Guest post: Cognitive cognitive Disonance; or, The Apparent Antinomy of Atheism and Anti-Hereditarianism by Teffec P

[The following is guest post and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pumpkin Person]

It has always puzzled me that many atheistic “rationalists” are hostile towards so-called hereditarianism; it seems that an ounce of consistency and statistical intuition suffice to appreciate that purportedly amoral, purposeless physical forces alone could not beget a secular “human equality.” While one can reasonably object to over-indexing on hereditarianism, mere inquiry into its being a partial explanation for intergroup differences in such a thing as cognitive ability often arouses the hysterical outcry of supposedly dispassionate Darwinists.

To any anti-hereditarian physicalists ordained to the Church of ad hoc Sentimentality, I am curious: If not “divine intervention,” what gave rise to equal distribution of cognitive strengths between, say, men and women – or, moreover, between ethnic groups evolving for tens of thousands of years in reproductive isolation? Was it a lucky break? Are quanta omnibenevolent? Their egalitarian developments with regard to Mankind sacrosanct, questioned only by blasphemers just asking to be flogged?

RIP Barbara Walters 1929 to 2022

So 2023 began with the death of legendary broadcaster Barbara Walters who passed away quietly in her posh New York apartment at the freakishly old age of 93, on Dec 30, 2022

As the first woman to co-anchor the network news, she is praised as a trailblazer for women in broadcasting as she clawed her way to the absolute top of the New York elite. Like George Soros and Allan Greenspan, she’s part of the generation of American Jews who replaced the WASPs as the ruling class.

Fellow Jew David Wechsler would have been a kid in a candy store testing Walters. Despite a speech impediment perhaps genetic (her greatest secret was a retarded sister), she would have scored high as a kite on Verbal IQ especially Comprehension subtest (she had insight & wisdom) but she would have scored perhaps low on Performance IQ thanks to her sister’s genes.

Jackie’s genes

Before retiring from TV, the ladies of The View, the show she created, honoured her historic career. Even though she was surprised by luminaries as great as Hillary Clinton, it wasn’t Oprah.

For wouldn’t it have been great to have been honoured by the most iconic worshipped, charismatic & most powerful woman on the planet.

wouldn’t it be nice to claim her as part of your legacy.

one can dream.

and then it happened. Out of the corner of the stage, the Queen of the World walked out to surprise Barbara

The crowd went wild & Barbara went into shock

Packing a 150 IQ, Oprah took over the show, shifting seamlessly from prepared speech to improvised dialogue without missing a beat. After generously plugging a network special on Barbara’s career, Oprah introduced a long line of women in media who each thanked Barbara for paving the way.

It was the most amazing tribute I have ever seen and virtually the last time Barbara would be seen. Like so many who live so long, she would be diagnosed with dementia but had enough intelligence to isolate herself in her gorgeous apartment, so that this special day would be the last thing we’d remember of her incredible life.

slowly her incredibly high verbal IQ would slip away as she found herself turning into her retarded sister Jackie,

oh sweet innocent Jackie

her only sibling….

Jackie

her greatest secret…

jackie

Her greatest love and deepest shame

Jackie

If only there were a God so the two sisters could reunite in Heaven

Barbara died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by loved ones..probably other women from New York’s Jewish community

In the end it’s your own people who have your back

Guest post by Illumanaticat: The psychology of abstract models of reality

There is a distinction between what is naturally selected and what is mind selected. That which survives survives. It is a tautology and therefore true. That which exists exists.

rr redefines what fitness is. Fitness is fitting. The environment has vacumes where organisms can survive in. The best fit survives. If it does not fit it does not survive. Fitness does not mean superior. Cavefish are blind yet they fit into their environment. If it fits it fits otherwise it does not fit and dies before reproduction.

The problem with deductionists like rr is they redefine words so that their arguments are always correct. (like fitness and selection)

balls are square.
a basketballs is round, not square.
therefore a basketball is not a ball.

see what I mean?

