Category: Richard Lynn’s Pseudoscience

Embracing Defectives

“Scumbag behavior.”

This is the Alt Right.  Jeelvy:

For example, my current employment makes zero to negative economic sense. Despite (or maybe because) of my intellect, I am a bad worker. I am often late for work, and when I do arrive, I arrive with the insomniac’s world-contemptuous scowl overlaid against a stubbled jowl. I resolve office politics with threats of violence, and I’ve been known to disappear for hours on end, only to return in a state of mild inebriation. I write monograph-length critiques of TV shows from ten years ago during office hours. What value I do produce is mercilessly exploited, and my successes are due more to innate charisma and an ability to charm people into forgiving my worst offenses rather than effort or passion. You have to be either crazy or my mother to hire me – in fact, the latter is my employer.

This is the sort of person Greg Johnson has writing for him now.  We’re really on target for community building with such high quality and personable individuals like Jeelvy!  A response:

Voryn Illidari
Posted October 24, 2019 at 8:14 am | Permalink
It’s hard to take seriously anything you write when in the first half of the article you proudly admit that you are a drain on your own family’s business and that you threaten fellow employees, presumably your own family members, with threats of violence. It doesn’t matter how you intellectualize this or what kind of “traditionalist” or otherwise antimodern argument you cobble together to justify it. This is fucking scumbag behavior and you owe your mother an apology and probably also a resignation. I’m sure you’ll call any prescription for responsible behavior a “Boomer” point of view, but it’s the truth (I’m a millennial, btw.)

There are two possibilities here. Either Jeelvy is being honest about his behavior in which case he’s simply a terrible human being who would likely act similarly to fellow activists, or he’ll claim to be “joking” in typical Alt Right Beavis-and-Butthead fashion – just childish “tough guy” posturing.  In either case, for a blog like Counter-Currents with pretensions of being a highbrow intellectual effort, Jeelvy’s writing is an embarrassment.

The main problem is not Jeelvy himself; after all, Alt Right juvenile jackasses are a dime-a-dozen.  The problem is Johnson, who runs such absolutely nonsensical childish stupidity on his blog. I should probably just stand back with a sense of schadenfreude and let Counter-Currents implode, but this is just too much.

One riposte would be to point out examples of juvenile writing and joking at EGI Notes.  The problem there is that I’ve made clear, many times, that the purpose of such writing is to ridicule and mock the stupidity of Der Movement (Jeelvy being a perfect example); the writing in this case is intentional parody of the likes of Jeelvy, Durocher, the entire Alt Right, the fetishists, all of it. Further, EGI Notes has always been a middlebrow blog (Richard Lynn’s Pseudoscience being lowbrow); Western Destiny is my highbrow blog. Counter-Currents itself is supposed to be highbrow.  Thus, the comparison fails.

And the purpose of these critical posts?  It is important to demonstrate to the rank-and-file that Der Movement is intellectually, morally, and ethically bankrupt, and is full of people who are, like Jeelvy, not serious.

And here we observe a perfect example of why all of the “movement” talk about “rejecting defectives” is a lie.  Der Movement actively embraces defectives.  Defectives welcome!  This Jeelvy should have nothing to do with pro-White activism, but instead is an honored writer for Counter-Currents.  Remember the accusations of Pilleater?  He claimed cocaine use at Amren meetings and homosexual sexual harassment at Counter-Currents meetings. That’s the reality.  Jeelvy is the reality. Talk about eschewing defectives is just self-serving nonsense.  Without defectives, 99% of “racial activism” would vanish overnight.

Consider the niche space of racial activism being like a garden – it is now overgrown with weeds that are choking off any useful growth. Without a thorough weeding, nothing productive is possible.  The rank-and-file have to be convinced that weeding is absolutely required.

Jews, the Decline of MacDonald, and Other News

Jews and other news.

An excellent Joyce piece about Jewish self-glorification.

