The Rise and Fall of Science

In this post, I'll argue that scientific progress has significantly slowed over the last century, both at a per-scientist and absolute level, and then offer some speculative hypotheses about why this might have occurred. On Measuring Scientific Progress To begin with, it is necessary to make clear how we go about measuring scientific progress.¬†Broadly speaking, … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Science

On Proposed Environmental Causes of the American Black-White IQ Gap

In this post, I will consider specific environmental variables which have been suggested as causes of the roughly 15 point IQ gap between black and white Americans. I will conclude that there are currently no known ultimately environmental variables which totally or even partially explain the IQ gap and that proximate environment causes which may … Continue reading On Proposed Environmental Causes of the American Black-White IQ Gap

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