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Black kids in Florida mock drowning man

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This is in Cocoa Florida, a town that is 33% black. From the voices on the tape, you can tell the kids are black. The drowning victim is also black. (Imagine the outcry of racism that there would be if white kids mocked a drowning black man! But of course that wouldn’t happen, white kids would use their smartphone to call 911.)

The problem I have with the mainstream media is that no one is noticing the kids’ race, and noticing the extreme dysfunction of black communities. Why are blacks busy protesting police when that’s how black kids behave? (And Michael Brown, the guy whose shooting sort of triggered the whole BLM movement, was one of those dysfunctional poorly-behaving black youth who robbed a convenience store and then attacked a police officer.)

Forget about whether the kids committed a crime that can be punished by the law. They didn’t. It’s not a crime to not help someone in need of help. That’s a rule of law that goes back hundreds of years. But they did commit a heinous moral crime.

Trayvon Martin, the black kid who was shot in self defense by George Zimmerman, came from the same underclass Floridian black subculture, which is why I have no doubt that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman and was beating him up when Zimmerman shot him.

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July 23, 2017 at 7:53 am

Posted in Biology

Heinlein, rational thinking, and eugenics

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A reader provided a link to another guy’s blog post about the novella Gulf. The other blogger is also an HBDer. In his blog post, he points out that Gulf is available online for free, and legally so.

Remember that one of the reasons I write about Heinlein is because of his huge but unappreciated contribution to conservative libertarianism. (Although Steve Sailer appreciates it.)

Let’s analyze some additional stuff from this novella. Here’s one key sentence from “Kettle Belly’s” speech to Gilead:

“Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.”

If I had read that when I was a teenager, that would have totally gone over my head. However, this is a topic I’ve blogged about relatively recently. At least this is something that I thought I blogged about relatively recently, but I can’t seem to find the blog post.

Intelligence is required for logical thinking, but most intelligent people don’t habitually use their intelligence to think logically, or rationally. Instead, they do stuff with their emotions, and then after the fact they use their intelligence to rationalize it.

“For explanations of a universe that confuses him he seizes onto numerology, astrology, hysterical religions, and other fancy ways to go crazy.”

According to Heinlein, one way to rule out someone as a rational thinker is if they believe in a religion. All rational thinkers are atheists. But not all atheists are rational thinkers. In Heinlein’s day, it was probably the case that the vast majority of people who would admit to being atheists were rational thinkers, but today, with declining belief in Christianity and Judaism, we have many people who say they are atheists but actually substitute other stupid beliefs in lieu of the religion of their parents.

Kettle Belly believed, and probably Heinlein himself thought it was a good idea otherwise he wouldn’t have put it into Kettle Belly’s mouth, that (1) the world would be a better place if there were more rational thinkers, and (2) that rational thinking is a genetic trait; and (3) you could breed more rational humans by having the most rational breed with each other; and (4) this eugenic scheme is a good idea and would be beneficial for mankind (because of the first point).

Outside of, perhaps this blog, you never hear anyone say that the problem with the world is that there aren’t enough rational thinkers.

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July 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm

Posted in Biology, Books

Why do disbelievers in evolution read HBD blogs?

If you’re going to believe the fairytale that the God of the Book of Genesis created man, why not believe the good fairytale that He created the races to be equal? Why believe the racist fairytale that He created blacks to be inferior to whites?

It should also be noted that God chose a Middle-Eastern Jew to be his only Son, and not a white gentile European. (The white supremacist types who converted to Asatru at least have a religion that’s consistent with their racist beliefs.)

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May 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

Posted in Biology, Religion

What the left really loathes about IQ

A commenter posted a link to this article, which I suppose is worth reading, but what struck me was this paragraph at the very top:

The left loathes the concept of IQ — especially the claim that it helps to determine socio-economic status, rather than vice versa — because of a near-religious attachment to the idea that man is a piece of clay that can be moulded into any shape by society

I don’t think this is true anymore. Not with respect to prole whites. The liberal elite has come to hate prole whites, and they would be quite ready to believe that proles whites, the people who voted for Donald Trump, are actually genetically inferior to themselves.

Nope, the reason the left currently loathes the concept of IQ is entirely related to the “gap” between blacks and whites. The left believes that racism is the most evil thing in the world, and that only the most evil of racists would believe that the “gap” is caused by genetics.

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May 4, 2017 at 9:16 pm

Posted in Biology

What are middle-aged men good at? Part 2

Mother Nature intended for middle-aged men to be good at being fathers (to their now older children) and grandfathers.

“Lion o’ the Turambar” (whose pseudonym, I think, is a Tolkien reference) said that “Coaches, boy scout troop leaders, church ushers, Kiwanis, and volunteer mentors are almost always middle aged men.” These are examples of middle-aged men using their paternal skills for the good of the community.