Jews have a joke among themselves that goes something like this: A class of schoolchildren is asked to produce an essay about giraffes; little Tom Smith hands in a piece on the neck; little John Baker writes about its diet; others write about the tail, the environment, and so on. Then little Benny Cohen hands in his paper, and it is titled “The Giraffe and the Jews.”

The joke, little-known among non-Jews, conveys an important truism — that, for Jews, everything, no matter how distant or abstract, often comes back to the idea and feeling of being Jewish. In other words, it is a joke about Jewish ethnocentrism. That non-Jews aren’t very familiar with the joke speaks to the fact that Jewish ethnocentrism is something that is very frequently discussed and celebrated by Jews, but also something that is frequently downplayed, obscured, or even denied when queried by outgroups.

Indeed.

A particularly interesting aspect of the study by Brown et al. is the response to increasing rates of intermarriage among American Jews. Jewish intermarriage has been raised as evidence by some scholars objecting to analyses of Jewish ethnocentrism, most notably and recently by Nathan Cofnas.[6] However, as Brown et al. note, given more than a century of intense assimilation and acceptance by the host population and a population size of only around 3%, “an endogamy rate [among Jews] of 50% is surprisingly high.”

People familiar with my work over a long period of time may remember that I did a quantitative analysis of this, graphing various White American ethnic groups for proportion of the population (X axis) and outmarriage rate (Y axis). A linear relationship was established – the smaller the group, the greater the outmarriage rate (since the greater the chance of a partner of a different ethnicity). I then tried to place Jews (in America) on that line and saw that they didn’t fit; indeed, their outmarriage rate was depressed compared to gentile groups of similar population size (who had outmarriage rates of greater than 70%). Of course, the more ethnocentric Jews practice endogamy, and if ethnocentrism has, at least in part, a genetic component, this trend would have the effect of increasing Jewish ethnocentrism over time.

One can note that arguments about Jewish outmarriage rates, while perhaps relevant to Jewish genetic strategies, are not directly relevant to the effects of Jews in White societies. Even if Jews are destroying their ethnic integrity through outmarriage (which is questionable) that doesn’t obligate other groups to endure Jewish destructive behavior toward those other groups for the period of time that Jews are still extant.

And speaking of self-glorification, isn’t that what Jewish involvement in the HBD cult is about?  When is Joyce going to denounce that cult and denounce “pro-White activists” who seemingly care more about Jews than about European-derived peoples?  Both Joyce and Strom write good things about the general subject of the Jews, but when it comes to criticizing people on the (Far) Right who are slavishly pro-Jewish, they suddenly become reticent.

And then we have this nonsense:

TOQLIVE: JAMES EDWARDS HOSTS KEVIN MACDONALD: INDIVIDUALISM AND THE WESTERN LIBERAL TRADITION

What that basically is, is MacDonald going hardcore, ultra-Nordicist. And why not?  I’ve predicted a convergence of HBD, anti-panEuropeanism, Nordicism, etc., with the net effect of alleged anti-Semites being puppets being manipulated by the likes of Hart and Unz.  And, a per the vast majority of my other predictions, I’ve been proven right.  MacDonald is so hysterical in his HBD-Nordicism that he makes ludicrous comments.  One example is the Kempian talking points about complete population replacement in Rome, which is not only factually incorrect but logically inconsistent with the idea that North/South European differences have been place since the Neolithic. Another example is the idea that Southern Italy is “collectivist” while the truth is that the amoral familism there is inherently anti-collectivist – there is no sense of civic duty or ethnic loyalty or nationalism, just loyalty to smaller family units.  I wrote about that at my old Richard Lynn’s Pseudoscience blog:

