Environmentalists like admixture analysis too (until they don’t)

See previous post about quotes from the medical genetics and physical anthropology literature on admixture analysis and the causal interpretation. There’s quite a few older admixture studies that examined relationships between racial ancestry and intelligence. Most of these used quite crude methods such as interviewer judgement. Some used a better method, namely objectively measured skin…

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Admixture analysis and genetic causation: some quotes from the literature

A common comment on bias in scientific peer review is that reviewers don’t usually say openly they are applying double standards. Instead, they just silently increase their standards. If their bias against some finding is strong, the evidential burden to meet goes to infinity, making sure that nothing is rigorous enough to pass review. A…

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New paper out: Admixture in Argentina (with John Fuerst)

We have a new big paper out: Kirkegaard, E. O. W., & Fuerst, J. (2017). Admixture in Argentina. Mankind Quarterly, 57(4). Retrieved from mankindquarterly.org/archive/issue/57-4/4 Abstract Analyses of the relationships between cognitive ability, socioeconomic outcomes, and European ancestry were carried out at multiple levels in Argentina: individual (max. n = 5,920), district (n = 437), municipal…

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Nisbett’s 2009 book on Intelligence: reviews

Nisbett’s 2009 book on intelligence, Intelligence and how to get it, is a goldmine of stupid claims that one can quote-mine for introduction and discussion sections of papers. For instance, Nisbett tries to argue that brain size is not causal for intelligence! He writes: The correlation between cranial capacity and IQ is probably about .30-.40…

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Individual genomic admixture and cognitive ability

So, I posted this: Abstract We used data from the PING study (n≈1200) to examine the relationship between cognitive ability, socioeconomic outcomes and genomic racial ancestry. We found that when genomic ancestry was not included in models, self-reported race/ethnicity (SIRE) was a useful predictor of cognitive ability/S, but when genomic ancestry was included, SIRE lost…

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The sibling control design

A friend of mine and his brother just received their 23andme results. In a table they look like this (I have added myself for comparison): Macrorace Bro1 Bro2 Emil European 52.6 53 99.8 MENA 42.5 41.3 0.2 South Asian 2.8 3.4 0 East Asian & Amerindian 1.1 0.7 0 Sub-Saharan African 0.5 0.5 0 Oceanian…

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The general brain factor, working memory, parental income and education, and racial admixture

UNFINISHED ANALYSIS. POSTED HERE TO ESTABLISH PRIORITY. MORE TO FOLLOW! Updated 2015-12-04 Remains to be done: Admixture analysis (doing) Proofreading and editing Deciding how to control for age and scanner (technical question) Abstract I explore a large (N≈1000), open dataset of brain measurements and find a general factor of brain size (GBSF) that covers all…

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Admixture in the Americas: Admixture among US Blacks and Hispanics and academic achievement

Some time ago a new paper came out from the 23andme people reporting admixture among US ethnoracial groups (Bryc et al, 2014). Per our still on-going admixture project (current draft here), one could see if admixture predicts academic achievement (or IQ, if such were available). We (that is, John did) put together achievement data (reading…

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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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