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    This is my 100th blog post. Upon reaching this milestone, I thought that this would be a great time to take moment to look back at my experience as a blogger in Human BioDiversity (HBD) and share my thoughts on the things to come. 1. The Beginning 2. Fertility 3. Immigration and the economy 4....
  • […] earlier posting 100 Blog Posts – Reflection on HBD Blogging and What Lies Ahead reviews the topics I’ve talked about in the beginning, including fertility trends, and health […]

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  • Edit 2/24/14 [Post updated, see below] Edit 7/20/13: [Post updated as per HBD Chick's comment. See below] The European colonists (mostly British, French, and Germans, with a smattering of other groups) who first settled North America brought with them their distinct "cultural" features that laid the foundation for the persistent regional differences across the U.S....
  • […] book American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers Maps of the American Nations Demography is Destiny, American Nations Edition Assortative migration […]

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  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • […] Cultures of North America A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers Maps of the American Nations Demography is Destiny, American Nations Edition Assortative migration patterns A Dialect Map of […]

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  • Edit 2/24/14 [Post updated, see below] Edit 7/20/13: [Post updated as per HBD Chick's comment. See below] The European colonists (mostly British, French, and Germans, with a smattering of other groups) who first settled North America brought with them their distinct "cultural" features that laid the foundation for the persistent regional differences across the U.S....
  • […] book American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers Maps of the American Nations Demography is Destiny, American Nations Edition Assortative migration […]

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  • Across the United States, there is a general pattern – at least among Whites – of urban dwellers tending to be more liberal and rural dwellers tending to be more conservative. Indeed, this pattern is so pronounced that Steve Sailer managed to produce a now well-known (at least in the HBD-sphere) hypothesis of White American...
  • Wouldn’t the German portion of Texas be another one of these pockets?

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  • Continuing my series on the American nations (see also A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers”; Flags of the American Nations; Sound Familiar?), I take a look at the Cavaliers. The founders of the U.S. Tidewater and Deep South were people of noble blood that originated primarily from southwestern England, in an...
  • […] From what I have read, the founding stock of both the Deep South and the British West Indies was drawn heavily from the West and Metropolitan London in England. Scots-Irish settled all over the backcountry while Cavaliers tended to settle the river valleys: […]

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  • […] the Tidewater and Deep South, the home of the English Cavaliers (see The Cavaliers) in Southwest England is evidence. The Scottish link (presumably Scots-Irish that settled in the […]

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  • Jayman,

    Most of the original settlers of central Texas (New Braunfels and Fredericksburg) came out of Solms, an area north of Frankfurt.

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  • […] See also my earlier entry Germania’s Seed? […]

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  • @Anonymous
    https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/beware-of-hbd/

    "I think I’d rather be hated by a 250-pound beer-guzzling, pick-up-driving, Confederate flag-waving bubba than some socially-deprived STEM geek quant."

    by the way your hereditary studies even explicitly chalk some of their phenomenon up to environmental factors, which is funny because you have an instinctual need (and probably environmentally reinforced) to believe that isn't possible and yet you cited it.


    All the studies to a one you ever link are A.) outdated B.) dont say what you want them to say C.) you ban everyone that demonstrates this D.) rely on p-values which the scientific community is gradually abandoning

    by the way your hereditary studies even explicitly chalk some of their phenomenon up to environmental factors

    No.

    All the studies to a one you ever link are A.) outdated

    Nope, see above.

    B.) dont say what you want them to say

    To people who can’t read, sure.

    you ban everyone that demonstrates this

    I ban annoying dumbasses.

    rely on p-values which the scientific community is gradually abandoning

    Oh fuck’s sake! You have got to be kidding me.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/beware-of-hbd/

    “I think I’d rather be hated by a 250-pound beer-guzzling, pick-up-driving, Confederate flag-waving bubba than some socially-deprived STEM geek quant.”

    by the way your hereditary studies even explicitly chalk some of their phenomenon up to environmental factors, which is funny because you have an instinctual need (and probably environmentally reinforced) to believe that isn’t possible and yet you cited it.

    All the studies to a one you ever link are A.) outdated B.) dont say what you want them to say C.) you ban everyone that demonstrates this D.) rely on p-values which the scientific community is gradually abandoning

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    by the way your hereditary studies even explicitly chalk some of their phenomenon up to environmental factors
     
    No.

    All the studies to a one you ever link are A.) outdated
     
    Nope, see above.

    B.) dont say what you want them to say
     
    To people who can't read, sure.

    you ban everyone that demonstrates this
     
    I ban annoying dumbasses.

    rely on p-values which the scientific community is gradually abandoning
     
    Oh fuck's sake! You have got to be kidding me.
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  • Edited, 4/11/15 3/17/14. See below! Blogger "Agnostic" over at Dusk in Autumn has a post up about the regional variation in Germany (Oktoberfest, lederhosen, dirndls and Germany's cultural fault-line). As I've noted in my posts on the American nations (most recently here, see the category here), Germany has been one of the most important countries...
  • @SFG
    In many cases, the Red Army.

    East Germany wasn't communist because it was naturally more sympathetic to communism, it was communist because Russia is east of Germany and that's where the Red Army was at the end of WW2.

    East Germany wasn’t communist because it was naturally more sympathetic to communism, it was communist because Russia is east of Germany and that’s where the Red Army was at the end of WW2.

    I wouldn’t be so sure about that if I were you.

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  • @JayMan
    @Joost:

    A key point of this post is that communism isn't so much a cause of present-day outcomes, but more a common symptom. Where did communism come from?

    In many cases, the Red Army.

    East Germany wasn’t communist because it was naturally more sympathetic to communism, it was communist because Russia is east of Germany and that’s where the Red Army was at the end of WW2.

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    East Germany wasn’t communist because it was naturally more sympathetic to communism, it was communist because Russia is east of Germany and that’s where the Red Army was at the end of WW2.
     
    I wouldn't be so sure about that if I were you.
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  • EDIT, 5/30/15: [Post updated with results of new meta-analyses of behavioral genetic studies. See below!] Edit, 1/3/13: [Post updated to reflect additional information provided in the comments. See below and see the comments.] The time has come for a little reminder of the First Law of behavioral genetics. In my final post of 2012, I...
  • […] about the human personality intelligence, extraversion, neuroticism, aggressiveness, and so on is heritable to some degree117, typically at around the fifty percent level. This suggests that the human personality, and the […]

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  • […] about the human personality—intelligence, extraversion, neuroticism, aggressiveness, and so on—is heritable to some degree, typically at around the fifty percent […]

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  • […] I begin, I want to be clear that it should be understood that all human behavioral traits are heritable, with “nurture” as its commonly thought of playing a minimal role to nonexistent […]

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  • My previous two posts featured some of the flags – assigned by me – of the various "nations" of North America, as described by Colin Woodard, and as derived from David Hackett Fischer. Inspired by the Bloomberg map of the American nations, where Woodard assigned a flag to each nation, I thought I'd make my...
  • […] modern civilized (Northwestern European) people by getting them to give up Islam. You can’t turn the U.S. Deep South and Greater Appalachia into Yankeedom or the Midlandsby getting the former two to give up fundamentalist […]

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  • Edited, 4/11/15 3/17/14. See below! Blogger "Agnostic" over at Dusk in Autumn has a post up about the regional variation in Germany (Oktoberfest, lederhosen, dirndls and Germany's cultural fault-line). As I've noted in my posts on the American nations (most recently here, see the category here), Germany has been one of the most important countries...
  • […] and the answer is: yes, indeed. and precisely in the department of religion! jayman’s also previously pointed out that in the 1920s and 30s (north-)eastern germans voted quite differently than (south-)western […]

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  • […] Religion comes to the religious because that’s how their brains are wired. A believer cannot think any different … Believers literally have God/Earth spirits/Buddha on the brain. To such a person, their deities are as real as the Sun in the sky (since, after all, the believer’s brain is the only brain he’s got). Religiosity is highly heritable (as are all behavioral traits)… […]

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • […] and, of course, jayman has been all over american nations issues for the past couple of years (see here and here, for […]

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  • Across the United States, there is a general pattern – at least among Whites – of urban dwellers tending to be more liberal and rural dwellers tending to be more conservative. Indeed, this pattern is so pronounced that Steve Sailer managed to produce a now well-known (at least in the HBD-sphere) hypothesis of White American...
  • @Staffan
    Swedes are highly conformist, much more so than Norwegians. Many rooted for the Nazis when they looked as if they might win but then abruptly shifted to democratic socialism after the war.

    Swedes (as well as Germans) are also heavy drinkers and Norwegians are teetotalers. A big split in the American Lutheran Church happened because of Norwegian American support for prohibition as opposed to German and Swedish Lutherans who did not support it.

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  • […] between the people who inhabit them Edit: [see the aforementioned preceding posts, and see my posts All Human Behavioral Traits are Heritable, Environmental Hereditarianism, and The Son Becomes The Father; recapped in my 200th post, […]

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  • Edit, 3/13/14 8/24/13: Post updated. See below! This started as an e-mail I wrote to a friend to sum up the important events of the Middle Ages for Europe and the Near East. Then I decided that this was blog post worthy, so here it is: a nice, fairly concise summary of the events of...
  • Wonderful post. Quite enlightening to say the least. I typed up a summary and published it on my blog. You are sourced.

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  • Edited, 4/11/15 3/17/14. See below! Blogger "Agnostic" over at Dusk in Autumn has a post up about the regional variation in Germany (Oktoberfest, lederhosen, dirndls and Germany's cultural fault-line). As I've noted in my posts on the American nations (most recently here, see the category here), Germany has been one of the most important countries...
  • @Anonymous
    Interesting approach upon explaining the demographical and political situation regarding German immigrants in the US. Still a scientific approach would need to rely on much more data, including properly adressed sources.

    One remark however: Being German I think it is wrong to explain current Nazi-tendencies in eastern Germany with the election outcome of the 1930s. A generally much more supported reasoning roots in the decades if communist reign, resulting in an economical deficiency as compared to west Germany. As the unemployment rate is much higher, emigration and a tendency to support more extreme political parties are the consequence.

    @Joost:

    A key point of this post is that communism isn’t so much a cause of present-day outcomes, but more a common symptom. Where did communism come from?

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    In many cases, the Red Army.

    East Germany wasn't communist because it was naturally more sympathetic to communism, it was communist because Russia is east of Germany and that's where the Red Army was at the end of WW2.
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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Interesting approach upon explaining the demographical and political situation regarding German immigrants in the US. Still a scientific approach would need to rely on much more data, including properly adressed sources.

    One remark however: Being German I think it is wrong to explain current Nazi-tendencies in eastern Germany with the election outcome of the 1930s. A generally much more supported reasoning roots in the decades if communist reign, resulting in an economical deficiency as compared to west Germany. As the unemployment rate is much higher, emigration and a tendency to support more extreme political parties are the consequence.

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    @Joost:

    A key point of this post is that communism isn't so much a cause of present-day outcomes, but more a common symptom. Where did communism come from?

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • […] differently on various social indicators. A great many of these indicators were featured in my post More Maps of the American Nations (as well as in the earlier post Maps of the American Nations). The pattern we see above (and many […]

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  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • […] were featured in my post More Maps of the American Nations (as well as in the earlier post Maps of the American Nations). The pattern we see above (and many other patterns)  – while clearly partially the result of […]

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  • Edited, 4/11/15 3/17/14. See below! Blogger "Agnostic" over at Dusk in Autumn has a post up about the regional variation in Germany (Oktoberfest, lederhosen, dirndls and Germany's cultural fault-line). As I've noted in my posts on the American nations (most recently here, see the category here), Germany has been one of the most important countries...
  • look into “Germans from Russia”

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  • Continuing my series on the American nations (see also A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers”; Flags of the American Nations; Sound Familiar?), I take a look at the Cavaliers. The founders of the U.S. Tidewater and Deep South were people of noble blood that originated primarily from southwestern England, in an...
  • […] of the country (see A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers” and the The Cavaliers). To these peoples, there are is a natural division of and natural hierarchies and (and in this […]

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  • Now that the blogosphere has discovered my finding that conservatives are outbreeding liberals by a rather large margin, many have taken it as a reason to rejoice. The genes for "pathological altruism" (which are a feature of the special evolutionary path that Northwestern Europeans have undertaken, which seems to result in such traits), which gives...
  • […] neoliberals and SJWs are already genetic dead-ends. Reproduction is a genetic arms race. They have lost. Anti-natal policies will do that. When evolutionary pressures come back into play […]

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  • EDIT, 5/30/15: [Post updated with results of new meta-analyses of behavioral genetic studies. See below!] Edit, 1/3/13: [Post updated to reflect additional information provided in the comments. See below and see the comments.] The time has come for a little reminder of the First Law of behavioral genetics. In my final post of 2012, I...
  • […] be more creative. This is certainly true and links back to the ideas discussed in Principle 1. But creativity, like every other human characteristic, is heritable to some extent. Children’s imaginations, whatever the variation between haves and have-nots, are […]

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  • Edit 2/24/14 [Post updated, see below] Edit 7/20/13: [Post updated as per HBD Chick's comment. See below] The European colonists (mostly British, French, and Germans, with a smattering of other groups) who first settled North America brought with them their distinct "cultural" features that laid the foundation for the persistent regional differences across the U.S....
  • I notice the Quakers are near the middle of the rankings. Would that also apply to the original Mennonites, sometimes referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch, who were very much like, and many of whom became, Quakers soon after emigrating from the Rhineland to Philadelphia? I have some Mennonite ancestors is the reason I am curious.

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • […] Civil War New England, no. But assortative migration has been powerful (see previous link) and continues on to this […]

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  • And yet another great climate zone map which you can clearly see most of the American Nations! Not sure why I am so fascinated about this but I am!

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  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • […] More Maps of the American Nations […]

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  • […] hard work and conformity — are the same things that help you to earn a high income. And these traits have a genetic component as well. So, even in a world with perfect equality in terms of child-rearing, parents with high […]

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  • @Patrick C. Wentz
    Outgroup regard for the Puritans being MODERATE is too kind. From reading Woodards book the Puritans often tied outsiders to aq tree and cut off their noses if they did not go along with thier culture. Quakers and others did everthing in thier power to stay away from Jolly Olde New England when the Puritans were in control.

    @Patrick:

    You were still probably better off next to them than either the Borderlanders or the Cavaliers.

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  • Outgroup regard for the Puritans being MODERATE is too kind. From reading Woodards book the Puritans often tied outsiders to aq tree and cut off their noses if they did not go along with thier culture. Quakers and others did everthing in thier power to stay away from Jolly Olde New England when the Puritans were in control.

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    @Patrick:

    You were still probably better off next to them than either the Borderlanders or the Cavaliers.

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • @Patrick C. Wentz
    Good map which shows NE movement across North America.

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2011/01/the-empires-of-american-english/

    @Patrick:

    Good find, but those were featured in the antecedent post to this one, Maps of the American Nations.

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  • Good map which shows NE movement across North America.

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2011/01/the-empires-of-american-english/

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    @Patrick:

    Good find, but those were featured in the antecedent post to this one, Maps of the American Nations.

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  • […] of illustrating this theory is by using maps of ethnic correlates, maps I’ve come to think of as JayMaps, for obvious reasons. In this case I looked at vegetarianism and English ancestry in America. For […]

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  • Edited, 4/11/15 3/17/14. See below! Blogger "Agnostic" over at Dusk in Autumn has a post up about the regional variation in Germany (Oktoberfest, lederhosen, dirndls and Germany's cultural fault-line). As I've noted in my posts on the American nations (most recently here, see the category here), Germany has been one of the most important countries...
  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    Hello Jay,

    I know that Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS for short!) has detailed information on where German-born immigrants came from, as well as where they live in the U.S. Amazingly, analysis can be conducted on 100% of all census returns (not a sample, but every actual return!) for the year 1880 (lots of for-born Germans still here at that time) under their North Atlantic Population Project: https://www.nappdata.org/napp/

    Hey Jay,

    I extracted the data for 1880 by a few selected states (with high German populations) and by about 2 dozen German regions (Baden, Bavaria, Wurttemburg, Hesse, Schleswig, etc). It’s a lot of info and I haven’t begun to make sense of it just yet. A lot of state-specific variation in different German groups settling in different states. Do you have an email contact? I’d love to share & see what you think!

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  • @rus
    @JayMan OK, "by definition" :)

    Well, you kinda rob yourself from finding higher order abstraction and might end up chasing false effect if you bound yourself to such definition. Just replace "family" with "surrogate family" and even that definition will hold. This is another "attribute" I am talking about.

    Did you see HBD Chick on corporate societies? There’s a good mass of her work I’d suggest reading to get up to speed on the topic. Please take some time to do so.

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  • @JayMan
    @rus:

    You're thinking of something very different from what we're talking about. See HBD Chick's clannishness defined

    OK, “by definition” :)

    Well, you kinda rob yourself from finding higher order abstraction and might end up chasing false effect if you bound yourself to such definition. Just replace “family” with “surrogate family” and even that definition will hold. This is another “attribute” I am talking about.

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    @rus:

    Did you see HBD Chick on corporate societies? There's a good mass of her work I'd suggest reading to get up to speed on the topic. Please take some time to do so.

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  • @rus
    @JayMan
    > Remember, we’re talking both sides of the family. Many societies banned FBD marriage but were OK with, if even only de facto, MBD marriages

    Mongols prohibit marriages across both lineages, and Kazakhs effectively do not have it. This is one of the reasons why Kazakhs think they are superior to "Sarts" (Tajiks, Uzbeks etc)...

    > Clannishness can manifest in many ways, with tribalism being perhaps a more extreme example. Indeed other selective pressures are likely involved, operating upon the basic structure established by mating patterns.

    Again, Mongols do not have this "basic structure", at least not in this form.

    There are examples of clans which are very strong and have nothing to do with marriages btw. And as a bonus - it is purely product of Western culture. Look at sport clubs - they represent all the features of the strong clan even the membership is temporary and players most likely are from other clubs. All you need is a harsh environment, common goal and team spirit. Marines are very good are fostering such context.

    You’re thinking of something very different from what we’re talking about. See HBD Chick’s clannishness defined

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    @JayMan OK, "by definition" :)

    Well, you kinda rob yourself from finding higher order abstraction and might end up chasing false effect if you bound yourself to such definition. Just replace "family" with "surrogate family" and even that definition will hold. This is another "attribute" I am talking about.

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  • @JayMan
    @rus:

    Remember, we're talking both sides of the family. Many societies banned FBD marriage but were OK with, if even only de facto, MBD marriages.

    Clannishness can manifest in many ways, with tribalism being perhaps a more extreme example. Indeed other selective pressures are likely involved, operating upon the basic structure established by mating patterns.


    > Remember, we’re talking both sides of the family. Many societies banned FBD marriage but were OK with, if even only de facto, MBD marriages

    Mongols prohibit marriages across both lineages, and Kazakhs effectively do not have it. This is one of the reasons why Kazakhs think they are superior to “Sarts” (Tajiks, Uzbeks etc)…

    > Clannishness can manifest in many ways, with tribalism being perhaps a more extreme example. Indeed other selective pressures are likely involved, operating upon the basic structure established by mating patterns.

    Again, Mongols do not have this “basic structure”, at least not in this form.

    There are examples of clans which are very strong and have nothing to do with marriages btw. And as a bonus – it is purely product of Western culture. Look at sport clubs – they represent all the features of the strong clan even the membership is temporary and players most likely are from other clubs. All you need is a harsh environment, common goal and team spirit. Marines are very good are fostering such context.

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    @rus:

    You're thinking of something very different from what we're talking about. See HBD Chick's clannishness defined

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  • @rus
    @JayMan

    > So what were Central Asians doing over the past 500-1,000 years is the question.
    Kazakhs are quite close to Mongolians culturally, actually some Kazakh tribes are Mongolians (like Naimans). Mongolians followed Yassa ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yassa ) since Gengis Khan established it. It prohibits first and second cousin marriages. Nevertheless Mongolians are very tribal as well.

    > but marriage patterns affect the selective pressures in a society, which, over several generations shape behavioral traits.

    I agree to some degree, but the question is what the size of the effect? There could be much stronger attributes in this picture. You mentioned East Europeans for instance, from my experience Russians are not tribal at all. Cannot say anything about others...

    Remember, we’re talking both sides of the family. Many societies banned FBD marriage but were OK with, if even only de facto, MBD marriages.

    Clannishness can manifest in many ways, with tribalism being perhaps a more extreme example. Indeed other selective pressures are likely involved, operating upon the basic structure established by mating patterns.

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    @JayMan
    > Remember, we’re talking both sides of the family. Many societies banned FBD marriage but were OK with, if even only de facto, MBD marriages

    Mongols prohibit marriages across both lineages, and Kazakhs effectively do not have it. This is one of the reasons why Kazakhs think they are superior to "Sarts" (Tajiks, Uzbeks etc)...

    > Clannishness can manifest in many ways, with tribalism being perhaps a more extreme example. Indeed other selective pressures are likely involved, operating upon the basic structure established by mating patterns.

    Again, Mongols do not have this "basic structure", at least not in this form.

    There are examples of clans which are very strong and have nothing to do with marriages btw. And as a bonus - it is purely product of Western culture. Look at sport clubs - they represent all the features of the strong clan even the membership is temporary and players most likely are from other clubs. All you need is a harsh environment, common goal and team spirit. Marines are very good are fostering such context.

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  • @JayMan
    @rus:

    We're talking historically. Eastern Europeans stopped marrying their cousins centuries ago yet the clannish traits persist. The theory is not that cousin marriage does anything in and of itself, but marriage patterns affect the selective pressures in a society, which, over several generations shape behavioral traits.

    So what were Central Asians doing over the past 500-1,000 years is the question.

    > So what were Central Asians doing over the past 500-1,000 years is the question.
    Kazakhs are quite close to Mongolians culturally, actually some Kazakh tribes are Mongolians (like Naimans). Mongolians followed Yassa ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yassa ) since Gengis Khan established it. It prohibits first and second cousin marriages. Nevertheless Mongolians are very tribal as well.

    > but marriage patterns affect the selective pressures in a society, which, over several generations shape behavioral traits.

    I agree to some degree, but the question is what the size of the effect? There could be much stronger attributes in this picture. You mentioned East Europeans for instance, from my experience Russians are not tribal at all. Cannot say anything about others…

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    Remember, we're talking both sides of the family. Many societies banned FBD marriage but were OK with, if even only de facto, MBD marriages.

