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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Genetic ignorance

About seven years ago, when I was still on Facebook, I had "Friended" my cousin still in England. At one point I got in a spat with one of her Left friends. He went personal pretty quick, said something like - I hope you don't breed so your ignorant genes don't spread. Since I know what "ignorance" actually means, I made much merry with that particular idiot. My cousin, likely embarrassed, then shut down that thread.

In the middle 1990s the super-evil Charles Murray and a dead guy whom everyone has forgotten, Herrnstein, collaborated on an unholy tome about statistics and genetics. This foul necronomicon was The Bell Curve. It proposed that IQ was real, and that IQ rested mainly upon a single factor it called g. This factor correlates highly with mathematical test scores, and should be treated like the CPU cycle on your PC; it is not the whole of intelligence, but it's the basis. g is also genetically transferrable. At the time The Bell Curve was controversial; today you're flat-out not allowed to read it.

Since races tend to self-segregate, one implication is that IQ will differ from race to race. Murray and Herrnstein did note that, but it's not what they cared about. What they cared about is that the high-g people around the world were not going to stick to race. Taking a cue from Marx, they predicted the smart people were going to cross frontiers and declare themselves an aristocracy. Everyone else was going to get pegged as stupid. Or, because stuck in their own ancestral homes, yokels in flyoverland. Or, because not transracial, racist.

Since the aristocracy pretends to deny IQ, and could afford to go to college, for their inferiors they prefer the epithet "ignorant". If you don't accept their Higher Truth, you are less than they. Gnosticism is their racism.

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The death of Downtown Music

When you get to the ripe age of 29, and I've been that age for well over a decade, you start noting some changes in your surroundings.

In the early 1980s USA (and Australia), popular music for whites had a proletarian theme. Rick Springfield posed as a Working Class Dog, and the Hooters hosted a dance in the union-hall. Billy Joel, member of the Tribe but Downtown, desired that Uptown girl, but he knew he was going to have to settle for Hollywood. The movies were similar: Caddyshack, Bachelor Party. Once upon a time the urban Vaisyas and white Helots were a powerful force in American history, and at least the nostalgia for their America lasted well into the 1980s.

My background was in that upper middle class which, Murray and Herrnstein predicted, would take over the planet. The Downtown music never made sense to me: we didn't live in the tenements; the unions weren't heroes, instead were a nuisance (were in fact why we'd fled 1970s London); and my parents didn't work, they went to work. (Wholly different concept.) For me, I could relate instead to mostly-British music, dealing more with psychology and relationships (and international politics): Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, the Cure, U2.

I don't believe that I've heard a single new Downtown song since leaving for the UK in 1987. (No, "workers unite!" agitprop from The Housemartins does not count.) What I've heard, instead, is country music, pushing in from hinterland towns to the suburbs.

Urban Vaisyas and white Helots no longer exist. Instead we got the people who think they're smart, who listen to whiny androgynous adolescents; and we got the people whom they've shut out of the culture, who listen to country.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Sidebar change

Off goes another Charles Johnson link, this time in the key of C. No more "Got News" here.

Johnson had founded, with Pax Dickinson, the WeSearchr journalism-bounty site. WeSearchr appears to have failed. We have conflicting reports between Dickinson and Johnson, but overall Dickinson has the better of it.

As to what went wrong with the business model: the temptation in a site like this is to float clickbait as questions, gulling people to shipping in a lot of cash up front. WeSearchr promised not to do that, only to pull the cash when the bounty "went live". But some clients claim that WeSearchr did do that.

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The Other Gods

I've mentioned here some subversive sequels: in-universe critiques in the form of literature. Aliens and Gremlins 2. The Last Ringbearer, "The Problem of Susan", Psychohistorical Crisis, Shrek, and Silverberg's expansions to "Nightfall". Arguably The Magicians. I've even written such a tale myself.

I do believe I've found an example where HP Lovecraft dabbled in this: "The Other Gods". This story has humanity's gods literally retreating before the advance of human knowledge - so far, so Dunsanian. But at those gods' last redoubt, the other gods reveal their hand. It is hardly a spoiler to reveal that things then start to go sideways (literally).

