Magic (American) Racism Theory

Aside from the usual Magic Dirt Theory, there is also the Magic (American) Racism Theory. James Flynn explains the conundrum for environmentalists: There is no doubt that high h² [heritability] estimates force environmentalists to find a factor or factors that are relatively uniform in their presence within the black population – and within the white…

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The many lies of Ben van der Merwe

Ben van der Merwe (covered by others here, here), the social justice activist journalist, has been working for some years now to produce various hit pieces on researchers associated with the London Conference on Intelligence (which now has a Wikipedia page thanks to him). His efforts have largely succeeded in that his pieces and the…

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Data mining Erowid to study drugs

Erowid has thousands of reviews of 100s of different drugs. So it should be possible to easily scrape these reports, and then use various text analysis methods on them to do things like: Clustering of drugs by similarity of experiences These should replicate the pharmacological descriptions, e.g deliriants should cluster together Ratings of overall pleasantness…

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Replies to Birney, Raff, Rutherford & Scally

Ewan Birney, Jennifer Raff, Adam Rutherford, Aylwyn Scally. Race, genetics and pseudoscience: an explainer. Ewan’s Blog: Bioinformatician at large. Additional remarks by Raff on her blog On Race, Genetics, and Pseudoscience Main thing of interest “Over the course of a year, we worked together on a statement that best reflects our consensus view of human…

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Media darling scientists

Being on Twitter you quickly run into some people calling themselves scientists, but who seem to not be doing much science at all and instead spending their time on politics and self-promotion, not to mention book sales. Some years ago, some economists did some numbers on this and came up with the Kardashian Index (original…

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