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(33) Steven Pinker: 5 Main Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities - YouTube
Priorities (family vs status), People vs Things, Risk, 3-D Mental Transformations, Math Reasoning, Variability
genderissues  Pinker  psychology  youtube 
august 2018 by HispanicPundit
Steven Pinker on genes and the Ashkenazi Jewish population | The New Republic
The Utah researchers Gregory Cochran, Jason Hardy, and Henry Harpending (henceforth CH&H) proposed that Ashkenazi Jews have a genetic advantage in intelligence, and that the advantage arose from natural selection for success in middleman occupations (moneylending, selling, and estate management) during the first millennium of their existence in northern Europe, from about 800 C.E. to 1600 C.E. Since rapid selection of a single trait often brings along deleterious by-products, this evolutionary history also bequeathed the genetic diseases known to be common among Ashkenazim, such as Tay-Sachs and Gaucher's.
IQ  Jews  TheNewRepublic  Pinker 
march 2018 by HispanicPundit
Pinker on "The Red Pill", by Steve Sailer - The Unz Review
On how simple facts that are PC on University campuses drives people to the alt-right.
capitalism  Academia  feminists  politicallyincorrect  Blacks  crime  terrorism  Pinker  video  AltRight 
january 2018 by HispanicPundit
Gladwell vs Pinker - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
Even when I [Loken] do take a few chops at the above data, I can’t eliminate the strong correlation. The correlation is still there when I do TDs per game. It’s there when I restrict the data for at least 100 pass attempts. The correlation is even bigger when I do TD per game for QBs picked in the first 100 positions of the draft. I can’t get the association to go away, and I’m going to let these graphs stand as a challenge to Gladwell’s statement that no prediction is possible regarding the future success of NFL quarterbacks. The consensus of the predictive information reflected in draft order out of college unambiguously does predict future performance.
Gladwell  Pinker  gelman 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Why You Shouldn't Trust Malcolm Gladwell | Opinion | The Harvard Crimson
 Think of Gladwell's books as a movie with a marketing campaign that plays up the "based on a true story" element.  The studio finds an original story, then heavily dramatizes it and dresses it up until you have no idea what is true and what is not.
Gladwell  Pinker 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Letters - Let’s Go to the Tape - NYTimes.com
What Malcolm Gladwell calls a “lonely ice floe” is what psychologists call “the mainstream.” In a 1997 editorial in the journal Intelligence, 52 signatories wrote, “I.Q. is strongly related, probably more so than any other single measurable human trait, to many important educational, occupational, economic and social outcomes.” Similar conclusions were affirmed in a unanimous blue-ribbon report by the American Psychological Association, and in recent studies (some focusing on outliers) by Dean Simonton, David Lubinski and others.
gladwell  pinker  debates  IQ 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Malcolm Gladwell, Eclectic Detective
The common thread in Gladwell’s writing is a kind of populism, which seeks to undermine the ideals of talent, intelligence and analytical prowess in favor of luck, opportunity, experience and intuition. For an apolitical writer like Gladwell, this has the advantage of appealing both to the Horatio Alger right and to the egalitarian left. Unfortunately he wildly overstates his empirical case. It is simply not true that a quarter­back’s rank in the draft is uncorrelated with his success in the pros, that cognitive skills don’t predict a teacher’s effectiveness, that intelligence scores are poorly related to job performance or (the major claim in “Outliers”) that above a minimum I.Q. of 120, higher intelligence does not bring greater intellectual achievements.
gladwell  pinker  debates 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Steven Pinker: What our language habits reveal | TED Talk | TED.com
Pinker on how languages form via the masses, not dictated by academic definitions or whatnot.
Pinker  linguistics  language 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
Steven Pinker on How the Free Market Makes Us Uneasy
Unlike the other three relationship types, Market Pricing is nowhere near as universal. A culture with no written language and with a number system that peters out at “3” cannot handle even the rudiments of Market Pricing. And the logic of the market remains cognitively unnatural as well. People all over the world think that every object has an intrinsic fair price (as opposed to being worth whatever people are willing to pay for it at the time), that middlemen are parasites (despite the service they render in gathering goods from distant places and making them conveniently available to buyers), and that charging interest is immoral (despite the fact that money is more valuable to people at some times than at others).[See Thomas Sowell: Knowledge and Decisions.] These fallacies come naturally to an Exchange mindset in which distributions are fair only when equivalent quantities of stuff change hands. The mental model of face-to-face, tit-for-tat exchanges is ill equipped to handle the
capitalism  history  evolution  pinker  kimball  sidebar  sowell 
december 2012 by HispanicPundit
gladwell.com: Pinker, Round Two
Gladwell and Pinker continue their debate on IQ.
iq  gladwell  pinker  debates  sidebar 
december 2009 by HispanicPundit
Op-Ed Contributor - Oaf of Office - NYTimes.com
The linguistics behinds Chief Justices Roberts goof in swearing in Obama.
obama  presidency  constitution  roberts  pinker  sidebar 
january 2009 by HispanicPundit
Op-Ed Contributor - Everything You Heard Is Wrong - NYTimes.com
"voters judging Ms. Palin’s performance should focus on the facile governing philosophy that is symbolized by her speech style, not the red herrings of accent or dialect."
palin  campaign2008  pinker  sidebar 
october 2008 by HispanicPundit
EconLog, A Splendidly Undignified Hatchet Job, Bryan Caplan: Library of Economics and Liberty
"Once you recognize the principle of autonomy, Macklin argued, "dignity" adds nothing."
abortion  philosophy  pinker  caplan 
july 2008 by HispanicPundit

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