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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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  • […] 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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  • We are familiar with Colin Woodard's map of the American nations: Especially their divisions in the United States. Now, for completeness sake, here they are for Canada (based on a map from Wikipedia): Many of the nations that make up the United States continue into Canada. In many ways, Canada is essentially the U.S. without...
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    Matthew Naylor is correct. On the Canadian census, respondents can volunteer as many choices for ethnicity as they like. If one says “French Canadian,” that will be coded as both French and Canadian. If one says “Haitian Canadian,” that will be coded as both Haitian and Canadian. In Quebec, among Francophones, the single word “Canadien” is shorthand for Quebecois, or French Canadian. Obviously, for Quebec, there are far more who said Canadian/Canadien in all its forms than anything else.

    The coding of your map needs more nuance to account for this.

    I discuss this in my book Canadian Politics: Riding by Riding.

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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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  • 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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  • Edit, 4/16/14: Post updated, see below! I wanted to feature two new versions of Colin Woodard's map of the American Nations that I have created. For reference, here is Woodard's map: We know we can split the cultural and political behaviors (and many other aspects) of the United States and Canada according to these maps...
  • […] we see above (and many other patterns)  – while clearly partially the result of (continental) racial variation, isn’t solely due to such, since we see variation within the White population as well, as can […]

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  • Scientist/historian Peter Turchin (who was recently in the news for his model which describes the evolution of human civilization over the past few millennia) previously claimed that the United States is due for some sort of upheaval in the coming years – based on his study of historical cycles (cliodynamics), as previously discussed in my...
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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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  • 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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  • We are familiar with Colin Woodard's map of the American nations: Especially their divisions in the United States. Now, for completeness sake, here they are for Canada (based on a map from Wikipedia): Many of the nations that make up the United States continue into Canada. In many ways, Canada is essentially the U.S. without...
  • @Canadian Friend
    I find it odd that in the second map " by ethnicity" there are no blue squares ( for French) in the province of Quebec where aproximately 6 million people speak French ( their maternal tongue ) and have French names and French ancestors ( such as me )

    It is the largest population of people of French descent in North America,

    There is a strong separatist movement in Quebec and close to half the population of Francophones wishes to separate from the rest of English Canada ( as it is often called here )
    but all of them answered " Canadian" instead of " French" on the census?

    What am I missing here?

    Typically the French speaking portions of Quebec will identify themselves as Canadien et Canadienne, referring more to the ethno-cultural group, rather than the federal nation. From the “French Canadian” wikipedia page: “Canadiens” redirects here.

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  • In this post, I don't mean in the way some people might think (though it does work in that sense too), I mean in terms of longevity. Mainstream thinkers, and some in the HBD-sphere, are fascinated and confounded by the persistent variation in health and lifespan of different peoples around the world. This has given...
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  • @franklindmadoff
    @JayMan:

    You may be interested in seeing some graphs I prepared recently on this topic.

    http://s207.photobucket.com/user/jhowns/media/calif_male_le_by_race_and_income.png.html
    http://s207.photobucket.com/user/jhowns/media/calif_female_le_by_race_and_income.png.html
    Derived from this research: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2849870/

    What I find interesting is:
    1) The SES gaps for both blacks and whites are very large, about 10 years (much larger than the white vs black gaps)
    2) The white-black gaps are pretty consistent with respect to SES (no massive leap out of the bottom quintile as some might expect)
    3) The poorest asians and hispanics far outlive most whites and blacks (asians across the entire spectrum)
    4) The asian and hispanic LE does not appear to change much with respect to SES

    Curiously (and perhaps unsurprisingly) the state wide averages show a similar pattern with respect to state wide median income (a very crude proxy for average group SES).

    http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb66/jhowns/LifeExpByStateAndRace.png~original

    Like you, I tend to lean more towards genetic explanations here, but I suppose what I find most striking is that even if it was mainly lifestyle the data would suggest that on some fairly basic things that ought to be under the control of the theoretical control of the individual (as opposed to taking the view that the environment is highly deterministic). It seems to me if these researchers really believed it was the actual behaviors of low income hispanics (or better yet asians) and that genetics plays little to no role then they'd should be able to replicate this and see some pretty pronounced effects....[I won't hold my breath]

    Thanks a lot for those! Sorry I didn’t get to comment on them before, but they are a fine addition to the information here. I may have to edit the post to incorporate them.

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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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  • In his latest VDARE column, John Derbyshire has written a glowing discussion of yours truly: John Derbyshire On JayMan—A Righteous Jamaican-American | VDARE.COM Well... more on that shortly. That is my thing. A couple of my tweets on the matter shoul
  • @Anonymous
    Jayman, what is your knowledge of RH negative blood type and what is your take on that phenomena - a different species of human perhaps?

    "The transmission of misery or bliss in a family is entirely due to shared genes, just like most everything else."

    Interesting you should use the word "bliss". Harvard just released its 75 year study on what makes men "happy" and the effects of parenting on happiness in old age comes up;

    http://www.feelguide.com/2013/04/29/75-years-in-th-making-harvard-just-released-its-epic-study-on-what-men-require-to-live-a-happy-life/

    "We are now at the point in our understanding where it is beyond dispute that all the interesting traits of human behavior, intelligence, and personality are heritable to some degree."

    Interesting is subjective. Some of the human behavioral traits he finds "interesting" I might not find so interesting, so such type of spin wording, although useful in propaganda, does not give weight to the argument. It would lead one to question, "So the traits he personally finds uninteresting have been found not be heritable?"

    "The case for behavioral genetics is as solid as a rock. Yet certain people like to pretend as if this is a “speculative” affair, or deny that we have such evidence entirely."

    Its because of statements like the one I quoted above by Derb. Humans have known since ancient times that genes matter. Putting spin on studies and using misleading terminology to give the impression that there has been at least 1 peer reviewed scientific study that claimed 100% of everything about each human is 100% genetically determined is what gives us pause.

    As far as your reply to Canadian Friend, bombastic statements such as, "The transmission of misery or bliss in a family is entirely due to shared genes, just like most everything else.".... when you cite only two small studies in two countries only, also gives us pause. The word "entirely" is the bombastic part. We have absolutely no way of knowing that since our knowledge about genes itself is so limited and the field of genetic science is in its infancy stage right now, if not merely its embryonic stage.

    Nobody has a problem with the concept of genes being deterministic to one degree or another. That you propose bombastically that its "entirely" is another matter.

    Scale back the theatrics a bit.

    @Sci-Scy: Scientific Scythian:

    I didn’t approve this comment for a long time because it falls perilously close to being a stupid comment. Let that be lesson to all the other folks out their with stupid comments I’ve left in moderation.

    First, it misconstrues/misunderstand what I say. Second, you fly off the handle based on your misunderstanding of what I say.

    “The case for behavioral genetics is as solid as a rock. Yet certain people like to pretend as if this is a “speculative” affair, or deny that we have such evidence entirely.”

    Its because of statements like the one I quoted above by Derb. Humans have known since ancient times that genes matter. Putting spin on studies and using misleading terminology to give the impression that there has been at least 1 peer reviewed scientific study that claimed 100% of everything about each human is 100% genetically determined is what gives us pause.

    When have I ever said every trait is 100% genetically determined??

    As far as your reply to Canadian Friend, bombastic statements such as, “The transmission of misery or bliss in a family is entirely due to shared genes, just like most everything else.”…. when you cite only two small studies in two countries only, also gives us pause. The word “entirely” is the bombastic part.

    Correction: two large studies from two countries with very good records. Other studies of other traits find that the results are similar across nations.

    We have absolutely no way of knowing that since our knowledge about genes itself is so limited and the field of genetic science is in its infancy stage right now, if not merely its embryonic stage.

    Maybe your knowledge is limited. Mine is considerably less so. Behavioral genetics is the bedrock of social science. Take that away, and all the rest is no good.

    But then, that’s why people read me and not you…

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  • My earlier post, Mapping the Road to American Disunion, discussed the apparent high likelihood of increased social and political unrest in America in the coming years – a process which, with the ongoing partisan stand-off in Washington, might well be under way. This was based on the work of Peter Turchin and his field cliodynamics....
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  • @minoritymagnet
    Good parenting could be a general display of social status, of which every human interaction is loaded with. "Look, we can afford violin lessons for our children and have so much spare time that we can build a treehouse with them...."

    Yup.

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  • @Anonymous
    Jumping to conclusions about race is not biology. It's social "science" that cherry picks elements from biology, while selectively ignoring other factors that have a greater impact on behavior (economic conditions, history of the people/region, technology, theology, war, etc.). A group of people's DNA does not just drastically change in a decade or two, but you can clearly see how politics, war, economics, and technology can make an entire community change for the better or take a turn for the worse, in a very short amount of time. This is obvious to 100% of people who aren't racist.

