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This is a quick addendum to this post about Poland's cultural/electoral geography. Everybody who has spent time in our corner of the Internet is familiar with the basics, in which the territories formerly controlled by Russia and Austria-Hungary vote conservative while the Prussian-controlled areas vote liberal. (With adjustment for liberal tilt in big cities). However,... Read More
Yesterday, I made my premier appearance at Edward Dutton's Jolly Heretic podcast show on evopsych, HBD, history, and other taboo topics. You can give it a listen here: Achievement unlocked: Shilling the dogpill to the bewildered masses.
Noodle Shop Chiho, Moscow. I have written all the major things I needed to write about Belarus by now. There's little more left to do now except track events as they develop. I will aim to get The Great Bifurcation essay done this weekend.
Excellent control: Singapore started off following Western (mal)practice on the Mask Question, but after reversing stance, mask wearing became universal to an extent that didn't occur in the US or any North European nation. This pattern also checks out within races in the US - Latinos (87%) are higher than Whites (62%) or Blacks (69%),... Read More
Data impresario Zach Goldberg ("PhD student/Wokeness Studies scholar") has assembled a series of graphs collating the results of several polls of American attitudes to Corona. There's nothing particularly unexpected. It confirms other polls (e.g. PEW, SurveyUSA) showing a large partisan divide in attitudes towards Corona. Democrats anxious, angry, depressed, and skeptical about Trump's ability to... Read More
From Steve's recent post highlighting an attempt by the Global Party Survey to map out all the parties in OECD countries on a graph where the vertical axis stands for sociopolitical liberalism (bottom) vs. conservatism (top), and the horizontal axis stands for economic leftism (left) vs. free markets (right). Notice something? About the V4 in... Read More
Gebremedhin, Samson. 2015. “Multiple Births in Sub-Saharan Africa: Epidemiology, Postnatal Survival, and Growth Pattern.” Twin Research and Human Genetics: The Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies 18 (1): 100–107. The rate of multiple births in Sub-Saharan Africa is 1.7x that of European levels (h/t Emil Kirkegaard): The multiple birth rate in SSA... Read More
Richard Lynn - RACE DIFFERENCES IN PSYCHOPATHIC PERSONALITY (2019) Rating: 5/5 TLDR: Global survey of racial differences in psychopathic personality confirms the standard Rushtonian pattern of Negroids < Caucasoids < Mongoloids on the r/K life history scale. You can access all of my latest book, film, and video game reviews at this link, as well... Read More
The PISA 2018 report has detailed regional data for Canada, Spain, and Kazakhstan (as well as more limited regional data for eight other countries), which you can find on pp.255-260 of PISA 2018 Results (Volume I) [excel]. We have already had maps of regional PISA-based IQ in Italy, Spain, Russia, and Germany, but this is... Read More
So about Polish elections. Almost everyone familiar with the endless discussions on HBD/Hajnal Line would be familiar with this basic electoral map of Poland. Basically, the parts in the former German Empire tend to vote for liberal/progressive parties, while the parts belonging to the former Russian and Austrian Empires tend to vote for conservative parties.... Read More
It has been a while since I last had an Open Thread with proper links, so... this one is going to be big. And the next one is going to be pretty big as well. Barring last minute changes, I will be touring the KrioRus cryonics facilities tomorrow. KrioRus is the Russian equivalent of Alcor,... Read More
Andrade, Gabriel, and Maria Campo Redondo. 2019. “Rushton and Jensen’s Work Has Parallels with Some Concepts of Race Awareness in Ancient Greece.” Psych 1 (1): 391–402. One of the more bizarre theories, even by the standards of postmodern academia, is that "racialism" was an outgrowth of the Atlantic slave trade and/or an invention o
I did infer that he is redpilled on all of this stuff in my review of his book, though his interpretation - like Pinker's - is strongly liberal/paternalistic. (Which is perfectly fine and internally consistent). He has definitively confirmed that. This has created quite the ruckus, with Angela D. Saini - author of ominous sounding... Read More
Meisenberg, Gerhard. 2019. “Should Cognitive Differences Research Be Forbidden?” Psych 1 (1): 306–19. In particular, Section 5 is a masterpiece in the art of reframing "liberal" objections to IQ research in a way that
Meanwhile Jaakko Raipala comments about political developments in Finland: *** You figured it out. The Finns party has been recovering from the party collapsing and splitting into two. They betrayed all their promises on immigration during the Merkel migrant crisis, the party rebelled against its sellout leaders and Halla-aho was chosen as the new party... Read More
Epstein's book about race differences in sport published in the West vs. a Russian translation of Dutton & Lynn's book about race differences in sport published in Russia. :LOL:
Further to my last post on the matter, I spent this evening collating all the most interesting maps I have on Russia, which I just published on my website: (Why not here? Because I want it to be a page that I can keep editing indefinitely - adding to, and occasionally, deleting. For instance, since... Read More
