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Friday, August 25, 2023

It's the Racist Rodeo sausage-fest yee-haw

The Substack hosted Aporia is a racist garbage site, and an employer of neo-Nazi Bo Winegard

It claims it's trying to "move the Overton window" which is race pseudoscience lingo for "make race pseudoscience acceptable outside of racist circles."

But thanks to a heads-up from Oliver Smith, I find that the creeps at Aporia have shared a video of some of the race-obsessed weirdos who showed up for the Racist Rodeo sausage-fest, that is the 23rd annual conference of the International Society for Race Pseudoscience Intelligence Research.


Professor Greg Clark - economic historian and hereditarian idiot.

Book review of his The Son Also Rises in The Economist:
One inescapable judgment is, as Mr Clark says, that “a completely meritocratic society would most likely also be one with limited social mobility.” He does not say that American blacks are poor because they are black. His work implies, however, that poor blacks remain so because they are descended from people with low social competence; discrimination is irrelevant, except to the extent that it limits intermarriage with other groups. “The Son Also Rises” may not be a racist book, but it certainly traffics in genetic determinism.

Frank Worrell - I assume if he bumped into Clark they avoided discussing Clark's theory that Black people are descended from low social competence losers. No doubt Worrell is getting paid too well by the gang at ISIR to embarrass them like that.

Razib Khan, of course. What would he do with himself if it weren't for his (well-remunerated) obsession with race? Do some actual science?

William Revelle - likes to cite racists in his work including Rushton.

Edward Dutton - right-wing extremist who covers all the bigotry bases. Some goon keeps commenting on my Pinkerite talk page on Rational Wiki claiming Dutton is talking shit about me on his discord. I will report more about that claim once I can track down a valid email address for Dutton - his college email account doesn't seem to work.

Sam Thyssen - he's listed as an "entrepreneur" but I can't find anything about him online. I guess he just gives money to ISIR and they want to butter him up.

Professor Andrew Conway - thinks Andrew Sullivan is the smartest guy he's ever met, so that pretty much tells you all you need to know about him. 

Except that he likes to retweet Richard Hanania.

Gavin Tredoux - A creep who shares his love of Uber-racist Galton with racist Aporia* while collecting genetic data for a company called Traitwell DNA Testing. I wonder what he does with data from Black clients.

It's just one big happy asshole sausage-fest, there at the Racist Rodeo. But where's the Steven Pinker interview?

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The Institute of Mental Chronometry gives money to its gang members - and the University of Minnesota is so proud

Here I was just saying that the "Institute of Mental Chronometry" doesn't seem to do much except for provide support services to the International Society for Race Pseudoscience Intelligence Research.

I also mentioned the organization was founded for/with Arthur Jensen and was once called "Institute for the Study of Educational Differences" and received a grant of $337,500 from the Pioneer Fund.

Well if you think $337,500 was a lot of money for race pseudoscience, hold onto your hats!

The Institute of Mental Chronometry has just given over half a million dollars to two promoters of race pseudoscience

$530,129 to be exact.

Emily Willoughby of course is on the board of the race pseudoscience-loving International Society for Intelligence Research

James J. Lee is also associated with ISIR, but their website does not say how. 

Emil Kierkegaard is a big fan of Lee's brand of race pseudoscience.

I wrote an email to the University of Minnesota pointing this out to them, but I don't think they're going to be overly concerned. The University of Minnesota has also taken money from the Pioneer Fund.

I've said many times, although race pseudoscience is garbage, it is extremely lucrative.

If you were a person of color - or just a person of conscience - would you want to send your kid to a school that harbors race pseudoscience ghouls?

But wait, with all that money... does this mean we are finally going to get that state-of-the-art mental chronometry apparatus that Jensen promised us?

And the ISIR still has not posted any documents pertaining to its 2023 Racist Rodeo yet. 

Geez, with all the money they have slopping around...

Monday, August 21, 2023

Time to get Elon Musk OUT of the US government!

 It's time to rein in the plutocrat mofos!

Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker:

The government’s plan to move the auto industry toward electric cars requires increasing access to charging stations along America’s highways. But this rests on the actions of another Musk enterprise, Tesla. The automaker has seeded so much of the country with its proprietary charging stations that the Biden Administration relaxed an early push for a universal charging standard disliked by Musk. His stations are eligible for billions of dollars in subsidies, so long as Tesla makes them compatible with the other charging standard.

