Mental Gymnastics

Ignoring Sailer*, who is — of course — problematic, how about The Atlantic?

The statistics are hard to ignore. [Kenya, a] medium-size country of 41 million dominates the world in competitive running. Pick any long-distance race. You’ll often find that up to about 70 or 80 percent of its winners since the late 1980s, when East African nutrition and technology started catching up with the West, have been from Kenya. Since 1988, for example, 20 of the 25 first-place men in the Boston Marathon have been Kenyan. … Of the top 25 male record holders for the 3000-meter steeplechase, 18 are Kenyan. Seven of the last 8 London marathons were won by Kenyans, and the sole outlier was from neighboring Ethiopia. Their record in the Olympic men’s marathon is more uneven, having placed in the top three in only four of the last six races. Still, not bad for one country. And even more amazing is that three-fourths of the Kenyan champions come from an ethnic minority of 4.4. million, or 0.06% of global population.

“Hard to ignore”? Oh, come on!

The first study, “A Level Playing Field? Media Constructions of Athletics, Genetics, and Race,” examines news media coverage implying that genetic differences lead particular racial groups to succeed more often at sports, and focuses on how that belief shows up within journalism. Collaborating with University of Connecticut doctoral student Devon Goss, Matthew W. Hughey researched nearly 24,000 English-language newspaper articles across the globe from 2003-2014. Among the articles that discussed race, genetics and athletics, Hughey and Goss found that nearly 55 percent of these media narratives uncritically parroted and perpetuated the belief that African-descended groups excel in athletics, such as sprinting, because of genetic racial differences — despite the research debunking that belief.

Who are you going to believe, the media-approved ‘debunking’ or the lying sports statistics?

*There’s a Sailer link in the Atlantic piece (naughty), which — oddly — goes to this. (I guess that’s one solution to the “hard to ignore” problem.)

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  • Mental Gymnastics | Neoreactive Says:

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  • SVErshov Says:

    enviroment also play important role. in Ephiopia runners training at high altitude of 2800 m. and they dominates 800m and 1500m distances. Usain Bolt from Jamaika is a fastest man on earth and Jamaicans dominates on distances up to 400m (training at sea level).

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  • Scharlach Says:

    Wikipedia helps make the case quite well, in just about any event:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_metres#Fastest_100_metres_runners

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  • Paul Warkin Says:

    This “war on noticing” (thanks Sailer) is simultaneously hilarious and impressive. They really have managed to make a large number of people not think about elephants by saying “don’t think about elephants.”

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    Xoth Reply:

    You’re a bad person if you think about elephants.

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  • Lucian of Samosata Says:

    “Former Heritage Foundation policy analyst Jason Richwine’s highly criticized immigration reform approach, a proposal based on his doctoral research, used deterministic beliefs that IQ scores could select who could immigrate to the United States, and framed Latino immigrants as permanently less intelligent than whites.”

    Undesirable discoveries have to be explained away as framing. Thank you Lakoff for brainwashing another generation into choosing metaphor over reality.

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  • michael Says:

    can admin outline his thinking on how HBD ought inform a DE/NRX ‘patch’ design? Perhaps Im wrong but there seems a contadictory tension between these racy posts and what cosmopolitan utopia I thought you favored. Of course its a big fraught complicated topic and no ones expecting you to stake you kingdom on it but any observations might be interesting to hear. Ill stick my neck out and say Im a city kid so naturally lenient on this but concepts like mean regression, and the difficulty of maintaining cultural cohesion and some of the more evolutionary biology things like future time aggression hbd stuff make me wonder how much one can afford to pay for ethnic cuisine

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    admin Reply:

    Free association + abandonment of ‘disparate impact’ remedies are the only things that get onto my core policies list. Both seem entirely consistent with HBD realism and cosmopolitanism. See also Singapore, for an intense fusion of the two.

    At the point where people think the findings of the biological sciences are driving them back into xenophobic village life, neo-fascist populism, or mandatory racial purism, is the point where they have totally lost the plot IMHO.

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    Scharlach Reply:

    Also, the people using those findings to support their a priori attraction to xenophobic village life, neo-fascist populism, or mandatory racial purism never had the plot to begin with.

    (To be fair, though, the first item in that list is far less harmful than the other two, and Anissimov can have at it if he wants. Plenty of space in Idaho for village life.)

