It’s been nearly three years since the JayMan has been chugging away on the innerwebs about all this heritable biological impact on human behavior and society. I thought I would leave a quick snapshot of my most time-honored posts here at JayMan’s blog. Now this is only for its life on WordPress. For about the first year of its life, my blog lived on Blog.com, so I don’t have stats for that. But, this should give you an idea of my most time-honored posts.
Of course, many of my posts have attained fairly widespread popularity for some time, but they haven’t been “repeat offenders,” so may not be included here. Any ways, here goes, starting with my most popular:
1.Maps of the American Nations – My post based on the works of David Hackett Fischer (Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History) and Maine’s own Colin Woodard (American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America). Here, I recount the story as told by these men and add supporting evidence for the existence of the ethnocultural nations as delineated by the latter. In addition, I give background on and evidence for the genetic underpinnings of these distinctions, relying on the work of the venerable hbd* chick. I feature plenty of maps, showing how the American nations live on in our politics, our language, even our drugs. The primary message is that HBD works within nation states, and that a group, like White Americans, should NOT be thought of a monolithic collection at all, but a highly diverse and significantly varied collection of distinct peoples.
2. The Evolution of Female Bisexuality – Here I engage in some spirited conjecture about the nature and possible evolutionary function – if any – of female bisexuality. Unlike its counterpart, male homosexuality, the reason female bisexuality exists largely mysterious and poorly understood.
3. How Inbred are Europeans? Post where I display, graphically, the suspected distribution of fractured inbreeding and clannishness across Europe. Here I index links to hbd* chick‘s work upon which these estimations are based, as well as provide links to key posts summarizing her work. Through the discussion here, the apparent difference between close mating (that is, almost exclusively within historical clans) and slightly less close mating (that occurs across within medium-sized networks in small or isolated nations), differentiating Europeans and Near Easterners into three broad types of people: atomized unclannish reciprocal altruists; clannish kin-altruists; and “in-betweeners,” who display mixes of both sets of traits and are often highly nationalistic.
4. All Human Behavioral Traits are Heritable – With the First Law of behavioral genetics as the title, I talk about the fact that heredity impacts (to some extent) all aspects of human behavior and differences between individuals in that behavior. That is, genetic differences are involved in every aspect that makes any two individuals different from one another. From politics – to religion – to personality – to body weight – to intelligence – to income – genes play a role in each, and I talk about these. I discuss the evidence we have for this, coming from twin studies, adoption studies, as well as the newer direct genomic analyses of Peter Visshcher et al that confirm previous results. The non-effect of parenting and the impact for HBD is discussed. A key post that remains high on my list on intro posts.
5. An HBD Summary of the Foundations of Modern Civilization – A synopsis of hbd* chick’s work. I tell the tale as inferred by the investigation of hbd* chick, starting in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. I discuss the Catholic Church’s ban on cousin marriage in Northwestern Europe, which – as hbd* chick’s theory goes – sent people there on a unique evolutionary trajectory. The loosening of family ties and the rise of independent individuals allowed for the development of corporate societies and social institutions that are the hallmark of Northwestern European nations and their derivatives around the world, according to hbd* chick’s ideas.
6. No, You Don’t Have Free Will, and This is Why – I make a detailed case against the existence of free will, which is a nonsensical concept in any rational analysis. I denounce even best latest attempts to restore some watered-down version of it. I note that since all actions have causes, human behavior is no less the result of physical processes than any other event in the universe – physical processes which include genes, environmental impacts, and random chance. Behavior is always the result of these forces, and arguments otherwise are merely obsfuctionary quasi-to-fully religious attempts to confuse the matter. I note the irony in the fact that inability of some to let go of the idea of free will is itself explained by its nonexistence (i.e., we can’t escape the physical reality laid out by the structure of our brains, regardless of exactly how our brains got that way).
7. Flags of the American Nations – Here I discuss each of Colin Woodard’s American Nations, talking about the characteristics of each as well as a bit about each nation’s origins. The enduring features that make up Greater Appalachia, The Left Coast, the Deep South, etc. that live on in today’s America (and Canada and Mexico) can be traced to these ethnic differences in each region’s settling and subsequent immigration.
8. How Much Hard Evidence Do You Need? – Quite pertinent at the moment, my post discussing the various bits of solid evidence for biological bases for racial differences in behavior, including gene frequencies and differences in newborn behavior.
9. Expectations and reality: a window into the liberal-conservative baby gap – As part of my series on fertility rates, I investigate the persistent (since the middle of the 20th century) fertility gap between White liberals and White conservatives in the United States. I examine whether this may be attributed to liberals wanting fewer children. I find that while there does seem to be a gap between the ideal family size between liberals and conservatives, it is often small. Quite commonly, liberals seem to fail to realize their ideal number of children. Also notes that fertility gaps can be correlated to personality, particularly the trait openness to experience.
10. Who’s Having the Babies? – Also my fertility series, I examine in detail the frequency break down of White American liberal vs. conservative fertility, comparing each by IQ and education. I examine the dysgenic fertility for White liberals and the eugenic fertility for White conservatives. I find that eugenic fertility for White conservatives is primarily driven by smart conservative men, while dysgenic fertility for White liberals is driven by both sexes.
11. 100 Blog Posts – A Reflection on HBD Blogging And What Lies Ahead – A review post, where I talk about the major themes and findings after 100 posts HBD blogging. These include my findings on fertility, including the apparent relationship between fertility rates and happiness in the developed world. I also discuss my major exposé on health and lifestyle wisdom, nothing many of the commonly health beliefs are false. This is due to a failure to appreciate the impact of heredity on health and an over-reliance on uncontrolled observational studies.
So there you have it. Now, these are underestimates, because they exclude hits that come directly to my main page and not to the individual posts themselves. That skews these numbers. This is more a picture of enduring popularity than of initial impact. But they should give a rough guide to my most popular writing. We’re talking a high of just under 10,000 views with my most popular post. When we’re talking pages, like my HBD Fundamentals, they views are even higher. Not bad for a day’s work at all.
Here’s for hoping for the day when we can discuss HBD out in the open.