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IQ, Personality, Differential Psychology, and Dysgenics: A Collection of Data

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Hi,

 

Instead of starting a bunch of threads, I'm going to post a small collection of articles I've recently read. Some of the articles I found interesting, and some I am skeptical about and need further information, such as the works of Professor Kevin MacDonald:

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Mainstream Science on Intelligence

 

The Wall Street Journal

December 13, 1994

 

Since the publication of "The Bell Curve," many commentators have offered

opinions about human intelligence that misstate current scientific evidence.

Some conclusions dismissed in the media as discredited are actually firmly

supported.

 

This statement outlines conclusions regarded as mainstream among researchers

on intelligence, in particular, on the nature, origins, and practical

consequences of individual and group differences in intelligence. Its aim is

to promote more reasoned discussion of the vexing phenomenon that the

research has revealed in recent decades. The following conclusions are fully

described in the major textbooks, professional journals and encyclopedias in

intelligence.

 

Complete text at http://www.mugu.com/cgi-bin/Upstream/Issues/bell-curve/support-bell-curve.html

 

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Intelligence and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations

RICHARD LYNN

University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

 

TATU VANHANEN

University of Helsinki, Finland

 

SUMMARY.

 

National IQs assessed by the Progressive Matrices were calculated for 60 nations and examined in relation to per capita incomes in the late 1990s and to post World War Two rates of economic growth. It was found that national IQs are correlated at 0.757 with real GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita 1998 and 0.706 with per capita GNP (Gross National Product) 1998; and at 0.605 with the growth of per capita GDP 1950-90 and 0.643 with growth of per capita GNP 1976-98. The results are interpreted in terms of a causal model in which population IQs are the major determinant of the wealth and poverty of nations in the contemporary world.

 

Complete text at http://www.rlynn.co.uk/pages/article_intelligence/1.htm

 

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The General Intelligence Factor

 

Despite some popular assertions, a single factor for intelligence, called g, can be measured with IQ tests and does predict success in life

 

by Linda S. Gottfredson

 

No subject in psychology has provoked more intense public controversy than the study of human intelligence. From its beginning, research on how and why people differ in overall mental ability has fallen prey to political and social agendas that obscure or distort even the most well-established scientific findings. Journalists, too, often present a view of intelligence research that is exactly the opposite of what most intelligence experts believe. For these and other reasons, public understanding of intelligence falls far short of public concern about it. The IQ experts discussing their work in the public arena can feel as though they have fallen down the rabbit hole into Alice's Wonderland.

 

The debate over intelligence and intelligence testing focuses on the question of whether it is useful or meaningful to evaluate people according to a single major dimension of cognitive competence. Is there indeed a general mental ability we commonly call "intelligence," and is it important in the practical affairs of life? The answer, based on decades of intelligence research, is an unequivocal yes. No matter their form or content, tests of mental skills invariably point to the existence of a global factor that permeates all aspects of cognition. And this factor seems to have considerable influence on a person's practical quality of life. Intelligence as measured by IQ tests is the single most effective predictor known of individual performance at school and on the job. It also predicts many other aspects of well-being, including a person's chances of divorcing, dropping out of high school, being unemployed or having illegitimate children [see illustration].

 

Complete article at http://www.psych.utoronto.ca/~reingold/courses/intelligence/cache/1198gottfred.html

 

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Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration in Modern Populations

 

 

Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration

in Modern Populations

 

by Richard Lynn

- Praeger, 1996

237pp., $59.95

1-800-225-5800 (for 20% off mention F238)

 

reviewed by Marian Van Court

 

[A somewhat abbreviated version of this review appeared in the Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, Volume 23, Number 2, Summer 1998. MVC]

 

Countless volumes have been written about the past evolution of the human species, yet hardly any attention has been paid to the crucial question, "Where are we evolving now?" Richard Lynn, of the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, courageously addresses this question in his controversial book Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration in Modern Populations. Professor Lynn presents compelling evidence that much of the world is deteriorating in its genetic potential for intelligence, health, and conscientiousness (or good character). The word for this is "dysgenics," the opposite of "eugenics."

 

Complete text at http://www.eugenics.net/papers/lynnrev.html

 

 

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In Defense of Eugenics

The high-stakes race for a better future.

 

reviewed by Thomas Jackson

 

Richard Lynn, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, is one of those rare social scientists who not only understand genetics but are willing to draw conclusions about how biology affects society. This volume builds upon his 1996 Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration in Modern Populations (reviewed in AR, April, 1997), and lays out the clear choice science now sets before all developed nations: whether to let the genetic quality of their populations continue to deteriorate, or use a combination of old and new techniques to improve it. In Prof. Lynn’s view, this is a high-stakes game, in which those who refuse to play will be certain losers. This careful analysis unquestionably establishes the author as the foremost eugenicist of our time.

 

Eugenics is an exhaustive treatment that includes a history of the movement, its objectives, its successes and failures, moral arguments for and against it, and a bold prediction of how eugenics will dictate the balance of world power in the 21st century. This book will offend many people, but they will find its relentless logic difficult to refute. The age of widespread population engineering is upon us, and to begin with Prof. Lynn’s concluding quotation from Francis Galton, “the nation which first subjects itself to rational eugenical disciplines is bound to inherit the earth.”

 

You can read the full article at http://www.amren.com/0111issue/0111issue.htm#article1

 

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Preface to the First Paperback Edition of

The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements

 

Originally published in 1998 by Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT

 

© 2001

Kevin MacDonald

Department of Psychology

California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, CA 90840-0901

kmacd@csulb.edu

 

November 2001

 

The Culture of Critique (hereafter, CofC) was originally published in 1998 by Praeger Publishers, an imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. The thesis of the book is a difficult one indeed, not only because it is difficult to establish, but also because it challenges many fundamental assumptions about our contemporary intellectual and political existence.

 

CofC describes how Jewish intellectuals initiated and advanced a number of important intellectual and political movements during the 20th century. I argue that these movements are attempts to alter Western societies in a manner that would neutralize or end anti-Semitism and enhance the prospects for Jewish group continuity either in an overt or in a semi-cryptic manner. Several of these Jewish movements (e.g., the shift in immigration policy favoring non-European peoples) have attempted to weaken the power of their perceived competitors—the European peoples who early in the 20th century had assumed a dominant position not only in their traditional homelands in Europe, but also in the United States, Canada, and Australia. At a theoretical level, these movements are viewed as the outcome of conflicts of interest between Jews and non-Jews in the construction of culture and in various public policy issues. Ultimately, these movements are viewed as the expression of a group evolutionary strategy by Jews in their competition for social, political and cultural dominance with non-Jews.

 

Complete text at http://www.csulb.edu/~kmacd/Preface.htm

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