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Jean Piaget & the Superior Psychogenetic Cognition of Europeans, Part II

Representatives of two stages of mental development: Rembrandt, Aristotle with a Bust of Homer (1653)

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Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 here)

Why did the West rise to become the most powerful civilization, the progenitor of modernity, the culture with the most prodigious creators? The answers are plenty. But it may be that a child psychologist, Jean Piaget, has offered the best theoretical framework to explain the difference between the West and the Rest. Read more …

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Jean Piaget & the Superior Psychogenetic Cognition of Europeans, Part I

Jean Piaget

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Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 here)

Everyone has heard about Jean Piaget’s (1896-1980) theory of the cognitive development of children. But no one knows that his theory placed Europeans at the top of the cognitive ladder with most humans stuck at the bottom — unless Europeans taught them how to think.

Piaget is widely recognized as the “greatest child psychologist of the twentieth century.” Unlike many other influential figures, Piaget’s discoveries have withstood the test of time. Read more …

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On the Kevin MacDonald–Nathan Cofnas Debate
Part 4: Reassessing The Culture of Critique

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Part 1 here, wherein I provide an introduction to this debate, a brief history, a recap of Kevin MacDonald’s counter-Semitic opus The Culture of Critique (hereafter, CofC), a summation of Nathan Cofnas’ major arguments against CofC, and a section which calls into question Cofnas’ objectivity in this debate.  Read more …

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On the Kevin MacDonald–Nathan Cofnas Debate
Part 3: Refuting the Default Hypothesis

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[Updated: Nathan Cofnas correctly points out that I included remarks by MacDonald that had later been revised. I’ve corrected the relevant portions below.]

Part 1 here, wherein I provide an introduction to this debate, a brief history, a recap of Kevin MacDonald’s counter-Semitic opus The Culture of Critique (hereafter, CofC), Read more …

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On the Kevin MacDonald–Nathan Cofnas Debate
Part 2: Universalism vs. Particularism

Nathan Cofnas

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Part 2 of 4 (Part 1 here)

In the first part, I provide an introduction to this debate, a recap of Kevin MacDonald’s counter-Semitic opus The Culture of Critique (hereafter, CofC), a summation of Nathan Cofnas’ major arguments against CofC, and also call into question Cofnas’ objectivity in this debate. Read more …

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Letter to the Z Man

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Dear Z Man,

Like most of your articles, I thought your “Letter to the Antisemites” from March 11 was perfectly reasonable and well-put, yet I believe it missed a few crucial points. Read more …

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On Polygamy, Marrying Your Cousin, & Terrorism

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A popular argument is that terrorism is fundamentally a reaction to US foreign policy – that even if Islamic terrorists couch their anger in religious sentiments, indeed even if they believe that the US is in fact a “Great Satan” Read more …

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The Evolutionary Psychologist’s Guide to Picking Up Girls

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Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller
Mate: Become the Man Women Want
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015

Time was when a young man did not need to master evolutionary psychology in order to find himself a girl. The adult world provided the young with ready-made social rituals for meeting, assessing one another’s prospects as a mate, and (eventually) entering into a lifelong covenant to bear and raise a new generation. Read more …

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The Stones Cry Out:
Cave Art & the Origin of the Human Spirit, Part 5

Gabillou 'sorceror,' Dordogne, France3,360 words

Part 5 of 7 (other parts here)

5. Can Biology Explain Ekstasis?

I have already mentioned that scientists speculate that cave art (and religion, language, etc.) comes about as a result of some kind of genetic mutation, perhaps a “sudden, serendipitous, genetically-based brain reorganization.” Read more …

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Swatting Flies:
Reflections on Men & Murder

Hercules battles the hydra

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Recently I suffered a plague of flies. It started small, with just a couple. I noticed one buzzing around the living room, moving at a fairly leisurely clip. It was easy to kill, a deed I committed with a dish towel. Read more …

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From the Editor 
Two Must-Read Reviews at American Renaissance

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1. “Science Versus Ideology”: Thomas Jackson reviews Nancy Segal, Born Together – Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study, (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012), 410 pp. $49.95: http://www.amren.com/features/2012/07/science-versus-ideology/

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Benoist on Feminism, IQ, & the Wealth of Nations 
Interview on the Human Sciences, Part 4

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Part 4 of 4

Translated by Greg Johnson

Specialists in evolutionary psychology claim that there are important differences between the sexes, and that these were acquired during the evolution of the species. To what does the New Right appeal to support its “differentialist feminism”?

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Darwin’s Other Idea:
Geoffrey Miller’s The Mating Mind

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Geoffrey Miller
The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature
New York: Random House, 2000

Darwinian evolution is seen as a cold, ruthless struggle for survival that shaped what we eventually became. But, the critic responds, whence kindness, humor, language, playfulness, art and creativity? Scientists have tried to explain altruism towards relatives as kin selection and other forms of morality as based on reciprocity, but we all often help people who are not related to us when there’s nothing to be gained. Read more …

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