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

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

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

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

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  • Updated, 9/11/15 9/4/15. See below! Throughout this blog, I've talked a lot about the American Nations – a concept, based on a book by Colin Woodard, that North America is divided into several ethno-cultural-political regional "nations". These nations are distributed approximately as shown above. The empirical bases of the existence of these ethno-cultural entities has...
  • […] Seed. Here the genetic data show that they remain alive and well. Previously, in my post Genes, Climate, and Even More Maps of the American Nations, we saw that the founding British colonists came from distinct parts of the British Isles and […]

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  • One of the key points I've tried to stress on this blog is that micro-scale population structure – that is, fine genetic variation across populations can have a substantial impact on societal characteristics. We aren't just talking about continental racial variation. We aren't even talking just about ethnic variation. Sorting within an ethnic groups can...
  • […] Now, it’s important to understand what these data actually mean. These clusters do not mean that the descendants of the colonial settlers are numerically dominant in their respective regions, because they are not. Over the course of the continent’s history, the descendants of the original settlers were joined by subsequent immigrants, mostly other Europeans, who themselves settled in different parts of the country. As we saw previously in Demography Is Destiny, American Nations Edition: […]

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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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  • With the recent spate of mass shootings, (at least four high-profile incidents occurring in the U.S. and Canada in the last two weeks), the issues of guns and violence inevitably come up. Naturally, the politically correct wisdom, which is founded on the blank slate (or at least, a bare slate), wants to blame these events...
  • […] But I want people to think of something. See this from my earlier post Guns & Violence, Again… […]

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  • […] proportion than whites. I have a suggestion to Mr. Hall in his retirement — glance at a map of world homicide rates and ponder the patterns. While you’re there, follow up by reading the FAQ at the esteemed […]

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

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  • With the recent spate of mass shootings, (at least four high-profile incidents occurring in the U.S. and Canada in the last two weeks), the issues of guns and violence inevitably come up. Naturally, the politically correct wisdom, which is founded on the blank slate (or at least, a bare slate), wants to blame these events...
  • An easy argument for the emotional types to understand is this:

    Billions more innocent people have been killed by armed military, police, and criminals than by armed law abiding citizens.

    Knowing this fact, why would you demand that law abiding armed citizens be disarmed?

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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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  • Updated, 9/11/15 9/4/15. See below! Throughout this blog, I've talked a lot about the American Nations – a concept, based on a book by Colin Woodard, that North America is divided into several ethno-cultural-political regional "nations". These nations are distributed approximately as shown above. The empirical bases of the existence of these ethno-cultural entities has...
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    Not to nitpick the American nations map, and I’m sure there’s plenty of ambiguity along the borders, but as a native of the state, I’d say the Florida division isn’t quite correct. Counties as far north as Sarasota and St. Lucie are classified as part of the Spanish Caribbean, despite having well less than 10% hispanic or Spanish-speaking populations. On the flip side Tampa and Orlando are classified as Deep South, despite having very little cultural or linguistic commonalities with Georgia or Alabama.

    To be exactly accurate (though probably too busy to divide on a map of the entire country), I’d say anything North of Orlando is Deep South. Most of Central Florida, particularly along the West Coast is a Midlands exclave (high German ancestry). Given the high Puerto Rican population Orlando should be part of the Spanish Caribbean. Core Tampa is pretty Cuban, but the metro area is relatively white and German, so it probably fits better in the Midlands exclave.

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  • With the recent spate of mass shootings, (at least four high-profile incidents occurring in the U.S. and Canada in the last two weeks), the issues of guns and violence inevitably come up. Naturally, the politically correct wisdom, which is founded on the blank slate (or at least, a bare slate), wants to blame these events...
  • […] to language, to crime, [Edit: to guns, see also Guns, violence, and the Dylann Roof rampage and Guns & Violence, Again…,**] to education, to social attitudes (such as on the death penalty, on healthcare, on corporal […]

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  • Updated, 9/11/15 9/4/15. See below! Throughout this blog, I've talked a lot about the American Nations – a concept, based on a book by Colin Woodard, that North America is divided into several ethno-cultural-political regional "nations". These nations are distributed approximately as shown above. The empirical bases of the existence of these ethno-cultural entities has...
  • Lovely. I’ve always been fascinated by how the American Nations seem to roughly outline various climatic and geographic zones (especially the division between the Midlands and the far West, which almost perfectly reflects the 100th Meridian, where the Breadbasket begins to transition into a semiarid landscape).

