Tulsa race riot costs in comparison

So you’ve seen the pictures of the infamous Tulsa race riot. Wikipedia even has renamed it to “Tulsa race massacre”. New York Times has no less than 1250 hits for this event. Given the enormous exposure, we must expect to be like, super important in terms of scale. But there are apparently pesky facts: Adjusted…

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Citizen Scientific Racism

Aaron Panofsky (Associate Professor in the Institute for Society and Genetics, Public Policy, and Sociology, UCLA) is your typical history focused Jewish, anti-racist academic. Some years ago, he wrote an interesting book, Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics (2014), a history on behavioral genetics. Although hostile, it contains a lot of interesting…

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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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Before PISA and Binet

Some years ago, I discovered the Swiss dataset used in R. It has data from the late 1800s of Swiss subnational units, 47 French speaking ‘provinces’ i.e. sub-canton level (probably districts). One can find the documentation here. What caught my eye was that they had test data from the army examinations going back to 1870s,…

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Reposting: The case for colonialism

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01436597.2017.1369037 This Viewpoint essay has been withdrawn at the request of the academic journal editor, and in agreement with the author of the essay. Following a number of complaints, Taylor & Francis conducted a thorough investigation into the peer review process on this article. Whilst this clearly demonstrated the essay had undergone double-blind peer review,…

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Intelligence research — persecuted by both Nazis and Communists

Rindermann (Cognitive Capitalism, 2018) writes: Contradicting common beliefs, National Socialists were opposed to intelligence research (Becker, 1938; Jaensch, 1938): in their view, intelligence research would represent a ‘supremacy of Bourgeoisie spirit’ (Jaensch, 1938, p. 2); intelligence measurement would be an instrument ‘of Jewry’ to ‘fortify its hegemony’ (p. 3); selection in schools according to intelligence…

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Rise and fall of empires: genetic version?

Based on: https://gnxp.nofe.me/2017/05/30/ancient-egyptians-black-or-white/ https://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…

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