Dienstag, 30. Oktober 2012

Der Kommunismus und der Westen:

Der Kommunismus - vor aller Augen und doch unverstanden

Die verhängnisvollen Fehler des Westens gegenüber dem Kommunismus begannen schon 1918: Von Anfang an erkannten die westlichen Regierungen die ihnen drohende tödliche Gefahr nicht. In Russland schlossen sich damals alle zuvor untereinander zerstrittenen Kräfte zusammen, angefangen von den Repräsentanten des Staates bis zu den Kadetten und rechten Sozialisten. Zwar nicht in Reih' und Glied mit ihnen vereinigt, eher unkoordiniert, aber in Form von tausenden Bauernaufständen und Dutzenden von Arbeitererhebungen, stellte sich die ganze Masse des Volkes dem Kommunismus entgegen. Die Rote Armee war vollauf mit der Erschießung von Zehntausenden beschäftigt, die sich der bolschewistischen Mobilisierung entzogen. Doch die Westmächte unterstützten diesen unseren nationalen Widerstand gegen den Kommunismus nicht. Im Westen kursierten die phantastischten, rosigsten Vorstellungen von kommunistischen Regimes - und die "fortschrittliche" Öffentlichkeit des Westens begrüßte ihn leidenschaftlich, obgleich in dreißig russischen Gouvernements bereits 1921 ein Genozid kambodschanischen Ausmaßes stattfand. (Noch zu Lebzeiten Lenins wurde eine nicht geringere Zahl der Zivilbevölkerung umgebracht als unter Hitler - noch heute bezeichnen amerikanische Schüler Hitler einmütig als größten Verbrecher der Geschichte, während sie in Lenin einen Wohltäter sehen.) Im gegenseitigen Wettstreit beeilten sich die westlichen Länder, das sowjetische Regime wirtschaftlich zu stärken und diplomatisch zu unterstützen; ohne diese Hilfe hätte es nicht überleben können. Den Tod von sechs Millionen, die in der Ukraine und im Kurban-Gebiet des Todes starben, ignorierte das tanzende Europa einfach.

Solschenizyn, Warnung, 1980

Samstag, 27. Oktober 2012

The Relevance of Noncoding DNA Regions:

[M]ost of the genome that does something significant and can thus mutate in ways that cause harm is noncoding. We don’t understand that component as well. Certainly I don’t. A rough estimate would be that 1.5% of the genome makes proteins while another 3.5% does something else functional - regulation of protein expression, regulation of other regulators, etc.
Gregory Cochran

[Für den Laien scheint freilich die Frage naheliegend, ob u.U. ein Teil der wichtigsten positiven Neumutationen der letzten 500 000 Jahre Humanevolution an nicht-proteinkodierenden funktionell relevanten DNA-Sequenzen statt fand. Wenn ja: War dies ein großer oder ein kleiner Teil?]

Mittwoch, 24. Oktober 2012

Two Versions of Fairness:

Fairness is important in all human social relations, wether large or small. But there are two different kinds of fairness. Experts call this equity and equality. Equality means treating everyone the same (obviously). Equity means giving out rewards in proportion to what each person contributed. Under equity, the person who contributes more or better work gets a proportionately bigger share of the reward.
Roy Baumeister, Is There Anything Good About Man?, 2010

Achievement & Appearance:

[However, there exists] a more fundamental genuine double standard. This has to do with how men and women are judged and evaluated. Men are judged by their achievements. Woman are judged by their appearance. To be sure, the lines are blurring now, and our society is succeeding to some extent in putting men and women on similar footings. Men's appearance counts for more than it used to, and the same goes for woman's achievements. Still, this double standard remains active. Men have to earn respect through their achievements more than woman do.
Roy Baumeister, Is There Anything Good About Man?, 2010

Sonntag, 14. Oktober 2012

Self-Perception and Intelligence:

[It] is possible for a person to think of herself as intelligent and yet to be without the capacity to reason effectively. Empirical studies have repeatedly shown that self-estimated intellectual abilities do not bear a close relation to actual abilities (D.L. Paulus, Lysy, & Yik, 1998).
Peterson, CSaV, 2004

