Monthly Archives: June 2011

Proximate and Ultimate Cause: a clarification

Someone emailed me to point out that I was misusing the terms “Proximate and Ultimate cause.” (As in: the proximate cause of disparities are differences in GMA; the ultimate cause is…) I’m not. I’m obviously using the terms in the … Continue reading

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Carrying Capacity, IQ

[edit: we could call Gottfredson’s analysis a smart ratio analysis, which is an alternative to a smart fraction analysis a la Rindermann et al. (2009); they have different implications.] [edit: note Gottfredson’s comment in the 3rd to last slide: Sample … Continue reading

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Issues & Views

Black conservative Elizabeth Wright, who has written both for Alternative Right and Vdare, is retiring from blogging. Unlike many Black conservatives (or libertarians), she is a women with a healthy, rooted sense. I would suggest perusing through her writings, if … Continue reading

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Burden of Proof

Dasein has a post worth reading for those interested in the science wars. I mentioned the issue, myself, in passing. Liberal creationists were able to shift the burden of proof onto realists. Simultaneously, they shifted the burden of justification to … Continue reading

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More on Lewontin’s fallacy

Lewontin’s Fallacy — which primarily concerns the amount and importance of genetic difference between regional populations — has caused so much mischief that it can’t be debunked enough. Here is Long (2010) on it: Earlier in this decade, Rick Kittles … Continue reading

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Human polytypicality

Ernst Mayr was and Jim Crow is no small figures in the field of population genetics. As it is, Mayr’s definition of race or subspecies (See: O’Brien and Mayr, 1991. Bureaucratic Mischief: Recognizing Endangered Species and Subspecies) has been widely … Continue reading

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Argument by dubious citation

See also: …But not the same size It’s informative to double check the citations given by papers dealing with race and genetics. For example here’s a passage from Pfeffer et al. (2006): Given the essentialist and entitative nature of genetic … Continue reading

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Geneticists on Race

The following were the articles published in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics‘s 2004 issue on race and genetic (Nature Genetics 36, 2004.) To summarize: It was generally agreed that there were socially (medically) important genetic differences between ancestral populations, there … Continue reading

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Debunking

Proposition 1. To the extent the genetic hypothesis is false, we don’t want to be associated with it, given the moral-political charged nature of it. Proposition 2. To the extent it’s true, we want it established, given the implications of … Continue reading

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Academic leftists and dangerous ideas

I ran across this critique of Kanazawa: In fact, this is a contentious rather than a consensus claim. Some researchers within this paradigm have argued, using similar data, that apparent gains in scores on IQ tests in a wide range … Continue reading

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