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DERB’S SEPTEMBER DIARY: Are We Getting Smarter/ Dumber? Why Is Chin. Lit So Bad? My Maryland; Etc.

Quote of the month. “I’m fairly sure that in any but a very advanced society I would have been clubbed to death quite early in life, for the serious offence of not being one of the crowd.” — Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail, March 28th 2016.

All right, it’s not precisely a quote from this month; but I read it October 2nd, which is close enough for the September Diary — hey, it’s my Diary. Whatever, it returned a loud echo from my bosom.

Are we getting smarter, or dumber? A staple of old Progressive-era Social Darwinism — it was a favorite of my Dad, who formed most of his social philosophy around 1920 — was the notion that human beings in modern societies breed dysgenically. Those with undesirable traits like low intelligence or antisocial personalities have more children than smart and easily-socialized types, while people with inherited physical disabilities are free to pass them on to a new generation. Let’s call this the Dysgenic Hypothesis.

Future Human Evolution: Eugenics in the Twenty-First Century This kind of thinking was swept away after WW2, at any rate in the Western world (the Eastern world is a different matter …), by Hitler’s Revenge. As I pointed out a couple of years ago, that’s a bit unfair to Hitler:

Mein Kampf … has no index entries for “eugenics.” Certainly Hitler knew about eugenics; but so did every other educated person in the early twentieth century. He saw it as fitting comfortably into his world-view; but so did a great many other people of widely different —mostly Leftist — inclinations. [John Glad’s Future Human Evolution: Eugenics in the Twenty-First Century by John Derbyshire; VDARE.com, April 13th 2014.]

In any case, all the buzz in the later twentieth century was about the Flynn Effect (more properly the Lynn-Flynn Effect): rising scores on IQ tests among all groups across the past few decades.

It remains true, though, that intelligence and personality are considerably heritable, and that dimwitted and dysfunctional people on average do have more children than bright, well-behaved people, so that the Dysgenic Hypothesis is perfectly plausible.

And there is some evidence for it. Most people with any interest at all in the human sciences have heard of the Flynn Effect. Not many have yet heard of the Woodley Effect. This was named (by Charles Murray) for British psychologist Michael A. Woodley.

(Who is apparently the same person as Michael Woodley of Balquhain and Menie, 28th Baron of Menie, with whom Donald Trump has recently had some newsworthy business dealings. You can’t write about anything nowadays without The Donald climbing in through a side window.)

Woodley studied reaction times — how long it takes a person to respond to a sudden stimulus. It has been known for decades that reaction time correlates strongly with general intelligence, to the degree that it can be used as a quick’n’dirty proxy for IQ.

Well, Woodley found that reaction time has been slowing down since the first studies on it were done in the 1880s. He co-published (with two colleagues) a paper on this in 2013, title: Were the Victorians cleverer than us? The decline in general intelligence estimated from a meta-analysis of the slowing of simple reaction time.

Last month Woodley and colleagues published a new paper on the topic: Secular Slowing of Auditory Simple Reaction Time in Sweden (1959-1985). James Thompson has a brief write-up here, from which:

This is strongly suggestive of a slowing of reaction times in Sweden, itself suggesting a possible drop in mental alertness and intelligence in that country. If the Flynn effect were a deep-seated real improvement in functioning then one would expect faster reaction times, not slower. An alarming result, worthy of further testing and attention.

So what’s going on here? “We’re getting smarter” and “We’re getting dumber” can’t both be true, can they? If the Flynn Effect is real, the Woodley Effect can’t be, and vice versa — right?

Not necessarily. The structure of intelligence is complex, and our understanding of it imperfect. (Neither of those statements is synonymous with the Cultural Marxist dogma that there is no such thing as intelligence; or that if there is such a thing, it’s impossible to quantify it; and that if you believe anything to the contrary, you are an Enemy of the People.) A body of water with a surface current going thisway may have an undertow going that way.

Woodley himself offered the following to an interviewer:

The Flynn effect might be hiding an underlying decline, a “psychometric dark matter” not visible on pen-and-paper intelligence tests, Woodley said.

“An analogy to use would be lower-quality seeds, but higher-quality fertilizers,” he said, referring to this idea that a high-quality environment may be masking the decline in “smart” genes.

There is nothing final here, and I’d like to see some replication of Woodley’s results; but this may be a case of us re-learning something our forebears — in my case, my dear old Dad — had already figured out a hundred years ago.

It’s a contractor’s world, we just live in it. There is now a steady flow of books and articles heralding the advent of a world without work. From the latter of those links:

Some day, probably not in our lifetimes but perhaps not long after, machines will be able to do most of the tasks that people can. At that point, a truly workless world should be possible. If everyone, not just the rich, had robots at their beck and call, then such powerful technology would free them from the need to submit to the realities of the market to put food on the table.

Uh-huh. In so far as I am concerned about this, which is not very far, I am less concerned now than I was a month ago. That’s because of a conversation I had with a friend who works as a contractor, fixing up houses and workplaces.

He: “There’s terrific demand. We can’t keep up. Not enough guys. That’s why you see so many illegals doing it.”

Me: “Come on. Does the U.S.A. need so many contractors?”