    Clannishness can manifest in many ways, with tribalism being perhaps a more extreme example. Indeed other selective pressures are likely involved, operating upon the basic structure established by mating patterns.

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  • @rus
    @JayMan I do not quite see how it is _my_ problem ;)

    Anyway, even it is allowed it is quite rare. Even in Xinjiang which was locked out of USSR from 50s to 90s the number of such marriages was only 2.9% (compare to 30% which is common for other settled turkish speaking groups there). Keep in mind that Xinjiang hold only a fraction of Kazakhs, so they faced limited choice of partners. In Kazakhstan itself it is smaller problem if at all.

    https://d1e0u2actw4eb3.cloudfront.net/edu/src/Inbreeding%20Depression%20and%20IQ%20in%20a%20Study%20of%2072%20Countries%20%20%20Corrigendum%20(2012)%20by%20Michael%20Anthony%20Woodley.pdf

    This article says it is "Kazakhstan" when in fact it is really "Kazakh Autonomous Region" which is in China - just compare numbers from this article:
    http://www.research-paper-topics.net/259007/minority-nationalities-consanguineous-marriage-xinjiang

    I do not think actual research was ever done in USSR or in Kazakhstan but I suspect the number will be well below 2.9%.

    Still, even if take 2.9% for face value then there are plenty of groups elsewhere with higher level of consanguineous marriages but not as tribal as Kazakhs.

    We’re talking historically. Eastern Europeans stopped marrying their cousins centuries ago yet the clannish traits persist. The theory is not that cousin marriage does anything in and of itself, but marriage patterns affect the selective pressures in a society, which, over several generations shape behavioral traits.

    So what were Central Asians doing over the past 500-1,000 years is the question.

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    > So what were Central Asians doing over the past 500-1,000 years is the question.
    Kazakhs are quite close to Mongolians culturally, actually some Kazakh tribes are Mongolians (like Naimans). Mongolians followed Yassa ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yassa ) since Gengis Khan established it. It prohibits first and second cousin marriages. Nevertheless Mongolians are very tribal as well.

    > but marriage patterns affect the selective pressures in a society, which, over several generations shape behavioral traits.

    I agree to some degree, but the question is what the size of the effect? There could be much stronger attributes in this picture. You mentioned East Europeans for instance, from my experience Russians are not tribal at all. Cannot say anything about others...

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  • @JayMan
    @rus:

    There's your problem... ;) See classic HBD Chick on it too.

    I do not quite see how it is _my_ problem ;)

    Anyway, even it is allowed it is quite rare. Even in Xinjiang which was locked out of USSR from 50s to 90s the number of such marriages was only 2.9% (compare to 30% which is common for other settled turkish speaking groups there). Keep in mind that Xinjiang hold only a fraction of Kazakhs, so they faced limited choice of partners. In Kazakhstan itself it is smaller problem if at all.

    https://d1e0u2actw4eb3.cloudfront.net/edu/src/Inbreeding%20Depression%20and%20IQ%20in%20a%20Study%20of%2072%20Countries%20%20%20Corrigendum%20(2012)%20by%20Michael%20Anthony%20Woodley.pdf

    This article says it is “Kazakhstan” when in fact it is really “Kazakh Autonomous Region” which is in China – just compare numbers from this article:

    http://www.research-paper-topics.net/259007/minority-nationalities-consanguineous-marriage-xinjiang

    I do not think actual research was ever done in USSR or in Kazakhstan but I suspect the number will be well below 2.9%.

    Still, even if take 2.9% for face value then there are plenty of groups elsewhere with higher level of consanguineous marriages but not as tribal as Kazakhs.

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    @rus:

    We're talking historically. Eastern Europeans stopped marrying their cousins centuries ago yet the clannish traits persist. The theory is not that cousin marriage does anything in and of itself, but marriage patterns affect the selective pressures in a society, which, over several generations shape behavioral traits.

    So what were Central Asians doing over the past 500-1,000 years is the question.

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  • @rus
    @JayMan Oh yeah, maternal lineage is allowed (since they are mostly grew up within other tribe which can be quite far away - just check the map of Kazakhstan). But the identity is passed by paternal line, not maternal.

    There’s your problem… ;) See classic HBD Chick on it too.

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    @JayMan I do not quite see how it is _my_ problem ;)

    Anyway, even it is allowed it is quite rare. Even in Xinjiang which was locked out of USSR from 50s to 90s the number of such marriages was only 2.9% (compare to 30% which is common for other settled turkish speaking groups there). Keep in mind that Xinjiang hold only a fraction of Kazakhs, so they faced limited choice of partners. In Kazakhstan itself it is smaller problem if at all.

    https://d1e0u2actw4eb3.cloudfront.net/edu/src/Inbreeding%20Depression%20and%20IQ%20in%20a%20Study%20of%2072%20Countries%20%20%20Corrigendum%20(2012)%20by%20Michael%20Anthony%20Woodley.pdf

    This article says it is "Kazakhstan" when in fact it is really "Kazakh Autonomous Region" which is in China - just compare numbers from this article:
    http://www.research-paper-topics.net/259007/minority-nationalities-consanguineous-marriage-xinjiang

    I do not think actual research was ever done in USSR or in Kazakhstan but I suspect the number will be well below 2.9%.

    Still, even if take 2.9% for face value then there are plenty of groups elsewhere with higher level of consanguineous marriages but not as tribal as Kazakhs.

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  • @JayMan
    @rus:

    Interesting, but is that on both sides of the family? Marriages within the paternal lineage was forbidden across much of Eastern Europe, for example, but they tended to marry within the maternal lineage instead.

    Oh yeah, maternal lineage is allowed (since they are mostly grew up within other tribe which can be quite far away – just check the map of Kazakhstan). But the identity is passed by paternal line, not maternal.

