linkfest – 04/13/14

Svante Paabo talk at NIH“According to Dr. Paabo, Ust-Ishim has longer Neandertal chunks than modern humans and this can be used to estimate that the admixture with Neandertals happened 331+/-99 generations before its time of 45,000y BP, or around 50-60,000y BP…. This pretty much proves that there were modern humans in Eurasia before the Upper Paleolithic revolution and disproves Richard Klein’s theory that modern humans together with UP technologies spread Out-of-Africa only after 50,000 years ago.” – from dienekes.

Europeans have three times more Neanderthal genes for lipid catabolism than Asians or Africans“Contemporary Europeans have as many as three times more Neanderthal variants in genes involved in lipid catabolism than Asians and Africans. Although Neanderthals are extinct, fragments of their genomes persist in modern humans. These shared regions are unevenly distributed across the genome and some regions are particularly enriched with Neanderthal variants.”

The really old Europe is mostly in Eastern Europe“‘These results confirm Sardinia as a refuge area where ancestry related to Early European Farmers has been best preserved, and also the greater persistence of WHG-related ancestry in present-day Eastern European populations. The latter finding suggests that West European Hunter-Gatherers (so-named because of the prevalence of Loschbour and La Braña) or populations related to them have contributed to the ancestry of present-day Eastern European groups.'” – @eurogenes blog.

More on Deafness“Seems to me that limited verbal stimulation is not a very plausible primary cause of low test scores and low academic achievement in blacks, because the degree of deprivation needed to cause a 1-standard deviation decline is extreme (deafness), and because there is an even greater depression of nonverbal scores, which, judging from the results in deaf children, should not be affected at all by limited verbal stimulation.” – from greg cochran.

Language structure: You’re born with it“Humans are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study shows that we are in fact born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic ‘nature vs. nurture’ debate.”

Selection for complex traits leaves little or no classic signatures of selection“We present empirical evidence to suggests little discernible ‘selection signature’ for complex traits in the genome of dairy cattle despite very strong and recent artificial selection.” – h/t razib!

Whole genome sequencing of six dog breeds from continuous altitudes reveals adaption to high-altitude hypoxia“To understand the genetic bases of adaption to high altitude in dogs, we performed whole-genome sequencing of 60 dogs including five breeds living at continuous altitudes along the Tibetan plateau from 800 to 5,100 m as well as one European breed…. Comparison of the breeds from different altitudes reveals strong signals of population differentiation at the locus of hypoxia-related genes including endothelial Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS) domain protein 1 (EPAS1) and beta hemoglobin cluster. Especially, four novel non-synonymous mutations specific to high-altitude dogs are identified at EPAS1, one of which occurred at a quite conserved site in the PAS domain. The association testing between EPAS1 genotypes and blood-related phenotypes on additional high-altitude dogs reveals that the homozygous mutation is associated with the decreased blood flow resistance, which may help to improve hemorheologic fitness. Interestingly, EPAS1 was also identified as a selective target in Tibetan highlanders, though no amino acid changes were found. Thus, our results not only indicate parallel evolution of humans and dogs in adaption to high-altitude hypoxia, but also provide a new opportunity to study the role of EPAS1 in the adaptive processes.” – h/t joe pickerell!

Facial Width-To-Height Ratio Relates to Alpha Status and Assertive Personality in Capuchin Monkeys“fWHR was positively associated with alpha status and with a dimensional rating of assertive personality in both males and females. Moreover, fWHR showed significant sexual dimorphism in adults but not juveniles, suggesting a developmental change may occur during puberty. In a sub-sample, sex differences were mediated by weight, suggesting fWHR dimorphism does not exceed what would be expected by differences in body weight. This is the first report of an association between face shape and behaviour in a non-human species.” – h/t stuart ritchie!

The relationship between Microcephalin, ASPM and intelligence: A reconsideration“Microcephalin is strongly associated with DNA repair, which indicates a special role for this allele in the intrinsic anti-viral immune response. Enhanced immune functioning may have advantaged both hunter–gatherer and agrarian societies coping with the heightened disease burden that resulted from population growth and exposure to zoonotic diseases, making it more likely that such growth and concomitant increases in intelligence could occur.” – from michael woodley et al. – see also The riddle of Microcephalin – from peter frost.

