2013 October 24 Thursday
Media Schizo About Genetic Impacts On Brain

A genetic take on politics (with real evidence!) on a site that usually features articles based on the Blank Slate view of human nature.

The third cluster shows the amazing finding of Bouchardís survey: Identical twins reared apart had a strong correlation between their political orientations; but the scores of fraternal twins raised separately didnít correlate significantly. These results suggest that genetics plays a decisive role in determining political attitudes. In other words, identical twins are more likely than fraternal twins to agree on divisive issues, precisely because theyíre more closely related to one another.

By contrast, on the same site Jordan Weissman specializes in tabula rasa journalism with pieces like Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income: A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students and How Poverty Sinks Our Schools (in 2 Graphs). He presents data that makes for grim reading. But he doesn't acknowledge the most powerful factor causing differences in how people perform in life: genes.

I am very curious to see when the findings of twins studies on our understanding of the mind (big role of genetic differences in intellectual ability, drive, conscientiousness, resilience, other mental attributes) get traced to specific genetic variants how the liberal intellectuals deal with it. Will they stop writing pieces about how poverty is a big cause of differences in scholastic performance? Will they start worrying about who makes babies and who doesn't? Will evidence impact their political positions in salutary ways? Will we be able to have realistic discussions of what is going wrong?

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XVO said at October 25, 2013 5:16 AM:

"I am very curious to see when the findings of twins studies on our understanding of the mind (big role of genetic differences in intellectual ability, drive, conscientiousness, resilience, other mental attributes) get traced to specific genetic variants how the liberal intellectuals deal with it. Will they stop writing pieces about how poverty is a big cause of differences in scholastic performance? Will they start worrying about who makes babies and who doesn't? Will evidence impact their political positions in salutary ways? Will we be able to have realistic discussions of what is going wrong?"

Zinger!

Of course not, because some of these studies already exist. They are ignored.

map said at October 25, 2013 11:07 AM:

No, they will ramp up affirmative action and the welfare state and argue that the truth of HBD proves that NAM's need special privileges. Meanwhile, whites will be denied opportunities because they are not smart enough.

HBD will change nothing.

The Dude said at October 26, 2013 1:34 PM:

I wouldn't trust the half-of-all-kids-live-in-poverty stuff. The author, a doofus Yankee academic, looked at the percent of students who get free school lunches. All you have to do to get free food is sign a piece of paper saying you are poor. That's it. No documentation, no checking, no W-2s, no prosecution for lying, nothing. The schools collect the forms, report the numbers to the Feds and get free food money (and additional Title 1 funds, too, as I remember. No one has ever been busted for Free School Lunch Fraud.

Since Mexicans come from a completely corrupt culture where bribing cops and judges is a way of life, do you really think they are going to hesitate for a second to lie? Hell, they routinely list 1-4 fake dependents to scam us out of $10-20,000 of Earned Income Tax Credit!


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