Amoral Familism is Not Ethnocentrism
This Afrowop defect is not the same as this.
That the HBDers are apparently unable or unwilling to distinguish amoral familism from ethnocentrism does not reflect well on their intelligence or their honesty.
Whether amoral familism is a step on the universalism-ethnocentrism spectrum, or represents an independent entity (in which case we would have at at least a triangle rather than a straight line representing the possibilities), is open to debate.
However, it should be clear that in many ways amoral familism is, practically speaking, as opposed to ethnocentrism as universalism is.  Universalism rejects ethnocentrism because it sees the ethnocentric view as too selfish and narrow, amoral familism rejects ethnocentrism because it is too broad and selfless.
For EGI, ethnocentrism is the “sweet spot,” and the other two options are defects.  From the standpoint of building a civil society, amoral familism is the worst, ethnocentrism is the best in a (relatively) homogeneous state but leads to problems in multiculturalism.  Universalism allows for temporary smooth functioning in a multicultural state, but long term leads to ethnic replacement of universalists by ethnocentrists.  Universalism in a homogeneous state is not stable, since it will eventually lead to alien immigration and multiculturalism.
A moderate degree of ethnocentrism in a (relatively) homogeneous state is more optimal than the alternatives.
There is also a question of the relative hereditability of these behavioral patterns.  The more genetically influenced, the more the pattern should hold with migration and existence in multicultural societies. The two extremes of universalism and ethnocentrism may be most heritable.  Contra the HBDers, aside from a dwindling number of mobsters, Afrowops in America really don’t practice amoral familism, while Jews and other Asians definitely still practice ethnocentrism. Thus, I doubt that amoral familism hereditability of these behavioral patterns.  The more genetically influenced, the more the pattern should hold with migration and existence in multicultural societies. The two extremes of universalism and ethnocentrism may be most heritable.  Contra the HBDers, aside from a dwindling number of mobsters, Afrowops in America really don’t practice amoral familism, while Jews and other Asians definitely still practice ethnocentrism. Thus, I doubt that amoral familism is strongly heritable.  It seems like a very plastic behavioral phenotype.
While it may be extremely difficult to make ethnocentrics into more disinterested civic-minded people, hopefully the more universalist and ex-familistic can be “trained” to become more ethnocentric, in competition to those with an innate sense of extreme ethnocentrism.
This isn’t the kind of analysis one would get from a HBDer, who instead would be pathetically groveling in front of the Altar of Asia, and worshiping a pile of yarmulkes.

HBD: the enemy of truth.

MacDonald is essentially trashing his legacy in his old age.  While it is sad to see, and unfortunate, it doesn’t obligate me to pull my punches when I comment on such mendacity.

Trump’s campaign antagonism toward the military and intelligence world was at best a millimeter thick. Like almost everything else he said as a candidate, it was a gimmick, designed to get votes. That he was insincere and full of it…

But, hey, according to Greg Johnson, Trump’s sincere, a man of genuine greatness, who could have won with Jeb Bush’s political views.  Even Trump himself refutes the latter, as chronicled at this site.  But Johnson continuously insists otherwise. Is that rent-seeking behavior?  Is Johnson using the Counter-Currents platform to gaslight his readers in order to safeguard his own reputation and the flow of “D’Nations?”

Not a bad Zman essay…particularly as it repeats points made here years ago.

After all, she’s of great benefit to all humanity. Why would anyone think otherwise?  How dare you!  In all seriousness, the positive attitude of Der Movement to that obviously unbalanced little Ladogan is truly tragicomic and pathetic. It is also confirmation of the validity of my criticism of Der Movement.

Hey!  Giovanni Gentile had that Ray Luca-John Gotti-Judge Napolitano puffed up hairstyle.  It’s in the blood, apparently.

SLC News, 4/17/18

More rightist news and commentary.

A decent video.

One picture is worth a thousand words.

Read this nonsense.

Left to its own devices, science tends ever downward.

Hmmm. What tends ever upward?  I know…gnostic esoteric traditionalism and theosophical scifi/fantasy!

The pyramids of Atlantis were built with psychokinesis!  The Titans are Marching! Ostara!  Ostara!  Kali Yuga!  Guenon!  The men who can’t tell time!  The Age of Tungsten!  HBD!  French Army Surgeon!  The Spectral!  The Spectral! 

The anti-scientific bent of the Right was, is, and remains, an embarrassment.

