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While I was indisposed a couple of weeks ago the VDARE.com editors posted a transcript of my talk to the Mencken Club last December. The topic was “The Left and Human Nature.”

There is a great deal more to be said on that topic than my few impromptu remarks at Mencken. The best concentration of insights at a nontechnical level was collected by the Norwegian comedian Harald Eia and broadcast five years ago on NRK1, the main channel of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, in a series of seven programs under the group title Hjernevask, which means “Brainwash.”

This came to mind in part because the second of the seven Hjernevaskprograms covers the same ground as my Mencken talk—the absence of any evidence that personality is shaped by parenting.

I also found myself thinking of Hjernevask when reading about Jon Stewart’s decision to step down as host of the satirical TV program The Daily Show.

Like Harald Eia, Stewart is a comedian engaging with serious issues. Eia’s programs, however, shed light on important matters of general interest while yet being entertaining and often amusing. Stewart just smirks his way through half-hour endorsements of the left-liberal Narrative. Eia instructs while entertaining; Stewart merely propagandizes while entertaining. You could call Stewart… Hjernevask.

The sixth of Eia’s seven programs, which is about race, was circulated on the HBD blogs soon after it was broadcast in 2010. I have just watched all seven for the first time, and recommend them to the attention of anyone interested in the human sciences.

The Hjernevask programs can be seen, with English subtitles, at the following links.

  1. Gender equality.
  2. The Parental Effect.
  3. Homosexuality.
  4. Violence.
  5. Sex.
  6. Race.
  7. Nature-Nurture Summary.

Eia covers these issues from both of the non-religious viewpoints: the culturist and the biologian.

(I coined “biologian” in We Are Doomed. A biologist is a student of biology. We need a word for people willing to include biology when investigating human nature. “Biologian” is that word!)

Culturists adhere more or less strictly to the “blank slate” model of human nature. As a psychiatrist tells Eia at 13m23s in the second program, infants are formless lumps of clay to be shaped by the adults who raise them. There is no, or very little, innate structure to the newborn personality: the finished adult is the product of environment, of nurture.

Biologians argue that the basic contours of the individual personality are in place at birth, formed by genetics and by events in the womb—by nature. Nurture then modifies us to some degree, but as William Hazlitt guessed two hundred years ago: “The accession of knowledge, the pressure of circumstances … does little more than minister occasion to the first predisposing bias.”[ On Personal Character,London Magazine, March, 1821]

These are not two competing scientific hypotheses. Only biologians exhibit the modest, open-minded, data-respectful approach that characterizes genuine scientific inquiry. None of them is a total naturist; all allow some role for nurture, often fifty percent or more.

Culturism by contrast is an ideological position. Many culturists allow no role whatsoever for biology. Everything about the finished human adult is the product of forces from outside the person. When a culturist does allow biology as a factor, he rarely thinks it accounts for more than 20 percent.

Eia’s programs bring this difference out very well. Each of them begins by interviewing representatives of the culturist viewpoint: activists, sociologists, a criminologist, a “gender researcher.” Then Eia gets on the internet and tracks down biologians: geneticists, a neurologist, quantitative psychologists and sociologists.

Then he takes recorded clips from each group’s interviews to members of the other group and shows us their reactions. This is the really revealing stuff.

Biologians, shown clips of culturists explaining their ideas, will laugh, shake their heads, roll their eyes, and offer cogent rebuttals. The culturists, by contrast, confronted by biologian explanations, squirm. They never offer any data.

Eia [at 33m49s in program 3]: On which studies do you base your belief that one cannot tell with children if they are going to be gay or hetero?

Sociologist: [After hesitation] I was once a child myself.

Eia: So you look at yourself?

Sociologist: No-one said I was going to be gay.

Eia: But you base it on more than yourself?

Sociologist: I have friends who have experienced the same.

Often they fall back on ad hominem:

Eia [at 35m40s in program 6]: Have you decided that there are no genetic differences between populations that give them unequal distributions on an IQ curve?

Activist: I’m sure you could find it if you look for it.

Eia: But should we look for it?

Activist: No, I don’t feel we should.

Eia: So this kind of knowledge is damaging?

Activist: He [i.e. Charles Murray] doesn’t want to spread knowledge. He wants to spread racism.

Most often they just declare the biologian view “not interesting.”

Sociologist [at 34m59s in program 3]: It’s not interesting… I fail to see how these studies have any interest.

Gender researcher [at 36m42s in program 3]: But it’s not interesting, either.

Criminologist [at 36m38s in program 4]: My problem is that I don’t feel that is a very important question.

Philosopher [at 4m4s in program 6]: I feel that when talking about humans, biology is less interesting than all the other things we can talk about.

Homosexuality researcher [at 2m39s in program 7]: I think that this is something that doesn’t have to occupy my time.

It’s amazing how little interest academics concerned with human nature can have in, zzzzzz, biology, which “is less interesting than all the other things we can talk about.”

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In addition to the pleasure of watching anti-science ideologues squirm and sputter, the Hjernevask programs offer other entertainments. Eia himself has a kind of leprechaun charm, listens patiently to all the theories, and presses his points with good humor. He is a nationally-known comedian in Norway, so people break into smiles when he approaches them, backlighting all the earnest enquiry with a glow of merriment.

Eia himself is plainly a stone-kicker, respectful of quantitative researchers and skeptical of postmodernist flimflam; but he gives everyone a fair hearing.

There is also the charm of Norway, a pretty place with the intimate feel you find in nations with small populations and languages outsiders don’t bother to learn. There is an exceptionally high proportion of beautiful women: check out Martine Aurdal at 9m45s in program 1.

norwegianwoman

Norwegian children seem all to be adorable: Eia’s two daughters are perfect little Nordic angels.

Hjernevask is an aggregate 280 minutes of video, but you can do it one program at a time, and it’s well worth the trouble. As an HBD primer, it’s hard to beat.

However how did it get shown on a national TV network, though? In Scandinavia of all places, the heartland of white ethnomasochism?

In Norway—the country that gave Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize?

Our population is sixty-four times Norway’s. How is it that they produce an article so superior to ours?

And where is our Harald Eia?

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. ) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimismand several other books. His most recent book, published by VDARE.com com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Hepp says:

    However how did it get shown on a national TV network, though? In Scandinavia of all places, the heartland of white ethnomasochism?

    Probably because most people don’t have strong opinions on staff and are willing to listen to the other side, especially if done in an entertaining and cogent manner. That’s why I think it’s a mistake to talk of a “cathedral.” It’s more of a hive mind, which can be pulled in different directions.

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  2. fnn says:

    As Paul Gottfried is always pointing out, the West’s nonsense hegemonic ideology was *exported* from the imperial center in the US to Europe.

    Concurring opinions:

    http://conswede.blogspot.com/2008/07/social-paradigms-shift-eg-our-view-on.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-506219/The-testament-Flashmans-creator-How-Britain-destroyed-itself.html

    http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2007/08/secret-of-anti-americanism.html

    So we might assume that the mechanisms of indoctrination and behavioral control are more perfected/sophisticated at the point of origin. It ‘s an indication of weakness that places like the UK and France have to use the police and courts to repress peaceful dissidents.

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    [Our policy here is to generally allow free exchange of ideas, including highly controversial ones, in the comment-threads. However, the number of your totally off-topic comments, often quite rambling or with lengthy unrelated quotes, is getting to be a serious problem.

