In reply to: Scott Alexander’s Learning To Love Scientific Consensus. Actually, I have planned (in my mind) a somewhat longer post on my take on the ‘correct contrarian cluster’, or how to make up your mind of what to believe on controversial topics. But I certainly don’t have time to write that now, so instead […]

Identity between humans of all groups and non-human AI demonstrates IAT reflects statistical pattern detection rather than bias t.co/h6S2PChi0N — Timothy Bates (@timothycbates) April 14, 2017 Humans have stereotypes, that is, they hold beliefs about groups of people. When examined, these beliefs tend to reflect reality quite well, sometimes very well (for review, see Jussim’s […]

Just a quick post to summarize or reference the evidence for various claims and mistakes I made. The interview Previous interview with Tara McCarthy I should have done a post on this as well instead of spending so much time replying in the comments. Oh well. From now on I’ll just do a commentary post […]

On the commentariat here, and why I don’t think I can be associated with this community, despite liking the blog. My reply, as found in the comments. Most of it seems to be just rewritten stuff from RationalWiki’s collection of inaccuracies. I repost my reply below here for prosperity, and also for those too lazy […]

Generally my stance is that people should date/mate who they want. Furthermore, I don’t personally care much about this question or the future survival of statistical clusters (races). Asserting that there are problems with cross-racial mating smacks of 19th century race thinking. However, it would not the first time people in the past got things […]

Because I hate seeing solid contributions go unnoticed. Few remember Barbara Stoddard Burks for the early pioneer of behavioral genetics she was. She doesn’t even have a Wikipedia article. I will fix that shortly. In their article on the sociologist’s fallacy in interpretation of familial data, Rowe and Rodgers (1997) mention Burks thus: The issues […]

I don’t have time to provide extensive citations for this post, so some things are cited from memory. You should be able to locate the relevant literature, but otherwise just ask. Haier, R. J. (2016). The Neuroscience of Intelligence (1 edition). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Because I’m writing a neuroscience-related paper or two, […]

Brian Boutwell et al has a new preprint out: The Experience of Discrimination in Contemporary America: Results from a Nationally Representative Sample of Adults A large body of social science research is devoted to understanding the causes and correlates of discrimination. However, less effort has been aimed at providing a general prevalence estimate of discrimination […]

www.gwern.net/Embryo%20selection#counteracting-dysgenics Gwern has a very long and detailed post/page on embryo selection and related matters. You should definitely read it. He has just added a new section on counteracting dysgenics — the genetic evolution of undesirable traits — and asked for my comments/thoughts. The background for the discussion are the recent genomic findings supporting dysgenic […]