linkfest – 03/06/13

sunday linkfest on wednesday evening. what is the world coming to?

rand paul ftw, btw! (^_^)

We Aren’t the World – a W.E.I.R.D. article.

African-American’s Y chromosome sparks shift in evolutionary timetable“Scientists say an African-American male’s odd genetic signature suggests that the human Y chromosome’s lineage goes back further in time than they thought — perhaps due to interbreeding with other populations such as Neanderthals.” – see also dienekes: Extremely old (237–581 kya) root of human Y-chromosome phylogeny.

Counting blue gods – more pie(-chart)s than in a pie-eating contest! from the awesome epigone.

For every person that doesn’t want kids there are 25 that do. Is that so? – from jayman.

It’s not because research is cheaper there“Perhaps among the many genes with small effects [on iq] there are a few with big effects….” – @evoandproud.

HVGIQ: Jamaica – from jason malloy. see also steve sailer: Average IQ in Jamaica.

How much mental illness is lifestyle-related? – from mangan.

Genomewide diversity in the Levant (Haber et al. 2013)“Our results show recent genetic stratifications in the Levant are driven by the religious affiliations of the populations within the region…. Levant populations today fall into two main groups: one sharing more genetic characteristics with modern-day Europeans and Central Asians, and the other with closer genetic affinities to other Middle Easterners and Africans.” – @dienekes’.

5 Disorders Share Genetic Risk Factors, Study Finds – schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Single gene might explain dramatic differences among people with schizophrenia

Is “Natural Law” Anti-Nature? – @occam’s razor.

Feet on the Autism Spectrum“Psychotherapist Cary Terra works with adults with autism spectrum disorder…. Over many years, she’s noticed what she calls an ‘unmistakable trend’: that her patients have a tendency to sit with their feet stacked.” – *hbd chick looks down* – oops!

Rape on the Reservation“…one in three Native women is raped over her lifetime….”

Month a baby is born ‘suggests what career they will have’“The time of year a baby is born can shape what profession they will embark on in later life, a new study has suggested.” – via mangan.

Lack of sleep ‘switches off’ genes“One week of bad sleep can ‘switch off’ hundreds of genes and raise the risk of a host of illnesses including obesity and heart disease, scientists claim.”

bonus: In China, ‘red nobility’ trumps egalitarian ideal“Relatives of communist China’s founding fathers enjoy privileged status in politics and business that runs counter to party ideology.” – this one’s for luke and anatoly. (^_^)

bonus bonus: China imprisons four men for ‘ghost marriage’ corpse bride trafficking“Yanchuan court jails men for digging up and selling bodies in afterlife custom of matching dead women to deceased bachelors.”

bonus bonus bonus: At Largest Religious Festival, Some Abandon Elderly“At the Maha Kumbh Mela in India, families ditch older relatives in the crowds.”

bonus bonus bonus bonus: Beppe Grillo: Cronyism has hurt Italian science

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Why Did (or Didn’t) the Meerkat Cross the Road? – hierarchy’s a b*tch.

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Giant ancient camel remains discovered in Canadian Arctic <<- best headline of the week!

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Report: Chinese Third-Graders Falling Behind U.S. High School Students in Math, Science (~_^)

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23 Comments

  1. I’m not sure about the blue gods. Intelligence measured through vocabulary and belief in God as the only measure of religion? There was a study from Edinburgh in 2011 that used a composite IQ test and a six dimensional measure of religion on a large sample of adults (better than children). It found measures of religiousness correlating from zero to -0.13.

    But somehow the studies of lower quality showing that religious people are stupid get all the attention.

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  2. re: China imprisons four men for ‘ghost marriage’ corpse bride trafficking

    Speking of which I highly recommend The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu. There are surreal scenes in it Salvador Dali couldn’t imagine — or Breugal.

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  3. I’m surprised the WIERD researchers aren’t being pilloried. They must have hedged their ideas very carefully because it still seems that wherever they talk about “culture” you could simply insert “biology” or “genes” and reach very similar conclusions about the sheer levels of difficulty (if not impossibility) of running a multi-ethnic state.

    FTA:

    People are not “plug and play,” as he puts it, and you cannot expect to drop a Western court system or form of government into another culture and expect it to work as it does back home.

    Or, mutatis mutandis , you cannot expect to drop another culture into a Western court system or form of government and expect it to work, either.