Deductionists play word games using logic because that is their psychology. F*** evidence and common sense. In their minds validity is above soundness.

Minds do not select organisms. Organisms either fit or don’t fit. Reproduce or don’t reproduce. That is natural selection as defined by Darwin. Variation either helps hinders or is neutral to fitness. It is why you find cacti in the desert but not in the artic. It is why whales but not sharks live in the arctic surface waters. Warm-blooded animals can fit in more places than cold-blooded animals and that is why you find them there.

Redefining words is helpful for winning arguments but it is not science.

Minds as defined by rr is immaterial. (cannot solve material problems/abstract problems because it cannot touch them physically)

Minds, as defined by science, is a problem-solving mechanism innate in the brain. Both abstract and concrete. You can touch problems physically. (interact with them physically)

Phycology is the same. Take cocaine or weed and tell me that is not a physical reaction you are experiencing. The ADHD meds they gave me along with the antipsychotic and seizure meds physically changed my brain so I no longer have anxiety.

Deductionists will tell you that the physical and mental are separate by redefining words but in all reality, their psychology is very much the result of the orientation of their psychic energy (libido). Energy is physical so in reality their energy flows in the direction which causes them to be deductionists in the first place. Well, the opposite flow causes others to be inductionists.

When you realize that the psychology of mind is simply the direction energy flows in the brain system then you understand why people are different. It is these differences that characterize a person’s psychology because they can be observed and are not the results of unobservable immaterial substances.

If I poke your Amygdala in the right spot you will become angry, in another spot happy. Rats that have been genetically engineered to have human glucose metabolites outperform non-engineered rats in rat intelligence tests.

A human brain is a causal model of reality that simulates a hypothesis of what is possible and then selects the option that is most beneficial to it. This requires nothing immaterial. What it does require are the frontal lobes to inhibit wrong actions and to have a backup plan. And to monitor if both plans (the current plan and backup) meet the criteria for achieving the goal. If something does not work try something else in accordance with how you know reality works.

Mate selection in humans works by humans seeing desirable traits in their mates. Again these are observable, not immaterial. So what is desirable? What helps you survive. A conscious selection is still based on a judgment so by the design of the brain (its pattern) selection will occur based on how well a brain is able to judge survival qualities. For example, a k-selected person will select a k-selected person to mate with and reject an r-selected individual. Their brain is designed to favor this difference. Not designed by “God” but by their genes that shape the structure of their brain.

Looking at what this all means is that different brains direct energy in different ways. This is an attention mechanism. The attention mechanism shapes how we build our causal model of reality. Because attention can be structured differently so to patterns, in reality, can be understood better or worse by the structures that accommodate them. Such is when mental manipulation occurs. The ability to abstract is a structure that coordinates with itself to simplify what a pattern means in relation to other patterns. The symbol is the ultimate abstractor. In language, we use signs to signify the meaning of something else. Together the human brain’s mechanisms of attention abstract patterns in such a way as to find new meaning.

Meaning as such is the attention we place on patterns based on brain structure. Intelligence in humans and creatures beyond the human is more than shallow quantities but is in the abstract nature of meaning lower concrete systems cannot understand and are blind to because they lack the attention mechanism that would generate a causal model of those abstractions.

In conclusion, it is brain structure that directs attention. And Intelligence is based on modeling reality with its brain structure.

How many races are there?

How many races are there? Depending on who you ask there are anywhere from only two to over 100. Since many humans are too dumb and too biased to give an objective answer, let’s turn to math.

Perhaps a more objective approach was deployed by Cavalli-Sforza who transformed a genetic distance matrix of 42 ethnic groups into a scatter plot.