HBD blogger JayMan has recently made a blog post critiquing me for my "Hajnal denialism." I really don't know where the criticism comes from. A quick perusal of my website and Twitter reveals that I do think ancestral family systems, as explored in the works of Hajnal and Emmanuel Todd, has significant explanatory power. Heck,... Read More
Konstantin Sugonyaev, Andrei Grigoriev and Richard Lynn (2018): A New Study of Differences in Intelligence in the Provinces and Regions of the Russian Federation and Their Demographic and Geographical Correlates [PDF] This is by far the largest survey of Russian IQ ever undertaken (n=238,619). The test was designed by the Ministry of Defense and is... Read More
This is essentially a short history of the 20th century from the point of view of HBD realism and the maxim that "population is power." This century turned out to be an "American Century." But it wasn't obvious that it was going to be that way - while the United States was almost predestined to... Read More
It has been noted in the HBDsphere that the Christian Arabs sorry N.N. Taleb, I meant Phoenicians, Copts, Maronites, Alawites, etc., have been rather successful relative to their Muslim neighbors. This is true for economic achievement (e.g. Carlos Slim, Steve Jobs) and for intellectual achievement (e.g. Albert Hourani, Skin In The Game man). Why? One... Read More
This is hopefully the last football thread for the next two years. Please try to keep all footballing talk to this thread in the next few days. I suspect that Belgium will beat England to take third place during the penalties, while France will beat Croatia by 2-1 or something like that. At this point,... Read More
The FLynn Effect has not acted uniformly across the various domains of intelligence. To put it very roughly, in the past century, the developed world has seen a two S.D. improvement on Raven's Progressive Matrices, hardly any improvement in verbal or Backward Digit Span tests, and a one S.D. improvement in various picture arrangement and... Read More
Here is how the cliodynamician Peter Turchin, in his book War and Peace and War (which I reviewed here), describes the outcomes of different pit-fight scenarios between the Romans and the Gauls: Upon inquiry, it emerged that this assessment wasn't backed up by statistical evidence: Even so, the stereotype that Northerners are stronger than Southerners... Read More
About a year ago, I was conversing with a demographics student at the Higher School of Economics who wants to work at Rosstat after his graduation. One of the things we discussed stuck out in my mind: "Wouldn't it be great if there was an Albion's Seed for Russia?" That is, an exhaustive ethnographic survey... Read More
Via /r/europe. Is Poland even a Slavic country? The most "based" (not to mention correct) countries are Eastern Europe minus Poland, Portugal, and the Brits and Irish. Portugal is surprising. The usual explanation for why they don't have a lot of Muslims - just 0.4% of the population, which is a basically Visegrad number -... Read More
History - discoveries, revolutions, innovations - has always been made by the select few: The extraordinarily intelligent, and the extraordinarily driven and curious. It is easy to proxy the former (IQ tests), but quantifying the latter is more difficult. My suggestion: Look at the demographic composition of the "out of left field" groups whose equivalents... Read More
My article on the history and present reality of Russian IQ has just been published at Sputnik i Pogrom, with its trademark beautiful graphics: Русская Ноосфера: масштабный обзор уровня IQ по регионам России. The pièce de résistance: Without undue exaggeration, I believe this is the most comprehensive popular article on this topic in the Russian... Read More
There are three main reasons why the correlation between national IQ and GDP per capita is only around r=0.7, instead of r=0.9. Oil/resource windfalls: Saudi Arabia would otherwise be about as prosperous as Yemen. The legacy of Communism: Central planning and especially the lunacy that is Maoism are far less effective than free markets. The... Read More
I'll be busy the next few days, there won't be many poasts, so I suppose now is as good as any for a big linkfest covering the past month. Adventures in Afrotriumphalism Russia Becoming *More* Russian Russians and Westerners (Mostly) Agree on the Most Influential Russian Writers I also published the notes and slides for... Read More
As some of you are aware, last week I was traveling in Saint-Petersburg. I went upon the invitation of a local politics club, but decided I stay several days to explore the city. I haven't been to SPB since 2002, so this doubled as an opportunity to see how the northern capital has changed in... Read More
The existence of a ~1S.D. B/W gap in IQ is beyond dispute. It is probably the single most studied and replicated finding in psychometrics. The graph of all the different studies of the B/W gap themselves form a bell curve, with Black IQ centered around 85. Here is Emil Kirkegaard's plot of John Fuerst's massive... Read More
Apologies for the tabloidy title. This is an otherwise serious post. It is well known that higher rates of cousin marriages - especially the father's brother's daughter (FBD) type that is common in the Arab Muslim world - tends to increase clannishness and depress IQs. It is often discussed in HBD circles. The main focus... Read More
