About

I took a Ph.D. in philosophy, specializing in philosophy of logic and language, but pursued a career in the technology industry.

A longtime liberal, I have felt growing distress over the direction identity politics has taken liberalism.

I am deeply convinced that any sustainable political philosophy must, before all else, square with the facts of science in general and of human nature in particular.

I am seeking to create and elaborate a robust liberalism consistent with likely truths about human beings based on their biology and evolution.

I dub this new political philosophy Liberal Biorealism.

I can be contacted through my gmail account, with username: biorealist.

6 responses to “About

  1. I too, upon objectively weighing the evidence, became a “race realist” or what I prefer to call a “Galtonian”. I am from a liberal background (Unitarian family, parents were ACLU members and staunch liberal Democrats etc. ), but frankly upon embracing biorealism I have became more conservative on several issues (e.g. regarding immigration policy: if poor people and Hispanics [a euphemism for Native Americans from south of the border] really are innately less intelligent, then it is probably a very bad idea for us to allow the poorest 25% of the populatios of Mexico and Central America to be transfered into our country via either legal or illegal immigration–even if it does temporarily provide us the benefit of cheap low-skilled labor) and I have become less convinced of the efficacy of liberal tendencies to tax the more-able (higher-IQ people) in order to pay for programs that are intended to improve the condition of the less-able (lower-IQ people).

    Regarding your recent post, the debate of Linda Gottfredson (a Galtonian) with Eric Turkheimer (and two other Boasians) on the Cato website is highly germane. (she kicks ass!)
    http://www.cato-unbound.org/2007/11/26/linda-s-gottfredson/flynn-ceci-and-turkheimer-on-race-and-intelligence-opening-moves/

    This whole intellectual dispute on race and IQ is quite fascinating, it is a battle between the Boasian view (after Franz Boas) and the Galtonian view (after Francis Galton), see Supplementary Table 1 in the pdf file available at this link:
    http://precedings.nature.com/documents/2862/version/1

    I guess because of your data source on SAT scores, you lumped in Pacific Islanders with the higher IQ East Asians (Han Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese) and South Asians (Asian Indians). Unlike these higher IQ Asian groups, the Pacific Islanders and some other Asian groups (e.g. the Hmong) appear to be lower in average IQ compared with Whites (see Supplementary Figure 1 in the Frye Nature Precedings paper linked above).

    Since you are from a philosophy background, you probably realize that most academic philosophers espouse the Boasian view (e.g. Ned Block, Philip Kitcher et al.); however there are at least two who espouse the Galtonian view, Neven Sesardic and Michael Levin.

    Neven Sesardic website
    http://www.ln.edu.hk/philoso/staff/sesardic/

    Michael Levin website
    http://web.gc.cuny.edu/Philosophy/people/levin.html

    An interesting philosphical point (that Linda Gottfredson has pointed out, and also see the book “World on Fire” by Amy Chua) is that instances of ethnoracial persecution and genocide have often involved the lower-ability group abusing the higher-ability group (e.g. Armenians in Turkey, Jews in Europe, Ibo in Nigeria, Tutsis in Rwanda, Han-Chinese in Malaysia and Indonesia) but admittedly sometimes it is the lower-ability group that has received the abuse (e.g. Blacks in America and Africa, Gypsies in Europe, Darfur people in Sudan). It is interesting to contemplate whether there would be a difference in the propensity toward ethnoracial persecution in societies that accept the Boasian view compared with societies which accept the Galtonian view.

  2. I’m another race realist from a liberal background, but I couldn’t see how liberalism and HBD are compatible. Good luck combining the two – you’re gonna need it.

  3. I suppose definitions are crucial, but I think the compatibility of liberalism and HBD is rather obvious and clearly encoded in Rawlsian theory. In fact, I’m almost — but not really — surprised that the ethical/political terrain has thus far been monopolized by the right. If you want a crude analogy, look at the science wrt free will. If people are fated or constrained by biology, it seems perfectly rational to conclude that they need help. And modern liberalism is all about help, at least in theory.

  4. Interesting blog. I too consider myself a liberal who believes in the scientific validity of racial differences. And no, I’m not white, but rather East Asian, so any assertion that I’m motivated by a fundamental notion of white supremacy is utterly unfounded. I think the very fact that only whites and east asians embrace the notion of intrinsic racial differences in IQ is highly suggestive of the emotional nature of the discourse on race and IQ. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how the pervasive white guilt that I observe in this country will benefit America in the later years to come, especially as blacks and hispanics become a significant percentage of the population at large.

  5. Chris Brand (Edinburgh)

    Just to say you can read all about the g factor, the original source of biorealism in psychology, at http://www.douance.org/qi/brandtgf.htm; and that the Liberal Galton (having got his controversial cousin buried in Westminster Abbey) spent his last days smoking pot (admittedly also compiling anti-democratic quotations from Shakespeare). For the latest in anti-PeeCee national liberalism, try: http://gfactor.blogspot.com/.

  6. Richard Stieger

    My name is Richard, as you can tell. I am currently writing a research paper in my AP Language and Composition class. My teacher is a fan of controversial topics and let us on our own to choose one. I myself came up with the leading question:

    “What correlation, if any, is there between intelligence and race?” More specifically, I am focusing on the stereotype that “Asians are smart.”

    If possible, I’d love to know your opinion on this.

    Thank you very much,

    Richard Stieger

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