Although I still think Peter Thiel is probably even more of a threat to American democracy because he is much sneakier than Musk.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Black writers at the New York Times are not having it

Within a couple of days, two Black writers at the NYTimes have spoken out against the racist insanity of the Republican Party and conservatives in general in the United States.

Charles Blow on what that idiot DeSantis is up to:

To David Blight, the definitive biographer of Douglass, PragerU’s video is appalling and a joke, but in an interview with me, he recognized the danger that it could be compelling to a young student.

Is anyone, ultimately, served by this promoting of logical fallacy and bastardizing of history? As Blight explained it, the video “really does appeal to that version and vision of history that so many Americans still want. They want to be left feeling good at the end of the day. They don’t want to be threatened. They want to sleep at night. They want to know that the greatest of Black leaders really were on their side.”

Using Douglass in any way to soften slavery is a desecration. And, that is DeSantis’s educational legacy in the state.
Jamelle Bouie on the plutocrat support for Richard Hanania.
A whole coterie of Silicon Valley billionaires and millionaires have lent their time and attention to Hanania, as well as elevated his work. Marc Andreessen, a powerful venture capitalist, appeared on his podcast. David Sacks, a close associate of Elon Musk, wrote a glowing endorsement of Hanania’s forthcoming book. So did Peter Thiel, the billionaire supporter of right-wing causes and organizations. “D.E.I. will never d-i-e from words alone,” wrote Thiel. “Hanania shows we need the sticks and stones of government violence to exorcise the diversity demon.” Vivek Ramaswamy, the Republican presidential candidate, also praised the book as a “devastating kill shot to the intellectual foundations of identity politics in America.”
Unfortunately he left Steven Pinker and Matt Yglesias off the list.

Thiel of course is the link between the race pseudoscience gang at Quillette, since Thiel "secretly" funded it, and Ron DeSantis, who Thiel is openly backing

Clearly the subject of this blog, "Steven Pinker, the Intellectual Dark Web and Race Science" is unfortunately more of the moment than ever, even more than when Andy Ngo was operating as Trump's lil ratfucker.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Steve & Chuck

A reminder that these two great minds of science are a political scientist and a marketing guy. 

Meanwhile, Sailer is mad at Wikipedia about Richard Lynn.

I assume Sailer will be pleased to discover that Rational Wiki's entry on Lynn does indeed note that he is dead (RIH).

Fun fact - I joined Twitter with a burner account a month or so ago, which displayed a variation of my real name, and even though I never tweeted at Sailer, he blocked my account. Probably for the same reason that, Sailer believes, Nikole Hannah-Jones blocked him.

Chuck and Emil are still best buddies.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Steven Pinker & Steve Sailer & Human Biodiversity

Keira Havens has an excellent new post on her Medium site which discusses the alliance between Steven Pinker and Steve Sailer:

It has been fairly well reported that Pinker cites Steve Sailer, organizer of the Human Biodiversity (h-bd) group that connected Charles Murray, Henry Harpending, Rushton and others in the early ’00s. While most famously called out by Malcom Gladwell in 2009, Pinker published Sailer’s argument that Iraqis are too inbred to manage democracy in his 2004 anthology of best science writing, cited it again in a 2007 article for The New Republic, and cited a 2004 VDARE article of Sailer’s in Better Angels, one that highlighted the observations of fellow HBD member Frank Salter. In a 2009 comment, Sailer shares with confidence that, “Pinker, however, has long been moving away from 1992-style ‘era of evolutionary adaptation’ evolutionary psychology toward Gregory Cochran-style ‘continuing evolution.’” In 2016, a reader asks if Pinker reads Sailer’s blog, and Sailer uses those citations as proof that he does
The truth is, Sailer probably has a far simpler way of knowing that Pinker is reading his work. In early 1999, when Sailer’s resume was limited to Conservative movie reviewer and VDARE columnist, Steven Pinker, an endowed professor of Brain and Cognitive Scientists at MIT, was already in an email chain discussing the “special problem that Black people have with 3D-to-2D translation“ along with Geoffrey Miller, J Michael Bailey (of recent rapid onset gender dysphoria retraction fame), and J.P. Rushton of the explicitly eugenic Pioneer Fund. A few months later, many of these addressees would join the Human Biodiversity (h-bd) group, with Sailer proudly adding “the invitation-only Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals” to his resume. By the end of the next year, when the group was sending a few hundred messages per month, Sailer went on to share a private message that hadn’t made it into the group chat: a discussion of Al Gore’s lisp from “a best selling cognitive scientist / linguist / evolutionary psychologist.”