Lord Dunsany, then, had a thesis, or at least Lovecraft thought he did. Dunsany's thesis was that gods don't exist, except as reifications of human ideals and of human ignorance. Lovecraft's counter-thesis is that when man finally disproves enough gods, he will come up against problems he cannot solve. And these gods will be indifferent to man except to swat him down as a threat.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Coming Of The Greeks, and all that

Oliver Dickinson recently posted an essay with that sardonic title The Coming Of The Greeks, and all that. Greek is an Indo-European language, but it has a sizeable stock of words inexplicable as independent formulations from the Greek base. These are assumed to be loans. This means that Indo-European isn't the native tongue. Hence, the portentious Coming Of The Greeks.

Not so fast. All those loans would also mean that the Coming Of The Greeks was a slow and careful process and not the genocidal conquest that marked - for a start - the Bronze Age scouring of Britain. The Greeks when they Came at least stopped to ask directions.

So now the genetics are in. The island Greek remnants and their southern Italian colonies are, indeed, mixed populations, not purely Indo-European.

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The Cornish gene

Here's a heatmap of M269 descendants. Their name for M529 - me - is "S145".

S145 clusters in Brittany (62.5%) and, to a lesser extent, in England and in other bits of northern near-coastal France. I am told M529 / "R1b1a2a1a2c" is also common in Ireland. Here I'm interested in Brittany as a time-capsule of ancient southwestern Britain.

My understanding of Brittany is that it got swamped by Cornishmen during the Dark Age and then didn't change much. The Breton language is, well, British and not a descendant of old Gaulish. The genetics seem to back this up: back when Cornwall was mostly S145, their men came to Brittany. Only after this, has Britain's S145 population diluted (to 46%). I'll bet you S145 remains more common in Cornwall than it is in the rest of Britain.

posted by Zimri on 18:12 | link | 0 comments

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Existential horror

In 2011, OldKentuckyShark proposed a definition of existential horror: As generally used it refers to the horror caused by an idea or entity that threatens not just your personal wellbeing, but your essential conception of the universe and the self. He also provided a cheat-sheet [h/t Nick Land] - so here's my take: if your girl is on a raft, and you swim over there for some action, but get ambushed by a shoggoth, that's horror. If you and your girl explore a ruin looking for shoggoths, and you find one... and discover what a shoggoth really is and whence they came... that's existential horror.

You all do realise that this means that Asimov's Nightfall is existential horror.

It certainly cannot be science fiction. Its world of eternal day was always impossible, would have been known as impossible in 1941 or even in 1741. (Fuckin' Three Body Problem, how does it work?) Asimov's job was to wave off the physics, and to worldbuild on that assumption. His worldbuilding (in such a short space!) is what made the ending believable.

Because Nightfall, ultimately, was about mortal understanding faced with a sudden knowledge of reality that mortals cannot abide in sanity. Just like how Lovecraft based his stories. We don't care how the Necronomicon actually works.

UPDATE 5/20: My cheat-sheet.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Marxism as sociological theory of class

Karl Marx made a number of mistakes in his "science". The labour-theory of value is wrong, invalidating him as an economist. As a psychohistorian, to use Asimov's term, Marx took a side: an antiscientific error, which Asimov subtly undermined when he drew up Hari Seldon who was not taking sides except for order and truth. This, added with biases from the Jews, led Marx to a Whig view of history. But the facts cannot support this March Of Progress. As a result since Marx's death "Marxism" has become a culture, or even a cult.

Having said all that, I do not rule out all Marx's work. For instance I think his extreme materialism is the best possible starting-point for any theory of historical-prediction and for most theories of historical analysis. Bernard Lewis used to agree.

Marx was also right in diagnosing that a bourgeois class exists, and is evil - much more worthy of a good man's ire than are "conservatives" or "the alt right". Marx in his own day could watch a class of businessmen reaching across borders, as the kings had done before them, and siding with the kings to maintain order. He could also witness them colluding with each other to crush the working classes of each respective country.

