The only people who claim that behavioral variation among people has nothing to do with their genes are ideologues: “pure blank slaters."

— Jerry Coyne

whyevolutionistrue.com/2021/05/24/how…
"We know that virtually all studies of traits that vary among individuals—be those traits morphological, physiological, or behavioral—show that some or even a lot of the variation in a population is based on variation in the genes of different individuals."
"For some traits, like adult IQ, number of sexual partners, alcohol dependence, autism spectrum placement, and schizophrenia, heritabilities are over 50%."
"What all this does is refute the 'blank slate' view that the differences between people in their behavior is completely due to culture and socialization."

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27 May
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1/ The Montana Attorney General has just released his opinion on critical race theory (CRT) instruction in that state's public schools, and it's reasonable, well-argued, and worth reading.

This thread summarizes it.

media.dojmt.gov/wp-content/upl…
2/ "A school unlawfully discriminates on the basis of race if it has effectively caused, encouraged, accepted, tolerated or failed to correct a racially hostile environment."
3/ "Antiracism therefore assigns immutable negative characteristics to individuals solely based upon their race or ethnicity. And it manages to frame any philosophical disagreement or objection to this assignment as—you guessed it—racism."
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26 May
Rufo handled this the way he needed to. As the guy leading the anti-CRT movement, he played it smart.

But if it had been me being asked the question, I wouldn't have hesitated in answering, "Western civilization."
"You know, basically 95% of all scientific advances of the past 500 years, most of the cultural advances, the spread of democracy, and historically-unprecedented prosperity. That iPhone in your pocket, that prescription drug that keeps you alive, the car that gets you to work..."
Western civilization is my culture. The greatest culture in the history of the world. That's what "I like about being white." That this civilization is my cultural lineage.
Read 4 tweets
25 May
Identity politics, whether you like it or not, is the future.

Fighting against it will be as futile as trying to reverse the direction of ocean tides.

It's peaking now, but will ebb slightly, and then return like a tsunami once whites become a majority minority around 2045.
The key is not to fight the inevitable, but to harness the power of your group to keep it from being inundated. It's going to be ugly and brutal.
The pill is black, but if you refuse to take it, you won't survive.
Read 4 tweets
23 May
Which era of film had the most memorable actors and actresses with the most star power and screen presence?

(See next few tweets for sample listings of prominent actors from each era.)
1930-1960: Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda...
1960-1990: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Paul Newman, Sophia Loren, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford...
Read 7 tweets
22 May
Serious question: In all the hate crime video clips that have emerged over the last few weeks, have any shown a perpetrator who wasn't either a person of color or leftwing?
By "person of color" let's use the standard leftwing definition, which would include Arabs.
Personally, I think calling a Palestinian Arab a "person color" is dumb, but I'll indulge the left's definitions this time.
Read 4 tweets
21 May
1/ Republicans have apparently been instructed to publicly refer to all incidents of CRT-influenced weirdness as "Marxism," even though this is rarely accurate. It's every bit as laughable and transparent as Democrats referring to stuff they don't like as "white supremacy."
2/ The fact that some CRT ideas draw from Critical Theory ("Frankfurt School"), which was a neo-Marxist approach to society and culture, doesn't make CRT "Marxism."
3/ The route looks like this:

Marxism (economics and politics) ---> Critical Theory (neo-Marxist approach to society and culture) ---> Critical Race Theory (racialized variant of Critical Theory)
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