Caucasian Boys Show Highest Prevalence of Color Blindness Among Preschoolers“The first major study of color blindness in a multi-ethnic group of preschoolers has uncovered that Caucasian male children have the highest prevalence among four major ethnicities, with 1 in 20 testing color blind. Researchers also found that color blindness, or color vision deficiency, in boys is lowest in African-Americans, and confirmed that girls have a much lower prevalence of color blindness than boys.”

Humans and saber-toothed tiger met in Germany 300,000 years ago

One of the Key Characteristics of Ancient DNA, Low Copy Number, May be a Product of its Extraction – h/t hbd bibliography!

Give it up, Psmithe – steve sailer on greg clark’s The Son Also Rises.

Why I am now skeptical of the hypothesis that dysgenics has had substantial real-world effects – elijah (doin’ his superman thing (~_^) ).

El capital humano de las naciones: ¿Más allá de PISA? – h/t billare! who tweeted: “Take Lynn & Vanhanen’s 2012 estimates, correlate them to PISA math & science results, find an r of 0.98.”

The grasping reflex of babies: a vestigial trait? – from jerry coyne.

Social influence constrained by the heritability of attitudes – h/t andrew sabisky! who tweeted: “more heritable attitudes are more resistant to social pressure.”

What Are Relatives Good For?“The battle over every aunt and uncle’s favorite evolutionary theory.”

Genetic Influences Are Virtually Absent for Trust“Here we examine a population-based sample of 1,012 twins and relatives. We show that the genetic influence on generalized trust in other people (trust-in-others: h2 = 5%, ns), and beliefs regarding other people’s trust in the self (trust-in-self: h2 = 13%, ns), is virtually absent…. We show that, relative to cognitive abilities, psychiatric disorders, and classic personality variables, genetic influences are smaller for trust, and propose that experiences with or observations of the behavior of other people shape trust more strongly than other traits.” – h/t rene bekkers!

Psychopaths: how can you spot one?“But is psychopathy a disorder – or a different way of being…? If someone’s brain lacks the moral niceties the rest of us take for granted, they obviously can’t do anything about that, any more than a colour-blind person can start seeing colour. So where does this leave the concept of moral responsibility? ‘The legal system traditionally asserts that all people standing in front of the judge’s bench are equal. That’s demonstrably false,’ says the neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. He suggests that instead of thinking in terms of blameworthiness, the law should deal with the likelihood that someone will reoffend, and issue sentences accordingly, with rehabilitation for those likely to benefit and long sentences for those likely to be long-term dangers.” – h/t (heh! (~_^) ) heartiste!

IQ, Neuroticism, booze, and those damn vegetables again – from dr. james thompson.

Tweet of the Week“‘[H]umans are very good at attributing causality when it does not exist. That has led to confusion between correlation and cause on an industrial scale, not least in attempts to work out the effects of diet on health.'” – @jayman’s.

Is there a gene for procrastination? – there’d better be or else i’m all outta excuses! (*^_^*) see also: Genetic Relations Among Procrastination, Impulsivity, and Goal-Management Ability – Implications for the Evolutionary Origin of Procrastination.

Biological evidence of positive and negative people in the world“The ability to stay positive when times get tough — and, conversely, of being negative — may be hardwired in the brain, finds new research.”

“Grounds of War” – A New Paper on Territoriality with Remarkable “Similarities” to the Work of Robert Ardrey – from helian.

Equal ≠ The Same: Sex Differences in the Human Brain“At the root of the resistance to sex-influences research, especially regarding the human brain, is a deeply ingrained, implicit, false assumption that if men and women are equal, then men and women must be the same. This is false. The truth is that of course men and women are equal (all human beings are equal), but this does not mean that they are, on average, the same. 2 + 3 = 10 – 5, but these expressions are not the same. And, in fact, if two groups really are different on average in some respect, but they are being treated the same, then they are not being treated equally on average.”

Inbreeding is associated with lower 2D: 4D digit ratio. – in turkey. meanwhile, classic post from heartiste: Is Finger Length Ratio Evidence Of A Woman’s Fidelity?

diana fleischman speculates on that “perceived intelligence of faces” research that came out recently.

