In the more than three years of its existence, about 110 posts have been published on this blog. While blogging has unfortunately been light in recent times around here, the upside of the data- and analysis-heavy format of our posts is that they rarely lose their relevance with time, making the perusal of our old posts well worth the time.
To help readers search through our archives, below is a list of what I consider to be some of the best content we’ve published. They’re not necessarily our most popular posts, but I think they offer a good dive into human biodiversity, in particular our perennial favorite topic of IQ differences between groups. The list is in the order of original publication.
The social and economic status of black Americans has improved substantially over the last 100 years. How has this affected the IQ gap between blacks and whites? Chuck’s analysis of that question is based on the most comprehensive collection of data ever published on this topic.
This is by far the most popular post in the history of this blog. It’s a critique of Cosma Shalizi’s well-known anti-g disquisition. I think my defense of g holds up well. At the very least, it offers a good critical overview of various fallacious arguments that are commonly used to attack the idea that human intelligence is substantially unidimensional.
The technology to give definitive answers to many of the questions we’ve examined over the years on this blog already exists, but these new methods have not been taken up by those who could have done it. This post describes how sibling differences in genomic ancestry could be used to study racial differences.
It is often asserted that the causes of black-white IQ differences lie in unequal educational opportunities and experiences of racism. If that were true, we might expect the gap to not emerge until school age and until children are old enough to experience and understand racial discrimination. Jason’s thorough analysis indicates, perhaps surprisingly, that the full one standard deviation gap is already present at age 3 and has not budged over the last 50 years. This post is named “Part 1”; hopefully we’ll see the second part some day.
As Steve Sailer has noted, Jason’s Global IQ series is “one of the heroic works of independent scholarship of our time.” This installment, on Puerto Rico, is my favorite because of its extraordinary depth and thoroughness. It comes with interesting historical tidbits about political ire aroused by test score gaps.
While not about human biodiversity per se, Meng Hu’s strident critique of the misleading use of the R-squared statistic is one of our most popular posts, still getting new readers every day.
This long article, originally published in Open Differential Psychology, is a critique of an article by philosopher Jonathan Kaplan. He is one of those authors whose main charm is that they are often not merely incorrect but are aggressively and demonstrably mistaken in their views. Critiquing Kaplan’s article offered me a convenient framework for a thorough discussion of the reasons why IQ differences between white and black Americans cannot easily be ascribed to commonly hypothesized environmental causes such as racism.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Bell Curve, Meng Hu wrote this appreciation of the book. It takes the form of an analysis of what was the best of the generally lousy books published in response to Herrnstein and Murray’s work.
Here’s a (relatively) pithy elaboration of the concept of race for those for whom Chuck’s magnum opus on the topic is too much to bite off.
How much is IQ worth in sheer dollar terms? This posts looks into the association between IQ and lifetime income, arguing that the effect of IQ on personal income is larger than what some researchers have suggested. I recently updated the post to make some of the statistics easier to understand, so if you had trouble understanding something about it the first time around, give it a reread.