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Before any visit to the United States, Europeans should be shown the map below, which accurately shows the relative position of the US and Europe on the earth: This is why it will be much hotter than you expected. This... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at German Joys
Take a look at this: This is the Düssel river, the local Rhein tributary that gives Düsseldorf its name. Some rivers are so big, cities are built around them, not over them. The Düssel isn't that big. The city fathers... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
Over at Obscene Desserts, Anja caught this intriguing response in a biography of Rohmer: I don't know if I am on the Right, but in any case, one thing is certain: I'm not on the Left. Yes, why would I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
Glück is like Geist -- a German word so context-dependent, it has perhaps 5 or 6 different meanings. The two main meanings of Glück are happiness and good luck. You can look happy (glücklich) because you just found a shirt... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
Quite so. I think the context is key here: this is his advice to graduate students, so he can presume a certain level of sophistication. That most definitely doesn't apply to the kind of people who fall for sovereign citizen nonsense, thereby (ironically) guaranteeing themselves endless legal hassles.
Tyler Cowen reviews a new book calling into question Scandinavian welfare states as a model for the world, and working out its implications for immigration policy: Nima Sanandaji, a Swedish policy analyst and president of European Centre for Entrepreneurship and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
Also, the Flynn effect is almost certainly explained by better nutrition, access to higher education, the need to adapt to more abstract environments, etc. Most of that low-hanging fruit has now been picked, and evidence suggests the effect is slowing down, meaning that individual and group differences in intelligence are increasingly reflecting genetic, not phenotypic factors.
The percentages are specifically identified as estimates, and are common in this area. You are aware of Nature's reputation, I presume? As for genetic influence on phenotypic intelligence, you presumably accept this as an obvious, proven fact, and probably also accept the estimates that identify intelligence as 50-80% heritable. But I guarantee you absolutely that you will find tens of thousands of German journalists who are either not aware of these facts or hotly dispute them. I have met dozens of educated Germans who would call you, Museumswächter, a racist and eugenicist for merely stating that intelligence exists, is a meaningful concept, can be measured, and is influenced by genes. All of these assertions are still controversial in Germany, and not just among cranks. The briefest web search proves this. It's the old 180-degree switcheroo when it comes to proof of something that conflicts with someone's worldview. First, it's "that's outrageous and completely false". Then, after the evidence becomes irrefutable, the instant transformation to "So what? That's old news. Everybody has always recognized that. Yawn."
Your genes play a key role in deciding whether you decide to take A-levels and which subjects you decide to take them in: We have previously shown that individual differences in educational achievement are highly heritable throughout compulsory education. After... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at German Joys
"Assume that everything you read is bullshit until the author manages to convince you that it isn’t. If you do not understand something, don’t feel bad - it’s not your fault, it’s the author’s. He didn’t write clearly enough." -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at German Joys
"A precedent embalms a principle." "Never complain, and never explain." Benjamin Disraeli Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at German Joys
In the US, you usually pull over only to the right, and if you're driving, you keep moving, just more slowly.