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    , @donut
    I was a big Flashman fan. Back in '84 I sent my copy of Flashman and the Redskins to GMF's publisher in NY to try to get it signed by him . I enclosed a large stamped self addressed envelope with it. The publisher forwarded it to him on The Isle of Man where he lived . He returned it to me having paid the postage himself and cutting the US stamps from my enclosed envelope and returning them with a nice note as well as signing the book. Iwas saddened when I heard he passed in 2008. I couldn't agree more with the article by him you linked to.
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  3. Gordo says:

    “However how did it get shown on a national TV network, though? In Scandinavia of all places, the heartland of white ethnomasochism?”

    In Norway they still put out descriptions on TV of muggers and rapists. In UK and Sweden this is no longer done for the obvious reasons.

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  4. Stein says:

    “However how did it get shown on a national TV network, though? In Scandinavia of all places, the heartland of white ethnomasochism?”

    Because it was the state channel, they have as duty to deliver some serious work too. This channel is still under attack from their economic leaders (the rationalization program) and politicians who enters their boards. Just like BBC.
    Second, Harald Eia was one of the leading comedians in the same channel , delivering hilarious nonpolitical stuff for twenty years. As an insider he managed to get the deal, and i guess none saw what was coming or that the prestige of so many academics should effectively be bulldozed down the sewage by this little guy that always plays moron. The programme was not presented by its conclusions, apart of the title. The reaction was hysterical, all in all Harald was targeted by a hate campaigne. He got many enemies and may still suffer from ambush on his career.

    “In Norway—the country that gave Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize?”
    It is not the country or the people who gives out the piss prize. The jury is handpicked by the government, and these have since wwii been mostly Labour, aka softline Marxism, faithful to globalism, NWO and the jewsih agenda. Just check the list of winners, Obama isn’t the worst.
    I have started suspect election cheating is more widespread than we like to think.

    “And where is our Harald Eia?”
    They are out there, but they are put aside to perform other tasks, not chosen, and refused by media and the industry of opinion. Check out the industry of education books, you are bound to find another dragons den.

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    Wait, Yassar Arafat and Barack Obama are part of the Jewish agenda? You were fine until you defaulted to the tidy explanations of previous generations.
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  5. D. K. says:

    Statistically speaking, if I am recalling correctly, differences in our personality and behavioral traits appear to be explained roughly one half genetically (i.e., our individual DNA profiles at conception), one quarter congenitally (i.e., our gestational environments), and one quarter environmentally (i.e., what we experience from birth onward). Along with the rejection of half to three quarters of that influence, a priori, the adherents of the contemporary orthodoxy also misconstrue the post-natal environment to be essentially synonymous with sociological and social-psychological factors alone, especially one’s socio-economic status and interpersonal relationships, particularly intrafamilial ones. In fact, our post-natal environment is all that we experience from birth onward, including our diets, how much sunshine we endure, what quality of air we inhale, what chemicals and germs we are exposed to, how much physical trauma our bodies, and especially our brains, endure– and even the genetic mutations that we can experience during our lifetimes. Our respective socio-economic statuses and interpersonal relationships actually account for surprisingly little in how we each turn out, beginning with the fact that we are conceived about half-baked already, and then born about three-quarters-baked. If we demand to blame our respective parents–which is an overwhelmingly useless exercise– we should asign most of the blame to what they did (or did not do) before we ever drew our respective first breaths!

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    Statistically speaking, if I am recalling correctly, differences in our personality and behavioral traits appear to be explained roughly one half genetically (i.e., our individual DNA profiles at conception), one quarter congenitally (i.e., our gestational environments), and one quarter environmentally (i.e., what we experience from birth onward).
     
    Pick your determinism, eh? Virtue has no part? How bleak. View the world and people this way and soon you'll be as unpleasant and scowling as Derb.
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  6. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @D. K.
    Statistically speaking, if I am recalling correctly, differences in our personality and behavioral traits appear to be explained roughly one half genetically (i.e., our individual DNA profiles at conception), one quarter congenitally (i.e., our gestational environments), and one quarter environmentally (i.e., what we experience from birth onward). Along with the rejection of half to three quarters of that influence, a priori, the adherents of the contemporary orthodoxy also misconstrue the post-natal environment to be essentially synonymous with sociological and social-psychological factors alone, especially one's socio-economic status and interpersonal relationships, particularly intrafamilial ones. In fact, our post-natal environment is all that we experience from birth onward, including our diets, how much sunshine we endure, what quality of air we inhale, what chemicals and germs we are exposed to, how much physical trauma our bodies, and especially our brains, endure-- and even the genetic mutations that we can experience during our lifetimes. Our respective socio-economic statuses and interpersonal relationships actually account for surprisingly little in how we each turn out, beginning with the fact that we are conceived about half-baked already, and then born about three-quarters-baked. If we demand to blame our respective parents--which is an overwhelmingly useless exercise-- we should asign most of the blame to what they did (or did not do) before we ever drew our respective first breaths!

    Statistically speaking, if I am recalling correctly, differences in our personality and behavioral traits appear to be explained roughly one half genetically (i.e., our individual DNA profiles at conception), one quarter congenitally (i.e., our gestational environments), and one quarter environmentally (i.e., what we experience from birth onward).

    Pick your determinism, eh? Virtue has no part? How bleak. View the world and people this way and soon you’ll be as unpleasant and scowling as Derb.

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    I was simply referring to which factors-- genetic, congenital and environmental-- explain how much, each, of the statistical variances found along various discernible human traits, in the aggregate. I was not discussing the philosophical or theological issue of human volition, at the individual level, nor the degree to which "free will" is either a self-evident truth or, instead, an evolved illusion of normal human psychology.
    , @rod1963
    It's basically biological Calvinism for secular materialists and scientists that damns people in the womb and reduces them to genetically programmed meat machines. Don't bother to spend time raising your off-spring, just let the kid do as it pleases, because it's all genetic. You can't go wrong according to the experts(how many have kids is another story and I bet they wouldn't dare let their kid go free range or associate with gang bangers or career criminals)

    Yeah it's bleak if not toxic world view but that's how they roll.
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  7. @fnn
    As Paul Gottfried is always pointing out, the West's nonsense hegemonic ideology was *exported* from the imperial center in the US to Europe.

    Concurring opinions:

    http://conswede.blogspot.com/2008/07/social-paradigms-shift-eg-our-view-on.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-506219/The-testament-Flashmans-creator-How-Britain-destroyed-itself.html

    http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2007/08/secret-of-anti-americanism.html

    So we might assume that the mechanisms of indoctrination and behavioral control are more perfected/sophisticated at the point of origin. It 's an indication of weakness that places like the UK and France have to use the police and courts to repress peaceful dissidents.

    [Our policy here is to generally allow free exchange of ideas, including highly controversial ones, in the comment-threads. However, the number of your totally off-topic comments, often quite rambling or with lengthy unrelated quotes, is getting to be a serious problem.

    Henceforth, if you wish your comments to be published rather than simply trashed, please reduce their quantity and substantially improve their quality and topicality. You might consider establishing your own blogsite where your personal musings on all sorts of random things might be more appropriate.]

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  8. D. K. says:
    @Anonymous

    Statistically speaking, if I am recalling correctly, differences in our personality and behavioral traits appear to be explained roughly one half genetically (i.e., our individual DNA profiles at conception), one quarter congenitally (i.e., our gestational environments), and one quarter environmentally (i.e., what we experience from birth onward).
     