    Nice maps, although in some the correlation looks much looser than others.

    It would be great someday to see someone write a whole book that explains the connection between human demographic expansions and geography/climate better than Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs, and Steel” (and maybe remember genes…). I guess we have to do with this until then!

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  • […] know this to be genetic differences between people living in each region, as detailed in my posts Demography is Destiny, American Nations Edition and More Maps of the American Nations. Behavioral genetic studies clearly establish that regional […]

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    Curious that African American rises while the number of stories in the media about racism against A-A seems to rise during that time. That is, the larger the minority became, the more we heard about their ‘abuse.’ I’m not aware of a country outside the US where A-A are treated substantively better.

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  • […] race produces culture, not the other way around. Culture does not arise in a vacuum. Even “[F]ine genetic variation across populations can have a substantial impact on societal characterist…” Imagine the impact that race has on societal characteristics. Certainly, if we do not […]

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  • @Abraham Lincoln
    What's going on with this graph? https://jaymans.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/immigration200years-0.jpg

    Has immigration really decreased by two-thirds within the last five years?

    I thought that too, but I think it’s actually a function of the graph measuring ten year periods (1999-2009) against a final four year period (2009-2013). Immigration proceeds apace!

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  • […] Blog Posts – Everything You Need to Know (To Start) and The Rise of Universalism and Demography is Destiny, American Nations Edition and National Prosperity – jayman’s been on a roll lately! (^_^) each of these warrants […]

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    @Anonymous
    Hey thanks for a reply. I think there is some difference in values, than there is in personality.
    I don't think outcomes like IQ, or personality traits like aggressiveness, criminality , would change much if northerners adopted southerners in mass.
    I do think attitudes to religion (ie securalism ), homosexuality, etc would change fast. Values aren't quite the same thing as personality traits, which is what shows 0 shared environment effect.
    Some things show huge shared environment effects, like what language you speak. Southern whites, on aggregate, adopted to northern whites , would still be more tribal on average than northern whites. But they would share a larger percentage (not arguing perfect overlap or convergence here) of values with there northern neighbors.

    I do think attitudes to religion (ie securalism ), homosexuality, etc would change fast. Values aren’t quite the same thing as personality traits, which is what shows 0 shared environment effect.

    No. The shared environment impact on those things is also zero. See the Hatemi study above or my post The Atheist Narrative.

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  • What’s going on with this graph?
    Has immigration really decreased by two-thirds within the last five years?

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    I thought that too, but I think it's actually a function of the graph measuring ten year periods (1999-2009) against a final four year period (2009-2013). Immigration proceeds apace!
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    @Matt_
    Now, I had a feeling you'd try to dismiss it that way, but I'm talking about the aggregate of all Western European self reported ancestries together - Czech, Danish, English / Welsh, French, German, Irish, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, Swiss.

    Certainly there is a lot of shuffling within that group - people of mostly German ancestry imagine they're mostly of English ancestry, people of mostly English ancestry imagine that they're Irish, etc.

    But statistically insignificant would be shuffling in and out of that group. Do you really believe there are masses of people misidentifying themselves within and outside the above groups, enough to have a statistically significant effect?
    Nonetheless, stats -

    http://i.imgur.com/hzO7gh5.png - 4 Region Breakdown of the USA
    http://i.imgur.com/q7OxrwW.png - 9 Region Breakdown of the USA

    Considering only Whites of North and Central European ancestry*, the whole South region generally does about the same as the Midwest, and better in some areas. Of course, the East South Central region is weak. It's also the least populous part of the South. The Northern plains are weaker in education, of course, compared to most of the South, for the same White North-Central European groups.

