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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Meet Coel Hellier, apologist for white supremacist Johann Blumenbach and race pseudoscience

I'd never heard of Hellier until he decided to publish in right-wing hereditarian garbage rag
Quillette, specifically to defend race pseudoscience

Hellier is a professor of astrophysics - what is it about physicists that make them such absolute assholes

Biologists, like Robin May who has a PhD in mammalian cell biology, agree that race is bullshit - but physicists always think they know more than anybody else about everything. 

Just like that idiot Sabine Hossenfelder.

And like Hossenfelder, Hellier is impressed by hereditarian charlatan Steven Pinker, who is a psychologist for chrissakes - psychology is the softest of all the sciences. But Pinker, like many a white male mediocrity, is convinced that he has all the answers on any given topic, although he's often been accused over the course of his career of advocating for two opposing beliefs at the same time.

And he's a hard-core, if weaselly, hereditarian.

Hellier attempts to rehabilitate Blumenbach:

After citing many examples of “negroes of capacity,” whom he considers comparable  to the inhabitants of “well-known provinces of Europe’’, he concludes that:  

there is no so-called savage nation known under the sun which has so much distinguished itself by such examples of perfectibility and original capacity for scientific culture, and thereby attached itself so closely to the most civilized nations of the earth, as the Negro.

Those do not read like the thoughts of a man motivated by a desire to establish a racial hierarchy that would justify slavery.

Blumenbach got a lot right. And he drew his conclusions, as a scientist should, from a thorough analysis of the anatomical evidence. 

If you are the kind of person who is too ignorant or lazy to bother to find out anything about Blumenbach on your own - in other words, Quillette's target audience - you might simply accept Hellier's insistence that Blumenbach was a real scientist and not at all a racist.

But anthropologist Marvin Harris has the goods on Blumenbach:

...Johann Blumenbach in Germany and Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, in France, were in their own fashion white supremacists. Both believed that Adam and Eve had been white (God’s image!). Both regarded the emergence of other types as a form of “degeneration.” But unlike the racists of the nineteenth century and thereafter, both Blumenbach and Buffon believed that the degenerative course of raciation could be reversed and that under proper environmental control all the contemporary forms of man could be made to revert to the original...

But then Harris is merely an anthropologist not a professor of astrophysics, so presumably Hellier dismisses anything he says.

Hellier is a right-wing extremist who promotes Republican political operatives like failed scientist Colin Wright and evil Trump-ghoul Christopher Rufo. He's part of idiot Lee Jussim's racist reactionary gang too. He published a piece in the Heterodox STEM Substack (where racists and Nazis are welcome) which is run by far-right reactionary Dorian "I hate feminism" Abbot. And can be seen retweeting all kinds of reactionary idiots like the Bo Winegard-promoting Jerry Coyne.

And he's an anti-trans fascist. What did you expect?

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Thanks for reading, Emil O. W. Kirkegaard - are you still hiding out from the law at Das Landhaus Adlon?

Apparently racist weirdo Emil O. W. Kirkegaard hate-reads Pinkerite, as I discovered today.

He included a screen cap of my previous post on his own website, but of course did not include a link to my site because he's a chickenshit loser.

It's so good to know that my website has the ability to annoy a Nazi POS, even a little.

Kirkegaard is mad at me and Oliver Smith because back in 2016 racist crackpot Richard Lynn told Kirkegaard that he could say he's affiliated with The Ulster Institute for Social Research, which Kirkegaard continued to do until at least September 2023, but Smith told me, with evidence, that very recently the Ulster Institute says Kirkegaard is NOT affiliated. And I found Smith's evidence credible.

Hey Kirkegaard, if there's confusion over your affiliation, the source of the problem is at the Ulster Institute. Here's a thought - contact them and get them to send you a letter explaining what happened some time between 2016 and 2024, to cause your disaffiliation, and then share it publicly.

Unless of course you are lying - and you already knew Ulster Institute no longer considered you affiliated but you kept on making the claim anyway, because contrary to your phony insouciance, an affiliation with the Ulster Institute does mean something.  It makes it look like you have a bona fide institutional affiliation, which might impress someone who does not know anything about the Ulster Institute.

I'll bet that's how Kirkegaard got invitations to the International Society for Intelligence Research until Abdel Abdellaoui blew the whistle on him for having no credentials.

You have to laugh at Kirkegaard's reply to his rightwing ghoul friends like "Based Psychologist" concerning the fact that the Manhattan Institute settled out of court over its defamatory article.  Kirkegaard downplays the fact that the Manhattan Institute recognized it had no legal grounds to stand on, and would be publicly embarrassed by the story in the media (not to mention the potential reputational risk of being associated with Kirkegaard) if they went to court, which is no doubt why they settled. 

In my post I speculated that the Manhattan article was published at the behest of Kirkegaard. Even though he posted a screen cap of my saying this, I notice Kirkegaard does not deny it.

It's also funny that Kirkegaard complains that Smith is "causing trouble" when Kirkegaard has devoted his life to promoting racism and in addition, avoids paying his legal bills by taking refuge with Nazis


Friday, March 1, 2024

So what exactly is the deal with Emil O. W. Kirkegaard?

Emil Kirkegaard is an international man of douchbaggery, and last I focused on him, was possibly hiding out from the law in Germany.

Kirkegaard has claimed an association with the Ulster Institute for Social Research, a racist organization associated with the infamously racist publication Mankind Quarterly.

However, Oliver Smith, while trying to track down Kirkegaard because Kirkegaard owes him money (due to a legal judgement against Kirkegaard) received a letter from the Ulster Institute saying:

...but (Kirkegaard) is not, as he claims, affiliated to the Ulster Institute.

Who would have guessed that Emil Kirkegaard is a liar?

Smith shared the letter, see below.

Smith was the subject, probably at the behest of Kirkegaard, of a smear campaign by the Manhattan Institute and City Journal. When Smith fought back through the courts, the article was removed and then the Manhattan Institute settled out of court with Smith.

For some reason Steven Pinker isn't tweeting about that, after he was fully onboard the smear campaign.


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