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He: “You kidding? Take a look up and down your street.” [I live in an ordinary residential street in the outer-outer suburbs of New York City.] “How many houses?” [Answer: forty.] “They all need work some of the time. Next time you walk your dog, count how many contractor vehicles you see outside those houses.” [I did. There were five: a roofer, a plumber, two landscapers, and a team taking down a big old tree. Five out of forty — twelve and a half percent!] “That’s one street in one town …”

He’s right, of course. My whole view of the world shifted slightly. I know about contractors, of course, and use them when I have to; but I have rarely thought about them between times. Now I see my neighborhood as more like one of those colonies of social insects, kept orderly and functioning only by the tireless ministrations of contractor-ants.

And what they do is harder to automate than supermarket checkout. Right now I’m doing some work on my own house, putting up drywall and spackling it. Spackling is tricky. I’ve read handyman books and watched YouTube clips, and I still can’t get the hang of it. I bet a lot of college-grad middle-class occupations — lawyering, doctoring — are more vulnerable to automation than is drywall spackling.

Come on, Derb (you may say), who needs drywall spacklers? Nowadays we can print a house.

That’s great; but what about the houses we already have, like the forty in my street? People will go on living in them for a hundred years or so. They’ll need contractors. In fact, with population growth leveling off, what need is there to print houses? We have all we can use. It just wants contractors to keep ’em in shape.

My friend also told me about the absurdly low standards for getting a contractor license in our county. “You take a test, but it’s just ethical questions. ‘Should you insist on full payment before you start?’ That kind of thing. They never ask whether you know how to use a spirit level, nor even a tape measure — never mind power tools.”

I am wiser now. This is a contractor’s world; we just live in it.

The ch-word. This summer I have been a martyr to small biting creatures. It’s never happened before; I suppose I must have undergone some metabolic change that’s made my blood tastier to tiny predators. It can’t be geographical: I’m living in the same house I’ve lived in since 1992. It’s definitely not Global Warming: No-one else I know has been extraordinarily bitten.

Having no experience in this zone, I assumed the attackers were mosquitoes. Those insects were indeed implicated; but I felt and often saw them biting me, usually in time to splat them. Yet there were many more bites that I never felt happening. A painful red welt would come up out of nowhere, and linger for days.

I consulted a knowledgeable friend, and displayed a sample welt on my arm to him. He scrutinized it, asked me some questions, then delivered his diagnosis: “Chiggers.”

So far as I can recall this was only the second time in my life I’ve met that word. The first time was thirty years ago, when I was reading Tom Wolfe’s great novel The Bonfire of the Vanities.

In that book there is a character named Gene Lopwitz, super-rich head of a Wall Street trading firm. In his personal office, in a modern office tower in downtown Manhattan, Lopwitz has had a fireplace installed at immense cost and much regulatory wrangling, just because he can. He doesn’t actually use it, though.

The chiggers … Lopwitz had used the fireplace for just about two months and then never again. One day, while sitting at his desk, he had suffered an intense itching and burning sensation on the underside of his left buttock. Fiery red blisters he had …Chigger bites … The only plausible deduction was that somehow chiggers had found their way to the fiftieth floor, to the mighty bond trading floor of Pierce & Pierce, in a load of firewood for the hearth and had bitten the baron on the bottom.

I feel his pain. These are the nastiest little critters you should hope never to meet — not even honest insects, but “trombiculid mites,” a type of arachnid, barely visible to the naked eye.

How did I get through my whole life without ever encountering chiggers before? I don’t know; but I’ve made the acquaintance now, and I am bent on revenge.

Born on the … when? The fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 came and went. Our kids were small when the attack happened; ages eight and six. The eight-year-old has a friend in our street the same age, but whose birthday is … September 11th.

I’d forgotten that. My wife reminded me: “Poor little Louise! [Not her real name.] She took cookies to school that day; but they let the kids out early, she had to take them home.”

On a statistical basis, 0.2738 percent of the population — more than nine hundred thousand souls — share a birthday with Louise, and the atrocity. Are there any psychological effects, I wonder?

It’s rackets all the way down. The other day a friend remarked that to a fair first approximation, everything’s a racket.

I think he’s right. Health care? I am reliably informed that in Russia there are mansions with twelve bedrooms and gold-plated bath fixtures, sitting in a hundred acres and stuffed with expensive bling, all paid for by scamming Medicare. Welfare is a racket, eveyone knows that. The resettlement of “refugees” in the U.S.A. is a racket, as Ann Corcoran has documented in devastating detail.

Education is one vast racket. Our high schools have entire wings populated by Administrative Assistants to the Administrative Assistant. Municipal Departments of Education are infested with parasites like this one. Colleges? Fugeddaboutit.

High finance? I settled into my first job at an investment bank just as the Savings & Loan crisis was making landfall. I didn’t even know what a Savings & Loan was, had to have it explained to me. “It’s the 3-6-3 crowd,” my colleagues told me. “They borrow money at three percent, lend it out at six percent, and they’re on the golf course by three p.m.” So, a racket. And the racketeering didn’t stop when the S&Ls went under.