Yes, science is a tool and is not “on anyone’s side.”  That said, the totality of the current evidence derived from science does in fact strongly support the general viewpoint of White racialism (which is not the same as the specific viewpoints of Der Movement, Inc.).

Why then isn’t science being effectively utilized to support the Far Right position?

1. The Right traditionally (no pun intended) has been hostile to science, derived from reactionary/religious/traditionalist tendencies tied to Rightist thought, tendencies that frown upon the ability of science to trash long-established myths and traditions; the Right hates the transgressive ability of science to cut through established, fossilized memes and get to the facts of the matter. The Right is a socially hostile environment for scientists and the science-minded in general; the Right has been, and continues to be, hostile to empiricism and scientific materialism.  The Far Right has always been more interested in theosophical nonsense, esoteric fantasies, and pseudoscience (e.g., of the HBD or ethnic fetishist varieties) than in genuine hard science.

2. When scientists do (rarely) speak the truth, they get subject to social pricing from the System; there is a reason why “Watsoned” is a verb (originally coined by me and not Sailer).

So, the Left has a monopoly on the scientific enterprise, which they twist for political purposes, while the Right is left gibbering in a corner about Atlantis, Kali Yuga, and Ancient Egypt as a “Nordic Desert Empire.”

Who on the Far Right has a “hard science” background?  Yes, there are academics, but I’m talking about the core STEM fields, at the level of, say, MD or PhD or MD/PhD. Today, insofar as I know, only the “crazy and bitter” Ted Sallis.  In the past, Pierce.  I did know of one STEM college professor in the 90s who was a NA member, and there are possibly some today, but no one I know of who is active, even under a pseudonym.  This absence of STEM in the Far Right is more of an indictment of the Right than it is of STEM.  A “movement” that takes seriously the likes of Jorjani and Kemp, and rants about “the pyramids of Atlantis,” cannot reasonably expect to be an attractive destination for the science-minded. And regards science, I’m talking the authentic variety, not HBD pseudoscience (most of which is peddled by “social science” types anyway).

Speaking of HBD pseudoscience.

The fruits of HBD.

But if Indians aren’t the right choice for merit-based immigration, then who—Chinese? A Chinese friend of mine who recently visited Taiwan told me that Taiwanese are increasingly siding with Mainland China because they want to be on the side of a country growing in wealth and power. This person said trying to talk to them about human rights, freedom, and democracy was like trying to upload a new brain to a robot.
This friend agreed that the combination of an ancient culture and new wealth tends to give both Indians and Chinese an arrogant feeling of superiority—that they have nothing to learn from Americans about individual freedom and democracy. They are here to make money. They don’t want to assimilate and become real Americans.

Never forget: when all is said and done, and one looks at the core consequences of ideas, then HBD is simply a political movement to advantage Asians (including Jews) over Whites.  It is Asian Supremacism.

Donate to the Happy Penguins because of…VennerIs this a new low in tin cup panhandling?

Laugh at this (by the way, more Sailer real estate posting).

What kind of name is “Zasloff?”  

What kind of idiot thinks that Whites – Whites with children at any rate – will “integrate” “vibrant” areas for $10,000?  How about some of these Jewboys show the way?

Stick a Fork In It

The dying Alt Right and Alt Wrong.

Tenold is a Norwegian Leftist journalist who has spent the last six years “embedded” with the National Socialist Movement, KKK groups, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. The result is basically a book about Matt Heimbach, whose grand strategy, at least in its first phase, is to create a coalition of skinhead, Klan, and National Socialist groups under the TWP banner. We’ll never know what phase two is.

Let us understand this completely in all its implications.  A “Leftist journalist” – by definition, an avowed enemy of White racial interests – spent six years (SIX YEARS!) “embedded” within a number of Far Right groups, and then, using this experience and the inside information thus accumulated, wrote an anti-White “hit piece” book about the “movement.”

Friends and readers, Der Movement, Inc. is worse – far, far, worse – than even I ever imagined or ever wrote about.  It’s worse than a mere clownshow – it’s Pennywise of  King’s novel It – it is the embodiment of sickness and evil and all of you Type I scumbags out there – yes, scumbags, if you are one of those people – are fully responsible for enabling this outrageous disaster.