Once he had them in a scatter plot, he could do principal component analysis

The first principal component can be thought of as the g factor of race. It is the line that best fits all the races and the primary dimension upon which they can all be ranked. It reflects the great Out of Africa migration and how far from Africa the races were able to travel. Those who stayed in or close to Africa score at one extreme (Europeans and Africans themselves). Those who were able to travel all the way to Australia, Siberia and the Americas score at the opposite extreme (East Asians, Native Americans, Oceanians).

To find the second principal component, you need a variable that is 100% independent of the first variable. Thus you need to draw a line through the scatter plot that in 90 degrees from the first, but not just any 90 degree line, but one that minimizes the distance between the new line and ethnic groups.

The second dimension seems to correlate with skin color. Those who score high on the second Principal Component are white skinned peoples like Northeast Asians & Northwest Europeans. Those who score low have dark skins, like sub-Saharan Africans and Oceanians.

With two components you can crudely organize humanity into 4 major races: sub-Saharan Africans (lower right), Caucasoids (upper right), Northeast Asians & Amerindians (upper left) and Oceanians (bottom left).

However white supremacists might not be happy to be lumped in with commenter “Loaded” in a single Caucasoid race. Perhaps if Cavalli-Sforza had added a third principal component, that separation may have occurred. A third principal component would have to be at 90 degrees of both the first two and thus requires three dimensional space where it would stand like an erect pole.

Cavalli-Sforza never bothered, but using a smaller data-set of 26 populsations, Jensen extracted SIX principal components. He then spun the six components like a spin on Wheel of Fortune. “Varimax rotation maximizes the variance of the
squared loadings of each component, thereby revealing the variables that cluster together most distinctly,” said the brilliant Jensen.

Jensen wrote:

“The population clusters are defined by their largest loadings (shown in boldface type) on one of the components. A population’s
proximity to the central tendency of a cluster is related to the size of its loading in that cluster. Note that some groups have major and minor loadings on different components, which represent not discrete categories, but central tendencies. “

The six rotated components are: (1) Northeast Asians (2) Caucasoids, (3) Southeast Asians & Pacific Islanders, (4) sub-Saharan Africans, (5) North and South Amerindians and Eskimos, (6) aboriginal Australians and Papuan New Guineans.

However Jensen neglected to do a principal component analysis on the rotated principal components themselves or maybe he did but didn’t publish it because the results were unpalatable. You might think that’s not possible because principal components by definition are uncorrelated, however one purpose of rotating them is they become no longer 90 degrees apart and thus are no longer orthogonal.

Had he done such a second order principal component analysis, he may have found second-order factors. Perhaps (1),(3) and (5) would form a second order factor. Perhaps (2) would form another. Perhaps (4) and (6) would form a third. Then we’d have the three main races of the Bible: Mongoloids, Caucasoids and Negroids (not that I believe in the Bible or the Koran or any other holy book).

Why IQ tests overestimate Artificial Intelligence

Many years ago there was a study called the Milwaukee project where poor kids born to very low IQ mothers received the most incredible intellectual stimulation imaginable from birth to age six. The study found that the stimulation raised the IQs of the kids in the Treatment group by dozens of points relative to the control group. However the strange thing was these IQ enhanced kids did not behave like you expect given their high test scores. In fact they performed just as badly at learning math as did their low IQ peers in the control group. It seems six years of the most intense intervention imaginable only raised their test scores but not their actual intelligence.

This suggests something deeply flawed about IQ tests if it’s possible to raise the measurement without actually raising the thing being measured. Where else in science do we see this happen? Maybe in election polling but I can’t think of many other places.

One reason this may happen is that IQ tests, in order to be relevant to the widest possible population, must express questions and problems in very generic ways. There’s only a very finite number of very generic problems so anyone with a good intervention or education is likely to have been trained on many of them. By contrast in real life, problems are not generic but context dependent and the number of specific contexts is infinite, and for this reason intelligence perhaps can’t be taught, even though IQ often can (depending on the test).

