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  1. Thanks for the linkage!

    Hypothesis: had you named your site “HBD Bitch” and put up a fake front of being a feminist trying to crash the patriarchal party of genetics and science but still provided the same content (basically wear a mask), the media would love you and not dare call you any 21stC bad names.

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  2. “Genetic evidence reveals drawbacks of hyper-masculine features” I’ve got a post brewing about this one. I’ve got a strong hunch that your degree of masculinity/femininity will have an influence on your preference towards maximizing the potential variance among your offspring. I.e.: that Hyper feminine women are more attracted to hyper masculine men where the less feminine women are more attracted to the more feminine Artsy guys so there is a balance of hormones.

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  3. Genius in the genes? Epigenetics?

    I am descended from a long ine of Scots-Irish Tennessee hillbillies who were, um, not all that smart. Then I popped up, the first one to go to and graduate college. I once asked my mother what she ate when she was pregnant. She said we were so poor she ate more salmon in one year that most people eat in their lifetimes. I’ve often wondered about that, because our brains are mostly fat – all those Omegas in fish, for example.

    I’m sure there were other things, but I have no idea what. I’m mystified.

    By the way, she now hates salmon.

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  4. “Genetic evidence reveals drawbacks of hyper-masculine features”

    If masculine features ~ testosterone in the womb

    and

    If testosterone in the womb ~ ability to punch dangerous stuff in the face

    then in a more violent environment women who prefer more masculine looking men might have a reproductive advantage over women who preferred less masculine. in a more peaceful environment it might work the other way round.

    this would provide a neat mechanism for adjusting to circumstance

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  5. “Genetic evidence reveals drawbacks of hyper-masculine features” I’ve got a post brewing about this one. I’ve got a strong hunch that your degree of masculinity/femininity will have an influence on your preference towards maximizing the potential variance among your offspring. I.e.: that Hyper feminine women are more attracted to hyper masculine men where the less feminine women are more attracted to the more feminine Artsy guys so there is a balance of hormones.”

    Yes and on the(classical) liberal people the opposite happen, masculine women marry with afeminate men. Why do you think they are push the non-normative sexual agenda???
    The people SHOULD read ”neuropolitics”

    http://neuropolitics.org/Conservative-Left-Brain-Liberal-Right-Brain.htm

    Liberals and conservatives are in fact two different socio-species.

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  6. Foreigners who’ve had much exposure to American children might sympathise with the Carthaginians.

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  7. Perfect piece of liberal logic here:

    A spokesman for the Sweden Democrats (currently at an all-time high of close to 10% in the polls) insisted to me that immigrants were “more prone to violence”. I pointed out that Sweden was one of the most bloodthirsty nations on earth for much of the last millennium. I was told we’d run out of time. Dark lands: the grim truth behind the ‘Scandinavian miracle’

    Part of the grim truth is that Sweden has astonishingly high rape-rates: see Catalogue of shame contains some surprising countries where rape is most prevalent. The Guardian doesn’t mention that. I wonder why not? The Wikipedia page says:

    A great deal of research has been done to discover the reasons for the sudden and drastic rise in rape statistics in Sweden. Either the rapes have been arose due to the immigration or not, it remains a debated issue. Despite the hailed gender equality in the country, the violence against women remains prevalent. In 2003, rape prevalence was estimated at 24.9 per 100,000. In 2005, it was 36.8 and by 2008, estimates put the rate as high as 53.2. Normally regarded, that the country has rapes have been about 6000 per year, by 2010. 2nd highest by the prevalence after South Africa, although these stats are refuted by the investigation of Amnesty International, adding that the actual number of rape by 2006 were estimated to be close to 30,000. Rape in Sweden

    Immigration? But why would immigration by Muslims and blacks increase the rape-rate? And even if it does, it’s okay. After all, Sweden was one of the most bloodthirsty nations on earth for much of the last millennium.

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  8. @Amicus

    It’s the same everywhere – partly due to mass immigration being so heavily weighted to young men – which is partly why South Africa is so terrible in this area as it’s still attracting huge numbers of disproportionately young male immigrants. Rape is the dirty secret behind “white flight” in the west that the media has been covering up for fifty years..

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  9. @sobl – “Hypothesis: had you named your site ‘HBD Bitch’ and put up a fake front of being a feminist trying to crash the patriarchal party of genetics and science but still provided the same content (basically wear a mask), the media would love you and not dare call you any 21stC bad names.”

    d*mn! why didn’t i think of that?! (~_^)

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  10. @sisyphean – “I.e.: that Hyper feminine women are more attracted to hyper masculine men where the less feminine women are more attracted to the more feminine Artsy guys so there is a balance of hormones.”

    i think your hunch is right!