Unfortunately, none of this stuff is very valuable in the corporate world. Nor useful for men who never had children and therefore never developed their paternal skills. And furthermore, Betty Friedan taught us that happiness comes from a self-actualizing career, and not from the parent and grandparent stuff.

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Would you all like Betty Friedan a lot more if you knew that she is accused of being racist, classist, and homophobic?

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April 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

Lion’s four-part system for understanding how the world works

1. HBD (human biodiversity)

There are three legs to HBD;

a. Differences between races. This explains why some races underperform or overperform others in a diverse society, as well as explaining differences between nations.

This would be the least important part of HBD were it not for the fact that current moral thinking makes a huge deal out of racism. Racism is considered to be extremely evil, and different group and individual outcomes caused by HBD are instead blamed on racism.

b. Differences between men and women. Sex discrimination is also defined as evil by today’s moral arbiters, and as with racism, group and individual outcomes caused by HBD are blamed on sexism.

Additionally, because relations between men and women are such an important part of how society is organized, HBD-caused differences between men and women help to understand this part of society.

c. Biological/evolutionary basis for behavior. Our instinctive human behavior evolved to help us have as many grandchildren as possible in a pre-industrial or even pre-agricultural society. As such, they often cause illogical thinking and produce suboptimal results in a modern technological society with a post-scarcity economy.

2. Value transference. Most economists stuck in an eighteenth century mindset (when Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations) believe that most money is earned because value is created. But in a post-scarcity economy, the majority of work is value transference work, work that doesn’t create any value but just transfers the value created by others.

As I’ve stated many times before, if you want to understand how and why businesses make a profit, don’t read an economics textbook, read Michael Porter’s book Competitive Strategy (or one of the many derivative books).

The irony of business “competition” is that businesses are competing to get themselves into a position where they have a monopoly and they no longer have to compete.

Value transference is tied to winner-take-all economics, because the natural state of things is for a small number of people and companies to be big winners based on transferring the value created by others to themselves.

3. Relative wants. It’s said that humans have unlimited wants, which is mostly true for the vast majority of people.

There’s an evolutionary basis for this. In pre-industrial times, there were often famines in which those with the least resources died, thus evolution favored the genes of those who desired and accumulated more stuff, which could then be used to barter for food in times of famine.

This is also related to our desire for status. In times of famine, the people with the highest status (the king, the people just below the king in the hierarchy, etc) were never the ones who starved to death.

Today, in the United States, no one starves to death (in fact, poor people have the opposite problem of being too fat) because the United States is a post-scarcity economy. Thus our biologically programmed desire to accumulate stuff and have higher status is a suboptimal leftover from earlier times.

Most economists fail to see or understand relative spending and relative wants.

For example, everyone (OK, not everyone, but a lot of people, especially people with a lot of resources) want a summer home in the Hamptons, but because there is less real estate in the Hamptons than there are people who want to summer there, not everyone can afford to buy a house there. And no amount of economic growth or lower taxes will ever change that. If everyone’s net income increased by 10% because of economic growth or lower taxes, then the price of houses in the Hamptons would increase proportionately, and those who couldn’t afford a house there before still would not be able to afford one.

The local governments in the Hamptons could vastly increase the number of houses by changing zoning laws, but then there would be an influx of middle-class people and it would no longer be exclusive or highly desired by the rich and they’d find some other place (for example, Martha’s Vineyard) where they want to summer but can’t afford to.

4. Religion and groupthink. Many people wrongly equate religion with belief in supernatural beings. Better definitions of religion leave out the supernatural part. Here’s a suggested definition: “A cultural system of beliefs, behaviors, practices, ethics and societal organization that relate humanity to an order of existence.” In pre-scientific times, religious thinking tended towards belief in and worship of supernatural beings, but use of the word “supernatural” is our way of looking down on others. Believers in religion don’t see their beliefs as “supernatural,” they just see the true way that things are (from their perspective).

Religion is obviously a behavior that is programmed into us by evolutionary biology. So just because a large percentage of people in developed nations reject the traditional religions like Christianity (because they just seem too stupid in light of our modern scientific understanding of the world) doesn’t mean they have ceased religious thinking. The religious thinking is just diverted into other beliefs that currently are not classified as “religion” because they don’t involve worship of supernatural beings.

Belief in global warming is an example of a post-supernatural religious belief.

Groupthink is the tendency for people to believe whatever other people believe. It’s why people believe in religion (everyone else believes in it so it must be true!), but explains a lot more than religion. Groupthink is only obvious to outsiders. Insiders, who believe the groupthink, don’t realize it’s groupthink.