Thinking about a majority-minority shift leads to more conservative views“Facing the prospect of racial minority groups becoming the overall majority in the United States leads White Americans to lean more toward the conservative end of the political spectrum, according to research. The findings suggest that increased diversity in the United States could actually lead to a wider partisan divide, with more White Americans expressing support for conservative policies.”

The ‘Love Hormone’ Can Make You Hate: Study“A study from the Netherlands suggests that oxytocin might only make you love people in your in-group, and can contribute to conflict with outsiders.”

Bacteria Turn Plants and Insects into Zombies“A parasitic phytoplasma deploys proteins to manipulate the plants it infects as well as the insects that spread the microbe.”

Zombie Snipers at the Doorstep“Colony-living insects like ants have a kind of social immune system — they behave in ways that prevent infections from spreading through their nests. They clean each other and remove the corpses of their nestmates. Sick ants, which have been infected by killer fungi, are often shunned by their fellow workers, and sometimes leave the nest to die alone.” – h/t john durant!

Germs Rule the World“The new germ theory: Infections play a role in many, many diseases—in ways we’re just beginning to understand.”

The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants“It turns out that ants perform these complex tasks by obeying a few simple rules…. The organization of insect societies is a marquee example of a complex decentralized system that arises from the interactions of many individuals.”

The World’s Murder Capitals“[A] group of countries — all of them in either the Americas or Africa — accounting for just 11 percent of the global population are the location of 46 percent of the world’s homicides…. Men accounted for 95 percent of the perpetrators and 79 percent of the victims of homicide in 2012….”

Fearing Punishment for Bad Genes“[M]any people are avoiding the [dna] tests because of a major omission in the 2008 federal law that bars employers and health insurers from seeking the results of genetic testing.” – h/t kevin mitchell!

‘Everything should be open to question’ – h/t claire lehmann!

*A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead*, by Charles Murray. see also “The Curmudgeon’s Guide”: A Q&A with Charles Murray.

bonus: The Moral: Aesop Knew Something About Crows

bonus bonus: Fruit flies maneuver like tiny fighter jets

bonus bonus bonus: This 3000 Year Old Amulet Kind of Looks Like a Gummy Bear

bonus bonus bonus bonus: Measure Yourself by the Standard of the Capybara

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: White wing supremacist: swan attacks foreign students – h/t ed west!

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Mike Judge Skewers Silicon Valley With the Satire of Our Dreams“The creator of Beavis and Butt-Head aims his snark cannon at the tech startup scene in his new HBO show, Silicon Valley.”

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  1. “‘It’s the first time we’ve been able to find a brain marker that really distinguishes negative thinkers from positive thinkers,’ said Jason Moser, lead investigator and assistant professor of psychology.”

    Yeaaaaaah, nah. A bias towards activity in one hemisphere of the brain (aka the most obvious brain marker ever) is going to produce differences in explanatory style. And, what do you know, 30 seconds in Google Scholar and voila!, evidence produced:

    “Depression is associated with an inter-hemispheric imbalance; a hyperactive right-hemisphere (RH) and a relatively hypoactive left-hemisphere (LH)… There is evidence that the RH is selectively involved in processing negative emotions, pessimistic thoughts and unconstructive thinking styles…”

    Source.

    “As predicted, there was significantly greater self-serving bias (attribution of internal, stable, and global causes for positive events and external, unstable, and specific causes for negative events) during left hemisphere than during right hemisphere relative activation. This was true for achievement but not for affiliation events. These effects were explained in terms of the increased positive affect which correlates with greater left hemisphere activation.”

    Psychobabble for optimism vs pessimism. Source.

    More here.

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  2. “Caucasian Boys Show Highest Prevalence of Color Blindness Among Preschoolers”: the American use of Caucasian to mean “white” has considerable potential for confusion. Especially for us foreigners who don’t know, for instance, whether Americans include swarthy whites within the C-word e.g. the whites of SW Asia and N Africa. Or indeed the whites of Sicily and Portugal.

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  3. “Facial Width-To-Height Ratio Relates to Alpha Status and Assertive Personality in Capuchin Monkeys … This is the first report of an association between face shape and behaviour in a non-human species.”