Steve Sailer testified directly to me, in 2019 that he's been an important influence on Pinker's views:

On the rare occasions (maybe only the one occasion?) when a journalist asks Pinker about his connection to Sailer, Pinker cries "guilt by association":

Many critics allege that Pinker’s recent remarks are part of a longer history of comments and behaviour that have come dangerously close to promoting pseudoscientific or abhorrent points of view. To take a single example: the journalist Malcolm Gladwell has called Pinker out for sourcing information from the blogger Steve Sailer, who, in Gladwell’s words, “is perhaps best known for his belief that black people are intellectually inferior to white people”. Angela Saini, a science journalist and author of Superior: The Return of Race Science, told me that “for many people, Pinker’s willingness to entertain the work of individuals who are on the far right and white supremacists has gone beyond the pale”. When I put these kinds of criticisms to Pinker, he called it the fallacy of “guilt by association” – just because Sailer and others have objectionable views, doesn’t mean their data is bad. Pinker has condemned racism – he told me it was “not just wrong but stupid” – but published Sailer’s work in an edited volume in 2004, and quotes Sailer’s positive review of Better Angels, among many others, on his website.

Pinker is listed as a member of Sailer's Roster of Human Biodiversity Discussion Group Members although I have always been hesitant to cite this as more evidence of his connection to Pinker. 

It appears to me that Sailer just added anybody he wanted to his discussion group. The fact that Paul Krugman is listed on this discussion group is a sign that being a member does not mean you volunteered to be a member. However, there is an interesting data field worth noting - by the way, I created a Google Sheets version of the Human Biodiversity Discussion Group Members for sorting capabilities here.

So the column that is furthest to the right is labeled "Public Contributor" and Krugman is marked as "Not yet." Another member of the group who is labeled Not yet is Jonathan Marks who I assume is the same guy who says he coined the term "human biodiversity" and it was stolen by racists

On the other hand, Steven Pinker is marked "Yes." Also marked "Yes" are Charles Murray, J. P. Rushton, Peter Brimelow, Rosalind Arden, Gregory Cochran, Daniel C. Dennett, John Derbyshire, Henry Harpending, Kevin MacDonald, Helmuth Nyborg and Arthur Hu. What a collection.

I would pay big bucks to get my hands on Steven Pinker's contributions to the Human Biodiversity Discussion Group.

In the meantime, I discovered that Sailer let the domain name humanbiodiversity.org lapse, so I bought it. It displays very different content now.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

What's new Pinkerite?

Khan helping his buddy brag that
he's even more popular with
wealthy racists than ever before.


Glad you asked. 

I am now the proud owner of the domain name humanbiodiversity.org, formerly owned by Steve Sailer for use by his "Human Biodiversity Institute."

It was incredibly cheap - under ten dollars for a year. Although strangely enough, the domain name humanbiodiversity.com costs $2,888 for a year. 

My Rational Wiki entry for Razib Khan is finally out of draft mode. 

I've added the Hereditarian section to Pinker's entry.

Also on my to-do list - entries for Charles Murray (in addition to the existing The Bell Curve entry) and E. O. Wilson, whose own correspondence revealed what a big racist he was.

Jonathan Katz has a new piece about Khan's buddy Richard Hanania

Good stuff:

The heart of this allegation is that Mathias was trying to “simply silence a person” rather than “engage with ideas.” But this is another tell. Which of Hanania’s “ideas” was Mathias supposed to “engage” with? That Black people are a “race with an IQ of 85?” That people from Latin America “don’t have the requisite IQ to be a productive part of a first world nation?” That “Jewish elites” hate fertile white women? That “the ultimate goal should be to get all the post-1965 non-White migrants from Latin America to leave?” If Hanania truly believes his ideas from that time “repugnant” and “repulsive,” then why would he think anyone should engage with them? Unless, of course, his real goal is to inject genocidal racism and antisemitism into the discourse under the cover of pseudo-intellectualism and inquiry, which happens to have been the project Richard Spencer recruited him into not so long ago.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Giving racists the seal of mainstream approval: Steven Pinker and Matthew Yglesias

The latest Richard Hanania drama is a reminder that there are mainstream public intellectuals like Matthew Yglesias and Steven Pinker who are happy to promote racists. 

Clearly racism does not bother them.

Yglesias admits he's always known Hanania is racist. He promoted him anyway, because he is a "conservative" and I guess that's enough of an excuse - after all, if they can write "some good pieces," their racism doesn't matter.