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    There's your problem... ;) See classic HBD Chick on it too.

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  • @rus
    >Without marriage between cousins, extended kinship networks broke down

    That is not true at all - you should look at Kazakhs - they prohibit marriages between relatives up to 7 generation and tribalism still quite strong out there.

    Interesting, but is that on both sides of the family? Marriages within the paternal lineage was forbidden across much of Eastern Europe, for example, but they tended to marry within the maternal lineage instead.

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    @JayMan Oh yeah, maternal lineage is allowed (since they are mostly grew up within other tribe which can be quite far away - just check the map of Kazakhstan). But the identity is passed by paternal line, not maternal.
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  • >Without marriage between cousins, extended kinship networks broke down

    That is not true at all – you should look at Kazakhs – they prohibit marriages between relatives up to 7 generation and tribalism still quite strong out there.

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    @rus:

    Interesting, but is that on both sides of the family? Marriages within the paternal lineage was forbidden across much of Eastern Europe, for example, but they tended to marry within the maternal lineage instead.

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  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • […] a more in depth look at the American Nations and their biological/historical origins look here at a post from […]

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
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  • Edited, 4/11/15 3/17/14. See below! Blogger "Agnostic" over at Dusk in Autumn has a post up about the regional variation in Germany (Oktoberfest, lederhosen, dirndls and Germany's cultural fault-line). As I've noted in my posts on the American nations (most recently here, see the category here), Germany has been one of the most important countries...
  • A map that is talking about German culture rather than politics really should include Austria. It is only due to historical accidents that modern Austria is not part of the German state. If anything, Vienna should be the capital of Germany, not Berlin. A pre-1945 map should also include the German speaking areas of Bohemia where 3 million ethnic Germans lived, most of whom emigrated to West Germany after 1945, adding another wrinkle to the East/West divide.

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  • […] More Maps of the American Nations – Bigger and badder than the original, with more maps solidifying the distinction between the different American nations, with genetic evidence of these differences to boot. Also some discussion of the history of each, and the founding of certain areas. I also include personality data showing that the American nations don’t just exist on paper or in the voting booth. I use these to talk about the importance of self-sorting, founder effects, and Cochran’s & Harpending’s “boiling off” model to explain some of the differences we see. I also touch on immigration and the canard that immigrants “assimilate,” showing that that is pretty much a myth. A must see if you have not. […]

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  • My previous two posts featured some of the flags – assigned by me – of the various "nations" of North America, as described by Colin Woodard, and as derived from David Hackett Fischer. Inspired by the Bloomberg map of the American nations, where Woodard assigned a flag to each nation, I thought I'd make my...
  • […] Flags of the American Nations – Here I discuss each of Colin Woodard’s American Nations, talking about the characteristics of each as well as a bit about each nation’s origins. The enduring features that make up Greater Appalachia, The Left Coast, the Deep South, etc. that live on in today’s America (and Canada and Mexico) can be traced to these ethnic differences in each region’s settling and subsequent immigration. […]

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  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • […] of JayMan’s pieces are masterpieces of blogging, if there can be such a thing. Look at his “Maps of the American Nations” post, for example: two thousand words, twenty maps, two video clips, and full engagement with […]

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  • EDIT, 5/30/15: [Post updated with results of new meta-analyses of behavioral genetic studies. See below!] Edit, 1/3/13: [Post updated to reflect additional information provided in the comments. See below and see the comments.] The time has come for a little reminder of the First Law of behavioral genetics. In my final post of 2012, I...
  • […] heritability of behavioral and personality characteristics. Which is a lot: JayMan has put together an excellent reference post, spelling it all out, with numerous […]

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • Outstanding. Another post to bookmark for sure, what a rich collection of maps you’ve put together here. I cannot imagine the time this must have taken. This is critical data that is missing from almost all analysis on ‘American’ cultural questions. I have to say that reading ‘Albion’s Seed’ this winter really opened my eyes to so many things. Your series on the American nations is, as far as I can tell, unique in the blogosphere. Chapeau bas, I look forward to reading more.

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  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you
    are not already ;) Cheers!

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
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    @bbbatez:

    Thank you!

    Your welcome and thank you.

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    Maps of American nations. Well done and very interesting look at the political and cultural differences geographically.

    Thank you!

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    Your welcome and thank you.
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    Maps of American nations. Well done and very interesting look at the political and cultural differences geographically.

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    @bbbatez:

    Thank you!

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  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • […] Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers” Flags of the American Nations Maps of the American Nations More Maps of the […]

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  • Continuing my series on the American nations (see also A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers”; Flags of the American Nations; Sound Familiar?), I take a look at the Cavaliers. The founders of the U.S. Tidewater and Deep South were people of noble blood that originated primarily from southwestern England, in an...
  • […] areas of the British Isles. In the case of the settlers of the Tidewater and the Deep South, the Cavaliers, their ancestors hailed from southwest England. The founders of Greater Appalachia were the […]

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  • My previous two posts featured some of the flags – assigned by me – of the various "nations" of North America, as described by Colin Woodard, and as derived from David Hackett Fischer. Inspired by the Bloomberg map of the American nations, where Woodard assigned a flag to each nation, I thought I'd make my...
  • […] previously (see my posts A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers” and Flags of the American Nations), the ancestors of the people that live in these areas came from certain, more aggressive […]

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  • Edit 2/24/14 [Post updated, see below] Edit 7/20/13: [Post updated as per HBD Chick's comment. See below] The European colonists (mostly British, French, and Germans, with a smattering of other groups) who first settled North America brought with them their distinct "cultural" features that laid the foundation for the persistent regional differences across the U.S....
  • […] discussed previously (see my posts A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers” and Flags of the American Nations), the ancestors of the people that live in these areas came from […]

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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • […] my series on the American nations, particularly my earlier post, More Maps of the American Nations, I noted the great regional variation in guns and crime. Let us look at some of these again, […]

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  • fnn says:

    I was just looking inside Putnam’s book at Amazon. Was struck by how he quickly moves from brief description of old urban centers made up mostly of white ethnic (Irish, Ukrainians, Jews,etc.) neighborhoods to the the displacement of those same ethnic groups to “homogeneous” white suburbs. Funny how you can lose your ethnicity by moving a few miles. Putnam may be a sub rosa white nationalist.

