Next up in my review series I picked something anti-libertarian. I ended up with We wanted workers, based on a recommendation by Heiner Rindermann. It turned out to be a great choice. Borjas is my type of researcher, in his words: One underlying theme of this book is that viewing immigrants as purely a collection […]

After reading a book defending limitations to free trade/protectionism, it was time for something completely different. So I looked around after any current, well-regarded (in their circles) Austrian libertarian economist. Because I know many ancap people, I just picked one of those they often mentioned: Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Looking over his Wikipedia profile, you’d probably get the general […]

Recently, I decided it was time for catching up on my to-read list. I try to read >=30 books a year, and I was behind, owing to spending a lot of time on company work. I also wanted to avoid reading too much of the same stuff. Two reasons. First, I want to avoid getting […]

So, Logitech software only works for Windows. Unfortunately, the sensitivity is extremely high by default, making the mouse much less useful. The extra buttons also have no function, which is annoying. So, I wanted to fix this. The mouse actually saves the setting on itself, meaning that the settings are plug-and-play-able. Meaning that my G502 […]

In the SSC subreddit, someone reposted that data showing the strong race bias in the admission process for medicine. I reposted it on Twitter with some snark, to the usual effect: How racism looks like. I recommend keeping this in mind when you choose a doctor. t.co/0RzYyaT1gq pic.twitter.com/ftVX5uvMDg — Emil OW Kirkegaard (@KirkegaardEmil) June 23, […]

There’s a highly interesting new paper out: The Genetic Basis of Mendelian Phenotypes: Discoveries, Challenges, and Opportunities (Mendelians are also known as monogenic disorders because they are inherited in patterns that follow Mendel’s laws.) Abstract: Discovering the genetic basis of a Mendelian phenotype establishes a causal link between genotype and phenotype, making possible carrier and […]

www.goodreads.com/book/show/10753824-regression-modeling-strategies I heard some good things about this book, and some of it is good. Surely, the general approach outlined in the introduction is pretty sound. He sets up the following principles: Satisfaction of model assumptions improves precision and increases statistical power. It is more productive to make a model fit step by step (e.g., […]

We have a new big paper out: Kirkegaard, E. O. W., & Fuerst, J. (2017). Admixture in Argentina. Mankind Quarterly, 57(4). Retrieved from mankindquarterly.org/archive/issue/57-4/4 Abstract Analyses of the relationships between cognitive ability, socioeconomic outcomes, and European ancestry were carried out at multiple levels in Argentina: individual (max. n = 5,920), district (n = 437), municipal […]

Note: snarky, critical. Happy to be proven wrong. Edit: after writing this, I found some more evidence, but it’s not particularly convincing either. CFAR, The Center for Applied Rationality, is connected to the Less Wrong/rationalist movement. They offer courses where one can: 4-day immersive trainings in applied rationality; form accurate beliefs; learn to get these […]