Ha. Google’s old Chrome browser didn’t know about the previous tabs either, so there was no barrier to moving to a different browser. This one is “Web”, an open source browser based on WebKitGTK, also known as Epiphany. Seems fine so far, and I just uninstalled Google’s Chrome.
My exodus from Google’s ecosystem continues. Youtube is the last element, but many competitors are gaining ground because of Youtube censorship. That will take longer, but either Google’s managers have the epiphany that they aren’t immune to competition, so have to be neutral, or they continue to lose trust and mindshare.
I am generally impressed by Ron Unz, somewhat diminished here, where he fails to ask “European, or non-European” wrt the researcher’s biases. Or to note the Flynn Effect, which shows that the ability for abstract thought requires an environment that has that kind of an information flow. Your whole life is preparation for your IQ test, and you CAN STUDY for IQ tests and significantly improve your scores. Modern education is largely study for SAT and IQ tests, far more than for the deeper learning that produces mastery of a subject.
Let me write the IQ tests, and I can make the average Harvard faculty member a dunce compared to the average aborigine from anywhere. Ever tracked a bear? Know about the habits of elk? Know the signs showing good root harvesting? Know how to chip a spear point? How to choose the rock? What rock is is improved with heating? How to do the heating? Know the best wood for the many uses in an aborigine environment? Know how to weave baskets? Know how to ambush your enemies? Where? How to know their intentions from their tracks as they cross into your territory?
Know how to survive at 40 below? At 140 in the desert? Where to find water in either situation?
Or closer to home, know about welding pipelines? Working in 20 below doing that? Working on a drill rig in the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska? Managing a crew of construction workers when they include many ethnicities, educational levels and motivations? How to pour a foundation for a silo? Construct one? Install the silo unloading equipment? The feedlot equipment? String a fence?
Drill the rock for mining? Plant the explosives? Plan a grade cut for a road or the minimum cost rock removal for extracting an ore? Think it might take intelligence for any of that? Abstract intelligence, in fact, and require general intelligence to apply your knowledge in new situations? Did you know that the best hunters in ‘primitive hunter-gatherer cultures’ around the world are 30 or more years old, longer than the average length of time required to attain a STEM Ph.D.?
Do you think much of that sophistication of thought can be captured by paper and pencil tests? That a P&P test can distinguish the best pipeline welder in North America from the worst, or the best tracker in the Kalahari from the worst?
If IQ is so cultural-specific as Flynn shows it must be, then the studies showing correlation of brain size with IQ must be equally so, even ignoring the intelligence of Grey Parrots, crows and ravens, which all show that considerable intelligence can be packed into small brains, that neural architecture is a huge factor in the brain-intelligence relationship. So far as I know, and I think I would know, we do not have a way of measuring and comparing efficiencies of different neural architectures.
The brain-size/IQ correlation studies are the hardest evidence for racial differences in IQ. Brain-size is a hard measure, but IQ certainly is not, and brain size cannot be assumed to mean the same in the Kalahari population, for example, with its long independent evolution, as it does in a European or Asian. The reaction-time/IQ correlation is probably 2nd hardest, but EVERYTHING affects reaction time, including the amount of adrenaline in your system, so you can’t assume it is anything brain-related.
IQ researchers study what is convenient to study, and convince themselves it is everything. Inside their deep silos of specialty knowledge in isolated academia, IQ researchers are culturally illiterate and have no concept of the challenges of other ways of life nor how to measure the minds that are the best at dealing with them. Top SAT or IQ scores is not adequate to ensure success in most of them, even in a first-world nation. Thus, those are not nearly as generalizeable as the researchers Unz cites want to believe.
And no Ron, I don’t need to spend my life reading the IQ and genetics literature to understand that. As usual, deep specialists don’t see the limitations of their methods. It takes a generalist who knows some anthropology, animal intelligence, neuroscience and especially John Ioannidis’s critiques of the reproducibility of science, and the fact that psychological research in peer-reviewed journals is only about 30% reproducible.
Bushels of salt and wide general knowledge are needed for evaluating their literature, not years of intensively studying it :
The FBI has apparently changed little under Wray. Never thought he was a white hat :
“Black-robed judges over riding citizen’s choices”? Citizen’s choices? More like un-accountable legislature’s choices or mega-corporation’s choices. There can be no argument for restrictions on Free Speech for the reason that it is arguing for ignorance over knowledge.
If you don’t like drug company ads, and I very much do not, don’t watch them. I have not had a TV since becoming an adult, and our kid hasn’t watched until he became an adult. He watches movies sometimes, but the only TV he regularly watches is the ultra-NYJewish sitcom, Curb Your Enthusiasm. His gf liked it before she met him, they watch together :
I haven’t had time to watch George Webb the last few days, am catching up. More on JIATF and personnel, DEA licenses for government personnel in law enforcement? Why would that be necessary? George is skeptical about the Seth Rich ‘murder’, tho his reasons are probably better than mine. I should have cited the lack of a death certificate or an autopsy report :