This video shows you how Germans create a "rescue path" in a traffic jam. The cars pull over to both sides of the street, letting the rescue vehicle through. I've seen it happen; it's a small miracle of spontaneous social... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at German Joys
When I was growing up in the 1980s in the USA, the anti-drug hysteria which had gripped the country was at its peak. The massed forces of mainstream pop and political culture drummed a constant message into us youngsters: drugs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at German Joys
There is no country we could find where a majority are positive about immigration — Ben Page, Ipsos MORI (@benatipsosmori) August 11, 2016 For a short stretch last year, the German mainstream media thought they could single-handedly turn Germany... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at German Joys
"Women pushed away from having a career? Polygyny for Mohammedans, others condemned to singlehood? Massive preferences for Muslims, massive discrimination against others? Jews again having to leave Europe?" Again, this is so absurdly over-the-top as to me immediately self-refuting. I'm not exactly sure what most of these things are references to. There is no legal recognition for 'polygyny' in any European society, and there never will be, except in a few outlier cases involving complex transnational legal issues. The notion that the 93% of Europeans who are not of the Muslim faith will consent to be 'massively discriminated' against by the 6% who are is completely, utterly, totally, insert other adverb here demented. Attacks against Jews are worrying, but there is no large-scale exodus of Jews from Europe, period. And there never will be, since the obvious advantages of living in Europe vastly outweigh the miniscule risk of becoming the victim of some attack. And remember, I said large-scale. And even if there are isolated cases but they are irrelevant to my point that society as a whole is not threatened with collapse or ruin. That was my point, and every sane person reading this thread agrees. You seem to be displaying the typical distortions in perspective and risk analysis of people who spend too much time indoors, reading horror stories and hyperventilating commentary. Get out and enjoy the summer! Lie down in a meadow and watch the clouds! Go have a tasty döner kebap! It'll do wonders for your blood pressure!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2016 on Trump and Musil's Moosbrugger at German Joys
Michael Lind, a pretty interesting and sometimes contrarian American center-left political writer and critic of the Iraq War, looks at the ways in which academics and intellectuals ('Freaks') conflate their own preferences with the public good: [I]t is natural for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at German Joys
From a review of a book about the mental state of the Nuremberg defendants: Dimsdale cherry-picks his examples to cater to our idea that human evil must have something to do with psychopathology. But the verdict goes in the other... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at German Joys
It's time to do a bit of differentiation here, just to ensure readers know where I stand. Ann Coulter and Mark Steyn, but especially Ann Coulter, are not to be taken seriously. They're the intellectual equivalent of right-wing talk radio bloviators whose sole occupation is making inflammatory remarks to sell their books, which are slapped-together, minimally-edited collections of their columns. They are both largely forgotten now, and in the future, their writings will have as much influence as moldering John Birch Society newsletters from the mid-1960s do now, with their incessant warnings against fluoridation, Communist infiltration at the highest levels of government, etc. etc. As for Scott Adams, he's an interesting commentator. But the quote cited above is empty contrarianism. Policies can and do have predictable effects, and there is a quite logical choice to be made between them. Also, I have no idea where anyone gets the idea that Islam poses an existential threat to the U.S. or Europe. Both the USA and Europe have faced threats literally hundreds, thousands? of times more dangerous than this one and never even come close to collapsing. Uncontrolled mass migration is a foolish policy that will increase tensions and costs, but it won't lead to the collapse of the social order as we know it. Even 'Submission' doesn't go that far.
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2016 on Trump and Musil's Moosbrugger at German Joys
David Auerbach compares Trump to...Moosbrugger (!), the lust-murderer from Musil's The Man Without Qualities: Musil’s core insight is that Moosbrugger possesses a cosmic sense of himself that removes him from the world of human agency and responsibility, akin to Strawson’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at German Joys
Via slipped disc: From 2014/15 Deutsche Bühnenverein statistics, just released: 1 La Traviata (Verdi) 31 productions, 286 performances 2 Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) 30 productions, 285 performances 3 Carmen (Bizet) 26 productions, 247 performances 4 Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck) 207 performances... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at German Joys
Typepad HTML Email Well, the ideal solution would be to adopt a less aggrieved, hostile tone. As always, needless bashing distracts from and detracts from actual arguments. This is a forum for people to have a spirited conversation, not to hack each other to pieces.
Stakhman, I follow an extremely laissez-faire comment policy here, and I like many of your contributions, but I would appreciate it if you would tone down the language and avoid personal attacks. Don't make me stop this car!
Via Steve Sailer, by means of comment on the Somali man who went on a stabbing frenzy in Russell Square, this BBC piece from a few years ago: The scenario is familiar in Somalia. A man has become possessed by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at German Joys
If you want to learn interesting background on events in Germany, you'll just have to wait until the New York Times gets on the case. There'll be a slight delay, but you'll finally get specifics: To the German authorities, he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at German Joys