Via Pumpkin Person, a rising star in the HBDsphere: (1) Unz has overtaken Taki. (2) The author (Pumpkin Person) would be in the top 23 if his current blog and old blog Brain Size were to be put together. (3) I am very surprised that my old blog continues to get a lot of hits,... Read More
The commentator T. Greer, who incidentally has a wonderful blog of his own, writes in response to my Charlie Hebdo post: They sure are. There are some caveats here. For instance, international rape statistics are all but useless. If you took them at face value, as a woman you would be terrified at stepping outside... Read More
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In a new paper at the (conveniently open) journal The Winnower (h/t @whyvert), building on his earlier work, geneticist Davide Piffer has tried to calculate the genotypic IQs of various world populations, and how they compare to measured phenotypic IQ: Piffer, David - Estimating the genotypic intelligence of populations and assessing the impact of socioeconomic... Read More
Izvestia writes: I wrote half a year ago (highlights are recent): Not to mention: To the contrary, Dagestan – the biggest Caucasian Muslim republic – has very few top scores relative to the number of very bright people we can expect to find there relative to most other Russian
While researching a different topic I stumbled upon the following 2006 report on the Internet. It contains comprehensive estimates for the prevalence of birth defects all around the world. The relevant graph is reprinted below (you can click on it to get a bigger picture). What leaps out at first sight is the sheer extent... Read More
I am currently (re)reading The National System of Political Economy by Friedrich List (published in 1841), and this jumped out at me: In no European kingdom is the institution of an aristocracy more judiciously designed than in England for securing to the nobility, in their relation to the Crown and the commonalty, individual independence, dignity,... Read More
In one of the recent posts on corruption, commentator AP wrote: Is this true? Seeing as how the Russian state doesn't release Unified State Exam (USE) results by region, probably due to PC considerations, at first this assertion might appear to be unanswerable. However, there is a way to get round the problem. (1) We... Read More
Regular readers of this blog may remember my comments regarding Ron Unz's theory that East Asians have high IQ's independent of time/nutrition/urbanization whatever it is that causes the Flynn Effect. Here is his original article on his theory of the "East Asian Exception" and my two responses are here and here. Anyway a new paper... Read More
One of the books I've been reading lately is Steven Pinker's massive door-stopper The Better Angels of Our Nature. Incidentally, I found it a very interesting read with tons of cool factoids, although it could have done with a third of its text and a tiny fraction of its liberal sanctimonious. But that's for the... Read More
Believe it or not but some people call me a Russophobe. Even more shockingly, perhaps, I plead guilty (at least in the sense that I do not have a very high opinion of the Russian people). There are only two logical alternatives: (1) Claims that Russia really is as good as Western Europe and the... Read More
Here is data from the Cognitive Abilities Test for UK students in 2009/10 via Ambiguous. Some interesting things to take away here: (1) The sample is very large. Verbal IQ has the highest correlation with academic performance in most subjects, followed by Quantitative IQ, and then Non-Verbal Reasoning (recognizing patterns and such, I imagine). (2)... Read More
As I noted in my old post on the false dichotomy between race denial and racism, there is a regrettable degree of overlap between racism and race realism. This shouldn't however blind us to the real distinctions between the two, which were very succinctly summarized by Half Sigma thus: This applies to comments such as... Read More
A few months ago I posted a table and map of Russian IQ's as derived from regional PISA performance. Those figures are based on Jarkko Hautamäki’s slideshow comparing regional PISA performance in Finland and Russia. That material is a bit inadequate because, as had been my custom up that point, I was only making IQ... Read More
My post on Indian IQ (max potential is low to mid 90's) spawned an interesting analysis by commentator rec1man. It is not very well organized but he does have a ton of useful information that deserves to be highlighted. It's reprinted in full below interspersed with occasional commentary by myself: 75% of the Indian population... Read More
In the discussion at the previous post, in which I took exception to Ron Unz's theory of the East Asian Exception, he alerted me to so additional work on the matter he'd done as a Harvard freshman on Chinese IQ. You can read his summary of Social Darwinism and Rural China as well as Steve... Read More
He writes: China isn't anywhere near as backward as he portrays it. (1) The urban-rural ratio was essentially 50/50 according to the 2010 Census. Furthermore, rural Chinese don't really suffer from the absolute destitution common to peasants in Third World countries. They own their own land and it is almost impossible for them to lose... Read More
In a 2010 paper on time preferences*, the authors Mei Wang et al. conducted an experiment in which participants could choose either $3400 now or $3800 a month later. Now I would choose the latter option but maybe it's just because I'm intelligent and have been living in the West for quite a while. In... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.