Comments on “The Inheritance of Inequality” (Bowles & Gintis, 2002)

Some anon sent me this paper, asked if there was a rebuttal somewhere. It’s a well cited economics paper, 1248 citations on Google Scholar. I wasn’t familiar with it, but reading it over, I see some things comment on. Bowles, S., & Gintis, H. (2002). The inheritance of inequality. Journal of economic Perspectives, 16(3), 3-30….

Reference group effects, shifting standards

Probably most social science is done using data that are based on self-report. Thus, they are crucially dependent on assumptions that self-report data reflect objective reality. There are some large studies or meta-analysis that compare self-report to objective results. To take a simple example. Kuncel et al 2005 meta-analyzed self-report GPA versus actual GPA from…

New paper out: The Negative Religiousness-IQ Nexus is a Jensen Effect on Individual-Level Data: A Refutation of Dutton et al.’s ‘The Myth of the Stupid Believer’

Dutton, E., & Kirkegaard, E. O. W. (2021). The Negative Religiousness-IQ Nexus is a Jensen Effect on Individual-Level Data: A Refutation of Dutton et al.’s ‘The Myth of the Stupid Believer.’ Journal of Religion and Health. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01351-1 A recent study by Dutton et al. (J Relig Health 59:1567–1579. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-019-00926-3, 2020) found that the religiousness-IQ nexus…

Against anogenital distance

Because on this blog we love anything that has to do with calipers. The most obscure weapon in the HBD arsenal? Goes like this: Figure from this 2015 study. Alright, so we see that males have a lot bigger distance than women, so we figure this has something to do with sex differentiation and thus…

Vaccine transhumanism

I for one welcome our new vaccines. I think the transhumanist angle to this has not been properly spelled out, so let’s give it a shot. Humans come with two main parts of our immune system. You can watch the Kurzgesagt to get the basics. First is that there’s a passive part that uses heuristics…