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    michael Reply:

    UH no. I was pretty racially liberal even if I had the realism of a city kid until HBD. If youre implying im implying actual cosmopolitan cities should be lily white youre being silly. Cities ought to have a certain crossroads feel. London and New York in the 60s were my ideal neither is much fun these days. But I was talking about nations which perhaps you dont believe in. Personally I think they are a good place to start or restart a civilization because they have the ties that bind maybe thats what you mean by ‘neo facist populism’ I call it things like culture art history myth religion genetics the things that give meaning to life so why can transcend the drudgery of surviving without killing each other. I dont think we can live on AI or money alone. That is the plot one should be following its the thread thats lost in the consumerist multicultural shtredder.

    Exfernal Reply:

    Is the purpose of cities to have a specific ethnic composition, according to you, michael? It’s a secondary concern at best.

    michael Reply:

    well that sounds kind of “conservative” ala NR 19 80-90ish to which I was once an adherent but with it went a certain optimism about the power of culture to make moot the free association of jim crow and the disparate impact laws that replaced them. But HBD sort of takes the wind out of those sails. Free association and no affirmative action in the age of HBD seems a recipe for a permanent underclass that history has shown to be not socially sustainable. both because the underclass will become angry and violent and the overclass will not be able to ignore them. which saps an incredible amount of energy destroys cultural confidence and costs a fortune. I mean how does this differ from say US 1915 or why will it not turn out the same? Isn’t there an axiom about economically dominant minorities ending up dead eventually? Another that only totalitarian governments can hold together multicultural empires in the interim? Personally I like diversity but think multiculturalism is a diversity and culture shredder and I am kind of fond of our own culture particularly. So in my patch I think we might have guests in small enough numbers that pose no threat to the peace etc. and I would hope other cultures manage to maintain their patches and allow tourism.

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    michael Reply:

    @admin sorry i posted this to sharlach accidentally
    well that sounds kind of “conservative” ala NR 19 80-90ish to which I was once an adherent but with it went a certain optimism about the power of culture to make moot the free association of jim crow and the disparate impact laws that replaced them. But HBD sort of takes the wind out of those sails. Free association and no affirmative action in the age of HBD seems a recipe for a permanent underclass that history has shown to be not socially sustainable. both because the underclass will become angry and violent and the overclass will not be able to ignore them. which saps an incredible amount of energy destroys cultural confidence and costs a fortune. I mean how does this differ from say US 1915 or why will it not turn out the same? Isn’t there an axiom about economically dominant minorities ending up dead eventually? Another that only totalitarian governments can hold together multicultural empires in the interim? Personally I like diversity but think multiculturalism is a diversity and culture shredder and I am kind of fond of our own culture particularly. So in my patch I think we might have guests in small enough numbers that pose no threat to the peace etc. and I would hope other cultures manage to maintain their patches and allow tourism.

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    The_Dancing_Judge Reply:

    I think you should go read admin’s seminal dark enlightenment essays, they are very much about this exact topic (since, really, the dark enlightenment is very much about how to govern once human equality is assumed no more). http://www.thedarkenlightenment.com/the-dark-enlightenment-by-nick-land/

    …hint, think evolutionary pressures.

    I will quote:

    “According to the self-reinforcing presupposition of modernization, to be understood is to be modifiable. It is to be expected, therefore, that biology and medicine co-evolve. The same historical dynamic that comprehensively subverts the SSSM through inundating waves of scientific discovery simultaneously volatilizes human biological identity through biotechnology. There is no essential difference between learning what we really are and re-defining ourselves as technological contingencies, or technoplastic beings, susceptible to precise, scientifically-informed transformations. ‘Humanity’ becomes intelligible as it is subsumed into the technosphere, where information processing of the genome – for instance — brings reading and editing into perfect coincidence.

    To describe this circuit, as it consumes the human species, is to define our bionic horizon: the threshold of conclusive nature-culture fusion at which a population becomes indistinguishable from its technology. This is neither hereditarian determinism, nor social constructivism, but it is what both would have referred to, had they indicated anything real.”

    “For racial nationalists, concerned that their grandchildren should look like them, Campbell is the abyss. Miscegenation doesn’t get close to the issue. Think face tentacles.”

    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    It seems pretty simple and obvious to me.

    NRx favouring HBD over Boasism is a special case of NRx favouring reality where the Catheral opts for fantasy.

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    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    *The Synagogue, I mean.

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    michael Reply:

    BTW what would you take for your Jews

    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    What would I take? 4 scoops of whey and ride the tiger once on waking up and once before bed.

