Review: Cognitive Capitalism (Heiner Rindermann)

Rindermann, H. (2018). Cognitive capitalism: human capital and the wellbeing of nations. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY: University Printing House. Heiner was kind enough to send me a reviewer’s (paper) copy. Unfortunately, I lack the time to write up a formal book review, and so this blogpost will have to do. James Thompson already…

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Review: The Censor’s Hand (Carl E. Schneider)

Schneider, C. (2015). The censor’s hand: the misregulation of human-subject research. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. Medical and social progress depend on research with human subjects. When that research is done in institutions getting federal money, it is regulated (often minutely) by federally required and supervised bureaucracies called “institutional review boards” (IRBs). Do–can–these IRBs do…

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How to use Sci-hub to get academic papers for free

I regularly tell people on Twitter to use Sci-hub when they say they can’t access papers: Yes you can, use Sci hub like normal people do. — Emil O W Kirkegaard (@KirkegaardEmil) April 10, 2018 However, it seems that people don’t really know how to use Sci-hub. So here is a simple, visual guide. 1….

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Intelligence and religiousness in OKCupid dataset

Miron Zuckerman is updating his meta-analysis of the religion and intelligence relationship, and asked me to compute some extra analyses of the OKCupid dataset. Results: http://rpubs.com/EmilOWK/intell_religion_OKCupid Main findings Cognitive ability is independent cause of the usual demographics. Distribution of cognitive ability by religious stance x seriousness. Error bars = 95% confidence intervals. Gays more religious…

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Q/A with Antonio Regalado for genomics

Antonio Regalado is providing us with a recent series of the arguably best informed (compared to Guardian, Nature news etc.) popular science articles on genomics and its relevance to modern eugenics (embryo selection or genetic engineering) as well as the group differences causation question. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609204/eugenics-20-were-at-the-dawn-of-choosing-embryos-by-health-height-and-more/ https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610251/forecasts-of-genetic-fate-just-got-a-lot-more-accurate/ https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610339/dna-tests-for-iq-are-coming-but-it-might-not-be-smart-to-take-one/ As background for some of these, I had…

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