The Political Economy of IQ, Or Tilting At Windmills with Steve Hsu (and Jason Richwine)

Steve Hsu has been on a tear lately. Giving talks about IQ, here and here, and partnering with BGI to sequence the genomes of “high cognition” individuals in a quest to solve the giant “problem” of IQ. This effort has hit Vice magazine, Slate, and, more recently, NPR. To give you the CliffsNotes version of … Continue reading The Political Economy of IQ, Or Tilting At Windmills with Steve Hsu (and Jason Richwine)

Incidental Anthropology: American Parenting, Mendeley, and “Japan’s Modern Divide”

In this installment of the seriocomic series Incidental Anthropology, I bring you three more media stories which incidentally illustrate anthropological points. Given the recent back and forth on this blog over genetics, I highly recommend the first link. 1) Why are Americans so focused on how “cognitively advanced” their children are? 2) Some thoughts on … Continue reading Incidental Anthropology: American Parenting, Mendeley, and “Japan’s Modern Divide”

Incidental Anthropology: Infant Waste, Tourists, The Evolution of Imaginary Animals and More….

In this long overdue installment of Incidental Anthropology I bring you a few examples of anthropology interest incidentally found in the media. First, the vexing question of how to handle to infant waste and some ingenious responses: here Second, how have tourists in American National Parks changed over the last 30 years? Not much: here … Continue reading Incidental Anthropology: Infant Waste, Tourists, The Evolution of Imaginary Animals and More….

The History of the World is But the Biography of Great Genes

- Thomas Carlyle, genetic Historian Raymond Williams begins his introduction to Keywords by telling of his return to Cambridge following the end of World War II. He recounts meeting a friend he had known through various radical groups in the 1930’s. As they discussed their efforts to establish some continuity between the Cambridge they had … Continue reading The History of the World is But the Biography of Great Genes

Gene Promoters: On Chagnon and Diamond

Like clockwork (or a comet, perhaps), the noisiest problem in anthropology makes its return every few years. And this year we are blessed with the two noisiest comets in anthropology returning together. Both Diamond and Chagnon have new books and, more importantly, new book campaigns with money for appearances and exposure to media outlets. Even … Continue reading Gene Promoters: On Chagnon and Diamond

Incidental Anthropology: Sworn Virgins, Genes and Ethnic Identity (or Race Redux), and “Americanizing” a Novel

Three things on this holiday week: 1) In Slate there was a wonderful photo essay on sworn virgins in the Balkans. Also, here is a BBC interview with Antonia Young, the author of Women Who Become Men. 2) What would a holiday week be without a minor donnybrook over race and genes? This week brings … Continue reading Incidental Anthropology: Sworn Virgins, Genes and Ethnic Identity (or Race Redux), and “Americanizing” a Novel