    @Justo:

    Jumping to conclusions about race is not biology.

    You must learn the difference between jumping to conclusions and coming to them.

    It’s social “science” that cherry picks elements from biology, while selectively ignoring other factors that have a greater impact on behavior (economic conditions, history of the people/region, technology, theology, war, etc.)

    You might want to read this post. I never claimed that immediate conditions had no impact on behavior.

    A group of people’s DNA does not just drastically change in a decade or two, but you can clearly see how politics, war, economics, and technology can make an entire community change for the better or take a turn for the worse, in a very short amount of time.

    No kidding. See the aforementioned post. As this fellow confuses, that heredity explains much of the difference within a cohort doesn’t mean that it must explain the differences between cohorts.

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    @Canadian Friend
    Even if there was more marriage among those in the lower class, the next generation, having inherited all the same traits, would be no different.

    Am I the only one who sees a problem with that?

    Every generation would be identical to the previous one if that statement were true.

    But they are not.

    If that quoted excerpt was true, in every generation there would be an identical percentage of the population - as there was in the previous generation - who would become drug addicts or violent criminals and an identical percentage of the population who would become law abiding well adjusted citizens...and we would still be in caves...

    But we all know those percentages vary from generation to generations.

    I am NOT saying we do not inherit most of the traits that makes us who we are, I am sure we do but I am saying that there has to be a certain amount of "plasticity" other wise nothing would ever change.

    To say it is 100% inherited and that other factors account for ZERO % is a bit radical... for lack of a better word...

    Jayman, what is your knowledge of RH negative blood type and what is your take on that phenomena – a different species of human perhaps?

    “The transmission of misery or bliss in a family is entirely due to shared genes, just like most everything else.”

    Interesting you should use the word “bliss”. Harvard just released its 75 year study on what makes men “happy” and the effects of parenting on happiness in old age comes up;

    http://www.feelguide.com/2013/04/29/75-years-in-th-making-harvard-just-released-its-epic-study-on-what-men-require-to-live-a-happy-life/

    “We are now at the point in our understanding where it is beyond dispute that all the interesting traits of human behavior, intelligence, and personality are heritable to some degree.”

    Interesting is subjective. Some of the human behavioral traits he finds “interesting” I might not find so interesting, so such type of spin wording, although useful in propaganda, does not give weight to the argument. It would lead one to question, “So the traits he personally finds uninteresting have been found not be heritable?”

    “The case for behavioral genetics is as solid as a rock. Yet certain people like to pretend as if this is a “speculative” affair, or deny that we have such evidence entirely.”

    Its because of statements like the one I quoted above by Derb. Humans have known since ancient times that genes matter. Putting spin on studies and using misleading terminology to give the impression that there has been at least 1 peer reviewed scientific study that claimed 100% of everything about each human is 100% genetically determined is what gives us pause.

    As far as your reply to Canadian Friend, bombastic statements such as, “The transmission of misery or bliss in a family is entirely due to shared genes, just like most everything else.”…. when you cite only two small studies in two countries only, also gives us pause. The word “entirely” is the bombastic part. We have absolutely no way of knowing that since our knowledge about genes itself is so limited and the field of genetic science is in its infancy stage right now, if not merely its embryonic stage.

    Nobody has a problem with the concept of genes being deterministic to one degree or another. That you propose bombastically that its “entirely” is another matter.

    Scale back the theatrics a bit.

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    @Sci-Scy: Scientific Scythian:

    I didn't approve this comment for a long time because it falls perilously close to being a stupid comment. Let that be lesson to all the other folks out their with stupid comments I've left in moderation.

    First, it misconstrues/misunderstand what I say. Second, you fly off the handle based on your misunderstanding of what I say.


    “The case for behavioral genetics is as solid as a rock. Yet certain people like to pretend as if this is a “speculative” affair, or deny that we have such evidence entirely.”

    Its because of statements like the one I quoted above by Derb. Humans have known since ancient times that genes matter. Putting spin on studies and using misleading terminology to give the impression that there has been at least 1 peer reviewed scientific study that claimed 100% of everything about each human is 100% genetically determined is what gives us pause.
     

    When have I ever said every trait is 100% genetically determined??

    As far as your reply to Canadian Friend, bombastic statements such as, “The transmission of misery or bliss in a family is entirely due to shared genes, just like most everything else.”…. when you cite only two small studies in two countries only, also gives us pause. The word “entirely” is the bombastic part.
     
    Correction: two large studies from two countries with very good records. Other studies of other traits find that the results are similar across nations.

    We have absolutely no way of knowing that since our knowledge about genes itself is so limited and the field of genetic science is in its infancy stage right now, if not merely its embryonic stage.
     
    Maybe your knowledge is limited. Mine is considerably less so. Behavioral genetics is the bedrock of social science. Take that away, and all the rest is no good.

    But then, that's why people read me and not you...

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Jumping to conclusions about race is not biology. It’s social “science” that cherry picks elements from biology, while selectively ignoring other factors that have a greater impact on behavior (economic conditions, history of the people/region, technology, theology, war, etc.). A group of people’s DNA does not just drastically change in a decade or two, but you can clearly see how politics, war, economics, and technology can make an entire community change for the better or take a turn for the worse, in a very short amount of time. This is obvious to 100% of people who aren’t racist.

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    @Justo:

    Jumping to conclusions about race is not biology.
     
    You must learn the difference between jumping to conclusions and coming to them.

    It’s social “science” that cherry picks elements from biology, while selectively ignoring other factors that have a greater impact on behavior (economic conditions, history of the people/region, technology, theology, war, etc.)
     
    You might want to read this post. I never claimed that immediate conditions had no impact on behavior.

    A group of people’s DNA does not just drastically change in a decade or two, but you can clearly see how politics, war, economics, and technology can make an entire community change for the better or take a turn for the worse, in a very short amount of time.
     
    No kidding. See the aforementioned post. As this fellow confuses, that heredity explains much of the difference within a cohort doesn't mean that it must explain the differences between cohorts.
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  • @ckp
    Re: zero independent impact of family:

    - Is this a recent phenomenon, caused, perhaps, by the general effect of increased standards of living and reductions in violence? Should we expect to see higher shared environment in poorer countries?

    - If the above is true, then when it comes to mate choice, are we just executing old adaptions that made sense when family environment did matter independent of genes?

    - If it's false, and shared environment is similarly low in primitive societies, then are all the mate choice algorithms that are purportedly for figuring out who is a good potential parent, really just for figuring out who has the best genes (and conversely, signaling you'll be a good parent is really about signaling genes)?

    - Is the outrage over the idea that parenting doesn't matter a local phenomenon, or is it the result of some kind of "ATTACK ALL THOSE WHO SAY I'M NOT A GOOD MATE" adaption?

    Good parenting could be a general display of social status, of which every human interaction is loaded with. “Look, we can afford violin lessons for our children and have so much spare time that we can build a treehouse with them….”

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    Yup.

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  • @Canadian Friend
    Even if there was more marriage among those in the lower class, the next generation, having inherited all the same traits, would be no different.

    Am I the only one who sees a problem with that?

    Every generation would be identical to the previous one if that statement were true.

    But they are not.

    If that quoted excerpt was true, in every generation there would be an identical percentage of the population - as there was in the previous generation - who would become drug addicts or violent criminals and an identical percentage of the population who would become law abiding well adjusted citizens...and we would still be in caves...

    But we all know those percentages vary from generation to generations.

    I am NOT saying we do not inherit most of the traits that makes us who we are, I am sure we do but I am saying that there has to be a certain amount of "plasticity" other wise nothing would ever change.

    To say it is 100% inherited and that other factors account for ZERO % is a bit radical... for lack of a better word...

    To say it is 100% inherited and that other factors account for ZERO % is a bit radical… for lack of a better word…

    A. That’s not what I said, nor have I ever said that.

    B. See post “Why HBD” above.

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  • @David Gress
    Congratulations on one of the best blogs in the world. To read you is heartening.

    I am a historian and a philologist, but unlike 90 per cent of my peers am neither leftist nor resistant to the discoveries of genetics and psychometrics; indeed, I have lapped them up for decades, ever since my mother gave me H. J. Eysenck’s “Know Your Own I.Q.” over 50 years ago (I didn’t do too well, but then I was only about 10). Today, I am proud to call myself a friend of Helmuth Nyborg, who lives 15 miles from me. I hardly understand half of what he’s talking about, but a man so persecuted by the right-thinking cannot be wrong.