    I don't hold high hopes for you being able to integrate much of this with your sense of reality, but that is how it is, nonetheless.

    *Those who aren't are mostly, outside the Northeast, various White Hispanics and people with American Indian ancestry, who are more predominant in the South than the North, for obvious reasons.

    @M:

    Here’s the problem: those who choose to self-identify a certain way may be (and often are) systematically different from those who identify another way. That’s what makes such analysis mostly useless. You’d need the methods employed here to get reliable answers.

    That said, I don’t find it implausible that outsiders to the South are smarter than the old stock inhabitants. The South never received large scale immigration, so what you could be seeing are transplants, who maybe smarter than average. The limitations remain in play, though.

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  • @Matt_
    On the comments on White Southerners, the summary stats on the GSS actually show White Southerners of European background (I.e. all north central euro countries, combining anywhere from France, to Ireland, to Scandinavia to Poland) to actually outdo the same ethnic category from the Midwest, in education, vocab test and income. Its actually quite interesting and I'll post the stats later when I am on my PC.

    Now, I had a feeling you’d try to dismiss it that way, but I’m talking about the aggregate of all Western European self reported ancestries together – Czech, Danish, English / Welsh, French, German, Irish, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, Swiss.

    Certainly there is a lot of shuffling within that group – people of mostly German ancestry imagine they’re mostly of English ancestry, people of mostly English ancestry imagine that they’re Irish, etc.

    But statistically insignificant would be shuffling in and out of that group. Do you really believe there are masses of people misidentifying themselves within and outside the above groups, enough to have a statistically significant effect?
    Nonetheless, stats –
    - 4 Region Breakdown of the USA- 9 Region Breakdown of the USA

    Considering only Whites of North and Central European ancestry*, the whole South region generally does about the same as the Midwest, and better in some areas. Of course, the East South Central region is weak. It’s also the least populous part of the South. The Northern plains are weaker in education, of course, compared to most of the South, for the same White North-Central European groups.

    I don’t hold high hopes for you being able to integrate much of this with your sense of reality, but that is how it is, nonetheless.

    *Those who aren’t are mostly, outside the Northeast, various White Hispanics and people with American Indian ancestry, who are more predominant in the South than the North, for obvious reasons.

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    @M:

    Here's the problem: those who choose to self-identify a certain way may be (and often are) systematically different from those who identify another way. That's what makes such analysis mostly useless. You'd need the methods employed here to get reliable answers.

    That said, I don't find it implausible that outsiders to the South are smarter than the old stock inhabitants. The South never received large scale immigration, so what you could be seeing are transplants, who maybe smarter than average. The limitations remain in play, though.

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  • @Matt_
    On the comments on White Southerners, the summary stats on the GSS actually show White Southerners of European background (I.e. all north central euro countries, combining anywhere from France, to Ireland, to Scandinavia to Poland) to actually outdo the same ethnic category from the Midwest, in education, vocab test and income. Its actually quite interesting and I'll post the stats later when I am on my PC.

    @M:

    Can’t trust ethnicity as reported in census/GSS. That’s why the methods described here were developed.

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  • On the comments on White Southerners, the summary stats on the GSS actually show White Southerners of European background (I.e. all north central euro countries, combining anywhere from France, to Ireland, to Scandinavia to Poland) to actually outdo the same ethnic category from the Midwest, in education, vocab test and income. Its actually quite interesting and I’ll post the stats later when I am on my PC.

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    @M:

    Can't trust ethnicity as reported in census/GSS. That's why the methods described here were developed.

    , @Matt_
    Now, I had a feeling you'd try to dismiss it that way, but I'm talking about the aggregate of all Western European self reported ancestries together - Czech, Danish, English / Welsh, French, German, Irish, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Scottish, Swedish, Swiss.

