Category Archives: Journalism and media

Diversity miseducation, II

Earlier I wrote about some of the troublingly counterproductive “diversity training” sessions I’ve been subjected to at several different newspapers in the past 20 years or so. Sometimes this nonsense is forced on media companies by misguided judges, but all … Continue reading

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More on James Watson

Jason Malloy at the population genetics blog Gene Expression reviews the deliberately dishonest attacks on James Watson for saying that people in sub-Saharan Africa perform worse on IQ tests than Europeans and (especially) East Asians, and provides links to dozens … Continue reading

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The disinvitations continue

Dr. James Watson, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on the structure of DNA, has fallen into a thermal pool with his comments, made in an interview with the Sunday Times of London, that he … Continue reading

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“Peace Prize Committee disbands”

. . . says the headline on this very pointed satire by William Smith on TCSDaily. A small sample: Responding to overwhelming pressure from every civilized person on earth with any semblance of intelligence, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee today … Continue reading

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Political brain research — background

Source: abstract: http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nn1979.html Supplementary information: http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/suppinfo/nn1979_S1.html Newspaper coverage: Denise Gellene, LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-politics10sep10,0,5982337.story Judy Peres, Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-politicalbrain_bothsep10,0,7031258.story Seattle Times (a selective pastiche of the two stories preceding) http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003877213_brain10.html Scientific American: http://www.sciam.com/print_version.cfm?articleID=F0523796-E7F2-99DF-3E8D8124159365B3 Agence France Presse, posted by Yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070909/hl_afp/scienceneuroscience Blogs … Continue reading

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Column: Political brain research

Searching for reasons why liberals and conservatives view the world differently is a popular academic sport, and the results, especially if they can be interpreted as unfavorable to conservatives, are likely to be widely reported. So the attention paid to … Continue reading

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Column: Closing the learning gap — not!

Both Twin Cities papers in recent days have run editorials about closing “the learning gap,” the difference in academic performance between children from low-income families and those who are better off, and between black or Hispanic children on the one … Continue reading

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Column: To quote or not to quote

So what did Clinton Portis really say? According to Mark Liberman, a University of Pennsylvania linguist who hangs out at the blog Language Log, the Redskins running back said during a July 27 meeting with the media, “I don’t know … Continue reading

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PiPress editorial: politicians working together

Now that I’m a Minnesotan again, I’ve undertaken to begin reading the editorials in the Twin Cities papers, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul. It’ll be a chore, let me tell you. In its … Continue reading

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The New Yorker calls it reporting . . .

but it looks like plagiarism to me. Arts&LettersDaily linked to an article in the New Yorker about spam, and it was sorta interesting. Here’s one bit: >>> There are spam supermarkets, online forums, often hosted in China or Russia, with … Continue reading

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