In case there’s any confusion:

Petronius

Posted March 7, 2018 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

Wait a second – Heimbach actually ALLOWED this guy to hang around for years? He wasn’t undercover or so?

Greg Johnson

Posted March 7, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

Yes, he allowed this guy to hang around knowing who he is.

And for six years.  SIX YEARS!  I mean, the Hermansson infiltration was a result of ineptness and Nordicist fetishism and the Lewis infiltration was a result of ineptness and movie fetishism, but those, as bad as they were, were inadvertent errors.  This – this! – was intentional, with malice aforethought.

Hailgate, the cringe-inducing fall of Eli Mosley, and now this terrible book — and I am sure many scandals to come — are all predictable results of crawling into bed with the press.

No, Greg, they are the “predictable results” of the inherent flaws in the Alt Right, Alt Wrong, and Big Tent approaches, with only a few of us (mostly I but to some extent Strom as well) questioned and critiqued.  I PREDICTED the problems and downfall of the Alt Right BEFORE these events happened.

So why do they keep doing it? Why are they such promiscuous attention whores?

Years ago, Matt Parrott told me the cynical strategy behind Heimbach’s active press engagement, and I suspect that similar calculations drive Spencer as well. According to Parrott, most people in this movement lack the “self-esteem” and judgment to choose their own leaders. Instead, they allow the press and groups like the SPLC to anoint their leaders for them. Therefore, if one wants to become a White Nationalist leader, one must court the press and the SPLC.

How does one court the press? By giving them what they want, of course. By fulfilling the stereotypes that advance the enemy’s narrative. Thus Heimbach cheerfully incarnates the fat redneck, while Spencer plays the evil WASP snob. Thus Heimbach and Spencer have a symbiotic relationship with the enemy media. The media love Heimbach and Spencer, because they help cast White Nationalism in a negative light, and Heimbach and Spencer love the media because they believe it will elevate them over their rivals in the movement.

Regardless of my disagreements with Johnson, I’ve never doubted his honesty regarding incidents like this, so I do not doubt that Parrott told Johnson something like what is reported here. Whether or not those comments accurately reflect Heimbach’s thinking on the matter I do not know. But let’s assume for the sake of argument that everything Parrott said is correct and that Johnson’s interpretation of it is also correct.

Yes, Johnson’s outrage is therefore justified. The “leaders” here are outrageous.  But who enabled them?  Der Movement’s Type I rank-and-file are primarily responsible, make no doubt about it, the sort of brainless losers who “lack the ‘self-esteem’ and judgment to choose their own leaders…they allow the press and groups like the SPLC to anoint their leaders for them.”  And Heimbach and company are not the only ones who have done this; I can think of past and present “WN 1.0” “leaders” with a symbiotic relationship with the SPLC just as today’s majestically heroic “WN 2.0 leaders” exhibit..

And although I’ll never reveal – much less on a public forum – confidential details of incidents I personally experienced or otherwise know about, just in the broadest and most vague terms, I can say that there is (at least) one incident of which I am aware that a well-known “movement leader” (past or present, it doesn’t matter) did something unpleasant (for which there were legal consequences, but only locally), something that would reflect badly on their character and “turn off” supporters, something that it is virtually 100% certain that the “watchdog groups” knew about, but they (the “watchdogs”) never – not once – publicized it or commented on it in any way.  That certainly raised my eyebrows – a dastardly hater being protected by the “watchdogs.”  Why?

A paranoid interpretation would have been that the “leader” is/was a mole, but I doubt that.  It’s much simpler than that. I believe it was because the “watchdogs” value/valued the individual in the “leadership” role that he has/had.  He is/was inept and useless, so much the better to impede racialist progress.  You wouldn’t want anyone more competent (if you could find one in Der Movement) in charge, would you?  Also, the individual is/was a good bogeyman to scare old rich Jews into making donations to the “watchdogs.”  A symbiotic relationship indeed.

