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Monday, January 22, 2024

Richard Haier, the ISIR and the 2022 Buffalo mass murder

This screen cap from the shooter's manifesto
displays not only the  work of Michael Woodley
(upper-right corner section)
but features citations with links to work by other
prominent hereditarians and ISIR regulars:  
Thomas Bouchard, Jr, Robert Plomin and Ian Deary,
The third citation is for an NYTimes article by Nicholas Wade


I completed the Rational Wiki article on Richard Haier.

One of the things I discovered while researching Haier is how much he loves Arthur Jensen.

Another thing I discovered is that several participants of International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR) conferences - Haier was president of the ISIR in 2016 - were cited in the manifesto of Payton Gendron, the mass-murderer who killed ten Black people in a store in Buffalo New York in 2022. It wasn't only Michael A. Woodley.

You can find the manifesto online if you spend ten minutes looking. Gendron's citations were in the anti-Black section of his manifesto, but he hates Jews too, and has a whole section in the 180 page manifesto ranting against them. But most of the manifesto is devoted to Gendron's loving descriptions of weapons.

Michael Woodley has often been a participant in conferences for the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR), and achieved fame when it was noticed that his work was cited in the manifesto. You can see it clearly here.

First there was a petition against him. 

Then the New York Times picked up on that and published an article entitled: A Racist Researcher, Exposed by a Mass Shooting.

Richard Haier loves Charles Murray

The subtitle says: "The work of Michael Woodley, a Briton who was cited by the teenager who killed 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, included pseudoscientific theories that have been used to justify racism."

The article does not mention Woodley's connection to the ISIR, but I knew about it because I became aware of Woodley and his connection to the race pseudoscience network back in November.

The failure of the New York Times to make the connection is, I assume, why the ISIR let Woodley participate in this year's conference. The ISIR banished Emil Kirkegaard in 2022, after Abdel Abdellaoui embarrassed the ISIR, but it's doubtful that Woodley (or Abdellaoui) are any less devoted to hereditarianism than Kirkegaard is, so the only reason the ISIR would have had to banish Woodley would be for public embarrassment. 

And why would the ISIR ban Woodley for inspiring a mass murderer? After all, several people who are much more prominent in the world of race pseudoscience, with much longer associations with the ISIR were also cited in the manifesto: Thomas Bouchard, Robert Plomin, Ian Deary and the late J. Philippe Rushton, Richard Lynn, Donald Temple, and Tatu Vanhanen. Also the shooter used a diagram that appeared in The Bell Curve. Charles Murray has also participated in ISIR conferences. And Richard Haier loves Charles Murray.

I also discovered, while researching Haier, that Kathryn Paige Harden had appeared at two ISIR conferences. The glowing article about her in the New Yorker a couple of years ago neglected to mention that.

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