Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Deconstructing Scientific Racism in the 21st Century

Hey ya'll.

So, you might've read my [earlier post] talking about the personal, Ranty McRantster-pants issues I have with Human Bio-Diversity (HBD) and "race-realism". Well, [the fight goes on] and some people have asked me -- or challenged me -- to discuss this issue from a more "scientific" perspective, as opposed to my more emotional responses.

Naturally, I called BS on those who pretend they're objective to my subjective, because that's an ad hominem dismissal being shoveled through a strawman argument, ignoring the fact that nobody is completely objective, and the so-called "race-realists" are just as influenced by their emotions as I am -- only they refuse to admit it.

However, the idea of going into the specific, scientific refutation of these pseudo-scientific racists began to appeal to me as I worked through Human Variation midterms. And now, having finished my last paper for the week, I am ready to go into the exact, bio-anthropological problems with HBD, "race-realism" and refute them at the scientific level.

Be warned, all ye who enter here: this is going to be a science lesson, so pay attention!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nerd Moment

Just saw this amazing video on CollegeHumor, which totally tapped into my inner-super-nerd. If any of ya'll have played even a single video-game as a kid, you'll probably be able to enjoy this:


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tiding Over

Hey ya'll.

Haven't been posting all that much due to a hefty workload in my classes and freelance writing gigs during the run-up to spring break. I'll be sure to deliver a monstrous post for you ASAP. Until then, enjoy this funny video!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Good Men Project

I recently became aware of a new voice in the Men's Rights Movement.

Conceived during 2009 by Tom Matlack and James Houghton, as a way of allowing men to tell stories about defining moments in their lives, the project has grown from a humble book, to a film, to a magazine, to a website, to a foundation.

[The Good Men Project] is a positive voice for men at a time when male issues, and even masculinity itself, are increasingly marginalized. It is a place for men to come together and discuss the myriad and complex problems facing men and boys that are so often disparaged by many Feminists, and the mainstream.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In My Younger Days

I was a rapscallion alright. A regular trouble-taker mischief-maker. If it didn't include bangs, whistles, and the possibility of grounded-for-life without the possibility of parole, then it wasn't me.

That said, I also dealt with a lot of shit as a kid. I was a victim of anti-Semitic bullying, on a level most people will never experience in their lives. Prejudice in the 21st century is subtle -- the kind I was subjected to was blatant. Hatred 1.0. The original bigotry.

This is a story about the earliest memory I have when someone bullied me over being Jewish.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pariah Complex


1. Social outcast.
2. Any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.

Origin: from the Tamil paṟaiyar -- literally a drummer, used for festivals and drawn from the lower castes in southern India.

Pariah Complex.


1. A person who considers themselves outcast from society due to their possession of: knowledge, truth, wisdom, insight, etc., as well as an alternative morality.

Origin: cyberspace disease.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

21st Century Scientific Racism

I've been getting into a lot of conversations over at [Abagond's Place recently]. The hotly debated topic has centered about the connection between [Race, Genetics, and IQ].

The cast of characters and caricatures is myriad: bloggers, social-scientists, race realists, game afficionados, HBDers, anthropologists, biologists, geneticists, and the occasional troll.

I encourage you to [peruse the insanity] before continuing further. This post will be my own personal take, and rant, on the issue. ***Author's Note: there will be some profanity and delicate subjects being raked over the coals. Probably NSFW. Please read at your own discretion.***

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Seven Near-Death Experiences of Zek J Evets: Pt. 6

Ever been down the road less traveled, only to find that the road is less traveled for a reason? Well I have.

My near-death has been imminent so many times, that after a while you forget to be careful! Foolishly thinking that you'll manage to survive like always... It leads to many a hastily, unplanned excursion.

This penultimate NDE occurred during the summer of 2009. A couple of friends and I decided to take a hike up to the top of the only possible mountain in Orange County: Santiago Peak.

It was to be an adventure which would nearly claim my life.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What's Wrong With Anthropology Students?

I'll tell you!

In a classroom of over 30 people, who are all upper-division anthropology students NOT A SINGLE PERSON (including the professor! for fuck's sake!) could define the word: culture.

Meanwhile Franz Boas is rolling in his grave.