By the way, Greg Johnson is also culpable, for supporting the Alt Right as long as he did, and by dismissing critics such as myself as “crazy and bitter.”

I guess foresight is crazed insanity and good judgment is bitterness, according to all of our fearless leaders.

More to the point: anyone and everyone who thinks that “business as usual” is acceptable for racial activism is complicit in this continuously unfolding disaster.  When will all of you stand up and cry enough?  Stand up like men and take the “movement” away from those who so obviously misuse and abuse it.

The MSU speech only took place under the most extreme difficulty and duress. Once again, outrageous legal challenges were thrown in our path and overcome. Once again, our people were harassed and targeted like criminals as they attempted to peacefully gather for harmless social gatherings. Private venues were threatened and shut down. Mobs of armed anarchists, openly chanting about “punching Nazis” as they burned American flags, were allowed to attack our people with impunity as the police stood by and watched.

This time, the establishment cleverly targeted our strongest legal advocates before they moved in for the kill. With our lawfare defenses down, the police were free to let the antifa horde attack our people in what has been called another “mini-Charlottesville.”

We were promised a secure parking area and that our ticket-holding event attendees would be protected into and out of the auditorium. Instead, our people were led by police directly into a communist trap. Our people were told by campus police they had to march through the horde of masked thugs to reach the venue.

Why did these people think that any of these promises would be honored?  Haven’t they learned their lesson from previous fiascos? Why are they so naive?

Richard Lynn does not represent “objective science.”  Lynn is a charlatan, a pseudoscientist, an HBDer who grovels to the Altar of Asia.

He should not be stripped of any title for political reasons; instead he should simply be mocked or ignored as the pathetic fraud that he is. If nothing else, his laughable method for “estimating” Irish IQ – averaging completely disparate data sets to achieve a finding that “just happens to” correlate with GDP – should forever disqualify him from being in any way associated with “objective science.”  Non-scientists may shrug at that and say “so what?” but authentic scientists would be shocked at Lynn’s clumsy incompetence (assuming it is merely incompetence).

One can only imagine the tearful hysterical praise that will spew forth from Der Movement when the doddering decrepit Lynn finally drops dead. It will outstrip that for Phil “French Army Surgeon” Rushton, and far outstrip the minimal whimpers for Chris “Yellow Fever” Brand. On a related note, one wonders which HBD retard was “Hippocrates” of Amren?  Rushton?  Brand?  Or someone unfortunately still living like Hart?  A more minor figure?  We also can’t put it past Lynn to praise his own work pseudononymously, or for one of his collaborators to do so.  Given that the HBDers are for the most open and public figure, the pseudonymous aspect of “Hippocrates” raises questions about potential conflicts of interest.  

The pathetic sniggering Eurotrash retardates of the Europa Weekly podcast, ultra-fetishists with sweaty obsessions, can take a look at this reasonable summary of genetic data.  And for their viewing pleasure is an example of an Afrowop hook nose – individual on the left.  No, wait….

Against Lynn: First RLP Blog Post Reproduced Here

Answering Amren lies.

I see that Lynn has been defending his Italian IQ nonsense against Unz, which found its way on Amren in August 2012 – Amren of course always being willing to attack gentile white ethnics while being hysterically reticent to feature anything even remotely negative about Jews. Lynn’s understanding of population genetics and racial history is very poor, and features outrageous cherry-picking and misinterpretation of single locus data, along with a reliance on studies from the mid-1990s, along with the false claim that published findings agree with his Kempian cartoon-like imaginative “history.” Reality can be better observed with this more recent autosomal work, which is by Northern Italian authors who themselves use Lynnian rhetoric, but show data not compatible with Lynn’s misinterpretations and distortions. See here.