    If face shape and levels of future aggression were both influenced by testosterone in the womb that would be a very simple balancing adaption for one type of environmental change i.e. levels of violence. Women who preferred square heads would have more surviving children in a violent environment and women who preferred rectangle heads would have more surviving children in a more peacable environment.

    Wayne Rooney and David Beckham look very different

    but what if you stretched Rooney’s head or squashed Beckham’s?

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  4. – European ancestry is explained as a cline from the predominantly D3 (Cappadocian-Danubian) people from Asia Minor into Europe, this is old hat by now. As in Japan, the indigenous Mesolithic populations were not scattered bands but organised and organised communities like those of the Jomonese or the natives of North America’s Pacific Northwest. As in Japan the population density led to an increased genetic contribution of hunter gatherers into later food producing populations. In Japan this led to the formation of a ‘Satsuma’ type with a low broad face. In Europe the varying degrees of alpinisation in living people are the result of a parallel process.

    – Regarding the law surrounding DNA tests, there is absolutely nothing in US law yet preventing a Gattaca-like situation in the future. Bioethics regarding possible near-futures should be in place first, then the science or the science is anti-human.

    – Robert Hare’s PCL-R is only for use in a prison setting and confuses primary and secondary psychopathy, each of them much better supported than is the unitary concept. High functioning primary psychopathy confers fitness and is not a disorder or an illness.

    – Grasping babies reminds me of the finger bone ridges of neanderthals, a non-hereditary trait related to the grasping of parent’s hair by infants. What were the neanderthal babies clinging to.

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  5. “‘These results confirm Sardinia as a refuge area where ancestry related to Early European Farmers has been best preserved,..”

    Not surprised that Stuttgart clustered with Sardinia. Sardinia really stands out in Europe genetically when I look at HLA, mainly due to its isolation and its North African/Middle Eastern affinities. Don’t have regional HLA data for southern Germany or Baden Wurtenburg, however I do have Switzerland.

    HLA B*58:01
    Peak European Frequencies

    Sardinia: 6.40%
    Corsica: 4.50%
    Switzerland Basel: 4.21%
    Italy Rome: 3.50%
    Italy North Pop.3: 3.30%
    Switzerland Geneva Pop. 2: 3.26%

    (From North Africa)

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  6. It makes sense for trust in others to lack heritability. Whoever is persistently trusting in a hostile environment will just be eaten up. That said, some traits like aspieness and WEIRDness seem to include a higher level of trust. Perhaps they mostly grow up and live in safe environments that promote trust?

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  7. I have great tendency for depression or at least to pre morbid states of depression and I think this relates to my great auto biographic memory . You know those people who live in the past ?
    Maybe the right side of the brain more active can also have an effect on how thought is processed. I see it ( right brain ) as the thoughts flying from one side to the other , while on the left , I see organization and tendency to forgetfulness of old thoughts . If your attic is more disorganized , then you will have more chances of finding old things . In contrast , if your attic is more or less tidy, by logic, you tend to accumulate things, like a geological layer. To remember old things , people with greater brain activation of the left side of the brain , tend to have so much trouble as a geologist to find fossils , while the minority with greater activation in the right side of the brain are much more easily. And remember good things of the past , cause melancholy and is a leap for depression or pre morbid states of depression .

    About Smart faces.

    Smarter faces would be greater than the faces perceived as less intelligent. I see it as a volcano, mostly submerged in the sea. Having a larger or wider face can work the same as it does our current perception of the role of the face on the brain. Eyes bigger, more powerful noses to detect danger (lie, Security = true) and a note that a friend of mine made​​. Intermediate portions of the face (cheeks and nose) more elongated or larger than average. More neural structures working our facial empathy, our ability to express emotions.

    Not to be presumptuous, but I have almost all the features of intelligent face. Now, just need to have a high IQ, that’s all. Only the mouth is different, my mouth is small near the midface perceived as more intelligent.
    It is also interesting to note that those with IQ above 140, according to the survey, were perceived as less attractive.