    Two questions do keep occurring to me when I consider your well-established truths about personality and heritability:

    1. How do you account for massive and rapid cultural change, if personality traits are largely heritable? How did large parts of the Western world go from respecting to despising the nuclear family in a few short years beginning in the 1960s? The authors of “The Great Disruption” inherited their personalities, right? Yet they turned on their parents, tradition, patriotism, moral and aesthetic standards, learning, and order. Western politicians used to defend their countries; now they are ashamed to do so. Where did those personality traits spring from?

    2. Regression toward the mean should surely mean that, for example, parenting styles are far from fully heritable. Every generation will show a new mix. So the daughter of a feckless mother may turn out to be a model wife, no? What’s the role of regression in the story of heritable personality traits? This puzzles me too when I consider “The Bell Curve”‘s argument about an emerging meritocracy. Won’t the children of the smart meritocrats regress in intelligence? If they retain their parents’ status, won’t that be due as much to nepotism and monetary inheritance than to genes?

    And a comment: my maternal ancestry is Danish-German-Swedish, my paternal Yankee to the nth degree (four Mayflower passengers), with possibly a bit of Irish thrown in sometime around 1840. Both my parents were smart, my father a professor of literature and my mother an independent writer. I have inherited, if that’s the word, my mother’s status, as my opinions make me unemployable in today’s academy. Here’s the comment: my mother was 5’2″, my father 5’8″, I am 6’0″. So far as I know, I have no six-foot ancestors. Where’s the heritability of height here?

    WordPress.com / Gravatar.com credentials can be used.

    1: Heritability measures the proportion of variation of a trait that is attributable to variation in genes, /at a particular time/. A secular environmental change can shift the entire distribution one direction or another, while leaving the relative impacts of genes and environment untouched. Height has always been highly heritable, but better nutrition has pushed up the average height by many inches over the centuries.

    2: The crux of the Bell Curve’s argument is that the meritocracy is mostly endogamous – that is, high-status folks marry high status folks, a phenomenon called “assortative mating”. As for regression, you are indeed right that the children of two high status parents will regress somewhat in whatever traits made their parents exceptional. But here’s the thing: you only regress once! See Greg Cochran for why: http://westhunt.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-breeders-equation/

    Exactly how endogamous the upper class becomes will make or break The Bell Curve’s predictions, but we already have significant evidence that it’s on the right track via Gregory Clark’s work on social mobility (or rather, the absence of it) through the ages.

    >So far as I know, I have no six-foot ancestors. Where’s the heritability of height here?

    There’s always exceptions :)

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  • @Canadian Friend
    Even if there was more marriage among those in the lower class, the next generation, having inherited all the same traits, would be no different.

    Am I the only one who sees a problem with that?

    Every generation would be identical to the previous one if that statement were true.

    But they are not.

    If that quoted excerpt was true, in every generation there would be an identical percentage of the population - as there was in the previous generation - who would become drug addicts or violent criminals and an identical percentage of the population who would become law abiding well adjusted citizens...and we would still be in caves...

    But we all know those percentages vary from generation to generations.

    I am NOT saying we do not inherit most of the traits that makes us who we are, I am sure we do but I am saying that there has to be a certain amount of "plasticity" other wise nothing would ever change.

    To say it is 100% inherited and that other factors account for ZERO % is a bit radical... for lack of a better word...

    Nobody said 100% inherited. It is stated above:

    “Behavioral genetics in a nutshell: heredity: 70-80%; shared environment: 0%; something(s) else: 20-30%.”

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  • Even if there was more marriage among those in the lower class, the next generation, having inherited all the same traits, would be no different.

    Am I the only one who sees a problem with that?

    Every generation would be identical to the previous one if that statement were true.

    But they are not.

    If that quoted excerpt was true, in every generation there would be an identical percentage of the population – as there was in the previous generation – who would become drug addicts or violent criminals and an identical percentage of the population who would become law abiding well adjusted citizens…and we would still be in caves…

    But we all know those percentages vary from generation to generations.

    I am NOT saying we do not inherit most of the traits that makes us who we are, I am sure we do but I am saying that there has to be a certain amount of “plasticity” other wise nothing would ever change.

    To say it is 100% inherited and that other factors account for ZERO % is a bit radical… for lack of a better word…

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    Nobody said 100% inherited. It is stated above:

    "Behavioral genetics in a nutshell: heredity: 70-80%; shared environment: 0%; something(s) else: 20-30%."

    , @JayMan
    @Canadian Friend:

    To say it is 100% inherited and that other factors account for ZERO % is a bit radical… for lack of a better word…
     
    A. That's not what I said, nor have I ever said that.

    B. See post "Why HBD" above.

    , @Anonymous
    Jayman, what is your knowledge of RH negative blood type and what is your take on that phenomena - a different species of human perhaps?

    "The transmission of misery or bliss in a family is entirely due to shared genes, just like most everything else."

    Interesting you should use the word "bliss". Harvard just released its 75 year study on what makes men "happy" and the effects of parenting on happiness in old age comes up;

    http://www.feelguide.com/2013/04/29/75-years-in-th-making-harvard-just-released-its-epic-study-on-what-men-require-to-live-a-happy-life/

    "We are now at the point in our understanding where it is beyond dispute that all the interesting traits of human behavior, intelligence, and personality are heritable to some degree."

    Interesting is subjective. Some of the human behavioral traits he finds "interesting" I might not find so interesting, so such type of spin wording, although useful in propaganda, does not give weight to the argument. It would lead one to question, "So the traits he personally finds uninteresting have been found not be heritable?"

    "The case for behavioral genetics is as solid as a rock. Yet certain people like to pretend as if this is a “speculative” affair, or deny that we have such evidence entirely."

    Its because of statements like the one I quoted above by Derb. Humans have known since ancient times that genes matter. Putting spin on studies and using misleading terminology to give the impression that there has been at least 1 peer reviewed scientific study that claimed 100% of everything about each human is 100% genetically determined is what gives us pause.

    As far as your reply to Canadian Friend, bombastic statements such as, "The transmission of misery or bliss in a family is entirely due to shared genes, just like most everything else.".... when you cite only two small studies in two countries only, also gives us pause. The word "entirely" is the bombastic part. We have absolutely no way of knowing that since our knowledge about genes itself is so limited and the field of genetic science is in its infancy stage right now, if not merely its embryonic stage.

    Nobody has a problem with the concept of genes being deterministic to one degree or another. That you propose bombastically that its "entirely" is another matter.

    Scale back the theatrics a bit.

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  • @Anthony
    "The fact that parenting style makes no measurable contribution to the finished adult personality is perhaps the most counterintuitive result in the human sciences. "

    It's only counterintuitive to people with fewer than two children.

    My two daughters have *very* different personalities. Elder daughter has my personality in so many ways - she's much more like me than her mother, while younger daughter is much more like her mother. They've had very similar life experiences, and if anything, the differences should have pushed younger daughter's personality in ways she's not exhibiting.

    Exactly same experience with my family. My oldest son is a carbon copy of my (odd, contrary, fantasy oriented) personality, where my younger son is a lot like my wife (and her father), basically a born engineer. Having children can most definitely be a way to crystallize awareness of the power of genetics, but I don’t think it’s guaranteed by any means.

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  • Congratulations on one of the best blogs in the world. To read you is heartening.

    I am a historian and a philologist, but unlike 90 per cent of my peers am neither leftist nor resistant to the discoveries of genetics and psychometrics; indeed, I have lapped them up for decades, ever since my mother gave me H. J. Eysenck’s “Know Your Own I.Q.” over 50 years ago (I didn’t do too well, but then I was only about 10). Today, I am proud to call myself a friend of Helmuth Nyborg, who lives 15 miles from me. I hardly understand half of what he’s talking about, but a man so persecuted by the right-thinking cannot be wrong.

    Two questions do keep occurring to me when I consider your well-established truths about personality and heritability:

    1. How do you account for massive and rapid cultural change, if personality traits are largely heritable? How did large parts of the Western world go from respecting to despising the nuclear family in a few short years beginning in the 1960s? The authors of “The Great Disruption” inherited their personalities, right? Yet they turned on their parents, tradition, patriotism, moral and aesthetic standards, learning, and order. Western politicians used to defend their countries; now they are ashamed to do so. Where did those personality traits spring from?

    2. Regression toward the mean should surely mean that, for example, parenting styles are far from fully heritable. Every generation will show a new mix. So the daughter of a feckless mother may turn out to be a model wife, no? What’s the role of regression in the story of heritable personality traits? This puzzles me too when I consider “The Bell Curve”‘s argument about an emerging meritocracy. Won’t the children of the smart meritocrats regress in intelligence? If they retain their parents’ status, won’t that be due as much to nepotism and monetary inheritance than to genes?

