Hereditarian predictions

Putting these in writing in a single place for ease of reference. Unfortunately, no one wrote down all these predictions some years ago to show they really were predictions, but one could probably find textual evidence for many of these in various papers and blogposts. Some of them have been supported already, and some are…

Continue Reading

Fake news on James Watson’s DNA

Some readers might remember back in 2007, it was widely reported that Chad James Watson has African ancestry: New York Times: DNA Pioneer’s Genome Blurs Race Lines A new analysis of Dr. Watson’s genome shows that he has 16 times the number of genes considered to be of African origin than the average white European…

Continue Reading

Predicting IQ from genetics: how far have we come? [January 2020]

Counting significant hits was always a dumb way to measure progress in genomic prediction of a trait. Breeders using animals and plants never bothered with this approach and they used ridge regression for best predictive power (a “two cultures” problem no doubt). Researchers in human genetics are starting to catch up, implementing clever Enet approach…

Continue Reading

New paper out: Global Ancestry and Cognitive Ability (PNC study)

Lasker, J., Pesta, B. J., Fuerst, J. G., & Kirkegaard, E. O. W. (2019). Global Ancestry and Cognitive Ability. Psych, 1(1), 431-459. Using data from the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort, we examined whether European ancestry predicted cognitive ability over and above both parental socioeconomic status (SES) and measures of eye, hair, and skin color. First, using…

Continue Reading

The northwest-southeast cline in Europe and the brain

A friend sent me this amazing study, seems to have been previously overlooked by hereditarians. Bakken, T. E., Dale, A. M., Schork, N. J., & Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. (2011). A geographic cline of skull and brain morphology among individuals of European Ancestry. Human heredity, 72(1), 35-44. Background Human skull and brain morphology are strongly…

Continue Reading