Some media appearances. Not everything will be listed as most media mentions are just copies of what other media write.

Talks and interviews — see this page

Media mentions by date and topic

These are in English unless otherwise noted.

E-democracy using blockchain technology — May 2014

OKCupid dataset release — May 2016

There are many more on this topic as it was a worldwide media event. Not written in any of the articles is that the Danish Data Protection Agency (Datatilsynet) did look into the matter, but decided not to file any charges against me. Thus, all the media has written is that they were looking into it etc., but not the news that nothing happened. Here’s the letter from Datatilsynet, along with my clean criminal records:

In 2016 while the media attacks were ongoing I wrote an FAQ detailing answers to various popular questions. It can be found here.

Adam Perkins attack affair — February 2017

For unknown reasons, some people decided to make up spelling errors and attack Adam Perkins for reposting official labor statistics. Lots of claims about lack of peer review, no source given etc., when it would have taken a total of maybe 5 minutes to find the actual source and verify the numbers. The first plot is not even mine, but was simply reused in my paper. It is from Norwegian & Finnish researchers (Skardhammar et al 2014). See also here.

The IQ of immigrants — March-April 2017

I think the second is a kinda sorta reply to the first, but I don’t know what the real motive is behind this hit piece. The journalist was deliberately misleading.

Pseudoscience — May 2017

Norwegian media researcher Petter B. Brandtzæg discusses me as an example of an ideological pseudoscientist. Unclear what prompted this mentioning. Perhaps the above, but seems unlikely given that these were in French.

London Conference on Intelligence — December 2017 (ongoing)

This resulted in a quite large number of media reports, some more inaccurate than others. It began with two people who did some original research: a pair of students at UCL wrote for London Student, a student blog/newspaper. Then a bunch of larger media copied it more or less verbatim, sometimes adding their own variants, sometimes not.

Curiously, the Daily Mail’s coverage was the most neutral and least inaccurate of the English sources. The Danish Christian newspaper’s coverage was also good.

Racism coming back / Wikipedia as a battleground — January-March 2018

Not sure what prompted the SPLC one in particular, perhaps Guardian’s recent pieces, though I’m not mentioned directly. These two pieces were written by long-time social justice activists with no science background to speak of, but of course making strong claims about various topics:

Science denialism in politics — April 2018

German magazine Tichys Einblick covered some research of mine:


Regional social inequality and intelligence — April 2018

French right-wing newspaper Breizh-Info has a story on my regional intelligence paper with Lynn and Fuerst (Lynn et al 2018):

Noah Carl firing affair — 2018-2019

I am sometimes mentioned in articles covering this:

Attack piece on Quillette — December 2019

I am tangentially mentioned in this attack piece on Claire Lehmann and Quillette.

Andrew Sabisky affair — February 2020

I am tangentially mentioned in relations to the hire-and-fire case of Andrew Sabisky, who attended the London conference in 2015.

Other weird stuff (no particular date)

Stuff that didn’t really fit in above, but was curious enough to save.