    Certainly there is a lot of shuffling within that group - people of mostly German ancestry imagine they're mostly of English ancestry, people of mostly English ancestry imagine that they're Irish, etc.

    But statistically insignificant would be shuffling in and out of that group. Do you really believe there are masses of people misidentifying themselves within and outside the above groups, enough to have a statistically significant effect?
    Nonetheless, stats -

    http://i.imgur.com/hzO7gh5.png - 4 Region Breakdown of the USA
    http://i.imgur.com/q7OxrwW.png - 9 Region Breakdown of the USA

    Considering only Whites of North and Central European ancestry*, the whole South region generally does about the same as the Midwest, and better in some areas. Of course, the East South Central region is weak. It's also the least populous part of the South. The Northern plains are weaker in education, of course, compared to most of the South, for the same White North-Central European groups.

    I don't hold high hopes for you being able to integrate much of this with your sense of reality, but that is how it is, nonetheless.

    *Those who aren't are mostly, outside the Northeast, various White Hispanics and people with American Indian ancestry, who are more predominant in the South than the North, for obvious reasons.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Hey thanks for a reply. I think there is some difference in values, than there is in personality.
    I don’t think outcomes like IQ, or personality traits like aggressiveness, criminality , would change much if northerners adopted southerners in mass.
    I do think attitudes to religion (ie securalism ), homosexuality, etc would change fast. Values aren’t quite the same thing as personality traits, which is what shows 0 shared environment effect.
    Some things show huge shared environment effects, like what language you speak. Southern whites, on aggregate, adopted to northern whites , would still be more tribal on average than northern whites. But they would share a larger percentage (not arguing perfect overlap or convergence here) of values with there northern neighbors.

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    @Anonymous:

    I do think attitudes to religion (ie securalism ), homosexuality, etc would change fast. Values aren’t quite the same thing as personality traits, which is what shows 0 shared environment effect.
     
    No. The shared environment impact on those things is also zero. See the Hatemi study above or my post The Atheist Narrative.
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  • JayMan says: • Website
    @Anonymous
    A lot of improvements of culture , seem to be really improvements of technology.

    But, it does seem cultural norms can hugely impact a culture, look at how when cultural technologies where imported to a place like south Korea, it exploded in wealth.

    I agree there is genetic variation across the USA that contributes , and largely to the pattern differences in values found across the usa. But if white southerners , en mass, got adopted at childhood by northerners, a lot of the particular values of the south, would disappear fast.

    I know the argument, in the HBD sphere is that culture is sort of like phenotypic personality of a group (race, sub population, what have you) writ large. But isn't it odd how some cultural norms can change so fast. HOmsexuality has changed in value fast, its even changed in value amongst southern whites fast, way , way fewer of them condemn than they did 30 years ago, even if a major of southern whites still oppose gay marriage.

    Culture DOES have an impact is my point-and not a trivial one. Even though, it is also itself caused by genetic variation.

    But if white southerners , en mass, got adopted at childhood by northerners, a lot of the particular values of the south, would disappear fast.

    No, not really. That’s the whole point of this post. The shared environment impact of these things is zero. Adoptees don’t turn out like they’re adoptive parents; they become like their biological parents.

    But isn’t it odd how some cultural norms can change so fast.

    You may want to see my previous post:

    The Rise of Universalism

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    A lot of improvements of culture , seem to be really improvements of technology.

    But, it does seem cultural norms can hugely impact a culture, look at how when cultural technologies where imported to a place like south Korea, it exploded in wealth.

    I agree there is genetic variation across the USA that contributes , and largely to the pattern differences in values found across the usa. But if white southerners , en mass, got adopted at childhood by northerners, a lot of the particular values of the south, would disappear fast.

    I know the argument, in the HBD sphere is that culture is sort of like phenotypic personality of a group (race, sub population, what have you) writ large. But isn’t it odd how some cultural norms can change so fast. HOmsexuality has changed in value fast, its even changed in value amongst southern whites fast, way , way fewer of them condemn than they did 30 years ago, even if a major of southern whites still oppose gay marriage.