    And a comment: my maternal ancestry is Danish-German-Swedish, my paternal Yankee to the nth degree (four Mayflower passengers), with possibly a bit of Irish thrown in sometime around 1840. Both my parents were smart, my father a professor of literature and my mother an independent writer. I have inherited, if that’s the word, my mother’s status, as my opinions make me unemployable in today’s academy. Here’s the comment: my mother was 5’2″, my father 5’8″, I am 6’0″. So far as I know, I have no six-foot ancestors. Where’s the heritability of height here?

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    1: Heritability measures the proportion of variation of a trait that is attributable to variation in genes, /at a particular time/. A secular environmental change can shift the entire distribution one direction or another, while leaving the relative impacts of genes and environment untouched. Height has always been highly heritable, but better nutrition has pushed up the average height by many inches over the centuries.

    2: The crux of the Bell Curve's argument is that the meritocracy is mostly endogamous - that is, high-status folks marry high status folks, a phenomenon called "assortative mating". As for regression, you are indeed right that the children of two high status parents will regress somewhat in whatever traits made their parents exceptional. But here's the thing: you only regress once! See Greg Cochran for why: http://westhunt.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-breeders-equation/

    Exactly how endogamous the upper class becomes will make or break The Bell Curve's predictions, but we already have significant evidence that it's on the right track via Gregory Clark's work on social mobility (or rather, the absence of it) through the ages.

    >So far as I know, I have no six-foot ancestors. Where’s the heritability of height here?

    There's always exceptions :)

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  • @JayMan
    @Sisiphyean:

    Calvin and Hobbes? Sounds like a job for HBD Chick...

    It won’t BE calvin and hobbes, just in a similar art style. Watterson is whimsical and soft, which is great given the sharpness of his wit and the biting social commentary often featured therein. I like that mix: Soft cuddly looking characters saying things that make you think hard. Just like how having useless platitudes that everyone loves said by horrible monsters would have you maybe reconsider the meaning of those phrases. Capisce?

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  • @Sisyphean
    Excellent. Greater recognition is the result of your hard work and indefatigable spirit. Keep it up! Also, I've been trying to come up with ideas for illustrating a cartoon about the non effect of parenting. There's just something about cartoon animals or people that opens up an idea to a wider audience. I'm thinking Calvin and Hobbes-ish in style. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any thoughts on the matter, I would be happy to give you a writing credit on the strip if it comes to fruition.

    @Sisiphyean:

    Calvin and Hobbes? Sounds like a job for HBD Chick…

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    It won't BE calvin and hobbes, just in a similar art style. Watterson is whimsical and soft, which is great given the sharpness of his wit and the biting social commentary often featured therein. I like that mix: Soft cuddly looking characters saying things that make you think hard. Just like how having useless platitudes that everyone loves said by horrible monsters would have you maybe reconsider the meaning of those phrases. Capisce?
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  • “The fact that parenting style makes no measurable contribution to the finished adult personality is perhaps the most counterintuitive result in the human sciences. ”

    It’s only counterintuitive to people with fewer than two children.

    My two daughters have *very* different personalities. Elder daughter has my personality in so many ways – she’s much more like me than her mother, while younger daughter is much more like her mother. They’ve had very similar life experiences, and if anything, the differences should have pushed younger daughter’s personality in ways she’s not exhibiting.

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    Exactly same experience with my family. My oldest son is a carbon copy of my (odd, contrary, fantasy oriented) personality, where my younger son is a lot like my wife (and her father), basically a born engineer. Having children can most definitely be a way to crystallize awareness of the power of genetics, but I don't think it's guaranteed by any means.
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  • in thinking of how to present HBD truth and construct a narrative around it, I have to say the best bet would be to do it subtly. hit them over the head truth works for some (admittedly, myself) , but it gives an out to anyone invested in any other views to dismiss as racist science blah blah blah. just a thought

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  • Excellent. Greater recognition is the result of your hard work and indefatigable spirit. Keep it up! Also, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for illustrating a cartoon about the non effect of parenting. There’s just something about cartoon animals or people that opens up an idea to a wider audience. I’m thinking Calvin and Hobbes-ish in style. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any thoughts on the matter, I would be happy to give you a writing credit on the strip if it comes to fruition.

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    @Sisiphyean:

    Calvin and Hobbes? Sounds like a job for HBD Chick...

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  • @ckp
    Re: zero independent impact of family:

    - Is this a recent phenomenon, caused, perhaps, by the general effect of increased standards of living and reductions in violence? Should we expect to see higher shared environment in poorer countries?

    - If the above is true, then when it comes to mate choice, are we just executing old adaptions that made sense when family environment did matter independent of genes?

    - If it's false, and shared environment is similarly low in primitive societies, then are all the mate choice algorithms that are purportedly for figuring out who is a good potential parent, really just for figuring out who has the best genes (and conversely, signaling you'll be a good parent is really about signaling genes)?

    - Is the outrage over the idea that parenting doesn't matter a local phenomenon, or is it the result of some kind of "ATTACK ALL THOSE WHO SAY I'M NOT A GOOD MATE" adaption?

    Well, selecting a good parent was supremely important in pre-modern times for a simple reason: a parent’s biggest task was keeping a child alive and healthy. This was no small job in a world without ERs or Google. Many people overlook this fact.

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  • Re: zero independent impact of family:

    - Is this a recent phenomenon, caused, perhaps, by the general effect of increased standards of living and reductions in violence? Should we expect to see higher shared environment in poorer countries?

    - If the above is true, then when it comes to mate choice, are we just executing old adaptions that made sense when family environment did matter independent of genes?

    - If it’s false, and shared environment is similarly low in primitive societies, then are all the mate choice algorithms that are purportedly for figuring out who is a good potential parent, really just for figuring out who has the best genes (and conversely, signaling you’ll be a good parent is really about signaling genes)?

    - Is the outrage over the idea that parenting doesn’t matter a local phenomenon, or is it the result of some kind of “ATTACK ALL THOSE WHO SAY I’M NOT A GOOD MATE” adaption?

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    @ckp:

    Well, selecting a good parent was supremely important in pre-modern times for a simple reason: a parent's biggest task was keeping a child alive and healthy. This was no small job in a world without ERs or Google. Many people overlook this fact.

    , @minoritymagnet
    Good parenting could be a general display of social status, of which every human interaction is loaded with. "Look, we can afford violin lessons for our children and have so much spare time that we can build a treehouse with them...."
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  • “How you raise your kids has virtually no impact on how they turn out. That is, nurture appears to matter little in the end.”

    “It’s rendered additionally more challenging with a little one who insists on demanding much of my time, a demand which I more than happily obliged.”

    Here’s the beautiful contradiction: that just because it doesn’t make any difference to ‘outcomes’, doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter to parents, nor does it mean it doesn’t matter to children. It is truly simply for the joy of family.

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  • “My son will have his own rather interesting lineage to trace; for he is a part West African, part British (presumably English, and possibly Irish), part Chinese, and part Indian (subcontinent), part Yankee, part Quaker, part German, part Latvian tanned-skin blue-eyed male born in Maine. Oh the fun you’ll have. Do these interesting combinations contribute to our unique insights? Well, more on that in the future too.”

    I couldn’t help it, but I thought of outbreeding depression.

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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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  • We are familiar with Colin Woodard's map of the American nations: Especially their divisions in the United States. Now, for completeness sake, here they are for Canada (based on a map from Wikipedia): Many of the nations that make up the United States continue into Canada. In many ways, Canada is essentially the U.S. without...
  • […] If you’re from North America (i.e., U.S., Canada, and northern Mexico), I’d like to know what region you’re from. Otherwise, please skip. Use this map as a guide (note, Los Angeles County, CA = El Norte; Sacramento County, CA = The Far West; Fulton County, GA [Atlanta] = The Deep South; most of Suffolk County, NY, esp. the east = Yankeedom) Edit: I’ve added Newfoundland: […]

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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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  • My earlier post, Mapping the Road to American Disunion, discussed the apparent high likelihood of increased social and political unrest in America in the coming years – a process which, with the ongoing partisan stand-off in Washington, might well be under way. This was based on the work of Peter Turchin and his field cliodynamics....
  • You claim that our current govt will provide stimulus unlike in the 1930s. This is wrong as both Hoover and FDR tried the Keynesian approach which did not help at all. We are greater a Greater Deflationary Depression soon and there is nothing that can stop it.