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  4. And a commenter in the WEIRD thread dropped this quote from an earlier paper by the researchers:

    “A third possibility is that some population variability originates from a process known as gene-culture coevolution (9). Although challenging to demonstrate conclusively, a growing research field is showing that human cultural practices directly alter parts of the human genome; the domestication of large milk-producing mammals, for instance, appears to have led to changes in gene frequencies coding for adult lactose absorption. A similar coevolutionary process may lurk behind some
    psychological differences, and this is an intriguing possible subject for future research.”–Norenzayan, 2011, “Explaining human behavioral diversity”

    I think we have some thought criminals on our hands. I’ve already contacted HuffPo.

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  5. re: from they are not us: “more than 96 percent of the subjects tested in psychological studies from 2003 to 2007 were Westerners—with nearly 70 percent from the United States alone. . .” (most of whom are college undergraduates he he).

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  6. The article “We Aren’t the World” was a great discussion on how much we do not know about peoples around the world because of the bias towards doing research on WEIRD people. Unfortunately, it’s not as good of an introduction on the topic as I’d like because it mentions how the researchers were convince that the differences they observed were not genetic (a priori, I might add). Not only is this scientifically unsound to declare this outright, one has to bend over backwards to imagine how these rather significant differences in cognitive abilities could not be genetic. I have to say being able to imagine some of these environment-only explanations is rather impressive.

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  7. @soxy – “Why did lynn publish such a low value of jamaican IQ”

    i’m not richard lynn, so i couldn’t possibly answer that question.

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  8. @jayman – “I have to say being able to imagine some of these environment-only explanations is rather impressive.”

    yes, the mental gymnastics in that article were pretty impressive! (^_^) fascinating stuff otherwise, though. i look forward to more research being done on non-w.e.i.r.d. peoples.

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  9. Re: Average IQ in Jamaica – as per my comment on Steve Sailer’s post, it’d be interesting to see if the rest of Lynn’s estimates for average Caribbean IQs turn out to be underestimates. Malloy’s findings, for me at least, call into question the validity of Lynn’s numbers in his latest book.

    Re: Feet on the Autism Spectrum – if by “stacked” they mean “feet crossed” then I’m guilty at times – especially when riding the subway…

    Re: bonus x7: lol! ;-)

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  10. @hbd* chick: thanks for the pix. Yeah, I’m guilty of that at times, though it’s not the most comfortable of sitting positions…

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  11. “Heine and others suggest that such differences may be the echoes of cultural activities and trends going back thousands of years.”
    And perhaps, just possibly, these activities and trends influenced reproductive fitness in ways that have reinforced these behaviors in the population at large through changes in gene frequencies.

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  12. Psychology and economics seem to me the fields where cultural influences will be strong – it would be interesting to do the “ultimatum game” experiment on people of a single ethnic group in different environments – say Japanese in Japan, in the U.S., in Brazil, in Russia, and in a European country with enough Japanese businessmen to have a pool to select a few people from. Or West Africans in Nigeria, in a not-badly-run African country, in the U.S., in Haiti, in Cuba, in Puerto Rico, and in France. I expect that while you might find racial differences, you’ll also find within-race differences based on cultural environment.

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  13. @anthony – “…it would be interesting to do the ‘ultimatum game’ experiment on people of a single ethnic group in different environments….”

    yes! more (any!) studies like that would be very cool.

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  14. @georgia resident – “And perhaps, just possibly, these activities and trends influenced reproductive fitness in ways that have reinforced these behaviors in the population at large through changes in gene frequencies.”

    bingo! (^_^)

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  15. @nelson – “it’d be interesting to see if the rest of Lynn’s estimates for average Caribbean IQs turn out to be underestimates.”

    yes. jason’s numbers for jamaica seem more right — and seem more right for the caribbean on the whole. i mean, the caribbean is kinda dysfunctional, but it’s not that dysfunctional (except for haiti, unfortunately).

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  16. @sdl – “I’m surprised the WIERD researchers aren’t being pilloried. They must have hedged their ideas very carefully….”

    well, they really did. there was something in the article about how all human brains function the same … yada, yada, yada. *roll eyes*

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  17. @sdl – “Or, *mutatis mutandis*, you cannot expect to drop another culture into a Western court system or form of government and expect it to work, either.”

    yup! (not that there’s anything wrong with that. (~_^) )

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  18. @luke – “Speking of which I highly recommend The Corpse Walker by Liao Yiwu.”

    thanks! (^_^) (there is simply NOT enough time for all this reading. somebody needs to develop that uploading system from the matrix NOW!)

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