    Culture DOES have an impact is my point-and not a trivial one. Even though, it is also itself caused by genetic variation.

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    @Anonymous:

    But if white southerners , en mass, got adopted at childhood by northerners, a lot of the particular values of the south, would disappear fast.
     
    No, not really. That's the whole point of this post. The shared environment impact of these things is zero. Adoptees don't turn out like they're adoptive parents; they become like their biological parents.

    But isn’t it odd how some cultural norms can change so fast.
     
    You may want to see my previous post:

    The Rise of Universalism

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  • @Lion of the Judah-sphere
    "Second, the Scots-Irish are present in the Deep South, but they’re not the majority. Descendants of the English Cavaliers are."

    Oh yes, of course. Although I do believe Scotch-Irish form the majority in certain parts of the Deep South like the Gulf Coast, if I remember correctly.

    I just think it's interesting, considering the South has some of the most collectivist American Nations, but the Far West is the most individualist Nation. A sub-population can create a very different culture when it moves to a new region.

    @Lion:

    A sub-population can create a very different culture when it moves to a new region.

    If it’s a highly select fraction of the source population, yup.

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  • @Lion of the Judah-sphere
    Hello,

    I'm glad you're posting so frequently now. This post reminds me of a question that I meant to ask a few posts back:

    As you know, much of what is known as conservative American culture is really Scotch-Irish culture. By conservative American, I mean gun-totin', military joinin', and church attendin'. The southern American nations (particularly the Deep South and Appalachia) and the Far West are strongly shaped by Scotch-Irish culture, but aspects of the culture are prevalent throughout the country, as embodied by country music and NASCAR. Even 4th of July celebrations are most celebrated in Scotch-Irish regions because of their patriotism.

    However, you see significant variations between the various Scotch-Irish-dominated nations. I saw an article a few weeks ago outlining the decline of Far Westerners voting Republican:

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/is_gop_losing_the_libertarian_west/

    I know this may seem like an obvious question, but what explains the neocon and religious right conservatism of the Deep South versus the more Libertarian nature of the Far West? Is it simply the founding stock that left the south creating the current voting patterns of the Far West? Or are environmental factors at work? The libertarians out West are more accepting of vice, southerners resent those things. It's kind of confusing to me.

    “Second, the Scots-Irish are present in the Deep South, but they’re not the majority. Descendants of the English Cavaliers are.”

    Oh yes, of course. Although I do believe Scotch-Irish form the majority in certain parts of the Deep South like the Gulf Coast, if I remember correctly.

    I just think it’s interesting, considering the South has some of the most collectivist American Nations, but the Far West is the most individualist Nation. A sub-population can create a very different culture when it moves to a new region.

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    @Lion:

    A sub-population can create a very different culture when it moves to a new region.
     
    If it's a highly select fraction of the source population, yup.
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  • great post – wealth of information! love all the maps you included… i posted a cool map on my blog today too :)

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  • JayMan says: • Website
    @Lion of the Judah-sphere
    Hello,

    I'm glad you're posting so frequently now. This post reminds me of a question that I meant to ask a few posts back:

    As you know, much of what is known as conservative American culture is really Scotch-Irish culture. By conservative American, I mean gun-totin', military joinin', and church attendin'. The southern American nations (particularly the Deep South and Appalachia) and the Far West are strongly shaped by Scotch-Irish culture, but aspects of the culture are prevalent throughout the country, as embodied by country music and NASCAR. Even 4th of July celebrations are most celebrated in Scotch-Irish regions because of their patriotism.

    However, you see significant variations between the various Scotch-Irish-dominated nations. I saw an article a few weeks ago outlining the decline of Far Westerners voting Republican:

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/is_gop_losing_the_libertarian_west/

    I know this may seem like an obvious question, but what explains the neocon and religious right conservatism of the Deep South versus the more Libertarian nature of the Far West? Is it simply the founding stock that left the south creating the current voting patterns of the Far West? Or are environmental factors at work? The libertarians out West are more accepting of vice, southerners resent those things. It's kind of confusing to me.

