Mainstreamers keep making progress: educational attainment variation “likely” caused by ancestry variation in Europe

Lawson, D. J., Davies, N. M., Haworth, S., Ashraf, B., Howe, L., Crawford, A., … & Timpson, N. J. (2020). Is population structure in the genetic biobank era irrelevant, a challenge, or an opportunity?. Human genetics, 139(1), 23-41. Replicable genetic association signals have consistently been found through genome-wide association studies in recent years. The recent…

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New paper out: Filling in the Gaps: The Association between Intelligence and Both Color and Parent-Reported Ancestry in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997

We’ve got a new important paper out in the special issue on race and intelligence in Psych: Hu et al, 2019, Filling in the Gaps: The Association between Intelligence and Both Color and Parent-Reported Ancestry in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, Psych Little research has dealt with intragroup ancestry-related differences in intelligence in…

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Extreme phenotype colorism

One prominent model for why (some) nonwhite race groups do worse is that they experience hostile experience based on skin color. For instance, Hunter (2007) writes: How does colorism operate? Systems of racial discrimination operate on at least two levels: race and color. The first system of discrimination is the level of racial category, (i.e….

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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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Testing colorism using genomic data without phenotypic data

Normally, testing colorism or other causal models of why human racial traits have nonzero relationships to socioeconomic outcomes requires that one has the following data: Measure of racial ancestry Measures of racial appearance Measures of socioeconomic outcomes such as income or educational attainment Path model wise, one can think of it this way: Discrimination models…

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