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  • Erebus Says:

    I wonder what debunking they’re talking about. “A Level Playing Field? Media Constructions of Athletics, Genetics, and Race” is behind a paywall, so it’s not much help at the moment. I did, however, find this article by the authors, which sums up their research: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2015/09/10/in-its-focus-on-genetics-and-race-global-newspaper-coverage-of-athletics-is-far-from-post-racial/

    “Drawing from three academic news databases and ten major United States newspapers over this 10-year span, we found two dominant narratives about athletics, genetics, and race.

    (1) “Race” has a biological reality via defined genetic and genomic patterns.

    (2) Weaker genes were eliminated from African American and West Indian populations—making them a super athletic race—due to the “social Darwinian” process of slavery.

    Much of this “news” reporting was laughably (or sadly) erroneous. For instance, while there are legitimate genetic clusters that are consistent with certain racial classifications, the problem is that genetic patterns can be consistent with any racial classification scheme one wishes to find. That is, if we believe there are five racial groups, we can then “find” five clusters of genetic material to match up with those five racial groups. However, if we believe there to be fifty racial groups, we can also then discover fifty clusters of genetic patterns that seemingly validate the fifty-race schema.

    …They’re hopeless. What they’re putting forth is provably false, is not logically consistent, and it doesn’t disprove (1) in any case. What they’re saying is, in effect, “we can run DNA sequences through pattern-recognition software and arbitrarily identify new racial groups, therefore the very existence of existing racial groups must be called into question.” This is the sort of psuedoscience only a Cathedral commissar could endorse.

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    Scharlach Reply:

    The fact that they ran their “analysis” on popular news outlets instead of peer-reviewed genetic research is likewise indicative of their hopelessness.

    Or maybe I should give them more credit. The deadline-based scribbling of recent liberal arts graduates working at local news rags isn’t exactly the best representation of reality, and these academics know it, which is precisely why they analyzed that scribbling and not peer-reviewed genetic research. God knows what they might have found had they opened that can of worms.

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    EvolutionistX Reply:

    It is the ideas held by the general public that they want to attack, so they attack the ideas the public has actually heard. This is not a “fair” analysis of the science (as virtually everyone with any close experience with pop science reporting admits that it misrepresents virtually every field,) but an obvious hit-job, pointing and laughing at awkwardly bad pop reporting in order to discredit in popular minds an entire line of serious inquiry. It’s like getting someone to make their grocery-buying “which is healthier, butter or margarine?” decisions on the basis of a margarine add about how butter-eaters are old-fashioned and lame.

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    Anon132 Reply:

    Cavalli-Sforza’s linkage tree showing genetic distance of population clusters answers the question sufficiently of how many races there are – nine:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/9_Cluster_Tree.png

    And even if they want to attack classification through genetic testing, they still can do nothing about skeletal anthropology, which can group races into 5 clusters (Africans, Caucasians, East Asians, Amerindians, and Australoids). Contrary to public opinion, race is not just skin deep.

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  • prof. Challenger Says:

    > The researchers estimated that the average Kalenjin could outrun 90% of the global population

    Mingus Christ.

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  • michael Says:

    @Erebusbut id we simply color code the clusters on a chart they form a pattern we would rather not get in to

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  • Xoth Says:

    ” when East African nutrition and technology started catching up with the West”

    That’s one way of putting it. But they have indeed caught up.

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  • Dark Psy-Ops Says:

    The Atlantic article is leaps and bounds ahead of Washington Post in everything but PC hyper-orthodoxy, but still follows the general rule that all talk of HBD be presented along with an apology for white privilege. Perhaps the more we apologize the more science we can do?

    IQ and race denialism walk hand in hand with progressive social policies, but the WP article shares the stats that 60-90% of progressives support AA policies all the more for their being innate inequalities between races. Still, this is not enough for W. Carson Byrd who carefully describes the most benign and uncontroversial beliefs about racial reality, and helpfully links to Nicholas Wade, only to make the PC prohibition of clear thinking on the subject all the more clear.

    People are probably more terrified of genetic science in the abstract than anything, and the whole ‘anti-racist’ ruse is a rationalization of this fear and denial. Their not afraid of the white man putting the black man under the microscope, their afraid of doing the same to themselves. Did anyone say “biosynthetic demonology”?

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    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    “but the WP article shares the stats that 60-90% of progressives support AA policies”

    Sorry that was ‘all whites’ not just ‘progressives’

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    Exfernal Reply:

    Hard to believe. Is there a source the WP article cities on this?

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    michael Reply:

    I seem to recall reading millennials are pretty much opposed to AA.
    In reply to your earlier question about cities,No I dont think they need ethnic quotas I was really just conceding to admin and scharlach that despite feeling nations need to be primarily one ethnicity cities might naturally be a bit less so for the usual reasons of commerce art diplomacy etc.

