Evolution and imperfect mediators

Skoyles, J. R. (1999). Human evolution expanded brains to increase expertise capacity, not IQ. Psycoloquy, 10(002). Chicago Skoyles is arguing a rather implausible claim: Why do modern humans have larger brains than earlier people such as Homo erectus? As large brains cause problems in childbirth, infancy and locomotion, the advantage they offer must be substantial….

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Cold winter theory in non-human animals

Disclaimer: I did not read Rushton’s seminal book on the topic. I was only first recently able to obtain a complete electronic copy (i.e. not abridged version). I did in fact only skim this literature. I don’t have time to work on this, but I’d like others to do so, hence I put the labor…

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Comments on Marty Nemko’s “12 Predictions for 2050”

A reader asked me to comment on the predictions/musings by Marty Nemko at his blog. I had never heard of him before, but he’s some kind of coach, radio host and columnist popular in the Bay Area. The decline in good jobs. My optimistic side predicts that improved education and gene editing to improve intelligence…

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Review: Race (John Baker)

www.goodreads.com/book/show/875481.Race gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=5624936a816b96dd3e6a4af6808ee69b I had seen references to this book in a number of places which got me curious. I am somewhat hesitant to read older books since I know much of what they discuss is dated and has been superseded by newer science. Sometimes, however, science (or the science culture) has gone wrong so one…

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Review: The Roma: A Balkan Underclass (Jelena Cvorovic)

www.goodreads.com/book/show/23621169-the-roma Richard Lynn is so nice to periodically send me books for free. He is working on establishing his publisher, of course, and so needs media coverage. In this case, he sent me a new book on the Roma by Jelena Cvorovic who was also present at the London conference on intelligence in the spring…

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Review: Is there anything good about men? (Roy F. Baumeister)

www.goodreads.com/book/show/8765372-is-there-anything-good-about-men gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=B21C5698CE12510CDEDBE940259BDF6F If you read the original essay, there is not much to recommend about the book. It taught me very little, has no data tables, no plots, no figures. Numbers are only mentioned in the text and sources are only given in the back of the book. There were a few interesting works mentioned,…

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Bouchard’s new review paper on Genes, Evolution, Intelligence is excellent!

Seriously. Read it. Behavior Genetics (Impact Factor: 2.61). 03/2014; DOI: 10.1007/s10519-014-9646-x Source: PubMed ABSTRACT I argue that the g factor meets the fundamental criteria of a scientific construct more fully than any other conception of intelligence. I briefly discuss the evidence regarding the relationship of brain size to intelligence. A review of a large body of…

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