best laid plans 2015

at the beginning of last year, i outlined my best laid plans for 2014 — what topics i hoped to post about during the year — and, looking back on that post, i kinda-sorta stuck to that plan, but i did drop the ball in some instances (assimilation, for example — did i even post on that in 2014? don’t think so. did i ever mention that i come from a population that’s not very strong in future-time orientation? (~_^) ).

so, lemme try again this year. topics i plan on blogging about in 2015, not necessarily in this order (and with no guarantees!):

assimilation: “you keep using that word….” (hint: i don’t think assimilation is as easy as most people assume it is. example: the four anglo “folkways” of north america, a la albion’s seed, which STILL haven’t assimilated to one another after 300 to 400 years. and they all originated from the same country/broad cultural background!)

– speaking of assimilation, i’d also like to look at how populations and subpopulations self-sort (egs. the Albion’s Seed populations mentioned above, the American Nations pops discussed at length by jayman on his blog, The Big Sort, etc.) and the significance of that. the migration of populations/subpopulations basically.

manorialism: going to continue (and hopefully complete!) my planned series on the history of manorialism in europe and its different regional types.

– i will also dig in further into the origins of The Outbreeding Project in christian europe. (hint: i think it wuz the romans.)

violence: want to look more into the decline in homicides/impulsive violence in western european populations. last year i wrote a sneak preview of where i think my readings on this are leading, at least for england. we shall see how it pans out.

shame vs. guilt cultures: more on this, too.

the tswana: i’m VERY keen on taking a close look at the tswana of southern africa, because they are the one group outside of the arabized world which has a history of father’s brother’s daughter marriage (see here), but botswana is one of the most successful and functional nations in subsaharan africa. ‘sup with that?!

the french: i have started reading The Discovery of France (thanks to everyone who recommended it!), so i want to discuss the french a bit.

italians: my christmas present to myself was a copy of Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy by robert putnam et al., so i want to discuss the italians a bit, too.

democracy: really want to look at the histories/evolution of and differences between liberal and other forms of democracy (like consensus democracy). this is important, i think.

history of mating patterns in various populations: i’ll probably just continue trawling around for more info/data on the historical mating patterns of various populations. it’s what i do.

hbd between individuals (as opposed to between groups): ’cause i think we need to talk about that.

– prolly other stuff, too.

note that i do take reader requests! (especially if i find the topic interesting.) (^_^)

i will also have to find someone who can clone me so that i have the time to do all this blogging! (~_^)

also, my new year’s resolution is to no longer enter into “discussions” with people who feel that the existence of human biodiversity or having an interest in it is somehow wrong or waaaaycist or whatever. that is just a waste of my time. from now on, those people will simply be directed to my what is human biodiversity (hbd)? series.

that is all! (^_^)

previously: best laid plans 2014

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14 Comments

  1. but botswana is one of the most successful and functional nations in subsaharan africa. ‘sup with that?!

    Maybe FBD is actually better than whatever most Africans are doing?

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  2. I mentioned you and the avoidance of cousin marriage in NW Europe in my post today. The context was G M Trevelyan’s History of England. He pushes that reduced clannishness among the English even farther back than you do.

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  3. Yay yay yay ROMANS!! Looking forward to reading about that.

    (I find Ancient Rome fascinating because it is so modern. It wasn’t until the 1600s that Europe got back to where Rome left off.)

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  4. Sounds great!

    – manorialism: going to continue (and hopefully complete!) my planned series on the history of manorialism in europe and its different regional types.

    Sounds good. I plan to seriously dig into this myself. (I have yet to finish Michael Mitterauer’s book).

    – i will also dig in further into the origins of The Outbreeding Project in christian europe. (hint: i think it wuz the romans.)

    Please do so. The Romans? Sounds a bit early. Could you expound on this a bit here?

    – the tswana: i’m VERY keen on taking a close look at the tswana of southern africa, because they are the one group outside of the arabized world which has a history of father’s brother’s daughter marriage (see here), but botswana is one of the most successful and functional nations in subsaharan africa. ‘sup with that?!

    As pseudoerasmus pointed out, they have a lot of diamonds (they produce 20% of the world supply) and only 2 million residents. They don’t so much need to make money as not steal/lose too much of it. Still, it’s still an intriguing question, I agree.

    My probably wrong “evolutionary” theory, but here goes: Botswanans and their ancestors lived in a desert region. As in the cold climes where Caucasoids and Mongoloids appeared, you needed to be able to plan ahead so far as food and water procurement was concerned (there was no such pressing need, however, in the tropical regions of Africa).

    Angola also stands out as another desert sub-Saharan Africa that has managed its resource windfall well enough to achieve a non-too bad level of living standards. Now it just so happens that Angola has pretty good future time-orientation, cardinally unlike, say, Nigeria. Maybe Botswanans are similar in this respect.

    One of my close friends has a lot of experience in teaching international students. He noted that Botswanans, while they tended to be pretty dull, were nonetheless very conscientious students. Completely unlike the Gulf Arabs, who were not only dull but constantly making up lameass excuses, offering bribes for grades, etc.

    note that i do take reader requests! (especially if i find the topic interesting.) (^_^)

    What do you think about Ron Unz’s theory of the East Asian Exception?

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