Now learning how to do stats with R, especially latent trait
Figuring out why the male% of comedians has declined since the
1900s BUT that the decline was non-monotonic and there was an
increase in the 70-80s. That is weird.
Predicting socioeconomic inequality from how racially diverse the
populations are. Unfortunately, someone else thought of this idea
already in 2007, so I'm too late. :(
So I started an academic publisher, currently publishing two
journals. More will come. A few more papers on the way. :)
Predicting immigrant social variables from their countries of
origin. Yes, this is surprisingly doable. One paper published,
another two on the way.
A psychometric meta-analysis of compensatory education to check for
Jensen effects (strong negative effect found). Edit: this one is
sent to the reviewers of Intelligence now.
Using reported SNP's for g/edu. attain. in cross-racial datasets to
see if the genetic hypothesis is true. Yes.
More general themes: some psychometric papers (sex differences and
reaction times, the Danish immigrant population, country of origin,
national IQs and outcomes, IQ in the media), and various linguistic
papers I have to write for class (mostly slightly interesting to
How to improve the world by changing things in various ways. Being
this is actually important.
I have three blogs, which I don't use that much anymore. In Danish,
English, and Esperanto
I run an academic-ish site about drug legalization legaliser.nu
. I am a
strong proponent of legalizing and regulating all drugs. The drug
war is way more harmful than are the drugs, and much of the harm of
the drugs is directly caused by the current prohibition policies.
Think about what alcohol prohibition did for alcohol and society in
the US. The same it does for other drugs and society in countries
all over the world today.
I run an academic site about reforming the Danish orthography
Basically, the Danish spelling system is horrible and is badly in
need of a reform. The number system is also fucked up. So my
interests are definitely spelling reform
I also have a bunch of smaller projects some ongoing, some
completed, see the main site
Some of my other interests. I have tried to group them a bit by
Improving humans: transhumanism
of the non-forced
kind/liberal. Especially embryo selection, which is the act of
extracting a number of eggs from the female. Mating them in vitro
with sperm from the desired male. Then separating the fertilized
eggs, and letting them divide once or twice. Then freezing them and
taking out one of the cells for genetic testing. Do this for a
large number of cells (say, 100). Select the cells with the best
genes (for health, intelligence, attractiveness), and implant it in
the female. No government coercion is necessary for this because
parents really do want healthy, smart, attractive children already.
Indeed, that is the whole idea behind discriminating between
Other linguistic stuff: constructed languages
Understanding humans: evolutionary psychology
, personality research
Humans are animals exactly like the other animals, and they evolved
as well to fit their environment. This environment has included
other humans for a long time, so naturally humans have cooperation
and hostility adaptions, and a bunch of adaptions related to the
mating game. The obvious ones being women's relative preference for
high status+rich males, and males relative preference for
/improving society: meritocracy
, nuclear energy
, copyright policy
, patent policy
(not the right term?), internet policy
, sex trade
pro-legalization) and in general public policy
. Lots of other
stuff. Overall I'm something of a socioliberal (use the market for
efficiency, regulate to correct for market failures), meritocratic
democrat (decisions should be made by intelligent, informed peers
in some kind of democratic way, e.g. liquid democracy
libertarian social policy bent (legalizing a lot of things
currently illegal for various health or morality 'reasons').
"I don't understand why prostitution is illegal. Selling is legal.
Fucking is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal? You know, why
should it be illegal to sell something that's perfectly legal to
give away? I can't follow the logic on that one at all! Of all the
things you can do, giving someone an orgasm is hardly the worst
thing in the world. In the army they give you a medal for spraying
napalm on people! In civilian life you go to jail for giving
someone an orgasm! Maybe I'm not supposed to understand it..."
(George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty (2001))
, philosophy of
, philosophy of physics
haven't been too interested in this for some time, especially after
reading and agreeing with Paul
Graham about philosophy
. While philosophy can be useful,
armchair philosophy is generally useless and in excessive amounts
even harmful to one's understanding of the world. One will not
learn how the brain works if one sits around reading, say,
phenomenology all day.
Somewhat recently got a renewed interest in the area, because of
the recent interest in theory of mind, and the reasoning complexity
behind such inferences. To study the complexity one needs to
formalize the reasoning, which of course requires formal logic.
Various other science
, evolutionary biology
started studying this because I wanted to know why the creationists
were wrong), psychology
. Specifically what
makes a good scientific field. Paul Meehl said it well about social
social, specifically social psychology.
"Perhaps the easiest way to convince yourself is by scanning the
literature of soft psychology over the last 30 years and noticing
what happens to theories. Most of them suffer the fate that General
MacArthur ascribed to old generals—They never die, they just slowly
fade away. In the developed sciences, theories tend either to
become widely accepted and built into the larger edifice of
well-tested human knowledge or else they suffer destruction in the
face of recalcitrant facts and are abandoned, perhaps regretfully
as a “nice try.” But in fields like personology and social
psychology, this seems not to happen. There is a period of
enthusiasm about a new theory, a period of attempted application to
several fact domains, a period of disillusionment as the negative
data come in, a growing bafflement about inconsistent and
unreplicable empirical results, multiple resort to ad hoc excuses,
and then finally people just sort of lose interest in the thing and
pursue other endeavors."
- Paul E. Meehl (1978) Theoretical Risks and Tabular Asterisks: Sir
Karl, Sir Ronald, and the Slow Progress of Soft Psychology Journal
of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 46, pp. 806–834.
Computer stuff: programming
, data mining
. I like to do data
mining studies of stuff... Like studying the sex ratio of TED
speakers (73% male), or the spammability of skills in DOTA2 and LOL
(much more spammable in LOL).
Now also doing LATEX for writing academic papers. :)