Definition of Intelligence:

Intelligence refers to the ability to think abstractly - to understand similarities and differences among things, to recognize patterns, and to see other relations.
Peterson, CSaV, 2004

Mittwoch, 10. Oktober 2012

Fernsehen - eine Leerlauftätigkeit par excellence:

Television Viewing is a Passive and Relaxing, Low Concentration Activity. When viewing television, people report feeling more passive and less challenged and alert, while simultaneously concentrating less and using fewer skills, than in allmost any other daily activity except resting and "doing nothing".
Robert Kubey, Television and the Quality of Life, 1990
[Neben den 7-8 Stunden Nachtschlaf verbringt der Durchschnittsdeutsche noch zusätzlich etwa 3-4 Stunden mit Tagschlaf und verschläft somit etwa die Hälfte des Tages. Zusätzlich übt das Fernsehen vor allem auf Vielfernseher eine beträchtliche Suggestivwirkung aus.]

Dienstag, 9. Oktober 2012

Ernst Haeckel about Evolution:

"Evolution is the key word that will either answer all the riddles which sourround us, or put us on the way to their solution."

Two Forms of Evolution; Striving & Evolution:

The two forms of evolution - biological and cultural - are in complex interaction - an interaction that we must ultimately seek to understand as far as is possible today. However, since we have to begin somewhere, and since they have great similarity in essential form, let us grasp first the bases of biological evolution. For these bases have been far more scientifically studied and developed. We need to take a look also at a sense in which the Lamarckian view that striving creates progress is true. The giraffe's striving to reach its head higher into the trees does nothing to its germ plasm. But if a spontaneous mutation to a longer neck occurs, it will be given more advantage in the striving atmosphere. Mutations may die unrecognized where there is no environmental pressure in the direction that they favor. In this sense, the Larmackian view that striving and adventure produce mutations is true: they at least give scope for mutations to show their advantageousness.
Raymond Cattell, Beyondism - Religion from Science, 1987

Mittwoch, 3. Oktober 2012

Self Control & Pleasure Seeking:

Quite a few people have trouble controlling pleasure seeking, especially during adolescence when there is a developmental gap between the relatively immature control centers and the more fully developed pleasure centers; the data show that ability to control these desires is influenced genetically.
Kevin MacDonald

Sexual Attitudes and Parenting:

The fact is that traditional sexual attitudes worked perfectly well in the West to produce a very adaptive culture of high-investment parenting combined with individualist social institutions.
Kevin MacDonald

Fertility and Conservatism:

Bush carried 25 of the top 26 states in the “total fertility rate” (expected number of babies per woman per lifetime) among whites, while Kerry was victorious in the bottom 16.

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Yet the Baby Gap appears to be somewhat less important than the Marriage Gap. Nevertheless, together they proved extraordinarily powerful in explaining Bush’s performance. Their combined r-squared: 88 percent.
Steve Sailer

Marriage and Conservatism:

Consequently, I devised a measure called “Years Married” (modeled on Total Fertility) that estimated how many years a woman could expect to be married during her childbearing years of 18-44.
For example, white women in Utah lead the nation by being married an average of 17.0 years during those 27 years from age 18 through 44. In contrast, in liberal Washington D.C., the average white woman is married only 7.4 years. In Massachusetts, where Bush won merely 37 percent, years married average just 12.2.
Applied to white women, this new measure proved to be the single-best predictor imaginable of Bush’s share of the vote by state in the last two elections. Bush carried the top 25 states, while Kerry won 16 of the lowest 19.
The 2004 correlation coefficient was a stratospheric 0.91, accounting for an astonishing r-squared equal to 83 percent of total variation in voting by state. This has to be one of the highest correlations for an unexpected factor ever seen in political science.
Steve Sailer

Marriage, Mortgage, Kids and Conservatism:

It’s a stereotype that marriage, mortgage, and kids make people more conservative, but, like most stereotypes, it’s reasonably true.
Steve Sailer;

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/value-voters/