It is clear that Northern Italians have less of the Northern European-like component and more of the Near Eastern-like component than do Northern and Western Europeans. Central Italians have less of the Northern European-like component and more of the Near Eastern-like component than do Northern Italians and Southern Italians have less of the Northern European-like component and more of the Near Eastern-like component than do Central Italians. This in fact shows a very clear cline of gene frequencies, similar to what has already been shown by Novembre and colleagues (as well as others since then) – genes vary with geography. Looking at the data, it is clear that the three Italian groups are much more similar to each other than any are to the Northern and Western Europeans to the left or the Middle/Near Eastern and North African groups to the right. The relatively small differences are in the proportions of the genetic components and, again, it is clear that despite the differences, the Italian groups are remarkably similar to each other. Fst data from the same work support this; as is expected from clinal differences, Southern Italians are a bit closer to the Middle/Near East than are Northern Italians, but again, all Italian groups are very close to one another, and Southern Italians are genetically closer to Northern and Western European populations like CEU and French than to the Middle Easterners. 

Given the relatively small differences among Italian groups (looking at the data and not the breathless writing in the aforementioned manuscript), it would seem that if “low-IQ” Southern Italians are substantially “admixed” with Middle Easterners and North Africans, then the “high-IQ” Northern Italians are as well, albeit to a slightly lesser extent. But one does not need to invoke modern admixture to account for the bulk of these intra-European differences. This work [UPDATED NOTE: no longer online] suggests the possibility that Southern Europeans are predominantly of Neolithic European “farmer” origin and that Northern Europeans are a mix of that and earlier Mesolithic peoples, who had some affinities with East Asians.

From that work, the authors make the following conclusions about the overall genetic history of Europe:

1. The arrival of Neolithic farmers probably from the Middle East.

2. Nearly complete replacement of the indigenous Mesolithic southern European populations by Neolithic migrants, and admixture between the Neolithic farmers and the indigenous Europeans in the north.

3. Substantial population movement into Spain occurring around the same time as the archaeologically attested Bell-Beaker phenomenon (HARRISON, 1980).

 4. Subsequent mating between peoples of neighboring regions, resulting in isolation-by-distance (LAO et al., 2008; NOVEMBRE et al., 2008). This tended to smooth out population structurethat existed 4,000 years ago.


Thus: increased “Middle Eastern” Neolithic ancestry in Southern Europe, decreasing in a cline going northwards, and “isolation-by-distance” creating the smoother clines of gene frequencies observed in Europe today, and which are clearly shown in the Italian genetic data.

Now, one could argue that the Eurasian Mesolithic hunter gatherers were under greater selective pressure for intelligence, and, hence, populations with greater Mesolithic origin have higher IQs than the more Neolithic European groups. But there’s no need to invoke a mass, widespread historical admixture with modern Middle/Near Eastern and/or North African populations. Southern Italy no doubt has a bit more such modern admixture than Northern Italy, but the levels are small and cannot be invoked to explain Lynn’s purported IQ differences. Most of the genetic differences within Europe were likely in place by the end of the Neolithic.

With respect to the IQ issue, Lynn’s reliance on achievement tests and self-administered online IQ tests is laughable. gloaded IQ testing has shown that Sicilian children did not have lower IQs than Northern Italian children. Another group mentioned in the same link, using a cognitive assessment test, found IQs of 100.5, 101.2, and 103.1 in Northern, Central and Southern Italy, respectively. That’s not the final word on the subject, and it may well be possible that Northern Italians, with greater Mesolithic origins, do have a bit higher IQ than Southern Italians. But that has to be established via careful IQ testing, not Lynn’s bizarre use of non-g tests and online self-administered test data.  It’s unlikely that when the “dust settles” that Lynn’s conclusion of a 2/3 of a SD difference in IQ between Northern and Southern Italy will hold.  Lynn’s dogmatic and close-minded insistence on his original IQ claims, and the fanciful ancestry tales spun around those claims, does not reflect well on his commitment to serious academic scholarship.


But that’s to be expected from someone who “estimates” Irish IQ by averaging results from one test given to Irish children, with scores in the high 80s, and a different test given to Irish adults, with scores in the high 90s – giving an “average” in the low 90s. The almost comical absurdity of this – which may pass as “scholarly” in the oxymoronic “social sciences” – doesn’t past muster in real science, where averaging can be done only on real replicates.  You cannot average completely disparate data sets!