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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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  • In this post, I don't mean in the way some people might think (though it does work in that sense too), I mean in terms of longevity. Mainstream thinkers, and some in the HBD-sphere, are fascinated and confounded by the persistent variation in health and lifespan of different peoples around the world. This has given...
  • […] we’ve seen previously in my post, HBD is Life and Death, the health outcomes of many American regions can be correlated to ethnic ancestry. Most poignant […]

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  • We are familiar with Colin Woodard's map of the American nations: Especially their divisions in the United States. Now, for completeness sake, here they are for Canada (based on a map from Wikipedia): Many of the nations that make up the United States continue into Canada. In many ways, Canada is essentially the U.S. without...
  • […] seen previously in my post Nations of Canada. Indeed, perhaps Woodard’s book should have been titled North American Nations. These […]

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  • Another map of the American nations: This is where the states stand on Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid. As you can see, it's far from universally embraced. Now let's compare that to this map: And for that matter, this map: Most of the usual suspects. Most prominent among those who reject the Medicaid expansion are those...
  • […] seen in my previous post, Healthcare and the American Nations, the various nations have responded to aspects of the law depending on their clannish […]

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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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  • In the wake of the recent snow storm in the Deep South, The Atlantic recently released an article with a map made by Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy with the typical amount of snowfall it takes to cancel schools in the different counties across America. Since I couldn't resist, I thought I'd put Colin Woodard's American...
  • […] Some of these differences can be quite surprising, such as reaction to adverse weather (in terms of the amount of snow needed to cancel school), as seen on my post Snow Nations: […]

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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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  • Edit, 4/16/14: Post updated, see below! I wanted to feature two new versions of Colin Woodard's map of the American Nations that I have created. For reference, here is Woodard's map: We know we can split the cultural and political behaviors (and many other aspects) of the United States and Canada according to these maps...
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  • Scientist/historian Peter Turchin (who was recently in the news for his model which describes the evolution of human civilization over the past few millennia) previously claimed that the United States is due for some sort of upheaval in the coming years – based on his study of historical cycles (cliodynamics), as previously discussed in my...
  • […] We see a rather pronounced split, with Yankeedom (Greater New England), the Midlands, the Left Coast, New Netherland, and “El Norte” on one side, and the Deep South, Greater Appalachia, and the Far (Interior) West on the other team. These dueling alliances sit at the center of the present political battles in the United States, as we saw in my previous post Mapping the Road to American Disunion. […]

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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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  • 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...
  • […] You know something is strange when the descendants of Scandinavian immigrants in America are practicing a variant of Jante Law multiple generations after the first stock of founding immigrants — long after they have forgotten how to speak Swedish or Danish or whatever. It might even make you wonder sometime. Why haven’t the corrupt institutions of America polluted them yet? [See Maps of the American Nations and Rural White Liberals – a Key to Understanding the Political Divide] […]

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  • […] A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers” Sound Familiar? Flags of the American Nations The Cavaliers Maps of the American Nations Rural White Liberals – a Key to Understanding the Political Divide […]

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  • […] populations are interchangeable, not all Europeans are interchangeable. Nor, for that, matter, are all White Americans […]

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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...
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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....
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  • I suspect that the bad part of Kentucky-West Virginia is the center of the coal mining region. Coal mining used to employ huge numbers of workers, but the UMW pursued higher wages through strikes, which led to major increases in productivity, so mining employment is now way down. Coal mining was associated with one major occupational disease, black lung disease, but it’s not implausible that there are other environmental hazards remaining in the region. Another factor is likely that a lot of the more ambitious people have moved out, leaving behind the less energetic and more fatalistic.

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  • “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” Max Planck

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  • @Anonymous
    OT, but you haven't posted in a while and I saw your comments on Twitter regarding the Sanders' & Bailey study on gay brothers (which hasn't been published yet). I guess Bailey presented the results (or part of them) in Chicago last week.

    I can't help but think of Cochran's "geneticists do what they do" mantra when it comes to this topic. (Although Bailey is not a geneticist, he works frequently with Sanders.) GC seems to value Bailey's work).

    What gets to me are the headlines, ranging from the ridiculous, "Geneticists prove gay is in the genes," to the better "Genetics is not the entire story of homosexuality" and the inconsistency and misleading write ups in the articles. Even Bailey's words appear designed to be pc as in " there may be genes" followed by "we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight." "May be " versus "we found evidence" sounds quite contradictory. The political game here is the same ole, same ole.

    And Sanders: " 'We don’t think genetics is the whole story. It’s not. We have a gene that contributes to homosexuality, but you could say it is linked to heterosexuality. It is the variation.'"

    Am I right? Those words say NOTHING.


    From this link: http://news.yahoo.com/gay-dna-221200774--politics.html (Don't you just love the headline? "Do you have gay DNA?"


    "Bailey told The London Times, 'Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice. Our findings suggest there may be genes at play and we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight.' However, Bailey's research does not support the existence of a sole 'gay gene.' He said sexuality was also formed, to a significant degree, by environmental factors. 'Don't confuse 'environmental' with 'socially acquired'," he said. 'Environment means anything that is not in our DNA at birth, and that includes a lot of stuff that is not social.' Dr. Alan Sanders, associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University, who led the study, told The Telegraph, 'We don’t think genetics is the whole story. It’s not. We have a gene that contributes to homosexuality, but you could say it is linked to heterosexuality. It is the variation.'

    "Bailey told The London Times, 'Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice. Our findings suggest there may be genes at play and we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight.' However, Bailey's research does not support the existence of a sole 'gay gene.'He said sexuality was also formed, to a significant degree, by environmental factors. 'Don't confuse 'environmental' with 'socially acquired'," he said. 'Environment means anything that is not in our DNA at birth, and that includes a lot of stuff that is not social.' Dr. Alan Sanders, associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University, who led the study, told The Telegraph, 'We don’t think genetics is the whole story. It’s not. We have a gene that contributes to homosexuality, but you could say it is linked to heterosexuality. It is the variation.'"

    I don't know much about the politically smart way of doing business as researchers, but Sanders, the lead researcher, has a site devoted to this study, all of which seemed to be a way of assuring the gay lobby that they shouldn't worry about the research nor the what it might actually find. For a long time the site updated the public (as if the grant was tied to such an update) about the course of the study and it included media coverage updates of the study. Then, for years, nothing.)

    Of course, the practical side of all that public relations is that he needed to see to it he got enough English speaking gay volunteers, the goal being 1000 pairs of gay brothers. It appears they fell short of their targeted sample size, but still, the sample size is large. Nonetheless, Sanders appeared last year in a video made by Truth Wins Out, a GLBT group wanting to spread the word that gays are gay by nature not by choice and devoted to stamping out therapists who claim to be able to help men who wish not to be gay to tamp down their homosexual desires.

    I don't have anything against that group and their stated goals of reducing discrimination against homosexuals, but it seemed that Sanders was essentially misleading or at least overstating what genetics research has actually "revealed" about male homosexuality.

    To say it's genetic....but only in part...and that only some of their sample showed linkage to xq28 or that only some showed similarities on chromosome 8 says little, doesn't it?

    Hope you do a post on it when it comes out and give your take.

    @thoward:

    I think you’ve pretty much covered what I would say on the matter, beyond what I’ve already said over at Audacious Epigone’s.

    Fantastic comment.

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    OT, but you haven’t posted in a while and I saw your comments on Twitter regarding the Sanders’ & Bailey study on gay brothers (which hasn’t been published yet). I guess Bailey presented the results (or part of them) in Chicago last week.

    I can’t help but think of Cochran’s “geneticists do what they do” mantra when it comes to this topic. (Although Bailey is not a geneticist, he works frequently with Sanders.) GC seems to value Bailey’s work).

    What gets to me are the headlines, ranging from the ridiculous, “Geneticists prove gay is in the genes,” to the better “Genetics is not the entire story of homosexuality” and the inconsistency and misleading write ups in the articles. Even Bailey’s words appear designed to be pc as in ” there may be genes” followed by “we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight.” “May be ” versus “we found evidence” sounds quite contradictory. The political game here is the same ole, same ole.

    And Sanders: ” ‘We don’t think genetics is the whole story. It’s not. We have a gene that contributes to homosexuality, but you could say it is linked to heterosexuality. It is the variation.’”

    Am I right? Those words say NOTHING.

    From this link: http://news.yahoo.com/gay-dna-221200774–politics.html (Don’t you just love the headline? “Do you have gay DNA?”

    “Bailey told The London Times, ‘Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice. Our findings suggest there may be genes at play and we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight.’ However, Bailey’s research does not support the existence of a sole ‘gay gene.’ He said sexuality was also formed, to a significant degree, by environmental factors. ‘Don’t confuse ‘environmental’ with ‘socially acquired’,” he said. ‘Environment means anything that is not in our DNA at birth, and that includes a lot of stuff that is not social.’ Dr. Alan Sanders, associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University, who led the study, told The Telegraph, ‘We don’t think genetics is the whole story. It’s not. We have a gene that contributes to homosexuality, but you could say it is linked to heterosexuality. It is the variation.’