I’m hoping the military isn’t a racket, although recollections of Sergeant Bilko and Milo Minderbinder sometimes disturb my hope. Whatever the case is with the actual military, the Veterans Administration is looking like a racket:

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Millions in equipment went missing over a five-year period from 2010 to 2015, according to an extensive investigation from KXAN News. The property included medial equipment, TVs, cellphones and a John Deere tractor, as just a few examples. [Millions Of Dollars Worth Of Equipment Has Vanished From Texas VA Facilities, by Jonah Bennett; Daily Caller, September 28th 2016.]

The biggest racket of all is of course politics, as the Clintons amply demonstrate. Disgust with this accounts for a lot of Donald Trump’s support.

There are many negative things you can say about Trump, some of them fairly, but you can’t say he’s in it for the money.

Too much stuff. I’ve been reading Göran Malmqvist’s biography of the great Swedish sinologist Bernhard Karlgren.

In 1905, when Bernhard was fifteen, his father died suddenly. He had been a high school teacher (Latin, Greek, and Swedish) in the modest Swedish city of Jönköping. Malmqvist gives us an inventory of his estate taken after his death: Cash 278 Crowns (about a fifth of his annual salary), his wardrobe (presumably including some clothes), a gravy-boat and a gravy-spoon of silver, a watch and a gold ring, and books valued at 200 Crowns. The Karlgrens lived in rented rooms.

What an explosion of stuff there has been since 1905! I’m at about the same social level as Karlgren, Sr. — there are a couple of high-school teachers in my neighborhood — but I own vastly more stuff: A house, two cars, a bicycle, furniture, appliances, tools, computers, TV, … And, of course, books up the Wazoo. (Where is the Wazoo?)

Malmqvist is a big wheel in sinology, and a member of the Swedish Academy, which means he has a vote on who gets the Nobel Prize in Literature. I met him when I was studying for my P.G. Dip. Chin. in London thirty-six years ago. His wife was the sister of Jingzu Chen, our chief instructress. Malmqvist favored us with a 45-minute lecture. It was about the use of the particle 其 in certain classical texts. The lecture was, to the best of my recollection, … definitive.

Chin. Lit. Another visiting speaker on that Chinese course was Brian Hook from the University of Leeds. He gave us a lecture on modern Chinese literature.

I remember his opening sentence for that lecture: “The main thing we have to ask about modern Chinese literature is: Why is none of it much good?”

I suppose that would be counted as some kind of racist microaggression nowadays. I am in no position to pass an opinion on the topic myself, having engaged as a reader with only one work of twentieth-century Chinese literature in the original Chinese. Prof. Hook made a case, though. Based on an English-language book I’ve been reading this month, unless a very great deal has been lost in translation, the case is not a bad one.

This is The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature, edited by Prof. Yunte Huang of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

There are a few gems here. I liked the sweaty sub-eroticism of Wang Anyi’s Love in a Small Town, for instance. There’s a lot of stuff that is tedious to read, though. The poetry is awful, even after making allowance for the old Italian quip about poems in translation being like women: “The faithful ones aren’t beautiful, and the beautiful ones aren’t faithful.” (I guess that’s a sexist microaggression. Don’t come here looking for political correctness.)

Prof. Huang has actually included some of Chairman Mao’s poems, along with some excerpts from the dictator’s Little Red Book, to the indignation of one distinguished reviewer.

Prof. Huang redeemed himself somewhat in my eyes for including quite long extracts from Ba Jin’s 1931 novel Family, the one Chinese novel I’ve engaged with in the original. I say “engaged with” because I never actually finished the darn thing. Jingzu — we are back in my P.G. Dip. Chin. days — had me construe a chapter every week. Then we’d have a one-on-one seminar where I’d read out the Chinese, followed by my translation, and submit to her criticism.

Unfortunately this was a one-year course. The novel has forty chapters, and there are not forty weeks in an academic year. I didn’t get more than halfway through Family, and have only now learned from Prof. Huang’s extracts what happened to poor little Mingfeng (though I could see it coming).

The high point of my rather dismal career as a student of Chinese Lit. was my translation of the chapter in Family where, at a New Year’s banquet, the young adults are playing a literary word-game. Each quotes a line of classical verse; then the next in turn has to quote a line whose first character is the last character of the previous quote. (I’m working from memory here; I don’t guarantee accuracy; my translation is long lost, alas.) Now that’s a translation challenge.

You tou wu wei say the Chinese: “It has a head but no tail,” meaning you shouldn’t leave things unfinished. I guess I should finish reading Family in the original. I will, I will, … when I’m retired.

States of mind. We closed out the month with a long-weekend visit to friends on the Maryland shore. A very enjoyable time was had by all, including Toby, Hound of the Derbyshires.

I had never been to this region before. The topography is very striking to the eye. To someone raised in England, it looks like the Norfolk Broads, but not so reedy. “Very flat, Norfolk,” says one of Noël Coward’s characters. (And of course, that being England, there are poems about the place.)

One minor takeaway from our visit was that I now know the correct pronunciation of “Maryland.” I had naïvely been saying “Ma-ry-land,” with three distinct plonking syllables. Nope: it’s “MURRuh-lund” … except, I was told, in Baltimore, where the locals have trimmed it all the way down to one syllable: “Murln.”

Good to get these things right. You don’t want to sound like a rube.

