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g FACTOR FOR MUSIC

After two decades of Florida State Uni behaviourist Anders Ericsson maintaining (contrary to my advice but latterly egged on by NYTwit popularizer Malcolm Gladwell), new research on 57 pianists having put in an exceptionally wide range of practice hours (from a mere 50 to a colossal 300K) found the 50% contribution of practice differences to rated expertise (for previously unseen material) was just about matched by the contribution of individual differences in working memory (cognibabblers’ preferred g-avoidant nomenclature for fluid intelligence) (psychologists David Z. Hambrick of Michigan State University and Elizabeth J. Meinz of Southern Illinois University; Current Directions in Psychological Science, x 2011, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science; Medical Xpress, 21 x).


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TRIBUTE TO The g Factor (1996/2000)

I am not going to resist relaying a kindly tribute from a fan (who seeks publication for the review of TgF from which this sentence is extracted -- any ideas?):

    If I were to choose the three most important political works of the twentieth century, I think they would be George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Kevin MacDonald’s Culture of Critique, and Chris Brand’s The g Factor. Orwell’s novel is the most readable and MacDonald’s trilogy the most radical, but Brand’s polemic is of the most general importance.


Naturally, as one would, I recalled the Amazon review which said the prose of TgF “sparkled like champagne”.... And McDougall’s wife being told by top international psychologists on his 1938 death that he would ‘never be forgotten’....


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OILY FISH CONFIRMED TO BOOST ‘COGNITION’

As explained in TgF Chap. 4, foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids boost blood flow to the brain and thus “performance in mental tasks” and reaction times: such was the experimental result of dietary trials with oldies by Northumbria University’s [where dat?] Patricia Jackson (D.Telegraph, 27 x) – though IQ and the g factor could not be mentioned for fear of scaring the horses.


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(ATTEMPTED) SUICIDE HERITABLE

New York researchers claimed a 43% occurrence of a genetic variation, RGS2, in depressed people who had attempted suicide (compared to 20% in similarly depressed non-attempters) (Guardian, 14 xi).

h² 85% A substantial article on psychometric g appeared in Wikipedia, not only acknowledging Spearman’s ‘Law of Diminishing Returns’ (SLDR – that the g factor among mental test is markedly stronger in the lower-g range, cf. TgF Chap. 1, p.50, p.61 & passim) but estimating “Current research suggests that the heritability of g is approximately 0.85 -- even higher than that for IQ itself -- so the heritability of most test performance is thus attributable to g.”





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JEWRY IN A TWIST

The major faultline in international Judaism was cruelly exposed as even the Israeli PM Ravin Yahoo felt obliged to demand that his “Absorption Ministry” withdraw mass advertising in the USA for American Jews to abandon their assimilationist ways and get to Israel before they disappeared and ended up celebrating Christmas (Haaretz.com, 3 xii).

It had gradually dawned on Jewish activists in the USA (like the Anti-Defamation League) that such advertising undermined the official American-Jewish commitment to happy-clappy multiculturalism (including America accepting as many Mexicans and Muslims as possible, along with its sorry legacy of Blacks, so as to make Jews seem just one minority amongst many).


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BLACKS TO GO BACK

A further example of Jewish race realism (see previous: JEWRY IN A TWIST) was provided by Israel’s Interior Minister, Eli Yishai, who denied that any of the country’s Black immigrants were genuine asylum seekers and vowed to return them all to Africa (Jerusalem Post, 8 xii).


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IDENTEQUALITY CONTESTED

    A review of: John HARVEY (2012) (Email: raceandequality@gmail.com) Race and Equality: the Nature of the Debate. Ulster Institute for Social Research, pp 142, £15, ISBN 978-0-9568811-3-7

    Written by a retired maths teacher, this book is concerned to explain the basic concepts of evolution and genetics, to show how variety is constantly thrown up at both individual and racial levels and to point out that denial of radical human differences (‘identegalitarianism’) reflects little but the political desperation of socialists and kindred utopian idealists. Harvey writes with aplomb – even sometimes too much, dismissing some socio-environmentalist answers to his many questions ex cathedra as “ridiculous”; and he sometimes burdens himself with unnecessary theorizing, e.g. as to the superiority of men – an unlikely thesis in view of the equal contributions of males and females to subsequent generations and roundly dismissed by no less a would-be chauvinist than Doctor Johnson (who observed that the law gave men more power just because in nature they had so little). But Harvey gets to the nitty-gritty of speciation, genetic bottlenecks, founder effects, genetic drift etc; and, though there are perhaps too many examples taken from animals, he includes plenty of observations which should be better known – e.g. that Darwin’s Origin of Species was subtitled as having to do with just those dreaded “races” which it has lately been the business of postmodern relativists and similar successors to sociology to contest.

    Psychology itself does not take up much of the book. Thus there is no serious consideration of how the g factor and IQ (the biggest factors in human difference) were derived; nor of what intelligence really is or of how and why it is so important in determining human dominance hierarchies. More surprisingly, there is little effort to explain the key concept of heritability (whether narrow or broad) over which London School psychologists and their critics once took so much trouble. Again, Harvey has no idea of what to do about the human differences in which he believes – he is not overtly concerned to say that society and its educational system in particular should respond to merit. Needless to say, Sir Francis Galton, William McDougall, Raymond Cattell, Hans Eysenck, Arthur Jensen and Phil Rushton are unmentioned in the index.

    Yet Harvey’s heart is clearly in the right place and he concludes with an engaging trot through the modern world’s ethnic differences and conflicts – e.g. observing that when the greatest egalitarian experiment collapsed, the USSR broke up along not political or economic but along ethnic lines, with its star state, the GDR preferring its ethnic link to West Germany than any other route of going its own way. The book is admittedly no match for Eysenck’s great hymns to human inequality (e.g. the 1967 Chapter 1 of Biological Basis of Personality); it has many typos; and it largely holds back from commitments about the major racial inequality of all, that between Blacks and Whites; but, in avoiding frightening the horses, it will enable technical and political advance for students who have found themselves passably enthusiastic about Steven [sic] Pinker’s (2003) The Blank Slate.

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