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  11. @bob – “I am descended from a long ine of Scots-Irish Tennessee hillbillies who were, um, not all that smart. Then I popped up, the first one to go to and graduate college.”

    could be epigenetics. might not be. could be de novo mutations (your very own unique mutations!) or other changes to your dna — a rearrangement of parts of genes, for instance — or copy number variation, i.e. that you have different numbers of repeated segements in some of your genes. all of those could make a difference.

    i saw a figure about this the other day (can’t remember where now, so i might be remembering wrong): most people have an iq within one standard deviation of the average of their parents’ iqs, but 2% have beyond that. i think. (do i have that right at all, does anyone know?)

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    1. @bob & hbd chick:

      “@bob – “I am descended from a long ine of Scots-Irish Tennessee hillbillies who were, um, not all that smart. Then I popped up, the first one to go to and graduate college.”

      could be epigenetics. might not be. could be de novo mutations (your very own unique mutations!) or other changes to your dna — a rearrangement of parts of genes, for instance — or copy number variation, i.e. that you have different numbers of repeated segements in some of your genes. all of those could make a difference.”

      Guys, here’s how you figure it out.

      It’s certainly not epigenetics, that’s a pile of b*llsh*t.

      De novo mutations happen, but such mutations have a large effect on IQ are rare.

      Courtesy Steve Hsu:

      The first step is to take the average of your parents IQs.

      Then convert that to a z-score over the population mean (i.e., IQ 115 with mean IQ 100 = +1z).

      The regression of 0.6z (i.e., 115 parental mean = 109 mean IQ for children). The probably distribution of children’s IQ will be normally distributed around that with a standard deviation of ~12.

      Hence, if your regressed mean is 90 in a population with an average IQ of 95, your children have a 0.62% chance of having an IQ of 120 or greater (+2.5 standard deviations, with the help of this handy z-score calculator).

      Now that, of course, is assuming you don’t know anything about the family. The mean the children will regress to is the family mean, which can be estimated from the average IQ of the grandparents. Your regressed mean may be higher or lower depending on this.

      So yes, it’s not at all inexplicable to have an occasional sharp cookie come out of a dull family.

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  12. @daybreaker – “what do you think of Danny Vendramini’s neanderthal predation theory?”

    i dunno anything about danny vendramini’s neanderthal predation theory! huh. thanks!

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  13. @jayman – “Hence, if your regressed mean is 90 in a population with an average IQ of 95, your children have a 0.62% chance of having an IQ of 120 or greater….”

    yes, but why do those children who wind up with an iq of 120+ wind up with that?

    (my parents’ average iq is prolly 100, and i’m at ca. 130 — but i still can’t do math (~_^) — so this is something i’m curious about. none of my grandparents could’ve had above average iqs — farmers and maids, the lot of them.)

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    1. @hbd chick:

      “yes, but why do those children who wind up with an iq of 120+ wind up with that?”

      Recombination. Every child gets a slightly different mix of genes from the parents. Those with IQs much higher (or lower) than their parents just were lucky to get an exceptional mix. The further away from the parents’ (regressed) mean, the less likely this is to happen.

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  14. @hubchik

    fish diet?
    did three of your grand-parents have lots of freckles and one of them less?

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  15. @grey – “did three of your grand-parents have lots of freckles and one of them less?”

    an itinerant academic who happened to wander into the village one day? (~_^)

    perhaps, but i don’t think so. everyone in the family really looks (and behaves) like each other: i look like my parents and behave like them (although more like my dad than my mom, but apparently i also look a lot like my maternal great-grandmother according to some old folks), and my parents are both like their parents, so i’m pretty sure everyone’s legitimate in the family.

    an additional piece of anecdata: out of my 52 first-cousins (i have got a BIG kindred!), only three of us have college degrees, and eight actually didn’t even manage to finish high school (secondary school), so…i AM a fluke, i guess! (and so are my other two cousins.) i’m just really curious to understand how that happened! -??-

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    1. @hbd chick:

      “an additional piece of anecdata: out of my 52 first-cousins (i have got a BIG kindred!), only three of us have college degrees, and eight actually didn’t even manage to finish high school (secondary school), so…i AM a fluke, i guess! (and so are my other two cousins.) i’m just really curious to understand how that happened!”

      My wife can relate. She has 16 first cousins all told. Of those only she and one other have finished college.

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  16. @hbdchick
    “an itinerant academic who happened to wander into the village one day?”

    no, just thinking about iodine

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