Math Corner. ramanujan I finally got to see the Ramanujan movie, The Man Who Knew Infinity. I thought it not bad: about a seven on a zero-to-ten scale.

A couple of people had told me that the movie is obnoxiously anti-white. I see their point: there are scenes of Ramanujan, who was dark-skinned, being openly insulted, and in one case beaten up, by leering white racists out of the CultMarx demonology.

These incidents are not in Robert Kanigel’s book, on which the movie is based. Kanigel allows that “Sometimes … Indians experienced downright racial prejudice.” However, he attributes Ramanujan’s social problems to his inability — shared by foreigners of all colors a hundred years ago — to penetrate the chronic “aloofness and reserve” of the English.

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I suppose the movie producers thought that a movie about a dark-skinned man in early twentieth-century England needed spicing up with some anti-racism porn. “Thought” is in fact probably too strong a word: they just instinctively assumedthis, the way you instinctively assume that if taken to see someone’s garden, you will find some flowers in evidence.

This is the cultural atmosphere we live in, and breathe. I’m so inured to it — and so happy to see a halfway-factual movie about a great mathematician — I wasn’t much bothered by it. Your mileage may vary.

Oh, you want a brainteaser? OK, here’s a fairly easy one.

The Ramanujan movie of course includes the famous taxicab incident.

Once, in the taxi from London, Hardy noticed its number, 1729. He must have thought about it a little because he entered the [hospital] room where Ramanujan lay in bed and, with scarcely a hello, blurted out his disappointment with it. It was, he declared, “rather a dull number,” adding that he hoped that wasn’t a bad omen.

“No, Hardy,” said Ramanujan, “it is a very interesting number. It is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two [positive] cubes in two different ways.” [1³ + 12³ and 9³ + 10³.]

That number, 1729, has another interesting and rare property. What is it? Hint: Add up the digits.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjectsfor 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 Pessimism and several other books. He’s had two books published by VDARE.com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and From the Dissident Right II: Essays 2013. His writings are archived atJohnDerbyshire.com.

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  2. I am reliably informed that in Russia there are mansions with twelve bedrooms and gold-plated bath fixtures, sitting in a hundred acres and stuffed with expensive bling, all paid for by scamming Medicare

    Those would be mostly (((Russians))).

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    Why can't they be non-((()))? Russians are certainly smart enough to pull it off. And if you think they're too moral to do that, well, I've got some beachfront property in Russia to sell you.
  3. We have all we can use. It just wants contractors to keep ’em in shape.

    Those may be the 2 worst-written sentences in the history of English.

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  4. A propos our intellectual trajectory, one striking thing is to read the letters of even low-skilled workers in Edwardian England. Many read better than anything from most university-educated professionals today. Troubling.

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  5. Your experience of a single bite on the arm doesn’t jive with the attacks I’ve endured. When you get into the chiggers, always plural, they will head for the warmest spot on you, often the waistband of your pants, and inflict multiple bites there that itch like the devil and take weeks to go away.

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  6. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    This is a contractor’s world; we just live in it.

    But neither you, nor I, nor any reader of this article are going to encourage our children to become contractors.

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    • Replies: @ATX Hipster
    If my son wants to become a contractor I certainly won't discourage him. What is it about the idea of your child working as a contractor that chafes you?
    , @Barnard
    If they have any aptitude for it, I will. It is much more likely to produce a successful career path for a young white male than going to college, getting a mountain of debt and four years of indoctrination to hate yourself and your ancestors and then hoping you can get a job. Of course if too many people take that path we are going to start seeing progressives talk about how there aren't enough plumbers and electricians that are "people of color."
    , @Old fogey
    I tried real hard; didn't work. My son stuck with hard-core rock music and has been doing well, thanks be to the Lord.
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    Re: Your bugs. I’ve encountered what appears to be the same critters, and they deliver a heck of an itchy welt. I’ve never come across them before. They weren’t around for most of the summer, and have only shown up in the last 3-4 weeks or so. However, they’re not chiggers. Chiggers don’t have wings, and these things do. Also, the mysterious flying bug bite lasts a week. Chigger bites last a month, and they itch like hell every living minute of it. I know because I used to live in the south where they’re plentiful and get bitten by them from time to time. This new bug, I suspect, is a gift from the flood of immigrants we’ve been getting from Central and South America, and I don’t think they’re native to North America. A good hard winter might eradicate them.

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    “It remains true, though, that intelligence and personality are considerably heritable, and that dimwitted and dysfunctional people on average do have more children than bright, well-behaved people, so that the Dysgenic Hypothesis is perfectly plausible.”

    I think this may be one of those things that self-regulates like everything else in nature. You know- wolf population starts increasing too high, the rabbit population goes down, so wolves start dying off, rabbit population starts growing again, etc.

    Increasing takers and reducing givers will eventually cause the social welfare system to collapse- we’re seeing it strain even now. When it does, the numbers of takers will go down as they can’t afford so many kids on their own merit, and the givers will go back up, as they will find family formation to be a bit more affordable. The lessons will be learned for a generation or two, then some late 21st century Hillary will start whining about villages raising kids again.

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  9. @Anon
    This is a contractor’s world; we just live in it.

    But neither you, nor I, nor any reader of this article are going to encourage our children to become contractors.