    @Lion: First see my post More Maps…

    Second, the Scots-Irish are present in the Deep South, but they’re not the majority. Descendants of the English Cavaliers are.

    The Far West is an example of what you get with sorting. Individuals that went there were rugged individualists (you had to be in order to settle there). So they have a more libertarian view. Hell, they have legal prostitution (Nevada) and first gave women the right to vote.

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  • Hello,

    I’m glad you’re posting so frequently now. This post reminds me of a question that I meant to ask a few posts back:

    As you know, much of what is known as conservative American culture is really Scotch-Irish culture. By conservative American, I mean gun-totin’, military joinin’, and church attendin’. The southern American nations (particularly the Deep South and Appalachia) and the Far West are strongly shaped by Scotch-Irish culture, but aspects of the culture are prevalent throughout the country, as embodied by country music and NASCAR. Even 4th of July celebrations are most celebrated in Scotch-Irish regions because of their patriotism.

    However, you see significant variations between the various Scotch-Irish-dominated nations. I saw an article a few weeks ago outlining the decline of Far Westerners voting Republican:

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/is_gop_losing_the_libertarian_west/

    I know this may seem like an obvious question, but what explains the neocon and religious right conservatism of the Deep South versus the more Libertarian nature of the Far West? Is it simply the founding stock that left the south creating the current voting patterns of the Far West? Or are environmental factors at work? The libertarians out West are more accepting of vice, southerners resent those things. It’s kind of confusing to me.

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    @Lion: First see my post More Maps...

    Second, the Scots-Irish are present in the Deep South, but they're not the majority. Descendants of the English Cavaliers are.

    The Far West is an example of what you get with sorting. Individuals that went there were rugged individualists (you had to be in order to settle there). So they have a more libertarian view. Hell, they have legal prostitution (Nevada) and first gave women the right to vote.

    , @Lion of the Judah-sphere
    "Second, the Scots-Irish are present in the Deep South, but they’re not the majority. Descendants of the English Cavaliers are."

    Oh yes, of course. Although I do believe Scotch-Irish form the majority in certain parts of the Deep South like the Gulf Coast, if I remember correctly.

    I just think it's interesting, considering the South has some of the most collectivist American Nations, but the Far West is the most individualist Nation. A sub-population can create a very different culture when it moves to a new region.

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  • So you proved America is on a downhill slide. Finish connecting the dots! Start campaigning for an end to the H 1 B Visa!

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

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

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

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

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

    @Patrick:

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

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  • Good map which shows NE movement across North America.

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

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    @Patrick:

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

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  • @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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  • @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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  • @EH
    The Quaker map seems a bit questionable. There are essentially two Quaker religions, the pastoral and the silent-meeting. The latter are more widespread though perhaps less numerous, the former are limited to the Midwest (and a bunch of Kenyans they converted.) The pastoral, programmed or evangelical "Quakers" aren't really considered proper Quakers by the predominant liberal, silent-meeting type. To give some idea of the depth of the split, in the '20s the pastoral type were associated with the KKK, while the silent-meeting type had been leaders of the Underground Railroad.

    The silent meeting Quakers are the ones that are associated with the major US cities and most of the Quaker schools. They are not noticeably Christian, indeed Jesus or the Bible are hardly ever mentioned, and it is considered gauche to bring them up. (Anyone may speak in the "silent" meetings.) Virtually all of them are converts ("convinced" Friends, rather than "birthright"); the sect had just about died out when the Vietnam War and the automatic conscientious objectorship that being a member of a meeting offered caused a huge influx of boomers. Today the silent-meeting Quakers are ultra-liberal clubs, defined mostly by extreme political correctness. They also have a remarkable uniformity of personality type. At Pendle Hill, a silent-meeting study center near Philadelphia, 17 of 19 people taking the Myers-Briggs were INFPs, a type found in about 2% of the general population. (The other two were an INTJ and an INTP).

