How Deadly is the Corona Virus (COVID-19)?

Roughly half of Americans are pretty freaked out about COVID-19. People who went to college, make a lot of money, are old, or are white, are especially likely to be freaked out. Marist (2020) On March 3rd, the World Health Organization declared that 3.4% of people who had contracted COVID-19 had died (WHO, 2020). Since … Continue reading How Deadly is the Corona Virus (COVID-19)?

The Catholic Church and Western Genetics

Much has been written recently about Schulz et al. (2019), a paper which argues that the Catholic church made the West less conformist, more individualistic, and more open to outsiders by insisting that people organize into nuclear families rather than larger kin networks, and by demanding that people never marry their relatives. In this post, … Continue reading The Catholic Church and Western Genetics

Population Differences in IQ-Related Genes

This post will document the research done thus far looking at population differences in the frequency of gene variants known to predict cognitive ability. I will also evaluate the strength of this research as evidence for the view that genes are significantly involved in population differences in cognitive ability. This research began around 2013 and … Continue reading Population Differences in IQ-Related Genes

IQ’s Influence on Individual Economic and Educational Success

The purpose of this post is to document the basic facts concerning the relationship between IQ scores and individual success in the economy and in education. Simple Correlations The first thing to establish is the bi-variate relationship between IQ and these outcomes. Strenze (2015) gives estimates of .20 to .27 for the correlation between income and … Continue reading IQ’s Influence on Individual Economic and Educational Success