    If my son wants to become a contractor I certainly won’t discourage him. What is it about the idea of your child working as a contractor that chafes you?

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  10. So, naturally, I googled 1729. It has a whole Wikipedia entry to itself and has all kinds of minor properties.

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  11. @Anon
    This is a contractor’s world; we just live in it.

    But neither you, nor I, nor any reader of this article are going to encourage our children to become contractors.

    If they have any aptitude for it, I will. It is much more likely to produce a successful career path for a young white male than going to college, getting a mountain of debt and four years of indoctrination to hate yourself and your ancestors and then hoping you can get a job. Of course if too many people take that path we are going to start seeing progressives talk about how there aren’t enough plumbers and electricians that are “people of color.”

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  12. except, I was told, in Baltimore, where the locals have trimmed it all the way down to one syllable: “Murln.”

    And Baltimore is “Bawlmr.”

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  13. Chin. Lit. had one and only genius in the last millennium, Lu Xun. It has begun with him – and ended with him.

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  14. @Anon
    This is a contractor’s world; we just live in it.

    But neither you, nor I, nor any reader of this article are going to encourage our children to become contractors.

    I tried real hard; didn’t work. My son stuck with hard-core rock music and has been doing well, thanks be to the Lord.

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  15. “The other day a friend remarked that to a fair first approximation, everything’s a racket.” Agree. I’m more or less acquainted with the political calculations behind group health insurance and Medicare. Pretty ugly stuff. The good health of the polity or workers is not what was uppermost in the minds of the schemers who promoted both ideas. The political control of selected constituencies was.

    I guess it’s too much to ask that the people who benefit from these schemes ask themselves how it is they’ve become so extraordinarily enriched by that insurance card that’s been stuffed in their wallets.

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  16. “Contracting been good to me. ” After years of higher education and professional jobs I finally went back to contracting. It is a demanding occupation as you have a performance evaluation every day. No two days are the same, every job has complications, profit/loss is a daily concern, and the tool/truck requirements can be onerous but the satisfaction of a job well done is the bonus on each job. Along the way I have given my children and sons in law valuable skills the use to do most of their own repair work. Breakfast with other trades people at our local greasy spoon beats the hell out of “power lunches”, meetings, “workshops”, and other such time wasters. So if it suits you, put away the striped neck tie, grab a left handed monkey wrench and get to work. Side note, I make much more money now although never a guarantee.

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  17. 1 + 9 + 2 + 7 = 19.

    19 x 91= 1927.

    I must confess this is not my effort. I know this and still remember it because one of my engineering professor was a bit of a Ramanujan fanatic -interestingly he was of Hungarian origin and very clever. Just shows genuinely clever people make no distinction between races and simply acknowledge our common humanity.

    Incidentally John, since you are a white nationalist, you need to know that Ramanujan was a Tamil South Indian. Tamils are the most dark skinned of all Indians. Yet they are among the best educated people in the world, especially in the sciences and in medicine. In this, they have a lot in common with Jewish people. In the 1930s a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England and somehow ended up in Chicago University. Barely a couple of years later he had solved most of the secrets of the stars. Chandrasekhar’s limit- if a star weighs more than 1.5 times the mass of our sun, it will collapse into a black hole. Chandrasekhar went on to win a Nobel Prize and a Presidential Medal (I think from Reagan). He lived a long life and when he died his ashes were scattered on the shores of his beloved Lake Michigan.

    John, I am telling you all this in the hope that you will finally see the light and abandon your crazy obsession in proving whites are somehow superior. Heck, the lowest IQ people in our US of A at present are dirt poor Red Necks from former industrial communities. Low educational attainment, low IQ, obesity, you name it and they have got it. Are they in any sense inferior? Hell no!

    Incidentally, something all those penniless, unproductive Alt Right people may be interested in knowing- the other day Donald Trump begged elderly terminally ill people to stay alive long enough so that they will be able to vote for him. Hard to believe that there are many people in this great country who wish with all their hearts that The Great Motherfucker will enter the White House. Ergo, there is nothing more to be said.

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    "In the 1930s a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England ... Chandrasekhar went on to win a Nobel Prize."
     
    Interestingly, in 1930, when Chandrasekhar set sail from India (not England), his similarly named uncle in India, Chandrasekhara V. Raman, won the Nobel Prize in physics for work on what is now called the Raman effect.
    , @Hippopotamusdrome


    abandon your crazy obsession in proving whites are somehow superior

     

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    Tamils are ... among the best educated people in the world

     

    OK.


    a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England and somehow ended up in Chicago University

     

    Why not just go to one of the local universities instead of travelling to the other side of the world to go to a university built by whites? Tamils are the best educated people in the world after all, they should have some good universities.

    An argument that whites aren't superior would be more compelling if you gave examples of whites emigrating from white countries to attend university in a brown country. Giving examples of non-whites leaving their homelands to immigrate to white countries (and never going back) to attend universities built and staffed by whites doesn't make an anti-white-superiority case.

    I will end with some current pictures from Chandrasekhar's birthplace of Lahore that he emigrated away from:

    A Pakistani vendor arranges apples on his donkey cart in Lahore.

