Hi, welcome to my blog. I am an ever-curious observer of the world, with a passion for understanding the universe in which we inhabit. I am particularly interested in humans and human nature, understanding human similarities and as well human differences.
As you can see from the national emblems above, I am a second generation Jamaican-American of Black, White (English), and Chinese descent, living the motto “out of many, one people.”
On this blog, I talk a lot about Human BioDiversity* or HBD. This is the field of research concerned with heritable human differences, between individuals and between human groups, including gender and ethnicity. You will see a lot of posts discussing heritable human differences, and the impact of said differences on society.
I discuss this because – beyond the simple fact that it fascinates me – because I want to understand how the world actually is, as any good scientist should. Unfortunately, the study of heritable human traits, particularly when it comes to human differences, is currently unfashionable in the Western world. It is regarded as a taboo topic in mainstream public discourse, costing people their careers and stymieing research in the field. In my search for the truth, I am not inclined to shy away from a topic just because it’s taboo, if it’s what I must do to uncover the truth.
As a person of color who grew up in the American inner city, I have had exposure to a variety of different human societies, making me curious about human differences. Now I seek to explore and understand those differences.
Politically, I’m very liberal, (see: My Political Alignment), both socially and economically. However, it’s important to always put one’s political views second to the facts about reality. Unfortunately, many people seem unable to do so, leaving the truth to get mired in personal and institutional dogma.
I am also an atheist, but I don’t see this as being particularly special, as this is only as any scientist naturally should be, although I understand and accept that that is not always possible (see “HBD and Atheism” below).
First and foremost, if you’re new to HBD, and want to know what this human biodiversity stuff is all about, and more importantly, why we think it’s true, please see my page HBD Fundamentals for a list of key reading and pieces of evidence for HBD. For those without any background on the topic, I strongly recommend the four books under the “Start with” section. However, if you want a less dense introduction to the topic, I’d recommend my blog posts below.
If you’re new to my blog, to understand where I’m coming from, I recommend that you read the following posts, ideally in the order listed (this list will be updated as new posts are added):
Start here: All Human Behavioral Traits are Heritable
NEW: See my series on the historical and genetic roots of the ideological and other psychological differences among White Americans in different regions of the country:
A Tentative Ranking of the Clannishness of the “Founding Fathers”
Flags of the American Nations
Maps of the American Nations
NEW Religions of the American Nations
NEW Rural White Liberals – a Key to Understanding the Political Divide
Be sure also to see this post on the nature of rational inquiry: Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit
For a review of the major topics I’ve discussed on my blog, see this post: 100 Blog Posts – A Reflection on HBD Blogging And What Lies Ahead
As well, be sure to see the posts covering my “pioneer hypothesis”, talking about fertility trends and their relation to political orientation and colonial history:
Liberalism, HBD, Population, and Solutions for the Future
A follow-up: Ethnicity and Politics
Another Tale of Two Maps
The Liberal/Conservative Baby Gap: Time Depth
Further Testing the Pioneer Hypothesis: Canada and Russia
Why sub-replacement fertility is not necessarily all that bad
Expectations and reality: a window into the liberal-conservative baby gap
Dystopian Conservative Future?
My other posts on fertility trends:
A Success Story?
Are you missing out by not having kids? Your DNA sure is…
For every person that doesn’t want kids there are 25 that do. Is that so?
A Tale of Three Maps
Fertility and Happiness: A Global Perspective
Who’s Having the Babies?
My posts on parenting and psychological development:
Taming the “Tiger Mom” and Tackling the Parenting Myth
Should Parents Lose Custody of Obese Kids?
About Developmental Noise
Little Emperor Syndrome my…
Apples, Oranges, and Lesbians: The Nurture Assumption Just Will Not Die
My posts on health, particularly questioning the conventional wisdom on obesity and cardiovascular health:
A Fat Problem With Heart Health Wisdom
Exercise, weight loss, and keeping you alive – yet another tale of maps
And Yet Another Tale of Two Maps
A Fat World – With a Fat Secret?
Fun Facts About Obesity
Gary Taubes on Obesity and Bad Science
Obesity and IQ
IQ and Death
NEW Even George W. Bush Has Heart Disease
NEW Trans Fat Hysteria and the Mystery of Heart Disease
My posts on gender, sex, and sexual identity/orientation:
My posts on more philosophical topics, such as religion and free will:
My posts on astronomy and the future prospects of human space travel/colonization:
My posts may also be viewed by category, by clicking the categories from the cloud at right.
Learning about the facts of human nature and the reality of biological human differences may force one to abandon certain hopes and dreams about how to make a world. One must have a certain amount of Serenity in order to accept the biological reality.
As for my WordPress/Twitter avatar, this is a still from a video of the International Space Station flying over the Earth. I chose this photo because it speaks to all that we discuss, and more. HBD’ers talk about the world around us and its people, which is represented by the whole Earth, seen in all its brilliant glory below the space station in this photo. But the starry sky lying above is a reminder that this world is but a tiny part of an entire universe beyond it. The ISS in the foreground is itself a sign of Man’s ability and desire to reach into this great beyond. This photo is perfectly symbolic.
Be sure as well to follow me on Twitter!
*See this 13-minute video of Steve Sailer, who coined the term human biodiversity, discussing it.
My current theme song. Rock out with The Rock!