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Monday, April 09, 2018

The opposite of progress

Modern progressivism has led to an increasingly dysgenic reality:
The potential problem was first noted by Galton in 1869. In the 1930s Raymond Cattell was pretty sure that the greater fertility of poorer and duller couples was going to bring down the population average, but was surprised to find that the data showed a contrary trend. Perhaps this was because the effects of copious fertilizer overcame a drop in the quality of the seed, but results are results, and the dysgenic hypothesis looked weak. Of course, to continue the agricultural analogy, yields could also be adversely affected by over-use of pesticides. One possible cause of less capable brains is that these sensitive organs are being poisoned by man-made toxins.

All this and more is covered in the introduction to a new paper:

What Caused over a Century of Decline in General Intelligence? Testing Predictions from the Genetic Selection and Neurotoxin Hypotheses Michael A. Woodley of Menie & Matthew A. Sarraf & Mateo Peñaherrera-Aguirre & Heitor B. F. Fernandes & David Becker

What are we to make of all this? The Woodley et al. argument is that general intelligence, the important and heritable part of mental ability, is falling; and that specific skills, the environmentally-influenced non-heritable part of mental ability, had risen over the last century and is now on a plateau.

The supportive findings are as follows: if you take the g loadings of mental tests (their saturation on the general factor of intelligence) and you link those loadings with the effect sizes of things like inbreeding depression and correlations with motor reaction times, then the strength of selection against intelligence (duller citizens having larger families) is more pronounced on g loaded abilities, but correlates negatively with the Flynn Effect (the secular rise in many, but not all mental tests).

So, it is better to track general ability rather than specific specialised skills.
Well, regardless of whatever might have caused this decline in Western intelligence, it's nothing that importing a few hundred million sub-85 IQ third-worlders shouldn't fix, right?

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27 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous April 09, 2018 11:12 AM  

It appears that the world is process of confirming John Calhoun's mouse utopia experiment, though on humans this time.

That and we are not so slowly poisoning ourselves.

Blogger Long Live The West April 09, 2018 11:24 AM  

While I don't completely discount the idea of unhealthy, processed foods having an effect on iq, I don't believe that it is a highly significant factor. When the educational system shifted the focus from how to think, to what to think, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see iq drop.

The reality is simply that the Government failed (shocking I know) to educate kids. Parents failed their kids by letting the Federal Government screw with them in the first place.

Blogger Resident Moron™ April 09, 2018 11:26 AM  

I’ll take “What’s the opposite of brain drain?” for 15 IQ points, Brian.

Blogger Dire Badger April 09, 2018 11:26 AM  

Is it any surprise that almost all insanity is coming out of Urban environments? they are nearly the clone of mouse utopia.
It simply proves that the electoral college is a VERY good idea. If anything, it should be taken a step further.

Blogger The Observer April 09, 2018 11:32 AM  

It appears that the world is process of confirming John Calhoun's mouse utopia experiment, though on humans this time.

The problem with mouse utopia is that there are other explanations to the observations that aren't overcrowding that're overlooked because they're not PC. For example, genetic degradation due to lack of selection is a common one. Also, it's rarely mentioned that the experiment started with eight breeding pairs, and that was that - everyone knows that massive inbreeding is terrible for any population.

Anonymous Anonymous April 09, 2018 11:32 AM  

...nothing that importing a few hundred million sub-85 IQ third-worlders shouldn't fix, right?

You betcha!

Blogger Jack Amok April 09, 2018 12:05 PM  

We have genetically dumber people being taught dumber things by dumber teachers and turned loose into a society squandering the last vestiges of it's prosperity shielding people from the consequences of dumb decisions.

How dumb does someone have to be to not realize the inevitable outcome?

Blogger freddie_mac April 09, 2018 12:07 PM  

@2 Long Live the West
While I don't completely discount the idea of unhealthy, processed foods having an effect on iq, I don't believe that it is a highly significant factor.

If highly processed foods was the only factor, then I'd agree. And, it may be that highly processed foods aren't a major factor, but in combination with other items? Then, every bit counts; just a sliver of yet another factor could be enough to tip the balance.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine April 09, 2018 12:09 PM  

"The problem with mouse utopia is that there are other explanations to the observations that aren't overcrowding that're overlooked because they're not PC. For example, genetic degradation due to lack of selection is a common one."

The experiment actually did cover genetic degradation and maladaptive selection rather explicitly.

Blogger ReluctantMessiah April 09, 2018 12:12 PM  

Sub-85 IQ now identifies as 185 IQ. Afrocentric math proves intelligence is a social construct.

The abyss of Cultural Marxism has no bounds

Blogger Resident Moron™ April 09, 2018 12:35 PM  

Kind of a Cultural Black Hole then, if you’ll excuse the horrible pun?

You can check in any time you like but you can never leave ...

I tend to believe tho, that the event horizon is proper worship vs improper, and not a function of genetic degradation ( but rather the reverse is the case).

Hope springs eternal, eh?

Blogger 357Delta April 09, 2018 12:45 PM  

Don't forget the Homer Simpson effect. Obesity causes IQ loss of up to 10 points.