    This is also a methodological issue that should always be shown .
    Most people more attractive facially , do not seem to be among the most intelligent and read a survey that showed that Satoshi Kazanawa where the most beautiful faces had median scores iq .
    On facial symmetry. As I have said, the Ashkenazi Jews tend to have asymmetric faces , at least the famous and intelligent Jews I’ve ever seen . Probably , this case should be counted separately for European way , as the Ashkenazim has given great emphasis on intelligence (where even the poorest , though smart, is selected to marry , eg , the daughter of Rabbi at least that’s what I’ve read) while Europe has emphasized a number of other attributes and not only cognitive competition. Interestingly, many Aspies also have asymmetrical faces , a result of more intense exposure to testosterone or abnormal distribution of hormones .
    Probably the same way as in a big city where micro climates develop along the anthropomorphic artificial processes of the atmosphere changes , radical changes in the distribution of local biomes , Europe also has been cognitively worked to develop the same situation as metaphorically I tried to compare with the great city of today. Some micro regions , certain types of human mating has resulted in the propensity to develop European genius, the arts to the sciences , while in others , the patterns of marriages has produced other exceptionalities , largely found in Europe .

    In the countryside near my town, there is a lot of Caucasians over 60 years old and most of them seem to have quite progressive faces. Perhaps have great chin has its costs. Or do you have a big chin or you have a larger forehead or the middle part of most developed face. The last two appeared as components in intelligent face.

    About Psychopaths

    First , the degeneration is not a trace , present only in some groups but not in others. The big mistake of the English Victorians. Virtue and degeneration are found in all groups , so it is difficult to generalize . It is quite possible and reasonable to do so for abstract groups but not for individuals .
    People are grouped by certain characteristics , racial, sexual , behavioral . This can be done when analyzing groups , but not in individual terms , specifically when dealing with outliers , which are people who do not fit into any group.
    Like I said , correlation means causation , depending on which side of the prism that you want to emphasize , but the opposite is also correct. Both are correct , it just depends on which side you are analyzing. The error here is always dualism ( the fate of abstract inferiority of most of human beings ) and contempt for the diversity of realities that a particular subject can lead us .
    At the most , it could be possible that a specific segment of high-functioning psychopaths who despite being biologically as such, never did harm to anyone, can be maintained in the future gene pool of the species . Less emotion does not always mean less conscientiousness . What is killing the West is excessive compassion , worst of all sins according to Zarathustra .

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  8. @ hbd chick Nice collection of links as always. I pulled out a couple that will cite myself on nobabies.net some day soon under the heading “The finger, no not that finger:” I shall take occasion then to say something nice about you. There’s plenty to be said.

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  9. @hbdchick I see you’ve been tweeting links to my unfocused rambling blog. I appreciate that.

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  10. “Inbreeding is associated with lower 2D: 4D digit ratio. – in turkey. ”

    Great find. So males (and females?) from inbred populations might have higher average testosterone levels than those from outbred populations? And higher sex drive, higher levels of aggression, maybe higher fertility? [I assume Linton has seen this].
    Although whether this is related to female mate choice for facial masculinity as an indicator of immunocompetence has been questioned:
    http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/07/05/beheco.ars097.full
    “Female preferences for facial masculinity are probably not adaptations for securing good immunocompetence genes”

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  11. “female mate choice”

    Arranged marriages.

    If individuals have their marriages arranged then they aren’t selecting on specific male or female characteristics. They’re being selected by the relatives of the intended spouse on the basis of things like dowries, land ownership or relatedness. All else being equal wouldn’t you expect that to naturally lead to a reduction in sexual dimorphism?

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  12. Negative and positive thinkers (I’m negative). But I’m also pretty sure that I’ve read that negative thinkers, even outright depressed people tend to have a more accurate reading of the situation. In other words, positive thinkers are fooling themselves. But it must make life more bearable.

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  13. @LolKatzen:

    It only makes life more bearable if there is no cost involved. Immigration is a perfect example. They insist that everything is working great by ignoring the problems. When the happy-bubble finally bursts they’ve dug themselves (and everybody else) into very deep pit. Now many of them seem angry, defensive – and even depressed.