    “Bailey told The London Times, ‘Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice. Our findings suggest there may be genes at play and we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight.’ However, Bailey’s research does not support the existence of a sole ‘gay gene.’He said sexuality was also formed, to a significant degree, by environmental factors. ‘Don’t confuse ‘environmental’ with ‘socially acquired’,” he said. ‘Environment means anything that is not in our DNA at birth, and that includes a lot of stuff that is not social.’ Dr. Alan Sanders, associate professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University, who led the study, told The Telegraph, ‘We don’t think genetics is the whole story. It’s not. We have a gene that contributes to homosexuality, but you could say it is linked to heterosexuality. It is the variation.’”

    I don’t know much about the politically smart way of doing business as researchers, but Sanders, the lead researcher, has a site devoted to this study, all of which seemed to be a way of assuring the gay lobby that they shouldn’t worry about the research nor the what it might actually find. For a long time the site updated the public (as if the grant was tied to such an update) about the course of the study and it included media coverage updates of the study. Then, for years, nothing.)

    Of course, the practical side of all that public relations is that he needed to see to it he got enough English speaking gay volunteers, the goal being 1000 pairs of gay brothers. It appears they fell short of their targeted sample size, but still, the sample size is large. Nonetheless, Sanders appeared last year in a video made by Truth Wins Out, a GLBT group wanting to spread the word that gays are gay by nature not by choice and devoted to stamping out therapists who claim to be able to help men who wish not to be gay to tamp down their homosexual desires.

    I don’t have anything against that group and their stated goals of reducing discrimination against homosexuals, but it seemed that Sanders was essentially misleading or at least overstating what genetics research has actually “revealed” about male homosexuality.

    To say it’s genetic….but only in part…and that only some of their sample showed linkage to xq28 or that only some showed similarities on chromosome 8 says little, doesn’t it?

    Hope you do a post on it when it comes out and give your take.

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    @thoward:

    I think you've pretty much covered what I would say on the matter, beyond what I've already said over at Audacious Epigone's.

    Fantastic comment.

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  • @szopen
    Interesting, especially after reading Greg Cochran blog entry: NE population have lower life expectancy, while they have higher percentage of ancient populations descended from huter-gatherers. Could that be simply that Spaniards descend more from population of farmers, who had more evolutionary time to adopt to farming lifestyle, while NE europeans descend from people, who adopted farming more recent, therefore havinf less time to adopt?

    “while NE europeans descend from people, who adopted farming more recent, therefore havinf less time to adopt”

    yep, also early days but maybe different amounts or *different bits* of Neanderthal admixture.

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  • @szopen
    Interesting, especially after reading Greg Cochran blog entry: NE population have lower life expectancy, while they have higher percentage of ancient populations descended from huter-gatherers. Could that be simply that Spaniards descend more from population of farmers, who had more evolutionary time to adopt to farming lifestyle, while NE europeans descend from people, who adopted farming more recent, therefore havinf less time to adopt?

    Yup, give me a minute… ;)

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  • @vijay
    You still dont accept debit cards!

    That’s strange. It should. I will take a look at it!

    Hold on to those bucks! ;)

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  • @Sisyphean
    The best example of diet effects for me has always been the North American Natives. Tall, strong and lean people in every description at contact, only to be killed in droves and forced onto reservations where they've been fed low grade crap, chiefly refined wheat flour, refined white sugar, and processed lard, ever since. Now when you ask them about their traditional foods, you're far more likely to hear about fry bread (wheat flour fried in lard caked in sugar) than succotash or pemmican. These people have the highest rates of obesity and diabetes II in the USA, bar none.

    Interestingly, those that have gone back to their traditional foods have seen reversal of the diabetes and obesity but it's nigh impossible to take away addictive things like sugar (and white flour is basically also just sugar) and many can't stop themselves from going back to the cheap sugar trough. Like alcohol the sugar genie isn't going back into the bottle and those who haven't had centuries of adaptation to handle it will suffer.

    That said, I'm not saying diet is the only thing that matters, far from it, I'm just providing an extreme counterpoint. Western Europeans, especially the core, can tolerate sugar, alcohol, and flour in greater amounts than other populations but that doesn't mean those things are good in unlimited quantities. Of course, when you do have unlimited quantities it's the impulsive who tend to overindulge, while the circumspect do not.

    ~S

    @Tikka Linnut “You suggest that “North American Natives” are somehow genetically pure throwbacks to 10,000 years ago”

    I suggest nothing of the sort. I said ‘at contact’ meaning the accounts of the early European settlers after 1492.

    I am well aware that there has been interbreeding between members of the native tribes and various European groups but I find it hard to believe that you’re making the case that the gross diabesity among extant Native American populations is due to this genetic admixture. The rate of Diabetes type 2 in the worst U.S. State (West Virginia) is about 12% according to http://www.americashealthrankings.org whereas Native populations are routinely in the 14+ percent range and in the tribes in Arizona some are higher than 35% (cite CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/media/matte/2011/11_diabetes_Native_American.pdf?s_cid=2011_11_diabetesnativeamerican). Now bear in mind I am NOT saying that there is anything wrong with the Native peoples, just that they are not adapted to the diet Europeans brought with them namely buttloads of sugar, super refined wheat, distilled alcohol. Those things mess up Europeans too, given enough time and quantity but they tolerate them better and as Jayman has pointed out: higher IQ people with better impulse control are less susceptible to over indulgence.

    ~S

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  • @Sisyphean
    The best example of diet effects for me has always been the North American Natives. Tall, strong and lean people in every description at contact, only to be killed in droves and forced onto reservations where they've been fed low grade crap, chiefly refined wheat flour, refined white sugar, and processed lard, ever since. Now when you ask them about their traditional foods, you're far more likely to hear about fry bread (wheat flour fried in lard caked in sugar) than succotash or pemmican. These people have the highest rates of obesity and diabetes II in the USA, bar none.

    Interestingly, those that have gone back to their traditional foods have seen reversal of the diabetes and obesity but it's nigh impossible to take away addictive things like sugar (and white flour is basically also just sugar) and many can't stop themselves from going back to the cheap sugar trough. Like alcohol the sugar genie isn't going back into the bottle and those who haven't had centuries of adaptation to handle it will suffer.

    That said, I'm not saying diet is the only thing that matters, far from it, I'm just providing an extreme counterpoint. Western Europeans, especially the core, can tolerate sugar, alcohol, and flour in greater amounts than other populations but that doesn't mean those things are good in unlimited quantities. Of course, when you do have unlimited quantities it's the impulsive who tend to overindulge, while the circumspect do not.

    ~S

    You suggest that “North American Natives” are somehow genetically pure throwbacks to 10,000 years ago…when nothing could be further from the truth…and especially given that tribal membership these days can involve as little as a 1/32 “blood quantum.” It may well be the Appalachian hardscrabble genes kicking in where frybread addiction and the resulting obesity are concerned.

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  • You still dont accept debit cards!

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    @vijay:

    That's strange. It should. I will take a look at it!

    Hold on to those bucks! ;)

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  • Interesting, especially after reading Greg Cochran blog entry: NE population have lower life expectancy, while they have higher percentage of ancient populations descended from huter-gatherers. Could that be simply that Spaniards descend more from population of farmers, who had more evolutionary time to adopt to farming lifestyle, while NE europeans descend from people, who adopted farming more recent, therefore havinf less time to adopt?

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    Yup, give me a minute... ;)
    , @Greying Wanderer
    "while NE europeans descend from people, who adopted farming more recent, therefore havinf less time to adopt"

    yep, also early days but maybe different amounts or *different bits* of Neanderthal admixture.

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  • […] HBD is Life and Death – from jayman. […]

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  • @Luke Lea
    Having recently reached the beginning of my 73rd year in this world and looking back one of the things I notice is how powerful a force is conformity. Most people want to fit in way more than they want to discover what is true or false. Strangest of all the smarter you are (at least up to a point) the stronger this force is. You see it on campus of course in the form of political correctness. You see it in the highest reaches of academic economics is the almost totemic worship of the phrase -- not the reality, mind, or even the "official" orthodox view which you can find in advanced textbooks on the subject -- of free trade. You identify here a third area (there are probably more?) of medical research, especially in things related to diet and health. It is a little like fashion. In fact it is fashion. And just like new fashions and changes in fashion it almost impossible to figure out where the fashions began. Sometimes in Paris, sometimes on the streets of Haight Ashbury, sometimes (who knows) in the secret sanctums of the gay fashionistas. I think LSD in the sixties had a lot to do with the freakish new fashions in opinion -- e.g., naive cosmopolitanism (remember John Lennon's Imagine -- don't tell me he wasn't stoned when he wrote that). Hell, the whole phenomenon of multiculturalism is probably a mind artifact of those psychadelic drugs which were so ubiquitous among the college-age elite. Don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. I even experienced a little of it myself. Those drugs were a cultural solvent that melted away the conditioned reflexes that established the old fashions (I think it was liberalism) and replaced them with these ridiculous forms of new craziness that are now wrecking our society.

