linkfest – 02/12/12

Research shows genes influence criminal behavior“‘The overarching conclusions were that genetic influences in life-course persistent offending were larger than environmental influences….'”

The Upside of Dyslexia“[M]any people with dyslexia possess distinctive perceptual abilities.”

The Voice of the People II: Arab Democracy“[W]ill any democracy taken up by Arab Muslims inevitably become authoritarian?” – @those who can see.

Hidden Games – from greg cochran.

Were they right after all? – from peter frost.

Which population in the 1000 Genomes Project samples has the most Neandertal similarity? – from john hawks.

42,000 year old art from Andalusia – neanderthal cave paintings? @dienekes’ blog.

Did Easter Islanders Mix It Up With South Americans?

Homosexuality: What’s Choice Got to Do With it?“But as an inveterate mocker of leftist contradictions, I will note that the SAME people who are INSISTING homosexuality is entirely genetic are precisely those who for generations now have denied and dismissed the idea that ‘race’ or ‘gender’ are anything more than ‘social constructs.’ When it comes to race and gender, they will only accept environmental explanations; but when it comes to what you do with your naughty bits, they will only permit biological alibis. For race and gender, it’s 100% ‘nurture’; for sexuality, it’s 100% nature. Like always, they make no sense. But I enjoy watching how they struggle to fit straight pegs into gay holes.” – from jim goad. (who else? (~_^) )

bonus: John Derbyshire’s CPAC Speech: Will Our Multicultural Elites Ever Become Race Realists?

bonus bonus: Some blacks insist: ‘I’m not African-American’

bonus bonus bonus: How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy – more cool stuff on t. gondii, but check this out – “Colorado State University’s Janice Moore … and Chris Reiber, a biomedical anthropologist at Binghamton University, in New York, strongly suspected that the flu virus might boost our desire to socialize. Why? Because it spreads through close physical contact, often before symptoms emerge—meaning that it must find a new host quickly. To explore this hunch, Moore and Reiber tracked 36 subjects who received a flu vaccine, reasoning that it contains many of the same chemical components as the live virus and would thus cause the subjects’ immune systems to react as if they’d encountered the real pathogen. The difference in the subjects’ behavior before and after vaccination was pronounced: the flu shot had the effect of nearly doubling the number of people with whom the participants came in close contact during the brief window when the live virus was maximally contagious.” – heh!

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hbd rules

over @ altright, man-of-the-people and champion of the working class, scott locklin, has been reviewing (in a terrific series of posts, btw) america’s social classes and the current war between them.

he’s right. there’s a ginNORmous class war in america right now with the upper crusties allied with the lower classes (especially minorities) vs. the hard-working middle and upper-working (especially white) classes.

but he’s wrong when he characterizes hbd studies as all about “race and genetics” (“Many people on the Alternative Right seem to think that race and genetics are the ultimate forbidden topic in America today.”)

hbd is not just “race and genetics”, although one could be forgiven for thinking so since most of the hbd (and related) blogs out there tend to focus mainly on race, iq and the sexes.

but that’s not what hbd is all about – or it shouldn’t be anyway. no – studies of human biodiversity are simply studies of biology with a focus on the various human phenotypes and behaviors.

yes, i’m talking consilience.

sure, there’s a class war in america right now (and prolly in most other countries), but i don’t think it will be understood unless we take a look at the underlying biology generating these behaviors. marxist – or any other social – theory just ain’t gonna cut it.

why are american upper crusties battling the middles classes? what’s in it for their genes?

maybe it’s ’cause the two groups are not very related (genetically speaking) anymore (think of the likes of obama, too). maybe it’s ’cause the upper crusties are mostly psychopaths. maybe they’re just misguided and their behaviors (and, therefore, their genotypes) will be weeded out by natural selection (we can always hope!).

but i guaratee you – their behavior, like everyone else’s on the planet, is rooted in their biology; and without understanding that we will never understand their actions.

THAT is what hbd is all about.

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