Weekend randoms

According the video that Athol posts, the vast majority of sociopaths don’t grow up with a father present. Interesting . . .
Aretae: "In learning…especially past the 1st 100 hours of study on a given topic (which we can consider light overview, rather than learning)…the Aretaevian claim is that there is only 1 factor: Practice." Does this mean that you could turn a retard into the world’s most prominent experimental physicist with enough practice?

Don’t move to Texas.

AMcGuinn: "One of the most interesting things about politics in the last decade or so is that the fictions are breaking down."

Single In the Suburbs

Thomas smacks down some left-libertarians. I like this line, "Why should one reject IQ tests as “culturally biased,” and under what conditions? I have no doubt that there is some degree of cultural bias in IQ tests, but so what? As an employer, I may want employees who are not only capable of carrying out certain kinds of mental tasks but who also are attuned to the culture in which I operate my business."

Handle writes in opposition to pessimism among reactionaries.

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3 Responses to Weekend randoms

  1. Johnny Abacus says:

    It seems difficult to argue the cultural bias angle after seeing how highly correlated Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices are with other IQ tests like Wechsler.

    From what I can tell, most progressives who know what’s up have moved to the “stereotype threat” argument that NAMs simply don’t do well on tests.

  2. Handle says:

    Aretae engages in over-abstraction. Most people would not subordinate the concept of “Motivation” to being an element contained within a larger meta-concept of “Practice”. It’s obvious to me that success in acquiring and using new knowledge depends on multiple independent human factors – natural talent (general and specific), character, motivation, experience, practice, enlightened guidance and mentoring, and so forth.

    As for frauds, I wrote this elsewhere:

    The last several years have been, largely, the time of the revelation for us – where it becomes clear to us how fundamentally broken and corrupt many of our cherished institution were. It’s a lot like when a business goes bankrupt, or a Ponzi-scheme like Madoff’s collapses, everything seems fine until the very day it’s suddenly over, and then when you investigate you discover the ancient fraud behind the facade, and the desperate papering-over of the problems that have been going on for years. But when times are good, nobody feels like asking questions or rocking the boat or worrying about the future.

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