    The map gives the idea that Quakers are not so uncommon - in reality, there have been under three million practicing Quakers in the English-speaking world over the last 400 years, less than 80,000 silent-meeting Quakers in the world today. (There are at least twice as many Ashkenazi Jews today as there have been Quakers in history.)

    They have had a disproportionate impact, however, being largely responsible for the first industrial revolution (iron made with coked coal instead of charcoal, railroads, iron rails, passenger rail, most early British mining, cast steel, iron ploughshares, interchangeable parts), as well as social innovations (schools for worker's children, workhouses, commercial / small business banking, e.g. Barclay's and Lloyds, fixed-price shops, the American type of nuclear family (see Albion's Seed), abolitionism, anti-war activism) as well as a good deal of science (many early instrument makers, Quare, Tompion, funding of the Harrison chronometer, Dalton's observationally-based atomic theory (when chemistry finally shed the last vestiges of alchemy), Young's wave theory of light, the compound microscope, early pathology, antiseptics) and a few other odds and ends such as railway timetables, metal bridges, and milk chocolate. Arthur Eddington and Nobelist Joseph Taylor are the best-known Quaker physicists; Quakers were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946,1947 (to the Friends' Service Committees, the only time the award went to religious organizations) and 1959.

    They also played a great role in the development of the US, founding Pennsylvania, designing the Conestoga wagon, and giving rise to such icons as Annie Oakley, Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone, Dolly Madison, and James Dean.

    That reference to Quakers being the origin of the American type of nuclear family should have been Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley by Barry Levy

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  • […] It is interesting in reading this article that the author keeps reminding people that it was the Puritans Christian beliefs that helped keep their system of governance from spinning out of control as our modern society has. He makes that point, but does not like the point he accidentally made. He has to scream “I’m not suggesting we can or should return to Puritanism! Anyone expecting to recover that faith and way of life is stumbling up dry streambeds toward wellsprings that have themselves run dry.” On this we disagree. We disagree deeply. As a matter-of-fact while we see a similar problem, the solution is as obvious to me as it is shrouded to you; a return to a Christian based Libertarian Republic is a solution. […]

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  • EH says:

    The Quaker map seems a bit questionable. There are essentially two Quaker religions, the pastoral and the silent-meeting. The latter are more widespread though perhaps less numerous, the former are limited to the Midwest (and a bunch of Kenyans they converted.) The pastoral, programmed or evangelical “Quakers” aren’t really considered proper Quakers by the predominant liberal, silent-meeting type. To give some idea of the depth of the split, in the ’20s the pastoral type were associated with the KKK, while the silent-meeting type had been leaders of the Underground Railroad.

    The silent meeting Quakers are the ones that are associated with the major US cities and most of the Quaker schools. They are not noticeably Christian, indeed Jesus or the Bible are hardly ever mentioned, and it is considered gauche to bring them up. (Anyone may speak in the “silent” meetings.) Virtually all of them are converts (“convinced” Friends, rather than “birthright”); the sect had just about died out when the Vietnam War and the automatic conscientious objectorship that being a member of a meeting offered caused a huge influx of boomers. Today the silent-meeting Quakers are ultra-liberal clubs, defined mostly by extreme political correctness. They also have a remarkable uniformity of personality type. At Pendle Hill, a silent-meeting study center near Philadelphia, 17 of 19 people taking the Myers-Briggs were INFPs, a type found in about 2% of the general population. (The other two were an INTJ and an INTP).

    The map gives the idea that Quakers are not so uncommon – in reality, there have been under three million practicing Quakers in the English-speaking world over the last 400 years, less than 80,000 silent-meeting Quakers in the world today. (There are at least twice as many Ashkenazi Jews today as there have been Quakers in history.)