    Pick your determinism, eh? Virtue has no part? How bleak. View the world and people this way and soon you'll be as unpleasant and scowling as Derb.

    I was simply referring to which factors– genetic, congenital and environmental– explain how much, each, of the statistical variances found along various discernible human traits, in the aggregate. I was not discussing the philosophical or theological issue of human volition, at the individual level, nor the degree to which “free will” is either a self-evident truth or, instead, an evolved illusion of normal human psychology.

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  9. derbyshire does not of course take the position that humans are ruled by BOTH culture and biology.

    That is because he does not really care about getting to truth about anything.

    He does not care about changing things.

    All he cares about is money.

    And to get money he gives you your two-minute hate and he offers up the other side as The Enemy.

    Liberals vs conservatives. So we have these unfortunate vultures that prey on this dilemma called the USA. And all they do is create echo chambers where liberals and conservatives can have their two minute hate.

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    derbyshire does not of course take the position that humans are ruled by BOTH culture and biology.
     
    Yes, he does.

    All he cares about is money.
     
    Step 1: become a pariah by breaking taboos.
    Step 2: …
    Step 3: money!
    , @Honorary Thief
    If he cared about money, he would have spent his career groveling before the housebroken respectable conservative media.
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  10. In scientific stories in the media there appears to be general support for the idea that nature accounts for at least half of human behaviour, but a lot of people still assume that human behaviour is mostly determined by nurture.

    The education field is almost totally dominated by 1960s nurture thinking, and biological gender differences are almost never factored into account in public discussion of issues such as men’s and women’s roles in the workplace. For example, how it is possible to intelligently discuss the issue of women in science without factoring into account biological differences in gender?

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  11. rod1963 says:
    @Anonymous

    Statistically speaking, if I am recalling correctly, differences in our personality and behavioral traits appear to be explained roughly one half genetically (i.e., our individual DNA profiles at conception), one quarter congenitally (i.e., our gestational environments), and one quarter environmentally (i.e., what we experience from birth onward).
     
    Pick your determinism, eh? Virtue has no part? How bleak. View the world and people this way and soon you'll be as unpleasant and scowling as Derb.

    It’s basically biological Calvinism for secular materialists and scientists that damns people in the womb and reduces them to genetically programmed meat machines. Don’t bother to spend time raising your off-spring, just let the kid do as it pleases, because it’s all genetic. You can’t go wrong according to the experts(how many have kids is another story and I bet they wouldn’t dare let their kid go free range or associate with gang bangers or career criminals)

    Yeah it’s bleak if not toxic world view but that’s how they roll.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    all adopted twins studies show it's mostly genetics. Parental environment makes little to no difference in outcome as the children eventually leave the house and it's all heredity from there onward.
    Many addictions and dysfunctional behaviors tend to disappear by the age of 30.
    , @another fred
    "I bet they wouldn’t dare let their kid go free range or associate with gang bangers or career criminals"

    Actually, if you bothered to read any of the stuff you trash, most folks who say parenting matters little will also tell you that who your children's friends are is one of the most important environmental effects. They will also tell you that the most dependable (not sure-fire) way to choose your children's friends is by choosing a good neighborhood with good schools.

    Whodathunkit!
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  12. Harold says:
    @leftist conservative
    derbyshire does not of course take the position that humans are ruled by BOTH culture and biology.

    That is because he does not really care about getting to truth about anything.

    He does not care about changing things.

    All he cares about is money.

    And to get money he gives you your two-minute hate and he offers up the other side as The Enemy.

    Liberals vs conservatives. So we have these unfortunate vultures that prey on this dilemma called the USA. And all they do is create echo chambers where liberals and conservatives can have their two minute hate.

    derbyshire does not of course take the position that humans are ruled by BOTH culture and biology.

    Yes, he does.

    All he cares about is money.

    Step 1: become a pariah by breaking taboos.
    Step 2: …
    Step 3: money!

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  13. donut says:
    @fnn
    As Paul Gottfried is always pointing out, the West's nonsense hegemonic ideology was *exported* from the imperial center in the US to Europe.

    Concurring opinions:

    http://conswede.blogspot.com/2008/07/social-paradigms-shift-eg-our-view-on.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-506219/The-testament-Flashmans-creator-How-Britain-destroyed-itself.html

    http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2007/08/secret-of-anti-americanism.html

    So we might assume that the mechanisms of indoctrination and behavioral control are more perfected/sophisticated at the point of origin. It 's an indication of weakness that places like the UK and France have to use the police and courts to repress peaceful dissidents.

    I was a big Flashman fan. Back in ’84 I sent my copy of Flashman and the Redskins to GMF’s publisher in NY to try to get it signed by him . I enclosed a large stamped self addressed envelope with it. The publisher forwarded it to him on The Isle of Man where he lived . He returned it to me having paid the postage himself and cutting the US stamps from my enclosed envelope and returning them with a nice note as well as signing the book. Iwas saddened when I heard he passed in 2008. I couldn’t agree more with the article by him you linked to.

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    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    +10 on the Flashman books. Entertaining and you learn a bit of history along the way. They even made a movie out of one of them that starred Malcolm McDowell that didn't stink.
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  14. Blobby5 says:

    I am so happy to have been exposed to Derb’s writings, I think he and Steve Sailer have amazing intellects and are must read authors.

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    • Replies: @leftist conservative
    it seems to me that sailer and derb are just into this for money, for donations, for clicks, for readers, for followers.

    They are not looking to change anything, but instead just to exploit a niche, at least that is what it seems to me.
    , @Immigrant from former USSR
    Dear Blobby:
    I agree with you completely that Sailer and Derbyshire are the best.
    Sailer is deep sociologist, Derbyshire is very cultured and energetic thinker.
    Both of them are fearless. They are my heroes.
    I personally want to add to the list The Scientist: Charles Murray.
    Your F.r.
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  15. @Blobby5
    I am so happy to have been exposed to Derb's writings, I think he and Steve Sailer have amazing intellects and are must read authors.

    it seems to me that sailer and derb are just into this for money, for donations, for clicks, for readers, for followers.

    They are not looking to change anything, but instead just to exploit a niche, at least that is what it seems to me.

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    • Replies: @Snippet
    I wish them great success.
    , @unit472
    Human personality is a lot of things. That males have different personality traits than females demonstrates that we aren't lumps of clay to be fashioned by our mothers or society into whatever shape they wish and other personality traits, introvert versus extrovert e.g., seem to be hard wired into what we call personality. OTOH much of what we call personality is an affectation we fashion ourselves either consciously or through the culture we are brought up in. It would be hard to be born 'conceited' or 'arrogant' for example as these are traits that must be developed in relationship to those around us and can change with time and circumstance. We all remember our high school pecking orders and how 20 years later that pecking order can change. Then there is the inexplicable. The James Holmes type who goes from being a very bright student to a madman dressed up as a comic book villain shooting people at a movie theater so whatever personality we once had can be obliterated by mental disease, drug use or personal misfortunes.
    , @grey enlightenment
    Yes, making money from your work and gaining a following is nice; what is wrong with that.
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  16. Immigrant from former USSR [AKA "Florida Resident"] says:
    @Blobby5
    I am so happy to have been exposed to Derb's writings, I think he and Steve Sailer have amazing intellects and are must read authors.

    Dear Blobby:
    I agree with you completely that Sailer and Derbyshire are the best.
    Sailer is deep sociologist, Derbyshire is very cultured and energetic thinker.
    Both of them are fearless. They are my heroes.
    I personally want to add to the list The Scientist: Charles Murray.
    Your F.r.

