Handbooks of intelligence

Sometimes, one sees references to this or that handbook of intelligence. I have not previously read any of these, not even in part, because I could not find any anywhere online. However, today I took a new look and found to my surprise three such books: Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.). (2000). Handbook of intelligence. Cambridge…

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

https://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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Installing scrapy on Mint 17

One would think that after so many years, things would simply work on linux. Especially on mainstream platforms. Mint 17 is based on the last Ubuntu LTS version (Trustly Tahr). For the uninitiated linux can seem difficult with all the terminal commands. But actually install guides make things seem a lot easier than they really…

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Installing R on Mint 17

As nearly always, when one wants to do something in Linux, it becomes a test of both intelligence and patience. Mostly the latter. In this case I had installed the newest Mint on my new laptop, Mint 17. Then I set out to install R. Since this language’s name is but a single letter, it…

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Admixture in the Americas: Introduction, partial correlations and IQ predictions based on ancestry

For those who have been living under a rock (i.e. not following my on Twitter), John Fuerst have been very good at compiling data from published research. Have a look at Human Varieties with the tag Admixture Mapping. He asked me to help him analyze it and write it up. I gladly obliged, you can…

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Review: Writing Systems: An Introduction to Their Linguistic Analysis

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16641082-writing-systems http://libgen.org/search.php?req=coulmas+writing&open=0&view=simple&phrase=1&column=def I read this book as part of background reading for my bachelor (which im writing here) after seeing it referred to in a few other books. As a textbook it seems fine, except for the chapter dealing with psycholinguistics. Nearly all the references in this section are clearly dated, and the author is…

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Discrimination against females in grant applications or publication bias?

While looking for peer-review related studies, I came across a meta-analysis of gender bias in grant applications. That sounds good. Bornmann, L., Mutz, R., & Daniel, H. D. (2007). Gender differences in grant peer review: A meta-analysis. Journal of Informetrics, 1(3), 226-238. Abstract Narrative reviews of peer review research have concluded that there is negligible evidence of…

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Beautiful nonsense

In a comment on research of psychedelics, I found this gem: .Your brain is a matrix that is dispensing substances known as neurotransmitters which don’t actually transmit anything but rather their purpose is to alter the rate and manner in which energy is affected. The resulting diffusion of energy is a 3-dimensional fractal continuously expanding…

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