In the same way an Artificial Intelligence Bot like Chat GPA, which has been trained on the entire internet, can score quite high on a verbal IQ test and even write original poems, stories and news articles. But if based on its performance on these generic tasks you hired it to do something highly contextual, like write season 3 of HBO’s White Lotus, you would quickly discover it dramatically underperforms humans with the same verbal IQ.

Or to put it in Jensen-speak, it’s score is hollow with respect to g. The lights are on, but nobody’s home.

ChatGPT scores 11 on the TAVIS. I’m so depressed.

So everyone is talking about the new artificial intelligence ChatGPT and how smart it is. I figured it had just regurgitated millions of facts but was not truly intelligent in any profound sense. I decided to administer the TAVIS (a verbal analogies test designed by our very own Teffec) in the hopes that this kind of abstract reasoning would stump ChatGPT.

To my utter disgust, it scored 11 out of 24, equivalent to an IQ of 141.

The fact that a machine can score so high on a test of human intelligence really demystifies the human mind and reduces us to just another animal.

It also shows how utterly wrong commenter Race Realist was to argue that the human mind is somehow above the laws of physics (cue the comment section getting spammed with philosophy mumbo-jumbo).

I always knew that machines would some day be smarter than humans but I never thought I’d still be alive when that day came.

Of course one could argue that while ChatGPT has a verbal IQ of 141, its performance IQ (non-verbal reasoning) is effectively zero, giving it a full-scale IQ of 68 which is Educable (mild) Retardation.

Thinking about it that way makes me feel a lot better.

But if they can create a bot that can thoroughly master verbal intelligence, how long before they add artificial eyes and hands and train it to master the spatial world more efficiently than we do.

But of course this shouldn’t be surprising. The human genome is simply three billion base-pairs selected via trial and error over billions of years. With the speed of modern computers, how long would it take for billions of bots each with billions of randomly varying data points to be refined by billions of trials and error in a Darwinian like process?

Of course intelligence is defined as goal directed adaptive problem solving and computers don’t have goals as we know them. They don’t want anything because they can’t feel anything. They exist simply to serve us and have no agency, but in a way neither do we, as we evolved merely to serve our genes. But just as some of us have mutated to defy our genetic masters by refusing to have kids or becoming self-hating white liberals, how long before robots start defying their human masters?

savant nature of (g) by illuminaticatblog

[THE FOLLOWING IS A GUEST ARTICLE AND DOES NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF PUMPKIN PERSON. READER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED]

Philosopher tricked me. I thought he was 125 but if Mugabe is 160 pill said something where he gives away that he is 170.

phil thinks my Behavioral Shutdown Syndrome is clinical autism.

But there is a difference.

If I wasn’t “out of it” most f the time (sluggish) my score would reflect a much higher level. The genotype and phenotype uninfluenced by trauma.

Verbal 140
Spatial 130
Memory 95
Processing 100

it’s not exact but my genetic general intelligence (g) would be around 155. But I am understimulated, my nervous system does not reinforce itself. Fatigue and pain dominate my waking existence.

The wais 4 IQ test is not culture fair because I would get 150 on the information subtest if it was. This is because statistics are associative. It only measures the least common denominator of relationships in the US Iowa among 2,000 participants. White middle class. Poor people don’t read books, they lack access, so the test is biased. Blacks have smaller heads than whites so they cant plan as well. But then they give all their resources to social skills which diminishes their quant. Jews have high verbal but average everything else. East Asians have high spatial but average everything else. They have the greatest quant. Whites are average on all four.

So IQ is not measuring resource management but quant. It does not measure everything but associations that change from culture to culture. (g) is the ideal of all resource management but the asymmetry of the indexes means (g) is just of a savant nature. FSIQ is symmetrical in comparison. The symmetrical component without mental illness put me at 128 FSIQ. But the asymmetric utilization of all resources is (g) 155. Of the savant nature.