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  • Woodard tried to say recently that the Democratic trend in tidewater Virginia was due to the “noblesse oblige” of the Virginia Cavaliers. Incredible. I wonder how many more facts he has stretched to accommodate his bullshitted theory.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Jayman, on the map of counties where Obama got less than 20% of the white vote, four of the five Illinois counties are counties with large state prisons. I wonder if Edison Research got confused when looking at the counties demographics. For example, Logan County gave 33% of its vote to Obama. Its largest city is 93% non-Hispanic white & other than the state prisons, the remainder of the county is surely far whiter than the 93% non-Hispanic white county seat. Yet because of the two state prisons, the Census Bureau lists Logan County as 87.7% non-Hispanic white & 11.4% institutionalized.

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  • Edited, 4/11/15 3/17/14. See below! Blogger "Agnostic" over at Dusk in Autumn has a post up about the regional variation in Germany (Oktoberfest, lederhosen, dirndls and Germany's cultural fault-line). As I've noted in my posts on the American nations (most recently here, see the category here), Germany has been one of the most important countries...
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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
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  • My apologies for being off topic, but I found a document online that may interest you. I came across it while searching for “behavioral genetics phrenology,” because after first coming across (a couple of months ago) b.g. being called phrenology I have seen it several more times. So, here is the RationalWiki (as in, I suppose, anyone who does not agree is irrational) entry on Biological Determinism. It is a sort of compendium of the sorts of things that your and related blogs seem to be struggling against. It may be useful as specimen collection, or just entertaining. In the past I have considered writing a parody document along this line, but I have been summarily preempted. I am sending a similar/identical comment to several other blogs, this is too good not to share.

    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Biological_determinism

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  • Wow, one of the longest Jayman’s posts since ages. Very interesting read, in addition.

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  • The link to 3rd gen Asian-American IQ is broken, the correct URL is http://pseudoerasmus.com/2014/05/21/economic-growth-human-biodiversity/comment-page-1/#comment-19 .

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  • “Today these Finnish-Americans appear to be generally more Left-leaning, much like their cousins across the Atlantic.”

    Actually, much of the Finnish-American population descends from leftists who left Finland because of anti-left persecution. Tons of socialists moved to the United States (and other countries of the Americas) because they allowed greater freedom for socialist movements than either the Tsarist empire or newly independent Finland which up to the 1930s was extremely hostile to anything even remotely left-wing. (Long story short, independence was followed by a left-wing coup, a Civil War which the left lost and tens of thousands of Reds died in the White revenge terror. After the Civil War the victors were extremely hostile to the left and large numbers of Red Finns moved to the US to “build socialism” there when even mentioning socialism in Finland could get you beaten up.)

    There was also mass migration of Finns from the US to the Soviet Union between the world wars:

    https://www.google.fi/search?q=karelia+fever

    It ended badly and that also ended much of the right/left hostility in Finland, the left stopped being pro-Soviet after all those massacres right over the border. Finland has a really bizarre history after WWII which has left us with a really unusual society where we’re much more right-wing than, say, Swedes but we’ve gone even further with the Swedish social democratic model because of Soviet pressures. It’s unraveling now and the left has been slowly collapsing since the USSR fell.

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  • ckp says:

    The North Korea regime collapses tomorrow and there’s miraculously no civil war or humanitarian crisis. The two countries begin a long and painful process of reunification, like East/West Germany on crack. ~70 years of despotic Communism and famine have left their mark on North Korean culture and even their bodies (Norkies are several inches shorter than their Southern cousins), but what about genes? Are 3-4 generations of zero introgression and (possibly) insane selection pressures on conformity enough to make Northerners notably genetically distinct from Southerners? How might this impact re-integration?

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  • Jay, in your (fabulous) analyses of the “American Nations” you overlook an interesting dimension of US history and genome: the Forest Finns of the 17th century in the mid-Atlantic. They came to be known as the Delaware Finns, and one reason you probably haven’t heard of them is that they were lumped in with their imperial absorbers in Sweden and recorded as Swedes, not Finns, in colonial records in New Sweden and later under Dutch and English rule.

    But in local records of the time, they were very much recognized as Finns, and as extremely different from the more agricultural/urbanized Swedes in New Sweden, and later Dutch and English. They manifested the close-in breeding of pre-postmodern Finns, and were recorded by the Dutch, British, French, and others as incredibly robust, fecund, self-sufficient, feisty, wicked smart, slightly spooky/dangerous, outstanding toolmakers, and in cahoots with the Lenni Lenape (local “Indians”).

    It was on this pre-existing loom that the English wove their colonial presence.

    Their (our) origins: between 1638 and 1656 a small but coherent and ultimately impactful migration of metsasuomalaiset proceeded from upper middle Sweden (mostly Varmland and Dalarna counties), of these indigenous Finno-Ugric people from today’s Eastern Finland (Savo and Karjala provinces) who had previously been removed from their forestlands where they practiced huuhta (swidden) agriculture. Those lands were wanted by Swedish royalty for manufacture of charcoal for use by the burgeoning steel and arms industries. Also around that time, Finns were fighting as mercenary cavalrymen in the Thirty Years’ War, and Sweden was beginning to persecute and outlaw as witches menfolk who practiced the older animist/pagan/song-and-drumming-based religion.

