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April 25, 2013 / JayMan

Back to Basics

529129_10151660976292265_1692283679_nI’ve created a new page with an HBD reading list. The books, articles, blog posts, and scientific papers therein contain the fundamental evidence for human biodiversity, including on individual differences, on gender differences, and on ethnic and racial differences:

HBD Fundamentals | JayMan’s Blog

I’ve added a new widget leading to this page on the right.

While it’s not as comprehensive as the list at the Human BioDiversity Reading List, it’s more focused, giving you the key publicans you need to establish and easily demonstrate the “first principles” of this science, particularly for complete newbies.

The next time you’re in a debate with a blank-slatist or other HBD-denier, as I was over at this liberal blog site, just point them to that page. ;)

(Image by Nelson.)

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  1. Staffan / Apr 25 2013 3:17 PM

    Great initiative, (although I still think there should be a book on this).

    I’ll definitely read Harris’ second book. I read her first book shortly after Pinker’s The Blank Slate. Both very informative and well written.

    I’ve noticed that there aren’t that many blank slatists anymore, instead they’ve retreated to the 50/50 position. It seems to work for them since few of their opponents talk about things like error measurement or shared environment.

    I loved Brainwash/Hjernevask, couldn’t believe that public TV in Norway would send it. Fascinating how detached from reality many social scientists are. Or maybe they don’t believe what they’re saying but hope that others will. Either way, it’s a pretty weird bunch.

    • JayMan / Apr 26 2013 1:34 PM

      I’ll definitely read Harris’ second book. I read her first book shortly after Pinker’s The Blank Slate. Both very informative and well written.

      It’s a great read; it really fleshes out the problem. Even if I’m not sure the theory she proposes in this book is entirely correct, parts of it are almost certainly true and she does put forward some great ideas.

      I’ve noticed that there aren’t that many blank slatists anymore, instead they’ve retreated to the 50/50 position. It seems to work for them since few of their opponents talk about things like error measurement or shared environment.

      Or something like that. The “roughly sculpted clay” model is what I think is popular with thinking people on this; they accept that some aspects of behavior are genetic, but with the right environment (nurture), we can get the results we want (or at least better results), even though that is generally wrong.

      I loved Brainwash/Hjernevask, couldn’t believe that public TV in Norway would send it. Fascinating how detached from reality many social scientists are. Or maybe they don’t believe what they’re saying but hope that others will. Either way, it’s a pretty weird bunch.

      One does have to wonder. But there are clues in some cases, as we saw in Bill Maher’s excellent trouncing of the PC explanation for Muslim terror:

      See the exchange that starts at about 2:46.

      Notice his mention of Maher speaking to a “national audience.” So yes, it’s possible that some of the promulgators of PC – of which this guy is definitely one – do know something of the reality but are worried about what other people think.

  2. Nyk / Apr 25 2013 5:11 PM

    I would also recommend the Teaching Company course, “The intelligent brain”, for those who prefer learning in video format. The lecturer is prof. Richard J. Haier and it is about the current understanding of intelligence, the g factor and even some lectures on how IQ is reflected in the neuroscience of the brain (this is the professor’s own area of expertise). Very interesting and exciting.

  3. Sideways / May 10 2013 10:04 PM

    The left-wing creationist idiocy in that last link really burns.

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