How easy is it to get provocative findings using mainstream methods published? Well, it depends on how provocative. Here’s a second round of generally nonsensical reviews for our PING paper (which you can read here and judge yourself: a good chunk of readers of this blog are themselves researchers and don’t need others to review […]

Readers will perhaps recall that I tried to come up with some metrics for the polygenicity of a trait back in 2016. Well, there’s a new preprint now: Estimation of complex effect-size distributions using summary-level statistics from genome-wide association studies across 32 complex traits and implications for the future Summary-level statistics from genome-wide association studies […]

Woodley reminded me of the dysgenics for health outcomes by linking me to a study about the increasing rates of cancer. I had first reached this conclusion back in 2005 when I realized what it means for evolution that we essentially keep almost everyone alive despite their genetic defects. The problem is quite simple: mutations […]

There’s a highly interesting new paper out: The Genetic Basis of Mendelian Phenotypes: Discoveries, Challenges, and Opportunities (Mendelians are also known as monogenic disorders because they are inherited in patterns that follow Mendel’s laws.) Abstract: Discovering the genetic basis of a Mendelian phenotype establishes a causal link between genotype and phenotype, making possible carrier and […]

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 […]

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 oppose coercive eugenic policies, so don’t try to quote mine my blunt discussion as support for such policies. Hollywood has a new anti-eugenics movie out, called The Thinning. There’s a trailer, and it will likely spoil the entire movie for you, but I reckon it will be crappy anyway, so: For those too lazy […]

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 […]

First we had 3 laws, then a 4th. I’ll propose a 5th: All human behavioral traits are heritable. The effect of being raised in the same family is smaller than the effect of genes. A substantial portion of the variation in complex human behavioral traits is not accounted for by the effects of genes or […]