linkfest – 08/14/11

Intelligence tests highlight importance of genetic differences“DNA study links variations in intelligence to large numbers of genes, each with a small effect on individual brainpower” – via steve sailer.

You can count on this: Math ability is inborn“Do some of us just arrive in the world with better math skills than others? It seems we do….”

Psychology and its national styles

“What about me?” Perceptions of exclusion and Whites’ reactions to multiculturalism“Overall, results show that the purportedly ‘inclusive’ ideology of multiculturalism is not perceived as such by Whites.” – via the inductivist.

World survey links religion and happiness — for some“[I]n societies under stress, those who are religious outnumber – and are happier than – their nonreligious counterparts. Where peace and plenty are the norm, however, religious participation is lower and people are happier whether or not they are religious….”

Why one waist-size guide doesn’t fit all ethnic backgrounds

Why the rich ‘are such a selfish, less empathetic and less altruistic lot’

bonus: It’s the Economy, Dummkopf! by michael lewis.

bonus bonus: Building Blocks of DNA Found in Meteorites from Space

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9 Comments

  1. Dear hbdchick: off topic, but why don’t you tell us a little more about who you are? I am guessing you are in your late 20’s, have secure employment, maybe in academia or as a self-employed person, with an educational background in humanities/math/science? That last part doesn’t tell us much does it? Whether you have an advanced degree (beyond B.A. or B.S.) or are self-taught (like moi) I cannot tell. Your fans are naturally curious.

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  2. @luke – well, i’m a bit reticent about giving details about myself online where EVERYBODY IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE can read it. call me shy. (~_^)

    on the other hand, i have mentioned before (somewhere), and i’d like to mention again, that i am absolutely, definitely not a scientist of any kind (a lot of people have prolly already figured that out). my interest in hbd stuff is that of a lay person goofing around on the innerwebs.

    and, heh, i definitely don’t have any sort of degree in math. my math skillz are ATROCIOUS! euclidean geometry and me got on great in high school — and i managed your basic algebra — but that’s it. that’s why i ask everyone all the time to, please, double- and triple-check my math. i was not born with genes for math. (~_^)

    as for how old i am — you never ask a woman her age. (^_^)

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  3. @aoirthoir – oh, noes! and from that ya’ll prolly think i’m some inbred conservative chick who likes star wars and sicilians.

    oh, wait…. (~_^)

    (actually, i’m not a product of inbreeding — whew! — but i am the result of an ethnically endogamous mating, so i’m not sooo outbred.)

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  4. Regarding the article about the rich my commentary follows:

    “We have now done 12 separate studies measuring empathy in every way imaginable, social behaviour in every way”

    I guess that would include measuring the incredibly large amounts of donations rich people make to charity, the poor and other un-deserving and deserving persons in need…? Yeah I thought not.

    “He said rich people appeared more distracted, checking mobile phones,doodling and avoiding eye contact.”

    It wuld have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they are rich because they are incredibly busy (or if rich by parents they are incredibly busy because they are rich)? The busy-ness of course DIRECTLY related to the business of running their companies. You know, the same companies that provide jobs, food, housing and more for non-rich?

    “made eye contact with the person they were talking with and nod their heads more frequently signaling they were interested in what was being said.”

    You mean PRETENDING they were interested? Try asking them later about what was said and you will find the rich will often have known, they ACTUALLY paid attention, and didn’t just SIGNAL that they were paying attention when they were not.

    “He said those test subjects from lower income had more intense activation.”

    Yeah I bet. It’s called “irratic emotionalism”.

    “Lower-class participants gave more away even after controlling for gender, age or ethnicity.”

    That’s because poor people don’t know how to invest money. Giving away “points” or “money” to unseen forces is a bad bad practice. In the real world, you invest in theings that are going to create growth, which creates jobs, which is the TRULY altruistic thing, rather than just throwing money in the wind.

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  5. “and, heh, i definitely don’t have any sort of degree in math. my math skillz are ATROCIOUS! euclidean geometry and me got on great in high school — and i managed your basic algebra — but that’s it. that’s why i ask everyone all the time to, please, double- and triple-check my math. i was not born with genes for math. (~_^)”

    That Math Ability Is Inborn study has a link to the researchers page where you yourself can do the test in the study to see if you have an inborn talent for math, in case anyone missed it that is.

    http://www.panamath.org/testyourself.php

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