s apparently clutchness might have been a function of his coaches being suboptimally risk averse until the game situation required Tebow to take a few chances, given the opportunity to take a few chances, Tebow would play better in clutch situations than normal situations

    https://skepticalsports.com/tim-tebow-and-the-taxonomy-of-clutch/

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    John Elway early in his career was kept on a leash until things were desperate at which he would march the Broncos 98 yards or whatever.
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  • It seems like negative clutch existing should be a fairly non controversial, i.e. That some players tense up and perform worse in pressure situations seems totally reasonable.

    Positive clutch seems more like a function of randomness and luck (why don’t they try that much all the time), that said, season are long, and attention isn’t infinite

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    It seems that in sports some people are more consistent than others. And other people are less consistent but have better peak performance. Doing this tends to drain a person, so it is fairly natural to expect such performance to be unsustainable.

    As an athlete you know if you are this sort of player or not. Some are renowned for it. This phenomenon should show up in the stats. People don't function like radiation emitters describing a truly random pattern. No. They have a brain and a lot goes through the head in clutch moments.

    It reminds me of freak waves. They exist, sailors had seen them, but for years eggheads would deny their existence.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_wave
    , @james wilson
    Agree. The stats boys hate clutch, and they make good arguments, but they fail to notice that some hitters, and perhaps not a few, are easier to manipulate in clutch situations than others. Until late in his career Sammy Sosa had not a single rbi with the bases loaded. Judge's flaws were exploited most when it mattered most. On the other side, one single player, Koufax, saw his runs allowed drop in ratio to the fewer the runs his team scored. For Drysdale, in the same season, runs allowed were completely random.
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  • It is sad to hear from Chandra Chisala that our double act will no longer be available for hire, denying us both the prospect of a lecture tour, but if this really is his last word, that is a pity, because debates generally reveal new sources of data, and although personal positions rarely change immediately,...
  • @jorge videla (BGI volunteer)
    i'm way to un-conscientious to summarize for hereditists.

    but don't blame me. i can't help it. because genes.

    if HBD were true then unless the samples are small or unrepresentative there should never be any such finding as the ALL. therefore, HBD is false.

    sad!

    american blacks have higher blood pressure than american whites. african blacks living in the countryside have lower blood pressure than white americans. yet the difference in h^2 for bp and h^2 for IQ in the minnesota study was not significant.

    sad!

    You seem to misunderstand the nature of social research. It is not uncommon for different studies to arrive at different results. Jason Malloy’s meta-analysis found that the other studies contradicted the findings of the ALL survey. Best not to make a sweeping conclusion based on one survey.

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  • Instead of just linking to the article on Bermuda and insulting hereditarians, you could have highlighted what the article on Bermuda (by Jason Malloy) actually concluded. It said that, while the survey of Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) in Bermuda suggested that there was no significant difference in average IQ between whites (W) and blacks (B),

    “five out of six samples showed the IQ scores that one would more reasonably expect for an island that is two-thirds black and one-third white. Given this and the large B-W social disparities in Bermuda, I’m inclined to accept these results over the ALL…” An average IQ for Bermudan whites of 100 and an average IQ for Bermudan blacks of 88 seem more plausible.

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    i'm way to un-conscientious to summarize for hereditists.

    but don't blame me. i can't help it. because genes.

    if HBD were true then unless the samples are small or unrepresentative there should never be any such finding as the ALL. therefore, HBD is false.

    sad!

    american blacks have higher blood pressure than american whites. african blacks living in the countryside have lower blood pressure than white americans. yet the difference in h^2 for bp and h^2 for IQ in the minnesota study was not significant.

    sad!

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