    LAHORE: Nov02 - Man carrying front body of a vehicle on his donkey cart

    A Donkey Cart carrying an out of order Rickshaw in Lahore
    , @Jeff77450
    "Heck, the lowest IQ people in our US of A at present are dirt poor Red Necks from former industrial communities." I am not a member of that demographic but your statement is objectively false. Of the four main groups/demographics in the U.S.--Asian, Black, Caucasian, Latino--blacks have the lowest average IQ at ~85.
    , @stoptrashtalking
    You sir, have obviously never seen the South Side of Chicago or the poor black areas of Philadelphia.

    Especially the first where more than 500 overwhelmingly black Americans this year have died in senseless gang wars, not only based on the drug biz but on surprisingly (to naïve people like yourself) dumb insults and local black feuds that others cannot comprehend, so utterly senseless and in fact childish are these deadly feuds.

    This is low IQs in violent action with access to illegal guns (yep, when gun laws are strict most of the non police people who have guns are criminals).

    Some of their utterly senseless, primitive behaviors are due to the pre-natal effects of crack and alcohol addicted mamas, but in some of theses cases the fact is lifestyle choices made by their families reflect the lack of intelligence that can't be fixed.

    Stupid can't be fixed by welfare handouts, food banks, Christmas freebies and the raft of assistance given to these 'poor' black people who already have the toys such as laptops, flat screen tvs, high quality cellphones, ridiculously expensive sneakers and other consumer items that the working- and-trying-to-be-productive mostly white poor of the USA often have to do without as they try to make an honest living and be future oriented in a society that punishes striving and rewards mooching.

    The dumb and dumber home of the lowest IQ in the USA is right there in Prez Obama's former corrupt stamping ground of Chicago.

  18. “Not many have yet heard of the Woodley Effect. This was named (by Charles Murray) for British psychologist Michael A. Woodley.”

    Have a listen to Frank Salter’s recent interview with Michael Woodley here.

    According to Woodley, the decline in general intelligence of around 10 IQ points a century is reducing our capacity to produce geniuses and macro innovations.

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  19. “referring to this idea that a high-quality environment may be masking the decline in “smart” genes.”
    I always find it awkward to call the modern social / environment “high-quality”. High or low by which standards?

    the thing with the contractors is that they are mostly not occupied by building or producing things but by repairing them. And things break down after a while, whether they are made in a factory or built by the contractors in the first place.

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  20. http://www.johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/Straggler/098.html

    I liked the story you linked to of you and your son wheel barrowing in 100 loads of dirt to fill in an old collapsed cesspool. You buried your problem at minimal cost. You dodged the money grubbing local authorities.

    If our township authorities got to know about the hole they would descend on us in force armed with inspection warrants, environmental impact studies, certifications, and demands for fees, and with a mighty host of favored contractors in their train.

    You dodged employing contractors with $20,000 overkill solutions to your problem.

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  21. @Binyamin
    1 + 9 + 2 + 7 = 19.

    19 x 91= 1927.

    I must confess this is not my effort. I know this and still remember it because one of my engineering professor was a bit of a Ramanujan fanatic -interestingly he was of Hungarian origin and very clever. Just shows genuinely clever people make no distinction between races and simply acknowledge our common humanity.

    Incidentally John, since you are a white nationalist, you need to know that Ramanujan was a Tamil South Indian. Tamils are the most dark skinned of all Indians. Yet they are among the best educated people in the world, especially in the sciences and in medicine. In this, they have a lot in common with Jewish people. In the 1930s a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England and somehow ended up in Chicago University. Barely a couple of years later he had solved most of the secrets of the stars. Chandrasekhar's limit- if a star weighs more than 1.5 times the mass of our sun, it will collapse into a black hole. Chandrasekhar went on to win a Nobel Prize and a Presidential Medal (I think from Reagan). He lived a long life and when he died his ashes were scattered on the shores of his beloved Lake Michigan.

    John, I am telling you all this in the hope that you will finally see the light and abandon your crazy obsession in proving whites are somehow superior. Heck, the lowest IQ people in our US of A at present are dirt poor Red Necks from former industrial communities. Low educational attainment, low IQ, obesity, you name it and they have got it. Are they in any sense inferior? Hell no!

    Incidentally, something all those penniless, unproductive Alt Right people may be interested in knowing- the other day Donald Trump begged elderly terminally ill people to stay alive long enough so that they will be able to vote for him. Hard to believe that there are many people in this great country who wish with all their hearts that The Great Motherfucker will enter the White House. Ergo, there is nothing more to be said.

    “In the 1930s a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England … Chandrasekhar went on to win a Nobel Prize.”

    Interestingly, in 1930, when Chandrasekhar set sail from India (not England), his similarly named uncle in India, Chandrasekhara V. Raman, won the Nobel Prize in physics for work on what is now called the Raman effect.

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    @peterike

    I am reliably informed that in Russia there are mansions with twelve bedrooms and gold-plated bath fixtures, sitting in a hundred acres and stuffed with expensive bling, all paid for by scamming Medicare

     

    Those would be mostly (((Russians))).

    Why can’t they be non-((()))? Russians are certainly smart enough to pull it off. And if you think they’re too moral to do that, well, I’ve got some beachfront property in Russia to sell you.

