We have a new big paper out: Kirkegaard, E. O. W., & Fuerst, J. (2017). Admixture in Argentina. Mankind Quarterly, 57(4). Retrieved from mankindquarterly.org/archive/issue/57-4/4 Abstract Analyses of the relationships between cognitive ability, socioeconomic outcomes, and European ancestry were carried out at multiple levels in Argentina: individual (max. n = 5,920), district (n = 437), municipal […]

Note: snarky, critical. Happy to be proven wrong. Edit: after writing this, I found some more evidence, but it’s not particularly convincing either. CFAR, The Center for Applied Rationality, is connected to the Less Wrong/rationalist movement. They offer courses where one can: 4-day immersive trainings in applied rationality; form accurate beliefs; learn to get these […]

In reply to: nautil.us/issue/48/chaos/what-both-the-left-and-right-get-wrong-about-race www.geneticshumanagency.org/gha/origin-of-race-differences-in-intelligence-is-not-a-scientific-question/ There’s a new kind of ‘environmentalist’ (rather, anti-hereditarian) defense in town, or at least, one that’s not commonly seen. It goes like this: This is the first of a series of blog posts about race and intelligence. My opinions on this topic are, I think, the least popular arguments I […]

Based on: gnxp.nofe.me/2017/05/30/ancient-egyptians-black-or-white/ www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15694 Abstract Egypt, located on the isthmus of Africa, is an ideal region to study historical population dynamics due to its geographic location and documented interactions with ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia and Europe. Particularly, in the first millennium BCE Egypt endured foreign domination leading to growing numbers of foreigners living within […]

I have been complaining to colleagues about this one for several months. Of the various criticisms of this method, I don’t recall one pointing out this problem. I don’t have time to do some simulations right now, but I did some quick illustrations. The same problem holds for the item-level analyses (these are done using […]

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 […]