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The time has come for a review post on the laws of behavioral genetics. I will talk about why these laws are laws and why they are important. Eventually, this will be merged into my Behavioral Genetics Page, but for now, I will start with this primer. The five laws of behavioral genetics are: All... Read More
One of the greatest pieces of evidence demonstrating that the family/rearing environment has no effect on eventual outcomes is the absence of birth order effects. Birth order is an excellent test for these effects: it is something that systematically differs between siblings and is bona fide non-genetic (mostly). Hence, it's a great way to see... Read More
In his latest VDARE column, John Derbyshire has written a glowing discussion of yours truly: John Derbyshire On JayMan—A Righteous Jamaican-American | VDARE.COM Well... more on that shortly. That is my thing. A couple of my tweets on the matter shoul
Thanks to certain recent events, I wanted to have you guys look at an excerpt from Judith Rich Harris's The Nurture Assumption. This is here to serve as a reminder to certain people (you know who you are, if not, don't worry): In Chapter 3 I recounted some stories of identical twins separated in infancy... Read More
A vigorous discussion has been triggered by the release of Gregory Clark's The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. In this book, Clark details his work which shows a large transmission of status from generation to generation, all across the world, going back centuries. The discussion has raged on the mode... Read More
"Misdreavus" was having a field day on Twitter yesterday. Here are some the products of that: For the record, "misdreavus" is non-White, like me. He is also gay. And the coup de grâce: How about that? These are basically the running themes on my blog, and other places in the HBD-space. As we've seen with... Read More
A new study (recently discussed by Steve Sailer) has found that the children of gay and lesbian parents have a lower high school graduation rate than those of straight parents. The finding of this study seems straightforward – indeed, I was able to say it in a sentence. However, the conclusions we are able to... Read More
Following up on my previous post, a commenter over at Ellen Walker's Complete Without Kids responded to my comment there with this: I wanted to see if this was in fact true. So I took a look at what the GSS could tell me. First, I used the CHLDIDEL variable, which reports the answer on... Read More
China’s 'Little Emperors' more neurotic, risk averse SYDNEY: China’s one-child policy has created a generation that is more pessimistic, neurotic and risk averse – while being less trusting, trustworthy, competitive and conscientious. That's according to a new study published in U.S. journal Science, addressing concerns about a so-called ‘Little Emperor’ syndrome - thought to stem... Read More
EDIT: Post updated, 3/17/14. See below! Welcome to my blog! New Blog post #1! So I moved over from Blogger.com because it didn’t allow people to comment without signing in. Why would I want to restrict people that way? So this post is mostly copied from that site with a few changes. This will be... Read More