    These several hundreds of metsas located to the Delaware Valley, became extremely successful farmers and pioneers, some intermarried with Swedes and a few Dutch and English (and others), and many radiated out from there, particularly after “The Quaker Invasion” of the 1680s. Most of them stayed close in in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland, and “close in” is relative given that these Finns engaged in the “long hunt” tradition that could take them far away on boat-and-portage hunting, trapping, fishing, and gathering expeditions.

    A significant movement of them proceeded into the Appalachians and then farther west still. In PA/NJ they were among the American Revolutionaries (including ancestors of mine), and in fact Finns had been agitating for the colonies’ independence from Europe back into the 1600s.

    You might enjoy the late Terry Jordan’s and Matti Kaups’s book on the topic, The American Backwoods Frontier. Jordan (a geographer at UT-Austin) long argued that there is a coherent, westward flowing complex of material culture evidence for Forest Finns being the only eastern seaboard colonial people from the Old World who were genetically and culturally pre-adapted to enter and open a largely forested new continent.

    http://books.google.com/books/about/The_American_backwoods_frontier.html?id=3x8MAAAAYAAJ

    If you drop me a line, I can share more and connect you with fairly extensive resources. It might be an interesting line of inquiry for you. It’s not certain how many Americans can trace ancestry to these people, but it’s surely in the millions…and those of us who were still in the valley in the 1980s had quite coherent lineages. I come from an unbroken paternal line going back ten generations, so I also inherited a bunch of stories that didn’t make much sense till I learned in the past decade just how coherent this migration and its people were. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    Tikka

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  • Edited, 4/11/15 3/17/14. See below! Blogger "Agnostic" over at Dusk in Autumn has a post up about the regional variation in Germany (Oktoberfest, lederhosen, dirndls and Germany's cultural fault-line). As I've noted in my posts on the American nations (most recently here, see the category here), Germany has been one of the most important countries...
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  • Across the United States, there is a general pattern – at least among Whites – of urban dwellers tending to be more liberal and rural dwellers tending to be more conservative. Indeed, this pattern is so pronounced that Steve Sailer managed to produce a now well-known (at least in the HBD-sphere) hypothesis of White American...
  • […] does appear to be heavily German. Yet it is thoroughly red. Indeed, as we saw in my earlier post Rural White Liberals – a Key to Understanding the Political Divide, I noted that the Plains are the area where Steve Sailer’s “affordable family […]

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  • Edit 2/24/14 [Post updated, see below] Edit 7/20/13: [Post updated as per HBD Chick's comment. See below] The European colonists (mostly British, French, and Germans, with a smattering of other groups) who first settled North America brought with them their distinct "cultural" features that laid the foundation for the persistent regional differences across the U.S....
  • […] per HBD Chick’s theory, and fitting the clannishness of the respective founding groups (see A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers”), the various American nations are predictably divided about Obama’s health care […]

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  • Continuing my series on the American nations (see also A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers”; Flags of the American Nations; Sound Familiar?), I take a look at the Cavaliers. The founders of the U.S. Tidewater and Deep South were people of noble blood that originated primarily from southwestern England, in an...
  • […] we see, the Tidewater, the historic seat of the Cavalier Lowland South, leans towards team blue mostly because of the large Black population there (however, […]

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  • My previous two posts featured some of the flags – assigned by me – of the various "nations" of North America, as described by Colin Woodard, and as derived from David Hackett Fischer. Inspired by the Bloomberg map of the American nations, where Woodard assigned a flag to each nation, I thought I'd make my...
  • […] more on the nature of each “nation”, see my previous post Flags of the American Nations and/or this piece by Woodard on his book with respect to the Tea Party. This political split is not […]

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  • Continuing my on-going series on the regional differences – genetic regional differences – between the different Euro-Americans in the United States and Canada, here I will present a series of maps demonstrating some of the evidence for the existence and significance of these differences, beyond the historical circumstances explored by David Hackett Fischer (DHF) in...
  • […] we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested […]

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  • This is my 100th blog post. Upon reaching this milestone, I thought that this would be a great time to take moment to look back at my experience as a blogger in Human BioDiversity (HBD) and share my thoughts on the things to come. 1. The Beginning 2. Fertility 3. Immigration and the economy 4....
  • […] 100 Blog Posts – A Reflection on HBD Blogging And What Lies Ahead – A review post, where I talk about the major themes and findings after 100 posts HBD […]

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  • My previous two posts featured some of the flags – assigned by me – of the various "nations" of North America, as described by Colin Woodard, and as derived from David Hackett Fischer. Inspired by the Bloomberg map of the American nations, where Woodard assigned a flag to each nation, I thought I'd make my...
  • […] Flags of the American Nations – Here I discuss each of Colin Woodard’s American Nations, talking about the […]

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  • EDIT, 5/30/15: [Post updated with results of new meta-analyses of behavioral genetic studies. See below!] Edit, 1/3/13: [Post updated to reflect additional information provided in the comments. See below and see the comments.] The time has come for a little reminder of the First Law of behavioral genetics. In my final post of 2012, I...
  • […] 4. All Human Behavioral Traits are Heritable – With the First Law of behavioral genetics as the title, I talk about the fact that heredity impacts (to some extent) all aspects of human behavior and differences between individuals in that behavior. That is, genetic differences are involved in every aspect that makes any two individuals different from one another. From politics – to religion – to personality – to body weight – to intelligence – to income – genes play a role in each, and I talk about these. I discuss the evidence we have for this, coming from twin studies, adoption studies, as well as the newer direct genomic analyses of Peter Visshcher et al that confirm previous results. The non-effect of parenting and the impact for HBD is discussed. A key post that remains high on my list on intro posts. […]

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