Marx's solution was to unite a pan-national working class. The workers weren't interested in that. They formed unions instead. Who then turned to politicians. Who then ... reached across borders, like the bourgeoisie had done. And justified this at first in Marx's name, now in terms of social-justice.

Whatever Marx wanted, what we see now is the international bourgeoisie co-opting the soi-disant leaders of various "victim" groups, and turning them against the workers. Look at Google, going out of their way to police Gender Equality in movies - turning our own women against us. Thus the spectacle of high class Marxist ways.

UPDATE 5/22: Apparently there was something in the air last week because now we got Michael Lind's article (via VD). For more on this idea, which is not new: Murray and Herrnstein, The Bell Curve; David Lebedoff, The Uncivil War.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

No-platforming Linda Sarsour

I hadn't blogged about Linda Sarsour, extractor of vaginae, mainly because I hadn't yet seen the point. Better bloggers than I have dealt with her. For the purpose of this treatment, I just need to point out that she supports the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment movement against Israel - the "Boycott" part being relevant here. This includes not allowing Israeli academics to speak outside the Zionist Entity.

Some of the smarter non-Leftists, like whyevolutionistrue, agree that Sarsour is awful. But some also say it's hypocritical for Milo Yiannopoulos and Pamela Geller to recommend a boycott. Without touching that, Razib Khan says (twice) it doesn’t matter: on account that the Left started this tactic and should have expected the non-Left to use it.

I say that only a Christian can possibly think it hypocritical to call for the no-platforming of one who has, herself, called for no-platforming others under the name of "boycott". Jesus had a thing about "hypocrites" (or "phonies", as the Jesus Seminar translated it) and also told his disciples not to strike back at those who strike them. To a Christian, someone who struck back at an attacker risks an accusation of hypocrisy. To one who, like Geller, is not a Christian, this accusation makes no sense. Of course you fight back. Of course you use the same tactics which your opponent has used first.

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The roots of Islamic ṣala(t)

Ahmad al-Jallad's “Was it sūrat al-baqárah?” was teased last March in Marijn van Putten, "The development of the triphthongs in Quranic and Classical Arabic", Arabian Epigraphic Notes 3 (2017), 47-74. Al-Jallad’s paper is now out. Besides Al-Jallad’s revelations in pronouncing words in Qur’anic Arabic (which was not classical Arabic!), I find in it that the suras borrowed from Syriac independently from Safaitic (and from Sabaic).

Intelligent peoples think by abstraction, and often find themselves requiring a linguistic means of adapting a noun or a verb into a concept. For that, several languages use suffix. In English, we use –ness or –hood, or at least we should use these. Latin and Romance have –tio(n); Greek has –ism. Among the Semites, the Syriac nations tag a noun with –uta. But Semitic builds up from abstraction, from triconsonantal roots. As a result, many such languages just salt those roots with strategic vowels. Especially if a definite-article prefix is available: like Arabic for "war", al-harb.

In English we still live in awe of the French (Romans less so), and of the Greeks, and so we find ourselves taking –tion and –ism from them or, worse, from both (-isation). The game Star Control 3 (admittedly flawed) had much fun with this, as the blustering bullies the K’tang kept misusing those suffixes. As for the Arabic suras, some slipped into Syriacisms, especially for religion; accordingly, the Qur’an often has “malakut” for the Kingdom of God where an Arab with more self-respect should prefer mulk (also found in the suras).

Al-Jallad teaches us that the Safaitic Arabs were no exception. For praying, they too used a Syriac loanword, ṣalla. The word of an act of prayer was consonantally *ṣl[w]t but assuredly pronounced ṣalōt. The same were borrowed in Sabaic in the Yemen. But we do not read ṣalōt(a) anywhere in the Qur’an; we read ṣalōh (van Putten’s pronounciation).

So Safaitic and Sabaic borrowed both “to pray” and the abstract “prayer” directly from Syriac, but those Arabs who gave birth to Qutham borrowed only the word for “to pray”. This root, the proto-Muslims re-adapted in an Arabic way.

Thus the first Muslims informed themselves and the other Semites, even other Arabs, that the Muslims were to pray like Arabs, where the Banu Ghassan had been praying like Syrians and Yemenis.

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