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  14. @dearieme – “the American use of Caucasian to mean ‘white’ has considerable potential for confusion. Especially for us foreigners who don’t know, for instance, whether Americans include swarthy whites within the C-word e.g. the whites of SW Asia and N Africa.”

    agreed. the usage is annoyingly imprecise. =/

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  15. @staffan – “It makes sense for trust in others to lack heritability.”

    i’m surprised by these results — and wonder if this research is correct. of course, if it’s right, it’s right, and i shall have to deal with it. (~_^) but i haven’t looked closely at the paper yet. one of these days!

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    1. @hbd chick “i’m surprised by these results” Yes. Me to. In fact my initial response is to be quite skeptical. Somewhere recently I read (here?) that oxytocin effect promotes being nice the strangers and hostile to outsiders as well as making you feel good. That suggests that this is not a multi-factoral kind of thing. It largely comes down to one chemical. And it is pretty likely that any single chemical shows inheritable diversity in its quantity, the effectiveness or both. Of course this impacts my own interest in why those who don’t form intense bonds within group get rich but die out. So maybe lack of oxytocin effect is why Western societies are doing both.
      Of course there are not enough data to make such a call, but it would take a lot to persuade me the xenophilia is not inheritable at all.

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  16. @gottlieb – “Not to be presumptuous, but I have almost all the features of intelligent face. Now, just need to have a high IQ, that’s all.”

    heh! (^_^)

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  17. @sisyphean – “I see you’ve been tweeting links to my unfocused rambling blog. I appreciate that.”

    oh, you’re very welcome! (^_^) i’m enjoying your posts. still amazed at you folks with super low neuroticism! =o me — i could put woody allen’s characters to shame. =/

    (~_^)

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  18. @chris – “So males (and females?) from inbred populations might have higher average testosterone levels than those from outbred populations? And higher sex drive, higher levels of aggression, maybe higher fertility?”

    yes, wouldn’t all THAT be interesting?! Further Research is RequiredTM (^_^)

    ftr — i’ve got a low (more masculine) 2d:4d ratio and i come from a population with a long and pretty recent history of inbreeding. n=1. (~_^)

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    1. @hbd chick “i come from a population with a long and pretty recent history of inbreeding. n=1. ” There. I rest my case. You have the brains, energy and good heart that will keep the rest of us clods going in a crisis. Did I ever say, “Inbreed or die?”

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  19. @frau katze – “But I’m also pretty sure that I’ve read that negative thinkers, even outright depressed people tend to have a more accurate reading of the situation. In other words, positive thinkers are fooling themselves. But it must make life more bearable.”

    yup! on all of those.

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  20. Linton Somewhere recently I read (here?) that oxytocin effect promotes being nice the strangers and hostile to outsiders as well as making you feel good. That suggests that this is not a multi-factoral kind of thing. It largely comes down to one chemical.

    In a summation of East-West personality genetics differences, Heejung Kim described the effects of OXTR related genetic function as primarily enabling more accurate or at least more sensitive detection of social and emotional cues, rather than feel good genetics per se.

    We could imagine this affecting people who tend to scrutinize different types of relationships in different ways – for example, the findings that men with high oxytocin levels seem to be more accurate or intense with competitive relationships and women with kin relationships would be an effect a sex effect where the focus moderates increasing overall accuracy and “loudness”.

    This might have effected this study. If the researchers had an expectation and had subtle cues being expressed, then the high oxytocin men might be more sensitive to that.

    (“Sensitive” dopamine and serotonin related genetic variations previously associated with in group and conformist behaviors seem to relate more to punishment and reward, and to increase motivation toward or against social outcomes).

    I have some skepticism on the trust matter only as trust variables show signicificant correlations with Wordsum in the GSS, and we know Wordsum (or at least IQ) has fairly high heritability. However, it is true that this GSS trust variable related to beliefs about the trustworthiness or others, not behavior (taking a chance on others relates not only to beliefs in their behavior, but also attitudes to taking risks and desire to maintain independence, etc.).

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  21. @Staffan

    “It makes sense for trust in others to lack heritability. Whoever is persistently trusting in a hostile environment will just be eaten up.”

    Not if they organize as a group. If they organize as a group their higher group synergy wins.

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    1. @ Greying Wanderer “If they organize as a group their higher group synergy wins. Makes sense to me. You continue to be an astute observer. By the way, your comment that “gingers” used to dominate Europe rings a bell with me. I can’t offer supporting evidence, but I do believe it’s true.

