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Razib, in a link roundup, wrote: A Grand Unified Theory of Palinisms. Jacob Weisberg, Yale grad and Rhodes Scholar, wonders why Sarah Palin says “stupid and ridiculous things.” An easy answer is that she’s stupid. But I think the truth is that Sarah Palin is closer to the norm in intelligence and polish than the…

This is what children with poor self-control become (from here) Melody Dye at Child’s Play has an interesting post about the famous (or infamous) cookie experiments, which involved observing children presented with a cookie and then left alone in a room. If they wait long enough, they get another cookie (and they know this). If…

I think The Huffington Post has outdone itself on the bullshit factor. We now have all-encompassing metawoo. Consider this about the supposed harm that our current methods of teaching science inflict upon the young: When educators try to inculcate children with the scientific method, the main legacy of traditional science, the outcome is often an…

ScienceBlogling Razib has an excellent post, “Why it matters if liberals are much smarter“, about the recent work regarding IQ, political orientation, and religious beliefs. Razib’s point about the tails of the distribution is key: to the extent that the extemes of high (and low) IQ matter, a slight difference will mean that the skilled…

What Is the Heritability of Being an A–hole?

I’ve finished reading Richard Nisbett’s Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count, which is a wonderful counterargument to Charles Murray’s (and others’) genetic conservatism (my phrase, not Nisbett’s): intelligence, typically ascertain using IQ, is highly heritable, so there’s little point in spending excessively (whatever that means) on educating most people, since…

…I think he’s right (don’t tell driftglass). From the NY Times:

Atrios wonders about William Saletan’s and Andrew Sullivan’s recurrent idiocy about IQ: