Griffe du Lion

Writes about race and Intelligence. He also applies mathematics to the data and comes up with some interesting results. The left have a problem with this. He is telling the truth calmly and honestly. They cannot accuse him of being Racist so they pretend he doesn't exist.
Whoops - see A Concrete Example Of Scientific Fraud, written by a man who really does know his maths but not sociology. None the less La Griffe is still very much on the right lines.

Some articles from his catalogue are at

Measuring intelligence makes sense. So does using it. Find it, then bring it on sounds good to me. But politics get in the way. Psychologists measured it then decided they did not like the answers they got so now they claim it cannot be measured. This is because blacks rate low.


A Concrete Example Of Scientific Fraud
I had never before heard of La Griffe du Lion. His article was so full of egregiously bad methodology and other mistakes that I at first assumed it was a satire of racist pseudoscience, the sort of thing that might be written for the Annals of Improbable Research or (if you're Alan Sokal) Social Text

To mention just one example, the article's thesis is that a nation's "smart fraction" of the population predicts per capita GDP better than average IQ, but then uses (highly questionable) "data" on average IQ to pretend to estimate the smart fraction by assuming a Gaussian distribution. As any competent scientist would notice, however, the assumption of Gaussian distributions can't be used to estimate the "smart fraction" without the further assumption of a specific variance or standard distribution, for which there are no data available. In short, the article claims that data on average IQ are inadequate to predict per capita GDP, but then pretends to obtain a better prediction of per capita GDP from precisely that inadequate data by making a sequence of unsupported assumptions. We're used to seeing that kind of argument in rmcg, but scientists recognize it as a form of scientific fraud known as drylabbing.
This critique is from William D. Clinger, Professor Clinger [ aka Bill? ] who has the kind of solid track record in hard science which means that he knows what he is talking about regarding maths. Men in alleged sciences like sociology are in a much lower league. Notwithstanding, I think La Griffe's results are on the right lines albeit the point about an IQ of 59 is wrong - and bad science.
PS This article caused no waves while Bill Shockley, who invented the transistor got severely abused by his intellectual inferiors because he had views about Intelligence they did not like. The truth is what it is, Main Stream Media liars notwithstanding.
PPS I don't rate Bill Clinger's taste in hats.
PPPS Bill Schockley's later work was on Eugenics. This three parter from PBS does not say he is wrong. They skirt round the issue because he was right and they don't want us to know. They say:-
And finally, he unhinged modern science by asking questions that no one wanted asked, much less answered.
What Bill Clinger didn't take account of is Bill Schockley's work


Education Loses Its Way
No Child Left Behind is beyond uninformative. It is deceptive.
By Charles Murray
Test scores are the last refuge of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). They have to be, because so little else about the act is attractive.

NCLB takes a giant step toward nationalizing elementary and secondary education, a disaster for federalism. It pushes classrooms toward relentless drilling, not something that inspires able people to become teachers or makes children eager to learn. It holds good students hostage to the performance of the least talented, at a time when the economic future of the country depends more than ever on the performance of the most talented..... The only way to justify NCLB is through compelling evidence that test scores are improving. So let's talk about test scores.

The case that NCLB has failed to raise test scores had been made most comprehensively in a report from the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, released just a few weeks ago.
This is from Charles Murray, who wrote The Bell Curve rather than La Griffe, telling us that all is not well.


Politics, imprisonment and Race
An adult black man is seven times as likely to be found housed behind bars as is his white counterpart. Paradoxically, the largest disparities are found in political domains controlled by liberals -- the leaders in the struggle for racial justice. By examining how criminal behavior is distributed within the races, the paradox is resolved showing it to be an unintended consequence of liberal benevolence and goodwill. Volume 8, Number 1, April 2006
PS Believe La Griffe or not but if you doubt him look at Most Wanted, Scotland Yard Most Wanted or even the Colour of Crime.


Sex Differences in Mathematical Aptitude
Mathematics is a man's game. A gender gap appears early in life, blossoms with the onset of puberty and reaches full bloom by mid-adolescence. It indelibly shapes women's prospects for doing significant mathematics. In this account of cognitive sex differences, Prodigy shows how sex-differentiated ability in 15 year-olds accounts for the exiguous female representation at the highest levels of mathematical research. A female Fields Medalist is predicted to surface once every 103 years. Volume 7, Number 2, July 2005


Cognitive Decline: The Irreducible Legacy of Open Borders
Cognitive decline, the result of third world immigration, differential fecundity and gene flow, will mark the end of Western ascendancy. Described herein is the path to collapse and the improbable circumstances surrounding its discovery.  Volume 7, Number 1, January 2005