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  17. Snippet says:
    @leftist conservative
    it seems to me that sailer and derb are just into this for money, for donations, for clicks, for readers, for followers.

    They are not looking to change anything, but instead just to exploit a niche, at least that is what it seems to me.

    I wish them great success.

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  18. unit472 says:
    @leftist conservative
    it seems to me that sailer and derb are just into this for money, for donations, for clicks, for readers, for followers.

    They are not looking to change anything, but instead just to exploit a niche, at least that is what it seems to me.

    Human personality is a lot of things. That males have different personality traits than females demonstrates that we aren’t lumps of clay to be fashioned by our mothers or society into whatever shape they wish and other personality traits, introvert versus extrovert e.g., seem to be hard wired into what we call personality. OTOH much of what we call personality is an affectation we fashion ourselves either consciously or through the culture we are brought up in. It would be hard to be born ‘conceited’ or ‘arrogant’ for example as these are traits that must be developed in relationship to those around us and can change with time and circumstance. We all remember our high school pecking orders and how 20 years later that pecking order can change. Then there is the inexplicable. The James Holmes type who goes from being a very bright student to a madman dressed up as a comic book villain shooting people at a movie theater so whatever personality we once had can be obliterated by mental disease, drug use or personal misfortunes.

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    it seems to me that sailer and derb are just into this for money, for donations, for clicks, for readers, for followers.

    They are not looking to change anything, but instead just to exploit a niche, at least that is what it seems to me.

    Yes, making money from your work and gaining a following is nice; what is wrong with that.

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  20. If derb cares only about money, there are probably much better ways of making money than doing this.

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  21. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @rod1963
    It's basically biological Calvinism for secular materialists and scientists that damns people in the womb and reduces them to genetically programmed meat machines. Don't bother to spend time raising your off-spring, just let the kid do as it pleases, because it's all genetic. You can't go wrong according to the experts(how many have kids is another story and I bet they wouldn't dare let their kid go free range or associate with gang bangers or career criminals)

    Yeah it's bleak if not toxic world view but that's how they roll.

    all adopted twins studies show it’s mostly genetics. Parental environment makes little to no difference in outcome as the children eventually leave the house and it’s all heredity from there onward.
    Many addictions and dysfunctional behaviors tend to disappear by the age of 30.

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    Which is around the time the brain has finished maturing.
    , @B.R.


    Many addictions and dysfunctional behaviors tend to disappear by the age of 30.

     

    What addictions? And Why? Addictions means the brain reward centers are skewed in a peculiar way. The dopamine system is altered, addicts have less receptors for it.

    Why would the brain magically fix itself around age 30? I mean, personally, I'd love for that to happen, as I haven't even had morning wood in the last decade due to my fucked-up neural wiring.

    I'm really skeptical though.
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  22. Martine Aurdal is incredibly hot. Thanks for the heads up on that one, Derb.

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  23. Ichthys says:

    It is remarkable to me how the sociologist/feminist side can take such positions w/o giving any serious thought to the implications their so-called “research” is having on their culture. Talk about pushing your luck!

    Not only does their viewpoint have little research to back it up (in contrast to the experiment-backed perspective of the scientists) , but it may also have a damaging result on the male psyche. “Shouting down” male gender-specific talents with this “Anything You can do I can do better” attitude only serves to undermine from within.

    I suppose that is precisely what “chosen ones” like Gloria Steinem & Betty Freidan were aiming for when they shifted the feminist movement into overdrive in the 60′s…empowering the fairer sex by imposing on traditionally male roles/occupations. It’s resulted in emo-politics and emo-immigration policy.

    But hey, I guess feminists are proud of all those women in Sweden and the UK getting raped by Muslims. Pussifying & multiculturalizing their society was worth it! They can multi-task by sending texts while getting torn up. On a good rape, they can even squeeze in a selfie!

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  24. The world is divided between dogmatic (left and right) and the rational.

    The biological determinism, which is prevalent, is the opposite of hope (never ending) that people can always improve. People rebelled against the true God a long time. Why deny the natural world, which they belong.

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  25. @Stein
    "However how did it get shown on a national TV network, though? In Scandinavia of all places, the heartland of white ethnomasochism?"

    Because it was the state channel, they have as duty to deliver some serious work too. This channel is still under attack from their economic leaders (the rationalization program) and politicians who enters their boards. Just like BBC.
    Second, Harald Eia was one of the leading comedians in the same channel , delivering hilarious nonpolitical stuff for twenty years. As an insider he managed to get the deal, and i guess none saw what was coming or that the prestige of so many academics should effectively be bulldozed down the sewage by this little guy that always plays moron. The programme was not presented by its conclusions, apart of the title. The reaction was hysterical, all in all Harald was targeted by a hate campaigne. He got many enemies and may still suffer from ambush on his career.

    "In Norway—the country that gave Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize?"
    It is not the country or the people who gives out the piss prize. The jury is handpicked by the government, and these have since wwii been mostly Labour, aka softline Marxism, faithful to globalism, NWO and the jewsih agenda. Just check the list of winners, Obama isn't the worst.
    I have started suspect election cheating is more widespread than we like to think.

    "And where is our Harald Eia?"
    They are out there, but they are put aside to perform other tasks, not chosen, and refused by media and the industry of opinion. Check out the industry of education books, you are bound to find another dragons den.

    Wait, Yassar Arafat and Barack Obama are part of the Jewish agenda? You were fine until you defaulted to the tidy explanations of previous generations.

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    There are FootJews and LeaderJews. These may seem have conflicting interests.

    Palestine is a bonus war. Just for letting the FootJews of Israel never forget they are hated and victimized, so they will be able to keep on hating and fight and be ready for executing "The Greater Israel plan", the unlawful grabbing of most of the Middle-East. Yes of course Jews loved to hate Yassir. FootJews, born to swindle and treason, must learn patriotism the hard way.

    Obama was funded by George Soros, kept clean by a consenting global mass media industry owned by Jews and his administration are full of Jews.

    Jewish agenda are not obvious, they are masters of proxy warfare, does always have to ignite their wars with false flag actions, for nobody wants exactly the same as them. Warfare is deception, and that is what they are all about.
    Tidy explanations?
    Jewish agenda are never what they can do, but what they think they can get away with.
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  26. res says:

    Thanks for pointing to this series. Very interesting and I echo “where is our Harald Eia?”

    I was impressed that the very first show brings up what I consider one of the key realizations of HBD-the more you equalize environment the more genetic differences matter (with the converse of course being relevant as well).

    Also fascinating that the British researchers seem to have the most realistic world view. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?

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  27. markflag says:
    @Anonymous
    all adopted twins studies show it's mostly genetics. Parental environment makes little to no difference in outcome as the children eventually leave the house and it's all heredity from there onward.
    Many addictions and dysfunctional behaviors tend to disappear by the age of 30.

    Which is around the time the brain has finished maturing.

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  28. Sailer and Derb and Taki and Vdare and the rest of the Dissident Right sites are simply targeting the sweet spot of white male anger and resentment.

    I agree that white males have a right to be angry. We are persecuted and demonized.

    I agree that the traditional american culture and beliefs are under attack.

    I agree that we are being swamped by third world immigrants.

    I agree that nonwhites and especially blacks are being elevated to a Sacred Status in this nation.