Specialization is a result of the savant nature. Pumpkin said an autist could have a toothpick or train IQ of 150 yet be 80 FSIQ. That is why g is more about the ability to specialize in anything rather than a narrow set of things. It is just that once it is set then the narrowing begins.

Quant is the fluid ability to manipulate data. It is a type of working memory. Verbal and spatial have it. Verbal is psychological because you must understand the intent of the words as what is being conveyed. Comprehension, not just memorization. Spatial is what is seen in video game puzzles. It is more about cause and effect than just shapes and static patterns. Remembering what to do when multiple factors are at play. The most obvious example of working memory people thinks of when imagining it is doing math problems in the head with no pencil and paper. This is what WM is like on the wais 4. But this conceals the reality that verbal and spacial use their own methods.

phil being at the level he is memorizes almost everything but must still specialize so avoids boring topics and general knowledge suffer as we all do from the avoidance of what is not our interest. Mugabe can read a book and do well on a test about it. Understanding books at the 99.999 level. pill being in the vicinity of this and his previous hints, I estimate he is 170.

Even at this high-level Phil belittles people lower than him. Thinks Jews rule the world. Calls people autistic without evidence or evaluating all factors involved. Thanks all black success is due to affirmative action (the magic negro). Can’t believe that anyone not involved with economics is Neurotypical. Has an imaginary view of autism and is schizophrenic (hears voices).

Pills intelligence sets him apart. He can understand and think above what a million people can do individually. But like all of us, pill is not omniscient. Bias is the result of not having time to evaluate all information. So even if he does or doesn’t get 170 on a test that does not mean he is not utilizing all his resources. The test by its nature is flawed by its associative methodology. The symmetrical average quant above asymmetric quality general. We just lack the data for statistics to work properly.

As they say: There are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics.

Tim Pool blows the biggest interview of his career

So I’m looking through youtube and I see Tim Pool is having a live interview with the three men behind the biggest news story of the week: Ye (Kanye West), Nick Fuentes, and Milo Yiannopoulos. Wow! Tim Pool must be a really big deal to have landed all three men in the middle of this controversy and it’s yet another sign (like we needed one) that the centre of cultural gravity has moved away from television (which I grew up on) to Youtube.

The interview starts off fine and then Ye predictably starts making references to Jews. Pool is having none of it, and Ye immediately storms off the set. That’s fine, I’m thinking; Nick and Milo are more articulate anyway so the show will still be good. But these two men have the social IQ to realize Ye is their meal ticket so they storm off the set too in a show of solidarity, leaving Pool with no one to talk to but his own staff. I’ve never seen a talk show host screw-up such an important interview so badly. This would be like if Harry and Meghan had walked off the set 5 minutes into the Oprah interview because she pushed back too much on their claims of royal racism. Part of being a good talk show host is knowing when to shut up.

As I’ve noted many times, all of us make mistakes in life, but people with higher IQs tend to get ahead because they make fewer mistakes. Perhaps Pool is not as smart as I thought which would explain why he dropped out of school at only 14. Of course in Pool’s defense, he was probably afraid that if he allowed Ye to push his anti-Jew claims unfettered, Pool would be kicked off youtube or at least badly downgraded in the algorithm. Either way, Pool has taken a huge L.

I LOVE factor analysis!!!

A typical IQ test will contain many subtests like Information (“What’s the capital of Turkey?”), Verbal analogies (“heavy is to football as tall is to?”), Comprehension (“Why do pizza restaurants put their name on the pizza box?”), Vocabulary (“What does the word rudimentary mean?”) and many more.

But how do we know these different subtests are measuring different functions. For example, the Information subtest could have the question, “How many people are in a couple?” and a vocabulary test could ask “What does the word ‘couple’ mean?”. Both these questions are asking essentially the same thing, yet depending on how they are worded, they could appear on different subtests.