    They have had a disproportionate impact, however, being largely responsible for the first industrial revolution (iron made with coked coal instead of charcoal, railroads, iron rails, passenger rail, most early British mining, cast steel, iron ploughshares, interchangeable parts), as well as social innovations (schools for worker’s children, workhouses, commercial / small business banking, e.g. Barclay’s and Lloyds, fixed-price shops, the American type of nuclear family (see Albion’s Seed), abolitionism, anti-war activism) as well as a good deal of science (many early instrument makers, Quare, Tompion, funding of the Harrison chronometer, Dalton’s observationally-based atomic theory (when chemistry finally shed the last vestiges of alchemy), Young’s wave theory of light, the compound microscope, early pathology, antiseptics) and a few other odds and ends such as railway timetables, metal bridges, and milk chocolate. Arthur Eddington and Nobelist Joseph Taylor are the best-known Quaker physicists; Quakers were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946,1947 (to the Friends’ Service Committees, the only time the award went to religious organizations) and 1959.

    They also played a great role in the development of the US, founding Pennsylvania, designing the Conestoga wagon, and giving rise to such icons as Annie Oakley, Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone, Dolly Madison, and James Dean.

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    That reference to Quakers being the origin of the American type of nuclear family should have been Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley by Barry Levy
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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
  • […] to the JayMan family and supporting my tireless blogging efforts, as we saw again highlighted in my previous post. I have a few good things in store for you guys that I will unveil over the summer ;). As I said, I […]

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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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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
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  • @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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  • With the recent spate of mass shootings, (at least four high-profile incidents occurring in the U.S. and Canada in the last two weeks), the issues of guns and violence inevitably come up. Naturally, the politically correct wisdom, which is founded on the blank slate (or at least, a bare slate), wants to blame these events...
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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?

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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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  • @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?

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

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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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  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • […] More Maps of the American Nations – Bigger and badder than the original, with more maps solidifying the distinction between the different American nations, with genetic evidence of these differences to boot. Also some discussion of the history of each, and the founding of certain areas. I also include personality data showing that the American nations don’t just exist on paper or in the voting booth. I use these to talk about the importance of self-sorting, founder effects, and Cochran’s & Harpending’s “boiling off” model to explain some of the differences we see. I also touch on immigration and the canard that immigrants “assimilate,” showing that that is pretty much a myth. A must see if you have not. […]

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

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

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  • With the recent spate of mass shootings, (at least four high-profile incidents occurring in the U.S. and Canada in the last two weeks), the issues of guns and violence inevitably come up. Naturally, the politically correct wisdom, which is founded on the blank slate (or at least, a bare slate), wants to blame these events...
  • Post updated, 6/10/14. See below! As we saw previously (see My Most Read Posts), my post Maps of the American Nations is the single most popular post so far here on my blog. Americans all over are supremely interested in both their origins and the reasons for the cultural quirks of the different American regions....
  • Outstanding. Another post to bookmark for sure, what a rich collection of maps you’ve put together here. I cannot imagine the time this must have taken. This is critical data that is missing from almost all analysis on ‘American’ cultural questions. I have to say that reading ‘Albion’s Seed’ this winter really opened my eyes to so many things. Your series on the American nations is, as far as I can tell, unique in the blogosphere. Chapeau bas, I look forward to reading more.

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  • With the recent spate of mass shootings, (at least four high-profile incidents occurring in the U.S. and Canada in the last two weeks), the issues of guns and violence inevitably come up. Naturally, the politically correct wisdom, which is founded on the blank slate (or at least, a bare slate), wants to blame these events...
  • I am so glad I read this entry. Just read the major newspapers in the north and you’ll notice shootings increase as temps go up. And guess the demographics of the neighborhoods where most(not all) of the shootings will take place? And they happen in suburbs more than ever. Seems like Suffolk County Long Island is quite the shoot ‘em up suburb.

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  • Jayman,

    If you’re worried some casual observers will give you the “tl:dr” tripe when you make them aware of this post, just point them to this to get the point across:

    Full disclosure: I actually own that shirt.

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