    But Sailer and Derb and Taki and Vdare and the rest of the Dissident Right sites are not out to change this horrible situation, in my opinion. They are simply out to make money off of the persecuted white male, in my opinion.

    The persecuted white male has nowhere to turn to, demonized by the Mainsteam, they turn to the Dissident Right. And does the Dissident Right seek to analyze, seek to understand, seek to change?

    No, not in my opinion. They just seek exploit a niche. And they offer up an enemy–the liberal.
    But is the liberal really the enemy?
    No, not in my opinion. The liberal is merely the tool of Capital, of the big corporations, of the rich and powerful.

    But the Dissident Right is not really interested in these fine distinctions. They just want enrage you, the better to collect your donations, my dear. The better to get clicks, my dear.

    They want to simplify things, the better to amass more readers, more clicks, more donations.

    And the understanding and analysis required for real change? LOL.

    Yes, change requires understanding. But that is not their concern. Oh, no.

    All of the above posted by me in this thread is simply my opinion. Nothing more. Take it or leave it.

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    one more point: there is one aspect of the Dissident Right that seeks real change and took action to get it--the people involved with the creation and widespread posting on the internet of the phrase "Anti-Racism is Anti-white".

    Those people are not out for money, but for change.
    And there are 2 or 3 writers on vdare that seem to see reality and are out for change, not money.

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  29. @leftist conservative
    Sailer and Derb and Taki and Vdare and the rest of the Dissident Right sites are simply targeting the sweet spot of white male anger and resentment.

    I agree that white males have a right to be angry. We are persecuted and demonized.

    I agree that the traditional american culture and beliefs are under attack.

    I agree that we are being swamped by third world immigrants.

    I agree that nonwhites and especially blacks are being elevated to a Sacred Status in this nation.


    But Sailer and Derb and Taki and Vdare and the rest of the Dissident Right sites are not out to change this horrible situation, in my opinion. They are simply out to make money off of the persecuted white male, in my opinion.

    The persecuted white male has nowhere to turn to, demonized by the Mainsteam, they turn to the Dissident Right. And does the Dissident Right seek to analyze, seek to understand, seek to change?

    No, not in my opinion. They just seek exploit a niche. And they offer up an enemy--the liberal.
    But is the liberal really the enemy?
    No, not in my opinion. The liberal is merely the tool of Capital, of the big corporations, of the rich and powerful.

    But the Dissident Right is not really interested in these fine distinctions. They just want enrage you, the better to collect your donations, my dear. The better to get clicks, my dear.

    They want to simplify things, the better to amass more readers, more clicks, more donations.

    And the understanding and analysis required for real change? LOL.


    Yes, change requires understanding. But that is not their concern. Oh, no.

    All of the above posted by me in this thread is simply my opinion. Nothing more. Take it or leave it.

    one more point: there is one aspect of the Dissident Right that seeks real change and took action to get it–the people involved with the creation and widespread posting on the internet of the phrase “Anti-Racism is Anti-white”.

    Those people are not out for money, but for change.
    And there are 2 or 3 writers on vdare that seem to see reality and are out for change, not money.

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    I'm a moderate nationalist/populist by political orientation, but I also have a strong interest in knowing about HBD stuff.

    I really don't see why some people on the right are so afraid of knowing about biological realities, it smacks of insecurity. Take homosexuality for example. Many traditionalists refuse to acknowledge there is any biological basis for homosexuality, because they fear that sexual orientation is socially constructed and non-gay males can be turned into homosexuals - this is tantamount to accepting the leftist premise that humans are a blank slate. It also allows the left to get away with claims that gays are 10 percent of the population (when they are 3 percent) that homophobia among teenage boys is abnormal and that there is a sexuality continuum.

    The next social battle appears to be the issue of transgenderism, and since traditionalists have no interest in looking at the science behind the issue, it's likely the left will be able to run rings around them once again.

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  30. Art says:

    “Biologians argue that the basic contours of the individual personality are in place at birth, formed by genetics and by events in the womb—by nature.”

    Without question we are born with a personality – without question every child is born totally selfish – at birth we do not have the intellectual capacity to think beyond themselves. But doesn’t family and adult culture moderate those personality traits – doesn’t nurture changes our primordial genetic nature – what does it mean for children to grow up? Isn’t the process of human maturation within a moderating culture an undeniable fact?

    We are not genetic automatons, born to be forever slaves to our genetic nature – we are cultural beings that depend on the nurture of accumulated knowhow being passed from generation to generation.

    Even who is in the womb is dependent on culture. Doesn’t a culture select who is to be born? Isn’t that what Evolution is all about? Doesn’t intellectual culture create its own environment? Doesn’t Western Christian culture select genetic individuals with certain personality traits?

    When all is said and done, isn’t human intellect nurture boss over nature on our Earth? Take a look!

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  31. @leftist conservative
    one more point: there is one aspect of the Dissident Right that seeks real change and took action to get it--the people involved with the creation and widespread posting on the internet of the phrase "Anti-Racism is Anti-white".

    Those people are not out for money, but for change.
    And there are 2 or 3 writers on vdare that seem to see reality and are out for change, not money.

    I’m a moderate nationalist/populist by political orientation, but I also have a strong interest in knowing about HBD stuff.

    I really don’t see why some people on the right are so afraid of knowing about biological realities, it smacks of insecurity. Take homosexuality for example. Many traditionalists refuse to acknowledge there is any biological basis for homosexuality, because they fear that sexual orientation is socially constructed and non-gay males can be turned into homosexuals – this is tantamount to accepting the leftist premise that humans are a blank slate. It also allows the left to get away with claims that gays are 10 percent of the population (when they are 3 percent) that homophobia among teenage boys is abnormal and that there is a sexuality continuum.

    The next social battle appears to be the issue of transgenderism, and since traditionalists have no interest in looking at the science behind the issue, it’s likely the left will be able to run rings around them once again.

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  32. @leftist conservative
    derbyshire does not of course take the position that humans are ruled by BOTH culture and biology.

    That is because he does not really care about getting to truth about anything.

    He does not care about changing things.

    All he cares about is money.

    And to get money he gives you your two-minute hate and he offers up the other side as The Enemy.

    Liberals vs conservatives. So we have these unfortunate vultures that prey on this dilemma called the USA. And all they do is create echo chambers where liberals and conservatives can have their two minute hate.

    If he cared about money, he would have spent his career groveling before the housebroken respectable conservative media.

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  33. Dutch Boy says:

    Parents pass on language, culture and religion, so their influence on children is not trivial, biology aside.

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  34. Dipwill says:

    “There is also the charm of Norway, a pretty place with the intimate feel you find in nations with small populations and languages outsiders don’t bother to learn. There is an exceptionally high proportion of beautiful women: check out Martine Aurdal at 9m45s in program 1.

    Norwegian children seem all to be adorable: Eia’s two daughters are perfect little Nordic angels.”

    That woman isn’t exceptionally beautiful, and I’d really hesitate to say Norway (or the other nordic countries) are blessed in that way (atleast compared to the rest of europe), or that “Norwegian children seem all to be adorable.” What’s with you and the sudden nordic fetishism, especially being married to a chinese woman?

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    That woman isn’t exceptionally beautiful, and I’d really hesitate to say Norway (or the other nordic countries) are blessed in that way (atleast compared to the rest of europe), or that “Norwegian children seem all to be adorable.” What’s with you and the sudden nordic fetishism, especially being married to a chinese woman?
     