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  23. @Binyamin
    1 + 9 + 2 + 7 = 19.

    19 x 91= 1927.

    I must confess this is not my effort. I know this and still remember it because one of my engineering professor was a bit of a Ramanujan fanatic -interestingly he was of Hungarian origin and very clever. Just shows genuinely clever people make no distinction between races and simply acknowledge our common humanity.

    Incidentally John, since you are a white nationalist, you need to know that Ramanujan was a Tamil South Indian. Tamils are the most dark skinned of all Indians. Yet they are among the best educated people in the world, especially in the sciences and in medicine. In this, they have a lot in common with Jewish people. In the 1930s a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England and somehow ended up in Chicago University. Barely a couple of years later he had solved most of the secrets of the stars. Chandrasekhar's limit- if a star weighs more than 1.5 times the mass of our sun, it will collapse into a black hole. Chandrasekhar went on to win a Nobel Prize and a Presidential Medal (I think from Reagan). He lived a long life and when he died his ashes were scattered on the shores of his beloved Lake Michigan.

    John, I am telling you all this in the hope that you will finally see the light and abandon your crazy obsession in proving whites are somehow superior. Heck, the lowest IQ people in our US of A at present are dirt poor Red Necks from former industrial communities. Low educational attainment, low IQ, obesity, you name it and they have got it. Are they in any sense inferior? Hell no!

    Incidentally, something all those penniless, unproductive Alt Right people may be interested in knowing- the other day Donald Trump begged elderly terminally ill people to stay alive long enough so that they will be able to vote for him. Hard to believe that there are many people in this great country who wish with all their hearts that The Great Motherfucker will enter the White House. Ergo, there is nothing more to be said.

    abandon your crazy obsession in proving whites are somehow superior

    Tamils are … among the best educated people in the world

    OK.

    a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England and somehow ended up in Chicago University

    Why not just go to one of the local universities instead of travelling to the other side of the world to go to a university built by whites? Tamils are the best educated people in the world after all, they should have some good universities.

    An argument that whites aren’t superior would be more compelling if you gave examples of whites emigrating from white countries to attend university in a brown country. Giving examples of non-whites leaving their homelands to immigrate to white countries (and never going back) to attend universities built and staffed by whites doesn’t make an anti-white-superiority case.

    I will end with some current pictures from Chandrasekhar’s birthplace of Lahore that he emigrated away from:

    A Pakistani vendor arranges apples on his donkey cart in Lahore.

    LAHORE: Nov02 – Man carrying front body of a vehicle on his donkey cart

    A Donkey Cart carrying an out of order Rickshaw in Lahore

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    • Replies: @frayed_thread
    Lahore is in Pakistan, not Tamil Nadu. No decent individual lives in Pakistan if they can help it.
    Lahore is also the answer to the question: What do the French call a Pakistani prostitute?
  24. @Hippopotamusdrome


    abandon your crazy obsession in proving whites are somehow superior

     

    ...


    Tamils are ... among the best educated people in the world

     

    OK.


    a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England and somehow ended up in Chicago University

     

    Why not just go to one of the local universities instead of travelling to the other side of the world to go to a university built by whites? Tamils are the best educated people in the world after all, they should have some good universities.

    An argument that whites aren't superior would be more compelling if you gave examples of whites emigrating from white countries to attend university in a brown country. Giving examples of non-whites leaving their homelands to immigrate to white countries (and never going back) to attend universities built and staffed by whites doesn't make an anti-white-superiority case.

    I will end with some current pictures from Chandrasekhar's birthplace of Lahore that he emigrated away from:

    A Pakistani vendor arranges apples on his donkey cart in Lahore.

    LAHORE: Nov02 - Man carrying front body of a vehicle on his donkey cart

    A Donkey Cart carrying an out of order Rickshaw in Lahore

    Lahore is in Pakistan, not Tamil Nadu. No decent individual lives in Pakistan if they can help it.
    Lahore is also the answer to the question: What do the French call a Pakistani prostitute?

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    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
    Tamil has donkeys too.


    Donkey’s milk is a big business
    ... CHENNAI: The growing medical industry might have remedies for many ailments but dhobiwallas in suburban Pallavaram still believe they have a cure in hand for most ailments affecting infants. They still follow the age-old business of selling donkey’s milk, which they believe is a cure for common ailments like cough, cold and sore throat for infants.

     

  25. Derb
    I don’t know about modern Chinese ‘literature’ but I highly recommend Cixin Liu’s sci-fi triology starting with The Three Body Problem (in case you hadn’t heard of it already). Mindblowing stuff

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  26. @frayed_thread
    Lahore is in Pakistan, not Tamil Nadu. No decent individual lives in Pakistan if they can help it.
    Lahore is also the answer to the question: What do the French call a Pakistani prostitute?

    Tamil has donkeys too.

    Donkey’s milk is a big business
    … CHENNAI: The growing medical industry might have remedies for many ailments but dhobiwallas in suburban Pallavaram still believe they have a cure in hand for most ailments affecting infants. They still follow the age-old business of selling donkey’s milk, which they believe is a cure for common ailments like cough, cold and sore throat for infants.

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  27. @Binyamin
    1 + 9 + 2 + 7 = 19.