There are some rare individuals, like myself, who think a lot more logically than the average person and are highly resistant to groupthink. Although even I once succumbed to believing in libertarian economics, which is definitely a form of religious thinking.

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April 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Biology, Economics, Religion

The bleeding-heart liberal redhead

Have you noticed that whenever they need to depict a bleeding-heart liberal in a TV commercial or something like that, someone often reaches for the stereotype of a redheaded woman with pale freckly skin? Like in this commercial.

Is there any truth in this stereotype?

I can think of Elizabeth Kucinich as a real-world example, although most other real-world examples are less tall and less attractive.

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Does anyone know how the PUA community explains Dennis Kucinich hooking up with Elizabeth?

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February 20, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Posted in Biology

Obama is smart, deal with it

Another case of commenters disappointing me is the continuing comments disparaging Obama’s intelligence.

1. Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (HLS). The following was not written by me, but was a blog comment from a long time ago:

If we assume that LSAT 163=IQ 130 and average LSAT at HLS is 173, then the average HLS student has an IQ of 145 or 146, since on the LSAT 10 points is one SD.

Actually I think average LSAT Obama’s year was more like 170 or 171, so IQ = 140 is probably a reasonable estimate.

As an HLS grad, I can confirm that grading is largely blind, however the magna=top 10% rule was only established after Obama graduated. His year as I recall it was more like top 20%, and it varied year to year somewhat before it was changed from a minimum GPA standard to the top 10% rule.

Law Review has a few AA spots, and President of HLR is an elected position, so this means that the mainly white and very smart editors thought highly of him but does not speak directly to his intelligence.

All that said, even assuming the worst, that Obama just barely squeaked by in getting magna and was right at the top 20% and was an above average grade grubber, he still could not have graduated magna without having an IQ well in excess of 140.

HLS students are hardly slackers and the school is about 85% white or asian, so getting to the top 20% of that group is no easy task. I did know one guy who was somewhat less intelligent than the HLS average and got magna, but he studied insane amounts, more than 10 hours a day in addition to attending every class.

If Obama got his good grades this way, it speaks extremely well of his good character and work ethic in particular contrasting it with Bush, Gore, and Kerry with their gentleman’s B- averages, McCain and his bottom 1% grades at the navel academy, Biden with his plagerism, and Palin with her long struggle to find a college and major easy enough to squeak by.

Also, comparing Harvard College and Harvard Law School IQs, only about 1/3 of HC students who apply to HLS are accepted, and many more probably don’t even apply realizing they have no chance. I can’t remember the source, but I read that the average LSAT for HC students is 163, which is tied for the highest in the USA, but still well below HLS’s standards. There is a list floating around there somewhere.

So Obama had well-above-average grades at HLS where the average student has an IQ of 140, and where most of the students are workaholics.

2. HBD supports Obama being extremely intelligent. Some people think that HBD means that all blacks are stupid, but this is absolutely not true, it only talks about the average black. That a few exceptional blacks have IQs of 145 or higher is part of HBD. And Obama is only half black, and his black half is Kenyan and not descended from slaves.

People inherit their genes from their parents, and Obama’s father has a Master’s degree in economics from Harvard, and Obama’s half brother, Mark Ndesandjo, has a degree in math and physics from Brown and a Master’s degree in physics from Stanford. Yes, there’s affirmative action, but students who barely squeak into top schools via affirmative action don’t major in physics which is the most difficult hard science you can major in. In addition to being adept with hard science and math, Mark speaks several languages including Chinese, and he’s also a writer and a musician. He’s one very intelligent and talented guy with the same father as Obama.

3. Obama wrote a highly rated and admired memoir, which requires high intelligence. There’s a conspiracy theory floating around that someone ghostwrote it. Yes, ghostwriters are common when rich and famous people need to write a book. Obama was poor and an unknown nobody with lots of free time when he wrote his memoir.

Obama is extremely intelligent, learn to deal with it. Stop acting like a bunch of neo-Nazi morons.

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January 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Posted in Biology, Politics

The Real War on Science

John Tierney has a very long rant in City Journal that every liberal should be forced to read.

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November 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

Posted in Biology, Politics

Comment about IQ and life outcomes

“Glengarry” said in a comment:

For whatever reason, extremely intelligent people often seem to end up in these failed lives [referring to a person with a 163 IQ who was in prison and then worked a restaurant job]. Perhaps not as extreme as this particular case though.

This is a rewording of something I wrote a long time ago:

There is a shortage of career tracks for people with high IQs. Very few career tracks have an IQ floor much higher than 115. Therefore, the higher your IQ, the more important the wealth of your parents becomes (the very opposite of what most people think), because to get into the best career tracks you need better connections and not better IQ. People with exceptionally high IQs but inadequate parents often have poor life outcomes because of the mismatch.

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November 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Posted in Biology

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