Too much humanity gets in the way.
Human nature is in the news: intelligence and prejudice. First, disgraced conservative analyst Jason Richwine published a piece on Politico.com under the rather plaintive title “Why Can’t We Talk About IQ?” (In case you’ve lost track of all the political-incorrectness defenestrations, Richwine’s was the one before Paula Deen’s. His was in May; hers, in June.... Read More
Understanding the fundamentals.
A couple of months ago here on Taki’s Mag I reviewed responses to geek website edge.org‘s Annual Question. The 2013 question was: What should we be worried about? The leadoff answer was from evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, who thought we should be worried about Chinese eugenics. I expressed some skepticism. Leaving aside my skepticism, which... Read More
Meet Ragle Gumm
Did you see this news story the other day? The name that leaps to mind here is Ragle Gumm. At any rate, that's the name that leaps to mind if you are an old Philip K. Dick addict. Gumm is the hero of Dick's 1959 novel Time Out of Joint, which my early-teen self consumed... Read More
Although I might otherwise enjoy continuing my dialogue with Justin, he and I plainly operate in such non-parallel universes that any further discussion between us must lead into a semantic snag. For example, I don't really know what he means when he identifies those who notice disparate IQ averages as 'racialists' or when he reveals... Read More
Although Justin is entitled to his opinions about the 'pseudo-science of racialism' and the towering intellectuality of Obama, I feel compelled to respond to his misrepresentation about what I wrote. I did not attribute to him the view that 'race is destiny' and in fact I've no idea why he thinks that I did. What... Read More
Since Justin showed me the courtesy of responding to my objections to his statements about Hillary-voters in West Virginia, I am herewith returning the favor. Because of the brevity of my blog retort to his commentary, it seemed necessary to add these words in order to make my views explicit. Like Justin I find those... Read More