Assorted Links

  • Contrary to popular belief (e.g. here) there is only weak evidence that the implicit association test has good predictive ability.
  • The economics of being a Hefner Girlfriend.  One key sentence “In fact, Girlfriends were not allowed to become Playmates because Hef had found that they tended to flee the Mansion as soon as they collected their $25,000 Playmate cheque.”

Comments

Have you got a URL for the Paul Romer piece?

Pretty interesting that you can have people that are the best in their fields while managing a drug "problem". Hendrix, Limbaugh, Ricky Williams, etc. Not everyone can manage this of course, as drugs kill people. And "drugs will ruin your life!" But not necessarily in the sense that they mean. Between the disregulation, bad trips, incarceration in gladiator academy and SWAT shootouts resulting from contraband, it makes me think their biggest drug problem is the government.

What a weird list of recordings. And very dated. I suppose everyone has their list of five favorites, though. I don't know why anyone would link to it.

The IAT file appears to be broken.

I'm curious to know how self-identifying racists score on the race IAT.

"I'm curious to know how self-identifying racists score on the race IAT."

I'm not sure what definition you're thinking of for "racist", but I believe the races differ due to our evolutionary histories, and that some of these differences are beyond skin deep and affect cognition and (possibly) temperament.

My views on this have been shaped primarily from reading and secondarily from interaction and observation.

I rank groups other than mine the highest intellectually, so it's doubtful my position is to bolster some self-esteem issue. I've never been mugged or victimized by any sub-group to create an emotional dislike for those who score the lowest.

I have taken this test about 4 times over the years and have scored neutral each time.

MPO - Who is arguing that drugs have no negative effect other than what the "system" bring on? Surely not Andrew at 9:29:45: Not everyone can manage this of course, as drugs kill people.

http://bamfgamer.blogspot.com/2009/08/here-is-achievements-for-achievement.html

I'm not sure what definition you're thinking of for "racist"

I suppose I would be interested in seeing the difference in scores between a range of people: those who think there are no cognitive/behavioral/temperamental differences between races and would agree with the statement "all races are equally good"; those who think there may be cognitive/behavioral/temperamental differences between races and would agree with the statement "all races are equally good"; and those who think there may be cognitive/behavioral/temperamental differences between races and would disagree with the statement "all races are equally good".

The last one is what I originally had in mind for comparison to the first one, but you reminded me that the second option is worthy of comparison, too.

(Different D)

I remember one of the authors of this paper wrote another earlier, where he pointed out that both Jesse Jackson and Jesse Helms think crime rates aren't constant by race. He suggested that no IAT that would bin them together based on associating words like 'dangerous' or 'angry' to faces would meaningfully separate the two, and that indeed the IAT was really probing bayesian priors, not ethical attitudes.


Pretty interesting that you can have people that are the best in their fields while managing a drug "problem". Hendrix, Limbaugh, Ricky Williams, etc.

Paul Erdos was an incredibly prolific machine for turning amphetamines into mathematical theorems...

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