linkfest 10/31/10

“Researchers find a ‘liberal gene'” – more from randall “parapundit” parker.

“W.D. Hamilton on Dysgenics, Eugenics, and Educational Romanticism” @vdare.com.

“The Other ‘G’ Spot” – (via diversityischaos) “[D]o people who score high on IQ tests use the frontal and parietal areas of their brains differently from people who score lower? The answer, discovered by other researchers, turns out to be yes.”

“Ich bin Mittel-Ostl√§nder?” @evoandproud.

from inductivist: “Three dopaminergic genes predict grades in school”“I should note that the multivariate model includes race and gender, and the effect of race on grades remains when genes are entered into the equation. In fact, the impact of race is stronger than the three genes together.”

“Stories vs. Statistics”

“The tea party warns of a New Elite. They’re right.” – Charles Murray on the bobos in paradise.

“How taking the Pill can bring out a woman’s jealous and possessive side”

“Asian Neanderthals, Humans Mated” – in east asia.

“Stone Age DIY: How Neolithic man decorated his house with homemade paint”“It is the earliest ever example of man using paint to decorate their properties in Britain, if not in Europe.”

“Rising to the occasion”“Electoral victory brings a surprising consequence: the winners look at smut”

maurice murphy, requiescat in pace

“Maurice Murphy: the unsung classical hero of Star Wars and beyond”

“It’s his trumpet playing you hear blazing over the soundtracks to all six Star Wars films….”

@wikipedia:

“Murphy can be heard on film soundtracks including all six Star Wars films (his first role as Principal Trumpet in the LSO), Superman: The Movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark … Batman, the Alien movies, Frankenstein, Gladiator … and many more.”

*sniff*

you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of thinking about biology reeeeally hard you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

consider (at great length) finch beaks! (huh?) come up with brand, new ideas about selection – naturally! write a lot about topics related to sex! (bonus!)

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe a big, bushy beard.) really!!

(no, not really. hint.)

previously: you, too, can become the fastest man on earth!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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shake ur booty

in his recent address to the mencken club, steve sailer said:

“Who would win in a fight: Human biodiversity or human cultural diversity?

“Look, they are not Batman and Superman struggling for superhero dominance. They are, or ought to be, complementary tools for improving our understanding, just as numbers and words are. There will be different answers for different specific situations.”

sure. great. cool. i’m all for researching both human biodiversity and human cultural diversity.

but what i still wanna know is: where does culture come from?

as i said before, a lot of human culture is just sorta accidental – people in png use bird-of-paradise feathers to decorate themselves while austrians traditionally did not ’cause birds-of-paradise actually live in png and not in austria.

but mightn’t some aspects of human culture be rooted in our biology? our differing biologies?

for example, a greater number of people of west african decent have more fast-twitch fibers in their muscles than do, say, people of european decent. (it’s a genetic thang.) this enables more of them, on average, to be f*cking fast sprinters as compared to us lard-*ss europeans.

but what else could one do with all those fast-twitch muscles? hmmmmmmm…

compare that to this (“heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work we go!”)…

now that’s what i call human biodiversity!

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