    Yeah he really messed up there, mentioning "Nordic." That's the other n-word, second only to "Aryan" as the scariest word in the English language. We'd better remain vigilant else before we know it we'll have gleeful little hitler jugends throwing overly enthusiastic cartwheels in our faces as they mock us with their master racism.
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  35. No, not in my opinion. They just seek exploit a niche. And they offer up an enemy–the liberal.
    But is the liberal really the enemy?
    No, not in my opinion. The liberal is merely the tool of Capital, of the big corporations, of the rich and powerful.

    But the Dissident Right is not really interested in these fine distinctions.

    These emotive assertions are examples of “fine distinctions” according to LC.

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    I agree with this to some extent. The left has been encouraged by some elements of the economic right to switch from economic causes to social causes that are less harmful to big business (such as affirmative action instead of union militancy) or helpful to big business (such as anti-racism and mass immigration). Hence, the economic right has played a part in the rise of the modern left.

    However, that doesn't mean the liberal left isn't a threat to conservatives, nationalists etc, it simply means that capitalists are often providing cultural leftists with funding and support.

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  36. @Dipwill
    "There is also the charm of Norway, a pretty place with the intimate feel you find in nations with small populations and languages outsiders don’t bother to learn. There is an exceptionally high proportion of beautiful women: check out Martine Aurdal at 9m45s in program 1.

    Norwegian children seem all to be adorable: Eia’s two daughters are perfect little Nordic angels."

    That woman isn't exceptionally beautiful, and I'd really hesitate to say Norway (or the other nordic countries) are blessed in that way (atleast compared to the rest of europe), or that "Norwegian children seem all to be adorable." What's with you and the sudden nordic fetishism, especially being married to a chinese woman?

    That woman isn’t exceptionally beautiful, and I’d really hesitate to say Norway (or the other nordic countries) are blessed in that way (atleast compared to the rest of europe), or that “Norwegian children seem all to be adorable.” What’s with you and the sudden nordic fetishism, especially being married to a chinese woman?

    Yeah he really messed up there, mentioning “Nordic.” That’s the other n-word, second only to “Aryan” as the scariest word in the English language. We’d better remain vigilant else before we know it we’ll have gleeful little hitler jugends throwing overly enthusiastic cartwheels in our faces as they mock us with their master racism.

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    I like how your reaction to my post thinking what he said is weird and over the top is to act like I'm making nazi accusations. But I won't deny I'm not a fan of the fetishism/idealization of nordic traits that's long been widespread in white racialism, it's solipsistic and ultimately unhealthy. Then again, lots of white racialists are married to asian women, and I don't think the pervasiveness of that reflects the healthiest attitudes.

    By the way, people call the scandinavian countries "the nordic countries" all the time, or that term as a general descriptor for the people/culture there, far, far more often than the term aryan (which is exclusively used by neo-nazis/people with mental problems.)
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  37. wren says:

    I think the culturalists are doomed in view of increasing evidence.

    For example, yesterday in the New York Times, I saw this quote:

    Today, people who are not of African descent have stretches of genetic material almost identical to Neanderthal DNA, comprising about 2 percent of their entire genomes. These DNA fragments are the evidence that Neanderthals interbred with the early migrants out of Africa, likely in western Asia.

    Researchers also have found a peculiar pattern in non-Africans: People in China, Japan and other East Asian countries have about 20 percent more Neanderthal DNA than do Europeans.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/20/science/a-new-theory-on-how-neanderthal-dna-spread-in-asia.html?_r=4

    So the NYT is saying that Africans are different at the DNA level from Europeans, who are also different from Asians.

    Are there any other differences between these races?

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    But, but, but...

    If Neanderthal DNA is 2% of the average white's genome, and utterly missing from the negro, how can whites and negroes be "99% the same" as we are always told?

    Darn me! There I go noticing again..
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  38. B.R. says:
    @Anonymous
    all adopted twins studies show it's mostly genetics. Parental environment makes little to no difference in outcome as the children eventually leave the house and it's all heredity from there onward.
    Many addictions and dysfunctional behaviors tend to disappear by the age of 30.

    Many addictions and dysfunctional behaviors tend to disappear by the age of 30.

    What addictions? And Why? Addictions means the brain reward centers are skewed in a peculiar way. The dopamine system is altered, addicts have less receptors for it.

    Why would the brain magically fix itself around age 30? I mean, personally, I’d love for that to happen, as I haven’t even had morning wood in the last decade due to my fucked-up neural wiring.

    I’m really skeptical though.

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  39. I think intelligence type modulate completely personality, because human adult life can be summarize in a single word, JOB. People know girl or boyfriend, friends, enemies in ther job places. Personality is a extension of our intelligence type, i think.

    As gifted people have assynchronic development (13 year old, absolutely advanced in maths but with emotional struggles, for example), all of us also have assynchronic development, where leftist-meme-ish people will be very advanced in some areas and very deficient in others.

    This assynchronicity in early adult life and the final result of maturation this specific brain will produce neurological culture. And the end of maturation or plasticity of brain, human beings become less open to new ideas.

    More verbal and social people will less inclined to see people as categories.

    Culturalist people are also more individual-centralized people. This explain why they talking about ”I, myself, dislike about that” in this videos.

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    We call 'em narcissists - yet another n-word! - round these here parts..

    Except my good mate, A. S. Tuite. She calls 'em Whiney-Mes.
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  40. Similar brains need to be part o social groups and to do respect. The mamarian principals are stronger than objectivist principals, novel mind evolution and less plasticity, as well less complexity of brain, tend to do above average no-outlier people, less inclined to be inconformist.

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    Similar brains need to be part o social groups and to do respect. The mamarian principals are stronger than objectivist principals, novel mind evolution and less plasticity, as well less complexity of brain, tend to do above average no-outlier people, less inclined to be inconformist.


    although english is obviously not your native language, you speak powerful truths here.

    However, those truths are wasted here on the Dissident Right, just as they would be on those of the establishment conservative bent, the liberal/progressive bent, or the libertarian bent.

    Once a member of the homo sapiens species has been indoctrinated into a particular political tribe, and accepted its dogma, they can hear no other ideology.
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  41. @wren
    I think the culturalists are doomed in view of increasing evidence.

    For example, yesterday in the New York Times, I saw this quote:

    Today, people who are not of African descent have stretches of genetic material almost identical to Neanderthal DNA, comprising about 2 percent of their entire genomes. These DNA fragments are the evidence that Neanderthals interbred with the early migrants out of Africa, likely in western Asia.

    Researchers also have found a peculiar pattern in non-Africans: People in China, Japan and other East Asian countries have about 20 percent more Neanderthal DNA than do Europeans.
     
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/20/science/a-new-theory-on-how-neanderthal-dna-spread-in-asia.html?_r=4

    So the NYT is saying that Africans are different at the DNA level from Europeans, who are also different from Asians.

    Are there any other differences between these races?

    But, but, but…

    If Neanderthal DNA is 2% of the average white’s genome, and utterly missing from the negro, how can whites and negroes be “99% the same” as we are always told?

    Darn me! There I go noticing again..

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    Most africans have neanderthal ancestry from back migrations into africa within the past several thousand years.
    , @Sure Thing
    You have to allow for the 3% error-margin.

    Which would make even that 2% Neanderthal problematic.
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  42. @Santoculto
    Similar brains need to be part o social groups and to do respect. The mamarian principals are stronger than objectivist principals, novel mind evolution and less plasticity, as well less complexity of brain, tend to do above average no-outlier people, less inclined to be inconformist.