How would Lynn measure racial differences in running speed I wonder? Average Olympic sprinting times with that of five year olds running potato sack races in Kindergarten? The responsible approach to the Irish IQ data would be to attempt to evaluate why the findings were so different and which are more accurate. Even better – give the same standardized test to both Irish children and adults. But, no. As long as the “estimated” score falls into a preconceived notion of an IQ-GDP/achievement correlation, there’s no need to seek the truth. It’s all a shame, since the study of racial differences in intelligence and behavior is important, and needs to be carefully examined by real scientists, not by biased, addled ideological demagogues, who are “enabled” in their shocking pseudoscience by a cheering section with a vested interest in the “findings” thus generated.   IQ fetishists on the right and IQ deniers on the left are two peas in a pod. Neither deal in real science and scholarship.

Debunking the Chinese Mother

Reproduced and updated from Richard Lynn’s Pseudoscience.

Previously, I investigated the Wikipedia claim that Asian-looking, ostensibly White, gay celebrity David Bromstad has a “Chinese mother.” I concluded that there was no evidence to back up that claim, and I then presented the genealogical information on the Bromstad family that I was able to find online. As of today, the “Chinese mother” assertion has been edited out of Wikipedia (not by me). Regardless of what future machinations are done at that page, more comprehensive information on David Bromstad’s family tree is found here:

Eurasian Rumor Debunked  

There has been speculation and rumor on the internet that David Bromstad is part Asian. The truth is, he has no immediate Asian or Eurasian ancestry. His paternal ancestors are Norwegian and his maternal ancestors are German and Swedish.  

Paternal Family – His father is full Norwegian. David’s grandfather Joseph Bromstad was the son of Norwegian immigrants. David’s great-grandfather David Espeseth was the son of 2 Norwegian immigrants. David’s great-grandmother Gina Emilia Rud was born of a Norwegian immigrant and an Iowa-born Norwegian.  

Maternal Family – His mother is 1/2 Swedish and 1/2 German. David’s 2nd great-grandfather John A. F. Krueger was born of 2 German immigrants. John’s 2nd great-grandmother Frederika Emilie Wolf was born of 2 German immigrants. David’s 2nd great-granfather Emil Leonard Leff was born of 2 Swedish immigrants, and his 2nd great grandmother Selma Kristina Ericson was born in Sweden.

That is entirely consistent with the information I uncovered several weeks ago. Of course, the scientific method requires an open mind and a willingness to change opinions once new facts become known.  Thus, I’m not going to say that the “Chinese mother” is 100% permanently debunked for all time, but it is reasonable to say that, given current evidence, the “Chinese mother” assertion is practically debunked and exposed as factually incorrect. All available evidence – including Bromstad’s own assertion that “I’m half-Norwegian” – supports the ancestry described above. Given that there is no available evidence anywhere supporting a “Chinese mother,” one can also reasonably conclude that the “Chinese mother” edit was an intentional fabrication. The question: why?  Chinamen or real Hapas wanting to claim Bromstad as one of their own? Unlikely. More likely is that someone didn’t want Bromstad’s phenotype associated with his actual ancestry, and hoped that convincing people that he had a “Chinese mother” would resolve the issue.  

Update:  It is clear at this point that there is NO “Chinese mother” and the whole thing is a lie. As to why, I think it most likely that the “movement” is somehow involved, for the reason cited above.

Mothballing RLP Blog

Time to move on.
A while back, I stated running several blogs at the same tine was inefficient and one eventually would have to go.  Therefore, in order to concentrate more on EGI Notes as well as Western Destiny (which hasn’t had much activity), I am “mothballing” Richard Lynn’s Pseudoscience which, while humorous, was not a serious analysis of what’s going on.
If we are in “unprecedented territory” with current events, I should take my own advice and be as serious as I expect the “movement” to be.