Political bias in science: quotes from Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 book

Gunnar Myrdal, who was Swedish, expresses an early version of the views the media repeat endlessly these days. To give some examples: White prejudice and discrimination keep the Negro low in standards of living, health, education, manners and morals. This, in its turn, gives support to white prejudice. White prejudice and Negro standards thus mutually…

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Scientific misconduct by ancestry/country

There’s a few studies on this already. This is a rare event/person situation, so sampling error is large and problematic (cf. discussion in esports paper). Ignoring this, we can draw some general conclusions by a quick literature survey. Oransky, I. (2018). Volunteer watchdogs pushed a small country up the rankings. Science. Based on data from…

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Time preferences and national IQ

Wang, M., Rieger, M. O., & Hens, T. (2016). How time preferences differ: Evidence from 53 countries. Journal of Economic Psychology, 52, 115-135. We present results from the first large-scale international survey on time preference, conducted in 53 countries. All countries exhibit hyperbolic discounting patterns, i.e., the immediate future is discounted more than far future….

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No Swedish refugee miracle: large negative net contributions of immigrants

Recently, I found a Swedish language report that discusses economic consequences of refugee immigration to Sweden. Ruist, Joakim. 2018:3 Tid för integration – en ESO-rapport om flyktingars bakgrund och arbetsmarknadsetablering. The report is published by “Expertgruppen för Studier i Offentlig ekonomi”, expert group for studies in public finances, which is a subunit under the ministry…

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Measuring antisocial behavior well

I have previously written about issues with measuring antisocial/criminal behavior, but I found a study that did it very well, so we will be talking about it. Baker, L. A., Jacobson, K. C., Raine, A., Lozano, D. I., & Bezdjian, S. (2007). Genetic and environmental bases of childhood antisocial behavior: a multi-informant twin study. Journal…

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Replies to Taleb

Since people keep asking about this, yes, there are several lengthy replies to Nassim Taleb’s anti-IQ piece from January 2019 “IQ Is Largely a Pseudoscientific Swindle“. He’s a loose cannon, and while this is probably not his conscious goal, the function of his criticism is just to waste knowledgeable people’s time responding to random claims….

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