Closing the Racial Learning Gap
An analysis of learning-gap dynamics: Wherein conflicting evidence is reconciled; a recipe for becoming America's most celebrated education administrator is proposed; and Prodigy comes of age.  Volume 6, Number 1, January 2004


Assessing the Ashkenazic IQ
Prodigy presents a lecture to the Brotherhood of Temple Emanuel at its weekly Sunday morning brunch. Therein he develops a new estimate of the Ashkenazic IQ, tracing Ashkenazic achievement back to its cognitive underpinnings. Both general and mathematical IQ are assessed. The analysis takes into account the fat tail character of IQ distributions.  Volume 5, Number 2, September 2003


The Smart Fraction Theory of IQ and the Wealth of Nations
Prodigy and Mentor propose a theory to explain newly published data relating national IQ to economic development. The theory predicts sigmoid dependence of per capita GDP on mean national IQ.   Volume 4, Number 1, March 2002


Dogs, Runners and the Distribution of Human Attributes
With the beauty of Piemontese ladies still fresh upon his memory, whatever good intentions La Griffe might have entertained when he sat down at the keyboard to chronicle therewith the results of his recent musings, his attention was quickly diverted by thoughts of Piemonte in October, of white truffles in Alba and of the hounds that unearth them. From this improbable fusion of reverie and analysis emerged this account of biodiversity among dogs, runners and the tribes from whence they spring. Considered are such diverse questions as how gender differences in aggressiveness compare in men and dogs, and whether a European can ever again win an Olympic medal in distances over 1500m.  Volume 3, Number 5, October 2001


Racial Disparities in School Discipline
There are among us persons of so refined and delicate a nature that they cannot bear the guilt even of crimes they have not committed. Their shame is so great that they turn their considerable talents to serve the demagogues of bias. In this essay we analyze their efforts to document racial discrimination in school discipline, and humbly offer advice on how to improve their methods.   Volume 3, Number 3, June 2001


Diversity and Excellence: Are They Compatible?
In 1954, a unanimous Supreme Court declared that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal. The Court based its decision on studies showing that "segregated schools damaged the psyches of black children and their motivation to learn." But do black students really achieve more in racially mixed classrooms? And what of whites? In this essay we examine how racial diversity affects achievement. Along the way we find and resolve a puzzling anomaly.   Volume 3, Number 2, March 2001


Aggressiveness, Criminality and Sex Drive by Race, Gender and Ethnicity
Certain human qualities share with each other the property of fuzziness. We call them fuzzy variables. Their meaning, though clear by standards of ordinary language, lack predictive precision. To make them quantitative, we introduce a technique we call the method of thresholds. With it, we compare aggressiveness, criminality and sex drive by race, gender and ethnicity.   Volume 2, Number 11, December 2000


The Color of Death Row  
For those who desire a dispassionate view of death-row justice, let them know that no axe will be ground here, and lest there be any well-intentioned persons who do not perceive the difference between polemic and analysis, style and substance, pomposity and eloquence, let them know that it is always the latter to which we aspire, never the former. For those who endure the stringency of this essay, let them also know they will discover that justice depends on geography, that much of America is fair, and that bias on death row affects mostly whites.  Volume 2, Number 10, October 2000
PS If you doubt him look Scotland Yard Most Wanted or the Colour of Crime.


The Politics of Mental Retardation: A Tail of the Bell Curve  
Political movements have victims, and the cause of diversity is no exception. Whites, Asians and males are all casualties of the diversicrat, but his most deplorable incivility makes victims of the hapless.  If anyone should deny the politicization of mental retardation, let him confront the data presented herein.  Volume 2, Number 9, September 2000


IQ Matters
Prodigy and his friend Jesse join Mentor to discuss Prodigy's approaching college choice. Together they solve the mystery of how an otherwise unremarkable college managed to produce eight Nobel Prize winners in 21 years. Prodigy and Jesse come up with novel estimates of the Ashkenazic Jewish IQ.  Volume 2, Number 8, August 2000


Educating a Black Elite 
Thousands of  blacks in the US have IQ scores above 130, many more above 120. A war is raging over who will hire them and who will educate them. In the corporate board room where the bottom line rules and fear of litigation lurks around every corner, the need to diversify is overriding. It is a cost of doing business. But nowhere is diversity more alive than on the college campus. University faculty are true believers. Diversity on campus is like God at a revival meeting. Academics recruit minorities with the passion of evangelists, but diversity does not come easy. Industry and universities face the same obstacle: the appalling lack of minority talent. In this essay we examine how one university deals with this issue. Volume 2, Number 7, July 2000


