New study out: Mental Illness and the Left

Well, this one has been public as as preprint for a while (PsyArxiv [this is tagged as private?!], OSF and ResearchGate ~9k views), but it is now officially published in Mankind Quarterly, the best place to publish human biodiversity content (also OpenPsych but currently inactive pending completion of ongoing development work). Kirkegaard, E. O. W….

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Hans Jürgen Eysenck memorial site

There is now a memorial site for Hans Jürgen Eysenck, the famous and controversial psychologist. https://hanseysenck.com/ The website includes free PDFs of many of his older works, including books going back to the 1950s! Some of these are actually quite informative, and I have previously reviewed some (Psychology of Politics, Genius: The natural history of…

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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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Trying out tidymodels package

If you want to train machine learning models, R offers thousands of packages to try out. However, most of these are written by random students and academics, so they are not proper standardized. It can looks like this: So, it’s a nightmare trying out a lot of models or (learning) algorithms to predict a specific…

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Editor Matthias Ziegler rejects paper for political reasons, then says science should be neutral

Some colleagues wrote a paper summarizing intelligence/cognitive ability gaps in the United Kingdom based on large samples. Many of these were new results derived from government testing via freedom of information act requests. The aim of such a meta-analysis is of course to get a broad overview of what gaps exist. From a blank slate…

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The Facebook super spy AI

So, recently, we saw that Facebook added more sites to its block list. I don’t know if there’s a public listing of these, but the list must be getting very low indeed. It’s justified all the usual ways totalitarians justify their censorship: it begins with stuff ‘everybody can agree with’, such as spam sites and…

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The verbal tilt model

Some years ago I came up with a rough model for explaining some curious demographic associations (I later told a friend about it, and he had the same idea independently). The idea is that verbal tilt has independent effects or at least associations with various things. Specifically, verbal tilt shows positive correlations with: Creativity Political…

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