And the Fuhrer could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon - two coats!

Apparently Pinker loves Hanania so much, that he only has one subscription on Twitter - and it's Richard Hanania.

So what is wrong with Matthew Yglesias and Steven Pinker? Why do they promote racists without a moment's bad conscience?

Is it:
  • They are getting and/or desire (more) racist plutocrat funding?
  • They agree with the racists but don't want to admit it directly?
  • They are feckless white male mediocrities who don't give a shit about making the world a better place?
  • All of the above?

UPDATE: Yglesias' pals are rallying 'round their loyal "centrist."

Apparently Hanania is too stupid to understand that of course he isn't going to be "cancelled" since his income depends on saying what racist plutocrats want him to say, while Yglesias supposedly is a mainstream centrist.

Non-racists have commentary.

Monday, August 7, 2023

The Richard Hanania saga continues ~ Peter Thiel is indisputably evil

So now that the cat's out of the bag and we all know that right-wing racist Richard Hanania was slightly even more right-wing racist in his younger days, most of the race pseudoscience ghouls are circling the wagons.

Didn't I say that Matthew Yglesias is not nearly as innocent as Henry Farrell wants to believe? 

Henry Farrell also had nice things to say about Noah Smith. I've known he is a racist-mainstreaming goon for years.

I think "just too much cognitive load for me" means "I don't want to offend the racist plutocrats who might hire me."

Predictably Claire Lehmann came to Hanania's aid in Quillette, reposting Hanania's explanation for why he was marginally more repugnant before than he is now:

Editor's note: Some may question my decision to publish Richard Hanania, especially in light of the recent revelations by the Huffington Post. I want to clarify that I am sharing his work not because I am dismissing the seriousness of far-right extremism among young men. On the contrary, I believe it is a genuine problem that demands thoughtful responses.

This is very funny considering how much Lehmann nurtured the career of neo-Nazi Bo Winegard.

I have always had absolute faith in Claire Lehmann's and Quillette's ability to support all racists.

And then there is Hanania's shameless hypocrisy - youthful stupidity was not an acceptable excuse to Hanania when it came to a former Rational Wiki contributor. Except that the former Rational Wiki contributor is no longer an extremist, but Richard Hanania is still a right-wing racist extremist.

But Hanania did lose Bari Weiss. For now at least.

However, David Klion noticed who blurbed Hanania's latest book:

The blurbs include one by Peter Thiel, demonstrating how indisputably evil he is. Apparently this is how libertarians talk now.

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Update on the Manhattan Institute travesty & Richard Hanania's neo-Nazi past

I reported some weeks ago on a strange situation in which the Koch-funded Manhattan Institute, through its media vehicle City Journal, ran an article smearing a former editor of Rational Wiki

After the person being smeared began legal actions, the article was removed from City Journal.

The person being smeared had been sued by racist weirdo Emil Kirkegaard - and Kirkegaard lost and then was ordered to pay the defendant - which Kirkegaard has refused to do.

The City Journal article appears to have been tied to a blackmail attempt by the individual who owns the Substack account Cancel Watch. 

The individual issued the blackmail threats via both a Twitter account (now removed) owned by Cancel Watch and via an email account hosted by Proton Mail.

Rational Wiki found evidence for a connection between Cancel Watch and Emil Kirkegaard:

The author of the Cancel Watch article may be associated with Emil Kirkegaard, as the article contains personal information about Kirkegaard such as claiming that customs authorities searched his laptop for child pornography when he travelled between Europe and the United States.[46]

Because of the Cancel Watch blackmail attempts  Proton has canceled Cancel Watch's email account. 

The exchange below posted by permission.

The next step is for Substack to remove Cancel Watch, which appears to exist exclusively to attack a few select individuals who have been critical of race pseudoscience - or even just reported on race pseudoscience, in the case of journalist Elizabeth Haigh.

But will Substack remove it, since the email address used to sign up for the Substack account has been cancelled due to illegal activities? I have my doubts.

Substack is a race pseudoscience-friendly organization, almost certainly funded by far-right racist plutocrats, which promotes far-right racists like Richard Hanania, and hosts many race pseudoscience promoters and racists: Emil Kirkegaard, Razib Khan, Bo Winegard, Colin Wright, Noah Carl, Diana Fleischman, Aporia Magazine, Indian Bronson, Edward Dutton, Andrew Sullivan, Jon Kay, Lee Jussim, Claire Lehmann, Iona Italia, and Jared Taylor of American Renaissance

With so many other repugnant accounts on Substack, why would Substack remove Cancel Watch?