The Death of Meritocracy 
The noise has subsided, and with passions contained we look back at Prop 209 and Hopwood. Our goal: to check for compliance with the law. To help, we developed tests capable of exposing violations in exquisite detail. But when we saw admissions data from the medical schools of the University of California and the Law School at the University of Texas, we found noncompliance so blatant that simple inspection revealed it. Butchering a steer with a scalpel, however, does have its moments. Under Prop 209, the UCLA Medical School admitted 51 blacks and Hispanics in 1997. The chance of that occurring without the use of preferences was 1 in 10364. (There are about 10100 fundamental particles in the universe.) Volume 2, Number 6, June 2000


Analysis of Hate Crime 
Bias-motivated crime has unique characteristics. As in heterosexual rape, victims and offenders come from different groups. Unlike rape, however, hate crime is reciprocal. Each group can prey upon the other. Though not obvious, these singular aspects incline the data in a unique way. The sizes of victim and offender groups influence victimization rates in a way that is often more significant than intrinsic group bias. Methods are developed for interpreting  hate-crime statistics. They are applied to recent FBI data. Volume 2, Number 5, May 2000


Standardized Tests: The Interpretation of Racial and Ethnic Gaps 
The interpretation of standardized test scores is full of traps that news media, politicians and interested citizens commonly fall into. Racial and ethnic gaps, and particularly their trends, are not always what they seem. A perceived gap decrease can really be an increase, and vice versa. In this essay we show how to make sense of test-score data.  Examples are taken from Maryland (MSPAP) and Texas (TAAS) statewide exams, the bar exam and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Exam Part I. A coherent pattern emerges. Volume 2, Number 3, March 2000


Some Thoughts about Jews, IQ and Nobel Laureates 
A dialogue between an eleven-year-old prodigy and his mentor leads to a conjecture on the achievements of Ashkenazic Jews, and an estimate of the mean IQ of the Nobel laureates.  Volume 2, Number 2, February 2000


Black Athletes: Can Whites Measure Up? 
One of the under-celebrated sagas of human biodiversity in the last quarter of the twentieth century is the emergence of the black athlete. His primacy is so conspicuous in some sports, that at the highest levels of competition other racial groups are all but invisible. In this essay, La Griffe du Lion analyzes the black-white athletic ability gap and shows how to measure it. We introduce the notion of an athletic quotient or AQ, and estimate black-white AQ gaps. Methods are developed to show how AQ can be used to make predictions ranging from the most probable racial makeup of a high-school basketball team to the probability that a randomly selected white can run faster than a randomly selected black.  Volume 2, Number 1, January 2000


Affirmative Action: The Robin Hood Effect. 
In this essay La Griffe du Lion models the effect of affirmative action on the income of whites, blacks and Hispanics. It is shown that on average a black worker, between the ages of 25 and 64, earns an extra $9,400 a year because of affirmative action. Hispanics also benefit to the tune of almost $4,000 a year. However, being a zero-sum game, white workers pay an average of about $1,900 annually to foot the bill.  Volume 1, Number 4, December 1999


Crime in the Hood. 
Violent victimization of whites by blacks is modeled in a racially mixed inner-city neighborhood. Its evolution is traced from the first black to move in, to the last white who moves out. The probability of a white being violently attacked is developed as a function of a neighborhood’s racial composition. It is shown to increase nonlinearly, approaching unity as a neighborhood becomes predominately black.  Volume 1, Number 3, November 1999


The Color of Meritocracy. 
In a society based on meritocratic principles, a pattern of color will emerge that reflects the distribution of human attributes among racial and ethnic groups. Such patterns have developed in America in professional sports. In other areas, however, we have been more circumspect. In this essay, La Griffe takes a mostly dispassionate look at how to calculate, by race and ethnicity, the outcome of any competition in which group abilities differ. We focus on cognitive differences, saving other group variations for later consideration. Depending on where in the culture wars you stand, the method can be used to test claims of equity or inequity. Illustrations are provided that range from the promotion of police officers to law school admissions.  Volume 1, Number 2, October 1999


Women and Minorities in Science
Prospects for women and minority doctoral scientists in engineering and other math-intensive areas are examined. A calculation of the ethnic-gender profile of this segment of the workforce is made for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Rank ordering on mathematical reasoning ability predicts that women will top off at approximately 27 percent of this market. Similarly, rank ordering predicts almost 99 percent of math-intensive doctoral jobs will go to whites and Asians of primarily Chinese, Japanese, Korean and South Asian descent. Asians will continue to be represented in these fields well beyond their numbers in the general population. A study of the math-intensive academic marketplace predicts that women will top off there at about 22 to 23 percent. Volume 1, Number 1, September 1999


IQ Test
Before getting supercilious about La Griffe, or anyone else for that matter see how you rate against the rest. Have you got what it takes to beat the professionals or even the four year olds?


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