linkfest – 02/12/12

Research shows genes influence criminal behavior“‘The overarching conclusions were that genetic influences in life-course persistent offending were larger than environmental influences….'”

The Upside of Dyslexia“[M]any people with dyslexia possess distinctive perceptual abilities.”

The Voice of the People II: Arab Democracy“[W]ill any democracy taken up by Arab Muslims inevitably become authoritarian?” – @those who can see.

Hidden Games – from greg cochran.

Were they right after all? – from peter frost.

Which population in the 1000 Genomes Project samples has the most Neandertal similarity? – from john hawks.

42,000 year old art from Andalusia – neanderthal cave paintings? @dienekes’ blog.

Did Easter Islanders Mix It Up With South Americans?

Homosexuality: What’s Choice Got to Do With it?“But as an inveterate mocker of leftist contradictions, I will note that the SAME people who are INSISTING homosexuality is entirely genetic are precisely those who for generations now have denied and dismissed the idea that ‘race’ or ‘gender’ are anything more than ‘social constructs.’ When it comes to race and gender, they will only accept environmental explanations; but when it comes to what you do with your naughty bits, they will only permit biological alibis. For race and gender, it’s 100% ‘nurture’; for sexuality, it’s 100% nature. Like always, they make no sense. But I enjoy watching how they struggle to fit straight pegs into gay holes.” – from jim goad. (who else? (~_^) )

bonus: John Derbyshire’s CPAC Speech: Will Our Multicultural Elites Ever Become Race Realists?

bonus bonus: Some blacks insist: ‘I’m not African-American’

bonus bonus bonus: How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy – more cool stuff on t. gondii, but check this out – “Colorado State University’s Janice Moore … and Chris Reiber, a biomedical anthropologist at Binghamton University, in New York, strongly suspected that the flu virus might boost our desire to socialize. Why? Because it spreads through close physical contact, often before symptoms emerge—meaning that it must find a new host quickly. To explore this hunch, Moore and Reiber tracked 36 subjects who received a flu vaccine, reasoning that it contains many of the same chemical components as the live virus and would thus cause the subjects’ immune systems to react as if they’d encountered the real pathogen. The difference in the subjects’ behavior before and after vaccination was pronounced: the flu shot had the effect of nearly doubling the number of people with whom the participants came in close contact during the brief window when the live virus was maximally contagious.” – heh!

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  1. Since people of sub-Saharan African descent living in the US are rather ambivalent about what they should call themselves, might I suggest that they use the media’s common euphemism when reporting crimes committed by individuals of said group: “youth”. Granted, it might not make sense for someone who is 50 years old to be called a “youth”, but it makes about as much sense as calling someone who can pass the paper bag test “black”.

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  2. “‘The overarching conclusions were that genetic influences in life-course persistent offending were larger than environmental influences….’”

    Runs in families, always has done.

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  3. @g.w. – “Runs in families, always has done.”

    you know, you really have to be pretty stooopid not to understand that these things run in families, don’t you? just goes to show that people will believe ANYthing.

    i have this idea that people got particularly stooopid about the hereditary nature of behaviors after industrialization and we all moved off the farms. farmers know that behaviors are hereditary. they see it around them everyday. it really could only be people that don’t know that milk comes from cows and eggs come from chickens that could be persuaded that the whole “blank slate” thing was real. *roll eyes*

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