    Similar brains need to be part o social groups and to do respect. The mamarian principals are stronger than objectivist principals, novel mind evolution and less plasticity, as well less complexity of brain, tend to do above average no-outlier people, less inclined to be inconformist.

    although english is obviously not your native language, you speak powerful truths here.

    However, those truths are wasted here on the Dissident Right, just as they would be on those of the establishment conservative bent, the liberal/progressive bent, or the libertarian bent.

    Once a member of the homo sapiens species has been indoctrinated into a particular political tribe, and accepted its dogma, they can hear no other ideology.

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    Thanks Leftist Conservative,

    human mind is essentially dualistic, or ''choice'' a group B or a group A. It explain ''natural'' competition among species.

    You also said something very interesting here. Indeed, the time to write about dangerous problems which are sorround us finish. It is time for objective, holistic and efficient action.
    , @Santoculto
    Thanks Leftist Conservative,

    human mind is essentially dualistic, or ''choice'' a group B or a group A. It explain ''natural'' competition among species.

    You also said something very interesting here. Indeed, the time to write about dangerous problems which are sorround us finish. It is time for objective, holistic and efficient action.
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  43. Dipwill says:
    @silviosilver

    That woman isn’t exceptionally beautiful, and I’d really hesitate to say Norway (or the other nordic countries) are blessed in that way (atleast compared to the rest of europe), or that “Norwegian children seem all to be adorable.” What’s with you and the sudden nordic fetishism, especially being married to a chinese woman?
     
    Yeah he really messed up there, mentioning "Nordic." That's the other n-word, second only to "Aryan" as the scariest word in the English language. We'd better remain vigilant else before we know it we'll have gleeful little hitler jugends throwing overly enthusiastic cartwheels in our faces as they mock us with their master racism.

    I like how your reaction to my post thinking what he said is weird and over the top is to act like I’m making nazi accusations. But I won’t deny I’m not a fan of the fetishism/idealization of nordic traits that’s long been widespread in white racialism, it’s solipsistic and ultimately unhealthy. Then again, lots of white racialists are married to asian women, and I don’t think the pervasiveness of that reflects the healthiest attitudes.

    By the way, people call the scandinavian countries “the nordic countries” all the time, or that term as a general descriptor for the people/culture there, far, far more often than the term aryan (which is exclusively used by neo-nazis/people with mental problems.)

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    "Nordic countries" were invented to "extend" Scandinavia to Iceland and Finland (I know English speakers tend to think we're Scandinavia but we or they don't). It's for an organization called the Nordic Council, a sort of pseudo-mini-EU with freedom of movement, trade and some other features of union between the countries.

    http://www.norden.org/en

    "Norden" just means "the north" in Scandinavian and doesn't have any ethnic meanining any more than "north" has. It's annoying that those outrageous Swedish imperialists wanted "nord" in the official English name but hey, we were desperate for friends after WWII.

    In the 19th century when racial theory was all the fashion English and German authors made a huge deal about "Nordic" (with a lot of help from self-promoting Scandinavians) but given that "nord-" is an everyday word in their languages it doesn't have magical meaning over there. Like, say, "Blitz" might sound like some Nazi thing to English speakers but to Germans it's just the word for lightning.

    One reason Scandinavia has gone la la land on race is because they have a huge hangover over this and with the spread of English they're embarrassed to see bits of their language showing up as racial terms. Or worse - a while ago I watched some American prison documentary and the white gang was full of people with tattoos of Norse Gods. Damn that would be embarrassing if I was Scandinavian. I can understand why they feel a need to show those world-dominating Americans that they're not like that...
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  44. Dipwill says:
    @Stan D Mute
    But, but, but...

    If Neanderthal DNA is 2% of the average white's genome, and utterly missing from the negro, how can whites and negroes be "99% the same" as we are always told?

    Darn me! There I go noticing again..

    Most africans have neanderthal ancestry from back migrations into africa within the past several thousand years.

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  45. Joe Webb says:

    so much verbiage, so little time.

    The Minnesota Twin Study which included following identical twins separated at birth, finds that there is no difference between identicals separated at birth and raised in different environments, than identicals raised in the same family/environment.

    All this means that Nature accounts for probably 90% of who we are, and the 10 % leftover is temporary fashions , and of course, there is still insult and injury…which damages our psyches or our genes.

    It is all Nature, but Whites have this altruism thing…we treat other races well, which is never reciprocated. Apartheid is the Way to Peace. Whether Whites can overcome their pathological altruism and Smell the Third World, remains to be seen.
    Ditto the Jewish Power.

    Joe Webb

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  46. @Dipwill
    I like how your reaction to my post thinking what he said is weird and over the top is to act like I'm making nazi accusations. But I won't deny I'm not a fan of the fetishism/idealization of nordic traits that's long been widespread in white racialism, it's solipsistic and ultimately unhealthy. Then again, lots of white racialists are married to asian women, and I don't think the pervasiveness of that reflects the healthiest attitudes.

    By the way, people call the scandinavian countries "the nordic countries" all the time, or that term as a general descriptor for the people/culture there, far, far more often than the term aryan (which is exclusively used by neo-nazis/people with mental problems.)

    “Nordic countries” were invented to “extend” Scandinavia to Iceland and Finland (I know English speakers tend to think we’re Scandinavia but we or they don’t). It’s for an organization called the Nordic Council, a sort of pseudo-mini-EU with freedom of movement, trade and some other features of union between the countries.

    http://www.norden.org/en

    “Norden” just means “the north” in Scandinavian and doesn’t have any ethnic meanining any more than “north” has. It’s annoying that those outrageous Swedish imperialists wanted “nord” in the official English name but hey, we were desperate for friends after WWII.

    In the 19th century when racial theory was all the fashion English and German authors made a huge deal about “Nordic” (with a lot of help from self-promoting Scandinavians) but given that “nord-” is an everyday word in their languages it doesn’t have magical meaning over there. Like, say, “Blitz” might sound like some Nazi thing to English speakers but to Germans it’s just the word for lightning.

    One reason Scandinavia has gone la la land on race is because they have a huge hangover over this and with the spread of English they’re embarrassed to see bits of their language showing up as racial terms. Or worse – a while ago I watched some American prison documentary and the white gang was full of people with tattoos of Norse Gods. Damn that would be embarrassing if I was Scandinavian. I can understand why they feel a need to show those world-dominating Americans that they’re not like that…

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  47. @silviosilver

    No, not in my opinion. They just seek exploit a niche. And they offer up an enemy–the liberal.
    But is the liberal really the enemy?
    No, not in my opinion. The liberal is merely the tool of Capital, of the big corporations, of the rich and powerful.

    But the Dissident Right is not really interested in these fine distinctions.
     
    These emotive assertions are examples of "fine distinctions" according to LC.

    I agree with this to some extent. The left has been encouraged by some elements of the economic right to switch from economic causes to social causes that are less harmful to big business (such as affirmative action instead of union militancy) or helpful to big business (such as anti-racism and mass immigration). Hence, the economic right has played a part in the rise of the modern left.

    However, that doesn’t mean the liberal left isn’t a threat to conservatives, nationalists etc, it simply means that capitalists are often providing cultural leftists with funding and support.