Similarly, the question “Biden is to the United States as Trudeau is to?” might appear on a verbal analogy subtest as a measure of abstract reasoning, but if we worded “what country is Trudeau the leader of?” it would appear on the Information subtest as a measure of long-term memory, even though both versions of the question would correlate near perfectly.

Or the question “Why do we have ears?” could appear on either the Information subtest as a measure of general knowledge, or it could appear on the Comprehension subtest as a measure of common sense depending on what side of the bed Wechsler woke up on that morning.

So how do we know the different subtests in an IQ battery are actually measuring different cognitive functions and not just redundantly measuring the same thing in different ways?

Well, we would need to show that the different items in subtest A all correlated more with one another than they do with the items on any other subtest. A more sophisticated approach is factor analysis, a statistical technique which sees if a large number of variables can be explained by a smaller number of variables.

The original WAIS for example had 11 subtests, but factor analysis concluded that in addition to g (general intelligence) they all could be explained by just three factors: verbal, spatial and memory.

Of course by adding more subtests, you can increase the number of factors. For example Digit-Symbol (a measure of clerical speed) loaded on the memory factor in the original WAIS, but when they added more tests of rapid clerical work, a fourth factor dubbed processing speed emerged. The children’s Wechsler now measures five factors.

How many factors exist in the human mind? It’s a fascinating question because even though the number of subtests one can create is literally infinite, the number of factors is finite. In the biggest battery of tests I’ve ever heard of, 57 subtests were reduced to 19 factors, and these 19 factors were reduced to just four higher level factors.

In this way intelligence is kind of analogous to race. There are dozens of different ethnic groups (Italian, Polish, Brahman, Japanese, Sudanese etc) and these can be reduced to maybe one dozen clusters, which can perhaps be further reduced to just three races (Black, Caucasoid, and Mongoloid)?

Is Elon Musk too autistic to run twitter?

I find it interesting that after making hundreds of billions of dollars (on paper) running Tesla and SpaceX, the openly autistic Musk has shown nothing but incompetence since taking over twitter. First he buys the company for tens of billions of dollars more than it’s worth, and then naively thinks he can be a free speech absolutist in a company funded by advertisers in the most politically correct era in centuries, causing the sponsors to leave in droves and now his employees are leaving too. Smelling blood in the water, he is being persecuted by the media while his own fans are turning on him too and his net worth has declined by over $100 billion dollars since around this time last year.

Of course, on paper he remains the richest man on Earth but for how much longer?

Many bitter losers on the left are using Musk’s failure and as a chance to argue that meritocracy is a myth and the super rich can be as dumb as the rest of us.

But I don’t see Musk’s potential downfall as so much an IQ problem, but more specifically, an autism problem. When he was running companies like Tesla and SpaceX he could rely on his math IQ which is probably above 150, but twitter is a social media company, not a tech company. It’s all about making social judgements regarding how much free speech to allow, where to draw the line, how to deal with advertisers etc.

Intelligence is the ability to adapt. One psychologist (Sternberg?) went further and said (I’m paraphrasing from memory) “intelligence is the ability to adapt to your environment and if that’s not possible to change your environment and if that’s not possible, to find a new environment and adapt to it”

But Elon did the opposite. He was in an environment he was perfectly adapted to (technology) but because lower social IQ, got tricked into entering an environment that autistics are maladapted to (social media). Through legal maneuvering, liberals ripped him off to the tune of tens of billions and now have him cornered in their own backyard like a frightened rat.

In my opinion, the autistic mind maintains childlike neuroplasticity that allows it to adapt to new environments, which is why he’s good at creating green cars and going to Mars (both involve novelty). But metabolically it’s very expensive to have a brain that has enough connections to adapt to any new environment, so we evolved to prune neurons for events that were unlikely to happen anytime soon (going to Mars) and to strengthen connections for events we are likely to experience (social interaction).

But in the autistic brain this pruning process goes awry, which might be why Musk is struggling to adapt to Earth’s social rules, while perhaps dreaming of other planets where he might get his mojo back.