Monthly Archives: May 2013

Resurrecting alternative tests of Spearman’s hypothesis — Gordon’s method applied to Secular differences

Understanding the psychometric characteristics of group score differences is essential when it comes to interpreting their cause. In a recent post, I noted that the psychometric characteristics of differences, such as immigrant-native differences, could be explored in a number of … Continue reading

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Libertarian Realist vs. Bryan Caplan. Part II

Brief comments: It is not obvious to me what Libertarians should think on this matter since Libertarianism represents a very broad network of political philosophies centered around the nebulous ideas of “freedom” and “liberty”, a broad network in which there … Continue reading

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on intellectual rabbit holes and little back-alleys

Gwern writes: My Mistakes: Mu: It’s worth noting that the IQ wars are a rabbit hole you can easily dive down. The literature is vast, spans all sorts of groups, all sorts of designs, from test validities to sampling to … Continue reading

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Ron Unz on Richwine’s Argument — Taking the Bull by the Horn

Richwine’s Argument was: 1. If we want a more intelligent — i.e., higher g-score — future population and if we want smaller “achievement” — i.e., smaller g score — gaps between ethnic/racial populations 2. If traits are intergenerationally transmitted on … Continue reading

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Libertarian Realist on Bryan Caplan

I imagine that Caplan’s immigration views are quite rational for him. That is, that they work to efficiently realize his good. What is always strange — or not — about these debates is that only one side seems to recognize … Continue reading

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In What Sense of Irrational is Racial Discrimination Irrational?

Take the following statement: In defense of Jason Richwine and Charles Murray Michael Barone Ordinary people understand that it is irrational to discriminate according to race or religion or ethnic group, and that it is rational to judge individuals on … Continue reading

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Frost on “racism”

Frost. May 18. 2013. More thoughts. The evolution of a word The word “racist” is so common today that you may have trouble imagining a time when neither the word nor the concept existed. Yet such a time did exist, … Continue reading

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“Richwine’s Syllogism”

Fashioned after “Herrnstein’s syllogism” (I know, it’s not a proper syllogism): If we want a more intelligent — i.e., higher g-score — future population and if we want smaller “achievement” — i.e., smaller g score — gaps between ethnic/racial populations … Continue reading

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What We Mean When We Say ‘Mean Congenital Race Differences’

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: What We Mean When We Say ‘Race Is a Social Construct’ Our notion of what constitutes “white” and what constitutes “black” is a product of social context. It is utterly impossible to look at the delineation of … Continue reading

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The Idiocy Spreads: Andrew Sullivan on GMA

A note to myself. An excerpt from Andrew Sullivan: Race And IQ. Again. For my part, I’ve come to doubt the existence of something called “g” or general intelligence, as the research has gathered over the years. I believe IQ … Continue reading

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