UPDATE: Speaking of Richard Hanania, this just in from Huffington Post:

Richard Hanania, Rising Right-Wing Star, Wrote For White Supremacist Sites Under Pseudonym
Richard Hanania, a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, used the pen name “Richard Hoste” in the early 2010s to write articles where he identified himself as a “race realist.” He expressed support for eugenics and the forced sterilization of “low IQ” people, who he argued were most often Black. He opposed “miscegenation” and “race-mixing.” And once, while arguing that Black people cannot govern themselves, he cited the neo-Nazi author of “The Turner Diaries,” the infamous novel that celebrates a future race war.

A decade later, writing under his real name, Hanania has ensconced himself in the national mainstream media, writing op-eds in the country’s biggest papers, bending the ears of some of the world’s wealthiest men and lecturing at prestigious universities, all while keeping his past white supremacist writings under wraps.

Along with Steven Pinker and Charles Murray, Hanania promoted the Manhattan Institute travesty. The far-right race pseudoscience gang has no shame.

Of course Razib Khan and Steven Pinker have promoted Richard Hanania.

Friday, August 4, 2023

The Great Gatsby vs. race pseudoscience

The great American novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published 98 years ago. 

The most repugnant character in the book is Tom Buchanan. He is the brutal husband of Daisy, the former flame of Gatsby, with whom Gatsby is still in love. 

Tom was born into wealth, is an adulterer and breaks his mistress's nose for saying Daisy's name too many times. And he is indirectly responsible for Gatsby's murder.

But he still wasn't evil enough, so Fitzgerald made him an hereditarian.

This is from early in the novel:

“You make me feel uncivilized, Daisy,” I confessed on my second glass of corky but rather impressive claret. “Can’t you talk about crops or something?”

I meant nothing in particular by this remark, but it was taken up in an unexpected way.

“Civilization’s going to pieces,” broke out Tom violently. “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read The Rise of the Coloured Empires by this man Goddard?”

“Why, no,” I answered, rather surprised by his tone.

“Well, it’s a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be—will be utterly submerged. It’s all scientific stuff; it’s been proved.”

“Tom’s getting very profound,” said Daisy, with an expression of unthoughtful sadness. “He reads deep books with long words in them. What was that word we—”

“Well, these books are all scientific,” insisted Tom, glancing at her impatiently. “This fellow has worked out the whole thing. It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.”

“We’ve got to beat them down,” whispered Daisy, winking ferociously toward the fervent sun.

“You ought to live in California—” began Miss Baker, but Tom interrupted her by shifting heavily in his chair.

“This idea is that we’re Nordics. I am, and you are, and you are, and—” After an infinitesimal hesitation he included Daisy with a slight nod, and she winked at me again. “—And we’ve produced all the things that go to make civilization—oh, science and art, and all that. Do you see?”

Then towards the end of the book: 

“Self-control!” repeated Tom incredulously. “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that’s the idea you can count me out… Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white.”

Flushed with his impassioned gibberish, he saw himself standing alone on the last barrier of civilization.

As Rational Wiki notes:

The fictional book The Rise of the Colored Empires by "this man Goddard" mentioned in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a reference to both (Madison) Grant's Passing of the Great Race and his protegé Lothrop Stoddard's The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy (the introduction of the latter was written by Grant). Both books were highly popular in 1920's high society.

I was reminded of this when I watched a video of a presentation given by Mat McGue as the ISIR Presidential Address for the 2017 conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR.) McGue references the "Great Gatsby Curve." I will be writing about that soon.

You can read The Great Gatsby online here.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Razib Khan and IDW civility

One of the funniest claims of Bari Weiss, in her infamous article promoting her reactionary, Thiel-friendly (and probably Thiel-funded) friends of the "Intellectual Dark Web" was that they were so civil:

But they all share three distinct qualities. First, they are willing to disagree ferociously, but talk civilly, about nearly every meaningful subject: religion, abortion, immigration, the nature of consciousness.

But many people saw through the grift:

Here is Razib Khan back when he was at Discover Magazine:
Comments are important. From the comments over the past 8 years of blogging I have learned much. But civility is important, and I enforce that with some zeal.
I've documented many times when members of the IDW gang have been uncivil, so I wasn't surprised to see Razib Khan using "retarded" as an insult. But it's good to document the pure, unashamed hypocrisy.

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