Blogger Stilicho April 09, 2018 1:06 PM  

Please note: thos millions of sub 85 IQ third worlders will be legally considered your equals and peers...at least as long as it is the interest of your enemies in govt bureaucracy, judiciary, Congress, press, Google, facebook, ford, Pepsi, planned parenthood, DNC, GOP, etc. to do so. Afterwards, they will be your masters, de facto as well as de jure. Welcome to the Brave New Shithole.

Blogger Brick Hardslab April 09, 2018 2:12 PM  

This is a mouse utopia but with 85 IQ set to be the norm for most of the world I expect the problem to right itself. Say in five hundred to a thousand years. Depends on how long the next dark ages are.

Anonymous Anonymous April 09, 2018 2:24 PM  

I used to think it would be as separate pools of IQ since only the ugliest/stupidest mudsharked, but illegal alien drunk drivers can kill smart people & niglets dropping rocks from bridges can derail trains.

nothing that importing a few hundred million sub-85 IQ third-worlders shouldn't fix, right?

What is worse is that while your grandparents are getting $1200 a month back (that is less than if they took the SS contributions & saved it in pre 1965 junk silver coins), refugees get $1,700 cash, along with free housing, free health & even benefits citizens can't get like the grant to buy a car the Boston marathon moslems received.

To top it off since the HIV travel ban was removed in 2009, they could be chowing down on ~$8,000 a month of HIV meds alone. I apologize for giving numbers under $5k a month as those were numbers before a $13 a pill drug went up hundreds of dollars over night.

https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/refugee-resettlement-fact-sheets/

Blogger tublecane April 09, 2018 2:49 PM  

Lothrop Stoddard was right.

Blogger English Tom April 09, 2018 3:52 PM  

Hmmm. There's a correlation there but am I allowed to say it?

Blogger Redpill Angel April 09, 2018 5:33 PM  

This decrease in intelligence isn't rocket science to figure out: for almost 100 years, birth control and abortion have been sold to bright, educated young women, and they have bought it, hook, line and IUD. Dumb girls, not so much. They are careless, but maybe they are also smart enough to know that having a baby is more fun than working in a convenience store. Too bad they keep falling for men who won't take care of them, and end up at the convenience store anyway. Meanwhile, we teach our bright, pretty daughters that babies are a burden. Surprise! Unintended consequences! Lotsa dumb babies and no smart ones. Maybe we should start buying little girls baby dolls again at Christmas, instead of electronics. Play was always practice for adulthood, but what is the internet practice for?

Blogger pyrrhus April 09, 2018 5:48 PM  

Everyone agrees, including Greg Cochran these days, that IQ in the West is falling at least 1 IQ point per generation...My calculations suggest it is double that, based on the decline of SAT scores, but in any event, it will ultimately destroy society...Hence it is a hate-thought, and banned in the media.

Blogger Rocklea Marina April 09, 2018 6:51 PM  

"What are we to make of all this? The Woodley et al. argument is that general intelligence, the important and heritable part of mental ability, is falling; and that specific skills, the environmentally-influenced non-heritable part of mental ability, had risen over the last century and is now on a plateau."

Guernsey cows produce 6000 litres of milk a year. I imagine this is optimal with regards to movement, feeding time, milking time and climate. The breed has managed to outsource protection from predation, mate selection and foraging for food. It has achieved this through specializing in eating grass.

Blogger Aeoli Pera April 09, 2018 6:57 PM  

Based Woodley at it again. I can't wait to hear about the archaic genome results.

Blogger Jack Ward April 09, 2018 7:15 PM  

Personal observation. I am six weeks or so into no or much reduced sugar intake. As in the past when doing this, my thinking has become much clearer, libido much enhanced and general health much better. This is just sugar. I also have tried to cut back on fast food. More sugar there and God knows what else. So maybe part of the problem..... but, gosh, those sweets taste so good.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella April 09, 2018 7:42 PM  

Thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin are all subclinically deficient in all western populations. They had b

Blogger Dirk Manly April 09, 2018 8:20 PM  

@7

"We have genetically dumber people being taught dumber things by dumber teachers and turned loose into a society squandering the last vestiges of it's prosperity shielding people from the consequences of dumb decisions.

How dumb does someone have to be to not realize the inevitable outcome?"

As dumb as they are.

Blogger Jack Amok April 10, 2018 12:47 AM  

As dumb as they are.

As dumb as they were to start it, as dumb as they are to keep it going, and as dumb as they're going to be to blame the rest of us when it all crashes down on their numb skulls.

And as dumb as we are if we don't make them go sit at the kids table afterwards.

Blogger Unknown April 10, 2018 1:07 AM  

Aeoli Pera wrote:Based Woodley at it again. I can't wait to hear about the archaic genome results.

The ancient genomes work has already been published. It's available for free here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/BF2A35F0D4F565757875287E59A1F534/S1832427417000378a.pdf/holocene_selection_for_variants_associated_with_general_cognitive_ability_comparing_ancient_and_modern_genomes.pdf

Blogger Johnny April 10, 2018 8:58 PM  

They talk about sustainable this and sustainable that, even as the society that is supposed to sustain stuff is not being sustained.

According to the Bell Curve guy, below average but not all out simple breed the fastest. That is the major shift.

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