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    That'd be fine if the argument stopped there. But in the hands of uncompromising lefties like LC it's all a pretext to attacking the very existence of private capital, the very existence of markets, and the very existence of economic inequality. That's the stuff that really irks his ilk.
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  48. @unpc downunder
    I agree with this to some extent. The left has been encouraged by some elements of the economic right to switch from economic causes to social causes that are less harmful to big business (such as affirmative action instead of union militancy) or helpful to big business (such as anti-racism and mass immigration). Hence, the economic right has played a part in the rise of the modern left.

    However, that doesn't mean the liberal left isn't a threat to conservatives, nationalists etc, it simply means that capitalists are often providing cultural leftists with funding and support.

    That’d be fine if the argument stopped there. But in the hands of uncompromising lefties like LC it’s all a pretext to attacking the very existence of private capital, the very existence of markets, and the very existence of economic inequality. That’s the stuff that really irks his ilk.

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    people like you are about as capable of understanding my political philosophy as a monkey is capable of operating a nuclear reactor.
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  49. @silviosilver
    That'd be fine if the argument stopped there. But in the hands of uncompromising lefties like LC it's all a pretext to attacking the very existence of private capital, the very existence of markets, and the very existence of economic inequality. That's the stuff that really irks his ilk.

    people like you are about as capable of understanding my political philosophy as a monkey is capable of operating a nuclear reactor.

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    people like you are about as capable of understanding my political philosophy as a monkey is capable of operating a nuclear reactor.
     
    How can I understand it if you never go beyond shaking your fist at "the rich"?
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  50. @leftist conservative
    Similar brains need to be part o social groups and to do respect. The mamarian principals are stronger than objectivist principals, novel mind evolution and less plasticity, as well less complexity of brain, tend to do above average no-outlier people, less inclined to be inconformist.


    although english is obviously not your native language, you speak powerful truths here.

    However, those truths are wasted here on the Dissident Right, just as they would be on those of the establishment conservative bent, the liberal/progressive bent, or the libertarian bent.

    Once a member of the homo sapiens species has been indoctrinated into a particular political tribe, and accepted its dogma, they can hear no other ideology.

    Thanks Leftist Conservative,

    human mind is essentially dualistic, or ”choice” a group B or a group A. It explain ”natural” competition among species.

    You also said something very interesting here. Indeed, the time to write about dangerous problems which are sorround us finish. It is time for objective, holistic and efficient action.

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  51. @leftist conservative
    Similar brains need to be part o social groups and to do respect. The mamarian principals are stronger than objectivist principals, novel mind evolution and less plasticity, as well less complexity of brain, tend to do above average no-outlier people, less inclined to be inconformist.


    although english is obviously not your native language, you speak powerful truths here.

    However, those truths are wasted here on the Dissident Right, just as they would be on those of the establishment conservative bent, the liberal/progressive bent, or the libertarian bent.

    Once a member of the homo sapiens species has been indoctrinated into a particular political tribe, and accepted its dogma, they can hear no other ideology.

    Thanks Leftist Conservative,

    human mind is essentially dualistic, or ”choice” a group B or a group A. It explain ”natural” competition among species.

    You also said something very interesting here. Indeed, the time to write about dangerous problems which are sorround us finish. It is time for objective, holistic and efficient action.

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  52. @rod1963
    It's basically biological Calvinism for secular materialists and scientists that damns people in the womb and reduces them to genetically programmed meat machines. Don't bother to spend time raising your off-spring, just let the kid do as it pleases, because it's all genetic. You can't go wrong according to the experts(how many have kids is another story and I bet they wouldn't dare let their kid go free range or associate with gang bangers or career criminals)

    Yeah it's bleak if not toxic world view but that's how they roll.

    “I bet they wouldn’t dare let their kid go free range or associate with gang bangers or career criminals”

    Actually, if you bothered to read any of the stuff you trash, most folks who say parenting matters little will also tell you that who your children’s friends are is one of the most important environmental effects. They will also tell you that the most dependable (not sure-fire) way to choose your children’s friends is by choosing a good neighborhood with good schools.

    Whodathunkit!

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  53. @leftist conservative
    people like you are about as capable of understanding my political philosophy as a monkey is capable of operating a nuclear reactor.

    people like you are about as capable of understanding my political philosophy as a monkey is capable of operating a nuclear reactor.

    How can I understand it if you never go beyond shaking your fist at “the rich”?

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  54. Stein says:
    @Assistant Village Idiot
    Wait, Yassar Arafat and Barack Obama are part of the Jewish agenda? You were fine until you defaulted to the tidy explanations of previous generations.

    There are FootJews and LeaderJews. These may seem have conflicting interests.

    Palestine is a bonus war. Just for letting the FootJews of Israel never forget they are hated and victimized, so they will be able to keep on hating and fight and be ready for executing “The Greater Israel plan”, the unlawful grabbing of most of the Middle-East. Yes of course Jews loved to hate Yassir. FootJews, born to swindle and treason, must learn patriotism the hard way.

    Obama was funded by George Soros, kept clean by a consenting global mass media industry owned by Jews and his administration are full of Jews.

    Jewish agenda are not obvious, they are masters of proxy warfare, does always have to ignite their wars with false flag actions, for nobody wants exactly the same as them. Warfare is deception, and that is what they are all about.
    Tidy explanations?
    Jewish agenda are never what they can do, but what they think they can get away with.

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  55. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Santoculto
    I think intelligence type modulate completely personality, because human adult life can be summarize in a single word, JOB. People know girl or boyfriend, friends, enemies in ther job places. Personality is a extension of our intelligence type, i think.

    As gifted people have assynchronic development (13 year old, absolutely advanced in maths but with emotional struggles, for example), all of us also have assynchronic development, where leftist-meme-ish people will be very advanced in some areas and very deficient in others.

    This assynchronicity in early adult life and the final result of maturation this specific brain will produce neurological culture. And the end of maturation or plasticity of brain, human beings become less open to new ideas.

    More verbal and social people will less inclined to see people as categories.

    Culturalist people are also more individual-centralized people. This explain why they talking about ''I, myself, dislike about that'' in this videos.

    We call ‘em narcissists – yet another n-word! – round these here parts..

    Except my good mate, A. S. Tuite. She calls ‘em Whiney-Mes.

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  56. @Stan D Mute
    But, but, but...

    If Neanderthal DNA is 2% of the average white's genome, and utterly missing from the negro, how can whites and negroes be "99% the same" as we are always told?

    Darn me! There I go noticing again..

    You have to allow for the 3% error-margin.

    Which would make even that 2% Neanderthal problematic.

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  57. @donut
    I was a big Flashman fan. Back in '84 I sent my copy of Flashman and the Redskins to GMF's publisher in NY to try to get it signed by him . I enclosed a large stamped self addressed envelope with it. The publisher forwarded it to him on The Isle of Man where he lived . He returned it to me having paid the postage himself and cutting the US stamps from my enclosed envelope and returning them with a nice note as well as signing the book. Iwas saddened when I heard he passed in 2008. I couldn't agree more with the article by him you linked to.

    +10 on the Flashman books. Entertaining and you learn a bit of history along the way. They even made a movie out of one of them that starred Malcolm McDowell that didn’t stink.

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  58. “And where is our Harald Eia?”

    He’s working right here at Unz Review and his name is Steve Sailer.

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  59. Biologians argue that the basic contours of the individual personality are in place at birth, formed by genetics and by events in the womb—by nature.

    Speculationen

    Concordant monozygotic twin gays or with the same minoritary sexual variant tend to be made since conception,

    Sexually discordant monozygotic twins tend to be made start conception, in the womb, or one of them is gay or non-gay (in this case) since conception and the other not, start the conception.

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