Paper Review: A Clockwork Swiss

PAPER REVIEW Levine and Norenzayan 1999 – The Pace of Life in 31 Countries This study compared the pace of life in large cities from 31 countries around the world. Three indicators of pace of life were observed: average walking speed in downtown locations, the speed with which postal clerks completed a simple request (work […]

Paper Review: The Wealth and Competence of Nations

PAPER REVIEW Kulivets & Ushakov – 2016 – Modeling Relationship between Cognitive Abilities and Economic Abstract: We propose that problem solving is the mediator between human competencies and achievements. Creation of goods and services is based on problem solving in design, production and delivery. The quality of problem solving depends on human competencies and, in […]

Paper Review: Russia Regional PISA Results for 2015

PAPER REVIEW Richard Lynn, Helen Cheng and Andrei Grigoriev – 2017 – Differences in the Intelligence of 15 Year Olds in 42 Provinces and Cities of the Russian Federation and Their Economic, Social and Geographical Correlates I don’t know how, but Lynn, Cheng, and Russian psychometricist Grigoriev have managed to find Russian regional results for PISA […]

Paper Review: The IQ of Peoples

PAPER REVIEW Grigoriev, Andrey & Lynn 2009 Studies of Socioeconomic and Ethnic Differences in Intelligence in the Former Soviet Union in the Early Twentieth Century Abstract: This paper reviews the studies of socioeconomic and ethnic and racial differences in intelligence carried out in Russia/USSR during the late 1920s and early 1930s. In these studies the […]

Paper Review: Artificial Wombs

PAPER REVIEW Partridge, Emily et al. – 2017 – An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb Abstract: Here we report the development of a system that incorporates a pumpless oxygenator circuit connected to the fetus of a lamb via an umbilical cord interface that is maintained within a closed ‘amniotic fluid’ circuit that […]

Paper Review: Crispening CRISPR

PAPER REVIEW Tang, Lichun et al. 2017 CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing in human zygotes using Cas9 protein Abstract: Previous works using human tripronuclear zygotes suggested that the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas9 system could be a tool in correcting disease-causing mutations. However, whether this system was applicable in normal human (dual pronuclear, 2PN) zygotes […]

Paper Review: People Are Natural Natalists

PAPER REVIEW Ashburn-Nardo, Leslie 2017 Parenthood as a Moral Imperative? Moral Outrage and the Stigmatization of Voluntarily Childfree Women and Men Abtract: Nationally representative data indicate that adults in the United States are increasingly delaying the decision to have children or are forgoing parenthood entirely. Although some empirical research has examined the social consequences of […]

Paper Review: IQ and Rationality

PAPER REVIEW Ritchie, Stuart – 2017 – Review of The Rationality Quotient by Stanovich et al. From Stuart Ritchie’s review of “The Rationality Quotient” by Keith Stanovich et al.: But it was the reported correlation of the [Comprehensive Assessment of Rational Thinking] with IQ-type tests that was really unexpected, given the authors’ argument that they measure […]

Paper Review: Why We Retire at 65

PAPER REVIEW Whitley, Elise et al. – 2016 – Variations in cognitive abilities across the life course New paper by Elise Whitley et al. on age and sex differences in IQ for n=~40,000 British sample. Five tests: Word recall, verbal fluency, and subtraction (loading ~0.5 on g), and number sequence and numerical problem solving (loading ~0.7 […]

Paper Review: Icelandic Dysgenics

PAPER REVIEW Kong, Augustine et al. – 2016 – Selection against variants in the genome associated with educational attainment This paper makes the case that there has been a decline in the prevalence of genes increasing propensity for more education (POLYEDU) in Iceland from 1910-1975. Here are some of the key points: The main mechanism […]