    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/bobo/files/2012_real_record_on_racial_attitudes_social_trends_in_american_life_0.pdf

    That’s the source. It’s hardly what you could call credible. I don’t have time to go through it in much detail here, and you’ll see it’s loaded with stats. I think they claim to show an increase in views favoring AA, integeration, interracial marraige etc. but as for the ’60-90%’ I haven’t been able to locate what it refers. The whole thing is rigged from the get-go though, that much is obvious.

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  • trincyolo Says:

    Kenyan males undergo an extreme pain initiation ceremony into manhood or warrior class. They are publicly humiliated and circumcised *after* puberty. And are expected to undergo this surgery without painkillers or flinching. Then they are supposed to run some extreme distance with this wound, where every step is extremely painful. The male’s rank in the tribe is based to a large degree on their performance during this ritual. Sexual selection for pain tolerance produces great endurance athletes.

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  • haishan Says:

    Goodness, I can’t believe that WaPo article is convincing to anyone.

    “Consider a recent paper that argues that ethnic conflict throughout history is a result of genetic diversity among communities. The authors argue that genetic diversity is the dominant force behind conflict among groups. It pushes religious communities into battle, causes distrust among neighbors and dictates support for problematic social policies. Such an argument places the history and future of human conflict in genes, as if human interaction and environmental influences cannot match their power.”

    “This paper claims that ethnic conflict is driven by genetics. But this is wrongthink, therefore false.”

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  • michael Says:

    @michael
    @The_Dancing_Judge Reply:

    seriously The plan is face tentacles?
    First I gotta say this dance where pretty “racist” stuff is posted then if you take the bait youre denounced a socialist nazi is stupid. Not everyone who grasps the implications of HBD is a nazi. Really why even bother posting about the Jewish question and Black ability if you’re convinced race is passe? Without an HBD problem there’s not much of a cathedral problem.Their socialism will be regulated by reality eventually,The cathedral is not per MM a democratic problem; they have contempt for the will of the people and the whole purpose of the cathedral is to change or manage the will of the people,[which could even be a good thing] except its being used to deny HBD which is not something we can recover from like a socialist collapse.
    Yeah Im aware admin is a futurist and thats cool sure crispr etc are in the works but post humanism is a loooong way off, and its really uncertain how it will effect us.But the camp of saints have started to land, The US is already only 65% european. and diversity is bankrupting western civilization while excusing a police state. A state that will soon control any ability to think let alone act contrary to their wishes. So again we dont have time for this larping. Oh and yeah they will decide how to use crispr not the Knights of the Patch. So is this really becoming worthy to rule or self indulgent neck beard fapping?
    I might add what exactly is the difference between a SJW like Wise or Dolezal or Soros and someone who prefers life among Asians and doesnt want humans wiped out for mother Gaia but wants them to have face tentacles for father Gnon and plans ro relegate the non post humans to neo slavery. Seriously Soros and Wise are offering a better deal.This is not to say Im opposed to crispr per se ,though not convinced it will wipe peoples desire to be celtic or japanese let alone human i would bet for a long time it will be used to enhance those qualities and the path toward post humanism will be flavored by history. Its really a stretch to think the furure human will not look like a hollywood aryan with a 500 IQ if you look at what non Europeans spend on plastic surgery etc the odds are euros will inherit the earth not octopusses.
    But how is it the guy most attached to the process of evolution has no problem with bypassing it in favor of fashion tech. I suppose the argument is its accelerated evolution but thats more marketing than reality the gene editing will not be tested by millenia but by months its pretty clear it will have an almost certain chance of wiping us out because of this. If it doesn’t its going to lead to an exaggerated aparthied. If one willing to plant tentacles on humanities face for progress phasing out certain races while improving others would be a less drastic and more pleasant start. Because sooner or later you will end up phasing out legacy hominids. Which of course brings up the issue of where does this end how does one manage a civilization where every generation is a species ahead of the last. Forget the its inevitable trope it may or may not be or somewhere in the middle if its not sustainable then it needs to be thought of like atomic bombs not plastic surgery.

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    admin Reply:

    “… the odds are euros will inherit the earth not octopusses.” — Don’t be so pessimistic.

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    Kwisatz Haderach Reply:

    Michael, don’t worry! If you like your face your you can keep your face.

    Me, I’m going for a giant pair of angel wings, a la Birdman. And I want to be about nine feet tall, if my biomech wings can sustain flight at that ratio of volume to surface area.

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