the unbelievable ron unz

**update 08/12 – see below** i’m using unbelievable in two senses of the word here: 1) that what run unz says cannot be believed, and 2) i can’t believe the things ron tries to get away with! (see what i did there? (~_^) ) an example of point 1: ron said wrt the buj iq […]

top ten list 2015 and best laid plans 2016

here’s a top ten-ish selection of my posts from this year, selected by me (this blog is not a democracy! (~_^) ). they weren’t necessarily the most read or most commented upon posts, but just the ones that i like the best and/or think are the most important, and that i’d like people to read. […]

community vs. communism

it is a truth universally acknowledged, that whenever someone posts a map like this… …on twitter, that a chorus of people will respond: oh, just look at the terrible effects communism had on eastern europe! for no good reason really because, as we all know, correlation does not equal causation — although it does “waggle […]

evolving social norms

in Experimenting with Social Norms ensminger and henrich compile several very interesting studies on prosocial “fairness” norms conducted on various populations of different types — ranging from hunter-gatherers to urban factory workers — from around the world. three different economic experiments were conducted on the various populations (although it’s not clear to me if all […]

germany and the migrants

several people have compared the current migrant crisis in europe to the arrival of the barbarians in rome in the fourth century — for example, here’re steve sailer, peter frost, and historian tom holland. their concern — at least that of steve and peter — is the future of the west: will these migrants (help […]

a few thoughts

jayman’s got a cool new post up on clannishness and western inventiveness! here are a few thoughts from me… jayman said re. the abstract thinking type of westerners vs. the holistic thinking type of easterners (a la nisbett) [my emphasis]: “[A]nother key difference between Western vs. Eastern (i.e., WEIRDO vs. clannish) thought: the former see […]

the genetics of the american nations

razib tweeted earlier this week: Granka et al. #ashg2015 ancestry dna is using huge 500K data set in USA. looks like they may confirm or refute #AlbionsSeed models — Razib Khan (@razibkhan) September 13, 2015 granka is julie granka who already did some preliminary blogging about these findings last year over at ancestry.com. #ashg2015 is […]