    Another wrinkle is that the lower classes are much more immune to these kinds of influences. They are less conformist in many ways --e.g., in New England our cultural betters talk about the importance of racial tolerance, equality, etc.., but down here if you go to the graduation ceremonies for people getting their GED's (or whatever those high school equivalents are called) you see biracial couples all over the place.

    Anyway, the notion that human beings, the vast majority, are rational creatures is clearly a joke. Only a few eccentrics fill the bill, and not many of them.

    I'm talking about you JayMan! BTW I tried to make a contribution but PayPal wouldn't accept my debit card. Whatta ya supposed to do?

    : i liked (& am still pondering) your comment about lower classes/lower SES being less conformist: “come to low SES-Land, where PC hasn’t caught on!” – an excellent observation!

    the liberal elite PC-hive-mind is rampant – socially rewarding each other for their “enlightened” ways. like unto a religion, yea, verily, & thus it came to pass:

    “ALL people are exactly equal, ALL group means are exactly the same… We liberal elites believe in evolution (except the bit about different geographic groups with different environmental selection pressures selecting for different traits) …nothing to see there, move along!” :)

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  • @gerf
    Yeah, it's difficult to take this seriously. Your monolithic rambling essay apparently amounts to: "Complex models are hard". Is this any great insight? Is there any reason to suspect that mainstream models aren't the best models based on current understanding? Sure, better models will arise in the future, this all seems like tilting at windmills to me.

    You are making the perfect the enemy of the good, and you've got nothing better than the good to offer up instead.

    Based on the fact that I was off by “quite a bit”, about the most constructive thing I can add to the discussion is the suggestion that you make an attempt to present your main point more clearly.

    As for being an advocate of evidence based medicine, there are certainly some other very good bloggers in that space, Steve Novella being primary.

    Good luck with your blog!

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  • @gerf
    I appreciate the authoritarian sentiment. I've read them.

    IQ and Death: Further demonstration that you don't understand correlation. There isn't any semantic sense to a "true correlation". In fact, that post does a great job of illustrating how hard it is to model complex systems.

    Even George W. Bush Has Heart Disease: Generally incomprehensible data dump. Are introductory paragraphs and conclusion anathema or something? I think you're trying to say: "The jury is still out w.r.t exercise and heart disease." Sounds rather mundane, and the presentation is a mess.

    Trans Fat Hysteria and the Mystery of Heart Disease: A little more easy to follow, but looks to mirror the Bush one as: "The jury is still out w.r.t trans-fats and heart disease."

    How far off am I?

    Quite a bit, because nowhere did you mention my main point, that health advice we’re given doesn’t necessarily have the support of the evidence.

    Now that you’ve left your piece, I think I’m done with you, since you’re not adding anything to the discussion. Talk about not saying much. If I were you, I’d choose wisely about my next comment.

    And about my “authoritarian” sentiment, on this blog, I am King, Lord, and Emperor. Don’t like it? Don’t comment. Capisce?

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  • @gerf
    Yeah, it's difficult to take this seriously. Your monolithic rambling essay apparently amounts to: "Complex models are hard". Is this any great insight? Is there any reason to suspect that mainstream models aren't the best models based on current understanding? Sure, better models will arise in the future, this all seems like tilting at windmills to me.

    You are making the perfect the enemy of the good, and you've got nothing better than the good to offer up instead.

    I appreciate the authoritarian sentiment. I’ve read them.

    IQ and Death: Further demonstration that you don’t understand correlation. There isn’t any semantic sense to a “true correlation”. In fact, that post does a great job of illustrating how hard it is to model complex systems.

    Even George W. Bush Has Heart Disease: Generally incomprehensible data dump. Are introductory paragraphs and conclusion anathema or something? I think you’re trying to say: “The jury is still out w.r.t exercise and heart disease.” Sounds rather mundane, and the presentation is a mess.

    Trans Fat Hysteria and the Mystery of Heart Disease: A little more easy to follow, but looks to mirror the Bush one as: “The jury is still out w.r.t trans-fats and heart disease.”

    How far off am I?

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    @gerf:

    Quite a bit, because nowhere did you mention my main point, that health advice we're given doesn't necessarily have the support of the evidence.

    Now that you've left your piece, I think I'm done with you, since you're not adding anything to the discussion. Talk about not saying much. If I were you, I'd choose wisely about my next comment.

    And about my "authoritarian" sentiment, on this blog, I am King, Lord, and Emperor. Don't like it? Don't comment. Capisce?

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  • @gerf
    Your response doesn't appear to be well formed. Am I sure of what? What is it you think I disbelieve?

    If your thesis was more (or less) profound than "Complex models are hard" it might serve you well to state your thesis clearly.

    Read these posts:

    IQ and Death

    Even George W. Bush Has Heart Disease

    Trans Fat Hysteria and the Mystery of Heart Disease

    Do not comment on this again until you have done so.

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  • @gerf
    Yeah, it's difficult to take this seriously. Your monolithic rambling essay apparently amounts to: "Complex models are hard". Is this any great insight? Is there any reason to suspect that mainstream models aren't the best models based on current understanding? Sure, better models will arise in the future, this all seems like tilting at windmills to me.

    You are making the perfect the enemy of the good, and you've got nothing better than the good to offer up instead.

    Your response doesn’t appear to be well formed. Am I sure of what? What is it you think I disbelieve?

    If your thesis was more (or less) profound than “Complex models are hard” it might serve you well to state your thesis clearly.

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    @gerf:

    Read these posts:

    IQ and Death

    Even George W. Bush Has Heart Disease

    Trans Fat Hysteria and the Mystery of Heart Disease

    Do not comment on this again until you have done so.

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  • @Denise
    Just curious - have you received any Bitcoins?

    Yes, why?

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  • @gerf
    Yeah, it's difficult to take this seriously. Your monolithic rambling essay apparently amounts to: "Complex models are hard". Is this any great insight? Is there any reason to suspect that mainstream models aren't the best models based on current understanding? Sure, better models will arise in the future, this all seems like tilting at windmills to me.

    You are making the perfect the enemy of the good, and you've got nothing better than the good to offer up instead.

    A) You sure? See my previous posts on the topic (see the category).

    B) You’re free to disbelieve, but in the future, please offer a more substantive criticism. I’m starting to lose my patience here.

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  • Just curious – have you received any Bitcoins?

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    @Denise:

    Yes, why?

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  • Yeah, it’s difficult to take this seriously. Your monolithic rambling essay apparently amounts to: “Complex models are hard”. Is this any great insight? Is there any reason to suspect that mainstream models aren’t the best models based on current understanding? Sure, better models will arise in the future, this all seems like tilting at windmills to me.

    You are making the perfect the enemy of the good, and you’ve got nothing better than the good to offer up instead.

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    A) You sure? See my previous posts on the topic (see the category).

    B) You're free to disbelieve, but in the future, please offer a more substantive criticism. I'm starting to lose my patience here.

    , @gerf
    Your response doesn't appear to be well formed. Am I sure of what? What is it you think I disbelieve?

    If your thesis was more (or less) profound than "Complex models are hard" it might serve you well to state your thesis clearly.

    , @gerf
    I appreciate the authoritarian sentiment. I've read them.

    IQ and Death: Further demonstration that you don't understand correlation. There isn't any semantic sense to a "true correlation". In fact, that post does a great job of illustrating how hard it is to model complex systems.

    Even George W. Bush Has Heart Disease: Generally incomprehensible data dump. Are introductory paragraphs and conclusion anathema or something? I think you're trying to say: "The jury is still out w.r.t exercise and heart disease." Sounds rather mundane, and the presentation is a mess.

    Trans Fat Hysteria and the Mystery of Heart Disease: A little more easy to follow, but looks to mirror the Bush one as: "The jury is still out w.r.t trans-fats and heart disease."

    How far off am I?

    , @gerf
    Based on the fact that I was off by "quite a bit", about the most constructive thing I can add to the discussion is the suggestion that you make an attempt to present your main point more clearly.

    As for being an advocate of evidence based medicine, there are certainly some other very good bloggers in that space, Steve Novella being primary.

    Good luck with your blog!