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  22. @ Matt “Heejung Kim described the effects of OXTR related genetic function as primarily enabling more accurate or at least more sensitive detection of social and emotional cues” Interesting. Did he say who had more oxytocin effect, those of the East or those of the West? If forced to guess I would suspect there was more in the East.

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  23. @Greying Wanderer:

    “Not if they organize as a group. If they organize as a group their higher group synergy wins.”

    Yes, in theory, but in reality these people are all for immigration and allowing themselves to be exploited – because of their trust. So they can’t really organize themselves. They just happened to evolve in geographical isolation.

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  24. @Staffan

    “So they can’t really organize themselves.”

    Really? European empires 1914.

    Something changed.

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    @Linton Herbert

    Yes, seem to be a lot of gingers in royal portraits (at least in Britain).

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    1. @ Greying Wanderer “Something changed” Roger that. Also before 1914 it seems to me that the great powers did not target civilians during wars. War was terrible of course, but killing non combatants was not policy. That changed in WWI when the Brits blockaded Germany and millions died. Then come WW II bombing cities became routine. Now civilians are the principle target in conflicts involving great powers. That’s in addition to losing all sense of self preservation. What happened?

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  25. Linton Herbert – Interesting. Did he say who had more oxytocin effect, those of the East or those of the West? If forced to guess I would suspect there was more in the East.

    https://labs.psych.ucsb.edu/kim/heejung/kimsasaki_cultural_neurosci.pdf

    “the relative frequencies of these genes vary within cultural groups (i.e. East Asians and European Americans), and some susceptible alleles (e.g., G allele of OXTR) are more common among European Americans (e.g., Kim et al. 2010b; 2011), and other susceptible alleles (e.g., S allele of 5-HTTLPR) are more common among East Asians compared to their respective counterpart (Chiao & Blizinsky 2010).

    This fact also suggests that there probably is not a single gene for cultural conformity per se. Rather, we believe that the complex genetic make-up of individuals predispose them to be particularly sensitive to different aspects of the cultural environment in varied ways”

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  26. @Greying Wanderer

    “Really? European empires 1914.”

    First off, Russia is not guilt culture and France and America are half guilt, half honor cultures. As for the British empire, I think what happened is that they started out being so superior they couldn’t be exploited because the indigenous peoples had no basic understanding of how to do it, or that it was even a possibility. As soon as they became familiar with the British and acquired some basic education it all started to fall apart.

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  27. @Staffan

    They used to organize – supremely effectively, historically speaking – as a group. Now they don’t. Something changed.

    (Partly as a reaction to the extreme levels of productive synergy those societies were capable of when directed to destruction i.e. WWI.)

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  28. I always thought that Daniel Tammet was Jewish , by last name and by his own appearance , but surprisingly , he is not, and moreover came from a working-class British family .
    This proves that it is likely that the average appearance of the most intelligent men are more like the faces of Ashkenazi male.
    What is interesting to note among the Ashkenazim is that they are full of atavistic traits , psychological as well as physical . A lot of them have features that seem to be following the domestication process that civilizations go for framing.
    It marries perfectly with the idea that the selection process that produced the modern man , especially the white liberal , are not evolutionary , but only selective , targeting contextual adaptation. Evolution can only be taken for speciation , my opinion .
    These thoughts came to me after reanalyze the short discussion I had with Mr. Luke Lea , here on this blog , in the post Matrioshkas . The Ashkenazi man seems to be closer to the man pre – domestication than any other and this may explain its highly evolved mental capacity . Human evolution in comparison to their primate relatives was so fantastic that any intense selection would result in the loss of many of the attributes that have made us masters of this world .
    That would explain why Ashkenazi and people with asperger syndrome , among other atavistic neurological conditions , tend to be asymmetric , subsequent to the selection processes of physical and mental purification which resulted in symmetrical faces as many Scandinavian blond faces .
    The facial asymmetry may also indicate more severe cognitive expertise, for instance, demonstrating that some people have one side of the brain larger than the other. This would explain the Ashkenazi and aspie, both with high verbal IQ but with spatial iq generally depressed. Any coincidence, is not mere similarity.

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