    19 x 91= 1927.

    I must confess this is not my effort. I know this and still remember it because one of my engineering professor was a bit of a Ramanujan fanatic -interestingly he was of Hungarian origin and very clever. Just shows genuinely clever people make no distinction between races and simply acknowledge our common humanity.

    Incidentally John, since you are a white nationalist, you need to know that Ramanujan was a Tamil South Indian. Tamils are the most dark skinned of all Indians. Yet they are among the best educated people in the world, especially in the sciences and in medicine. In this, they have a lot in common with Jewish people. In the 1930s a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England and somehow ended up in Chicago University. Barely a couple of years later he had solved most of the secrets of the stars. Chandrasekhar's limit- if a star weighs more than 1.5 times the mass of our sun, it will collapse into a black hole. Chandrasekhar went on to win a Nobel Prize and a Presidential Medal (I think from Reagan). He lived a long life and when he died his ashes were scattered on the shores of his beloved Lake Michigan.

    John, I am telling you all this in the hope that you will finally see the light and abandon your crazy obsession in proving whites are somehow superior. Heck, the lowest IQ people in our US of A at present are dirt poor Red Necks from former industrial communities. Low educational attainment, low IQ, obesity, you name it and they have got it. Are they in any sense inferior? Hell no!

    Incidentally, something all those penniless, unproductive Alt Right people may be interested in knowing- the other day Donald Trump begged elderly terminally ill people to stay alive long enough so that they will be able to vote for him. Hard to believe that there are many people in this great country who wish with all their hearts that The Great Motherfucker will enter the White House. Ergo, there is nothing more to be said.

    “Heck, the lowest IQ people in our US of A at present are dirt poor Red Necks from former industrial communities.” I am not a member of that demographic but your statement is objectively false. Of the four main groups/demographics in the U.S.–Asian, Black, Caucasian, Latino–blacks have the lowest average IQ at ~85.

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  28. @Binyamin
    1 + 9 + 2 + 7 = 19.

    19 x 91= 1927.

    I must confess this is not my effort. I know this and still remember it because one of my engineering professor was a bit of a Ramanujan fanatic -interestingly he was of Hungarian origin and very clever. Just shows genuinely clever people make no distinction between races and simply acknowledge our common humanity.

    Incidentally John, since you are a white nationalist, you need to know that Ramanujan was a Tamil South Indian. Tamils are the most dark skinned of all Indians. Yet they are among the best educated people in the world, especially in the sciences and in medicine. In this, they have a lot in common with Jewish people. In the 1930s a young penniless Indian Tamil immigrant called S Chandrasekhar sailed from England and somehow ended up in Chicago University. Barely a couple of years later he had solved most of the secrets of the stars. Chandrasekhar's limit- if a star weighs more than 1.5 times the mass of our sun, it will collapse into a black hole. Chandrasekhar went on to win a Nobel Prize and a Presidential Medal (I think from Reagan). He lived a long life and when he died his ashes were scattered on the shores of his beloved Lake Michigan.

    John, I am telling you all this in the hope that you will finally see the light and abandon your crazy obsession in proving whites are somehow superior. Heck, the lowest IQ people in our US of A at present are dirt poor Red Necks from former industrial communities. Low educational attainment, low IQ, obesity, you name it and they have got it. Are they in any sense inferior? Hell no!

    Incidentally, something all those penniless, unproductive Alt Right people may be interested in knowing- the other day Donald Trump begged elderly terminally ill people to stay alive long enough so that they will be able to vote for him. Hard to believe that there are many people in this great country who wish with all their hearts that The Great Motherfucker will enter the White House. Ergo, there is nothing more to be said.

    You sir, have obviously never seen the South Side of Chicago or the poor black areas of Philadelphia.

    Especially the first where more than 500 overwhelmingly black Americans this year have died in senseless gang wars, not only based on the drug biz but on surprisingly (to naïve people like yourself) dumb insults and local black feuds that others cannot comprehend, so utterly senseless and in fact childish are these deadly feuds.

    This is low IQs in violent action with access to illegal guns (yep, when gun laws are strict most of the non police people who have guns are criminals).

    Some of their utterly senseless, primitive behaviors are due to the pre-natal effects of crack and alcohol addicted mamas, but in some of theses cases the fact is lifestyle choices made by their families reflect the lack of intelligence that can’t be fixed.

    Stupid can’t be fixed by welfare handouts, food banks, Christmas freebies and the raft of assistance given to these ‘poor’ black people who already have the toys such as laptops, flat screen tvs, high quality cellphones, ridiculously expensive sneakers and other consumer items that the working- and-trying-to-be-productive mostly white poor of the USA often have to do without as they try to make an honest living and be future oriented in a society that punishes striving and rewards mooching.

    The dumb and dumber home of the lowest IQ in the USA is right there in Prez Obama’s former corrupt stamping ground of Chicago.

    Read More
  29. This is low IQs in violent action with access to illegal guns (yep, when gun laws are strict most of the non police people who have guns are criminals).

    If gun control doesn’t work on blacks, how come we kept that policy for hundreds of years? Isn’t that the definition of insanity?

    The authors of the Second Amendment would disarm the people you describe. In a minute, man.

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