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  • @George
    Yeah, but its also the case that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Americans ate quite a lot of carbs and that overall carb eating in America hasn't really gone up. So even if one wishes to see Americans as somehow uniquely unsuited to carbs whereas all sorts of unconnected other countries spread across the world, like France, Switzerland, and Japan, and whose populations flowed into the American gene pool, are somehow suited to carbs, Taubes theories make no sense. But the guy is beating his dead horse and doesn't care. He's a man on a mission.

    It's just absurd to quote Taubes about good thinking habits and about things like properly evaluating evidence and good science - its like quoting Hitler as an expert on anti-Semitism. In fact, some things Hitler said about Jews were quite correct (he acknowledged they were capable businessmen), but I think it's grotesque to quote him as an expert on Jews with the caveat that one doesn't, after all, agree with everything he says.

    Taubes is a good example of the modern charlatanism.

    Anyways.

    Again, you’re missing the point. I’m not saying Taubes’s hypothesis is correct, for you’re right, there’s plenty of issues with it. He is dead on when it comes to the problems with how diet and health are research, and that’s the points I cite.

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  • Yeah, but its also the case that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Americans ate quite a lot of carbs and that overall carb eating in America hasn’t really gone up. So even if one wishes to see Americans as somehow uniquely unsuited to carbs whereas all sorts of unconnected other countries spread across the world, like France, Switzerland, and Japan, and whose populations flowed into the American gene pool, are somehow suited to carbs, Taubes theories make no sense. But the guy is beating his dead horse and doesn’t care. He’s a man on a mission.

    It’s just absurd to quote Taubes about good thinking habits and about things like properly evaluating evidence and good science – its like quoting Hitler as an expert on anti-Semitism. In fact, some things Hitler said about Jews were quite correct (he acknowledged they were capable businessmen), but I think it’s grotesque to quote him as an expert on Jews with the caveat that one doesn’t, after all, agree with everything he says.

    Taubes is a good example of the modern charlatanism.

    Anyways.

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    @George:

    Again, you're missing the point. I'm not saying Taubes's hypothesis is correct, for you're right, there's plenty of issues with it. He is dead on when it comes to the problems with how diet and health are research, and that's the points I cite.

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  • @George
    Hey JayMan, do you find it odd and a bit incongruous for you to discuss how when people with a theory about health find evidence that contradicts their theory they ignore said evidence, then talk approvingly about Gary Taubes who is one of the worst offenders in this respect? For the longest time Taubes has simply been ignoring the fact that countries that eats lots of carbs are very thin and much healthier than Americans. It's like he just doesn't want to see that and his theory is more important to him than any kind of annoying contradictory facts.

    It's very unsettling and makes me question the value of anything Taubes says. To me, the paradigm modern case of someone refusing to deal with the evidence because of an emotional connection to theory is precisely Taubes himself - he's the best off the cuff example I can think of this intellectual sin.

    Its interesting to me how someone can exalt a principle and then immediately fail to follow it. It's almost like a religious person paying lip service to morality but cheating and deceiving others. Its almost as if by invoking the exalted principle they then feel that this gives them some kind of immunity or armor against having to actually adhere to it. Well, I am a religious person how can I possibly be dishonest? Well I just said that people ignore evidence in favor of theory, obviously I am well aware of this tendency so clearly I can't possibly be guilty of it myself!

    Please see my post on Gary Taubes. I never said I agreed with everything he said.

    For the longest time Taubes has simply been ignoring the fact that countries that eats lots of carbs are very thin and much healthier than Americans.

    That, by the way, doesn’t necessarily mean anything. See here and here.

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  • Hey JayMan, do you find it odd and a bit incongruous for you to discuss how when people with a theory about health find evidence that contradicts their theory they ignore said evidence, then talk approvingly about Gary Taubes who is one of the worst offenders in this respect? For the longest time Taubes has simply been ignoring the fact that countries that eats lots of carbs are very thin and much healthier than Americans. It’s like he just doesn’t want to see that and his theory is more important to him than any kind of annoying contradictory facts.

    It’s very unsettling and makes me question the value of anything Taubes says. To me, the paradigm modern case of someone refusing to deal with the evidence because of an emotional connection to theory is precisely Taubes himself – he’s the best off the cuff example I can think of this intellectual sin.

    Its interesting to me how someone can exalt a principle and then immediately fail to follow it. It’s almost like a religious person paying lip service to morality but cheating and deceiving others. Its almost as if by invoking the exalted principle they then feel that this gives them some kind of immunity or armor against having to actually adhere to it. Well, I am a religious person how can I possibly be dishonest? Well I just said that people ignore evidence in favor of theory, obviously I am well aware of this tendency so clearly I can’t possibly be guilty of it myself!

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    @George:

    Please see my post on Gary Taubes. I never said I agreed with everything he said.


    For the longest time Taubes has simply been ignoring the fact that countries that eats lots of carbs are very thin and much healthier than Americans.
     
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  • @(((Owen)))
    Since you charts show a spread of less than ten years between average lifespans and because smoking takes on average a dozen years off your life, your charts are useless unless you can factor out smoking rates.

    In fact, it looks like your map of life expectancy is just a tobacco marketing map. If we could identify life expectancy for nonsmokers -- maybe with insurance data -- then we could really tell something about race, diet, culture, and lifestyle. As it is you're just ignoring the elephant in the room.

    Owen – look again at the life-expectancy and smoking maps. The smoke zone is north (and uphill) of the low life-expectancy zone.

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  • I think that diet could relate to the personality type of people . If you are an energetic person ( as I am ) recommended should be a light diet , preferably vegetarian or low meat consumption. However , we tend to consume more foods that relate to our personality , especially in our society where the variety of food is immense . I think that the meat may have effects in enhancing the negative traits of a type of irritable personality (mine again) . For some stomachs , the meat can be more difficult to digest and this can result in greater emotional irritability.
    It’s a game that seeks to mitigate the negative personality traits through appropriate containment means the same as the diet.
    Diet is one of the cultural means to select genes , where the culture seems to be related not to the average type of personality, of a population , but the main types and combinations of personality traits .
    The diet can maximize your health but to a particular individual (and or family) level only.

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  • @Luke Lea
    Having recently reached the beginning of my 73rd year in this world and looking back one of the things I notice is how powerful a force is conformity. Most people want to fit in way more than they want to discover what is true or false. Strangest of all the smarter you are (at least up to a point) the stronger this force is. You see it on campus of course in the form of political correctness. You see it in the highest reaches of academic economics is the almost totemic worship of the phrase -- not the reality, mind, or even the "official" orthodox view which you can find in advanced textbooks on the subject -- of free trade. You identify here a third area (there are probably more?) of medical research, especially in things related to diet and health. It is a little like fashion. In fact it is fashion. And just like new fashions and changes in fashion it almost impossible to figure out where the fashions began. Sometimes in Paris, sometimes on the streets of Haight Ashbury, sometimes (who knows) in the secret sanctums of the gay fashionistas. I think LSD in the sixties had a lot to do with the freakish new fashions in opinion -- e.g., naive cosmopolitanism (remember John Lennon's Imagine -- don't tell me he wasn't stoned when he wrote that). Hell, the whole phenomenon of multiculturalism is probably a mind artifact of those psychadelic drugs which were so ubiquitous among the college-age elite. Don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about. I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. I even experienced a little of it myself. Those drugs were a cultural solvent that melted away the conditioned reflexes that established the old fashions (I think it was liberalism) and replaced them with these ridiculous forms of new craziness that are now wrecking our society.

    Another wrinkle is that the lower classes are much more immune to these kinds of influences. They are less conformist in many ways --e.g., in New England our cultural betters talk about the importance of racial tolerance, equality, etc.., but down here if you go to the graduation ceremonies for people getting their GED's (or whatever those high school equivalents are called) you see biracial couples all over the place.

    Anyway, the notion that human beings, the vast majority, are rational creatures is clearly a joke. Only a few eccentrics fill the bill, and not many of them.

    I'm talking about you JayMan! BTW I tried to make a contribution but PayPal wouldn't accept my debit card. Whatta ya supposed to do?

    Haha thank you!

    Very interesting and insightful comment!

    As for how to send me money….hmmm well, that sucks, but I gotta think of something else. Maybe when I don’t have a migraine. Hey maybe the net fairies will provide a way for your dollars to end up in my fund by morning… ;)

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  • Here is something JayMan should like ti see if he hasn’t seen it already. Most of his readers too I suppose. Hat tip Lubos Motl:

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  • @gerf
    It appears you don't understand the difference between correlation and causation. Not surprising.

    Was your comment directed at me?

    Apparently you are new here…

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  • It appears you don’t understand the difference between correlation and causation. Not surprising.

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    @gerf:

    Was your comment directed at me?

    Apparently you are new here...

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