Do They Know?

Watch the news, follow politics and pay some attention to the hate community, of which I am a part, and you have to deal with the disconnect. That is the weird feeling you get when watching a newscast, seeing confirmation of something you read on a hate-site and then the newsreader explains it all away with appeals to magic. The rioters hunting down whites are not the racists. No, the newsman tells you. the honkies are the racists, because they failed in some way to do right by the dusky fellows chasing them.

Watch the Olympics and you see the commentators in a life and death struggle with reality, forever fearful that the audience may notice what’s happening in the events. Because reality simply refuses to comport with the approved narrative, the broadcasters create short documentaries to be played during the coverage, explaining how the events you are seeing do not contradict the one true faith. In fact, they confirm it! The black people winning all the footraces really just train hard, despite racism and Hitler.

I’ve been reading Steve Sailer for decades and he loves commenting about the Olympics because it confirms much of what the biological realists have to say about the human animal. Boys are bigger, faster and stronger than girls. West Africans are faster on average than everyone else. He’s right, of course. When the finalists for the 100 meter sprint have all be of West African origin going back nine consecutive Olympics, nature is telling us something. Or at least trying to tell us something.

Sailer has often argued that many in the cognitive elite see the same things he and the other HBD’ers see, but they prudently refuse to mention it. Instead, they rely on esoteric language and alternative social constructs to arrive at the same point, but without openly challenging the prevailing orthodoxy. A guy like Ross Douthat, for example, is not going to throw his career away by pointing out the obvious, so he crafts social constructs that give his coevals a way to express reality within the confines of the faith.

I must admit that it feels like it is true in certain cases. I enjoy reading Mark Krikorian, who does the Lord’s work in the area of immigration studies. He often says things that suggest he accepts the basics of human biology, but he always stops short, way short, of running afoul of the morality police. I follow him on twitter and it often feels like he slams on the brakes as soon as he gets near that electrified fence that divides orthodoxy from heresy. I wonder. Is this conscious or subconscious? Does he know or is he simply trained?

This may not seem like an important question, but it is probably the most important question. The cognitive elite in Europe knew Galileo was right. It was not like he popped out of nowhere to announce his new model for the solar system. The image of the churchman as a narrow minded fanatic is pretty much of the opposite of reality in the Middle Ages, or any other age for that matter. For most of Western history, the church was the storehouse of human knowledge and the engine of intellectual progress.

Progressives have retconned Galileo to claim the Church was too enthralled with oogily-boogily to understand him, but that’s nonsense. They knew he was right, at least many in the Church knew, but they did not know how to proceed with the new knowledge coming from guys like Galileo. The Church, as well as the civil authorities, were primary concerned with civil order and making sure people had food to eat. The practical challenges came before the theoretical ones.

The emergence of genetics, as well as evolutionary biology, which is increasing reliant on genetics, certainly is comparable to the emergence of science in the late Middle Ages. The main point of comparison is that science discredited much of the prevailing orthodoxy about the natural world and genetics is discrediting the blank slate orthodoxy of today. Egalitarianism will only survive if the study of human biology, particularly genetics, is shut down and that’s not going to happen. The question is whether anyone in the cognitive elite knows or accept this.

Watching the Olympics the other might I was struck by the sense of desperation during one of the Girrrllll Power! segments. This is where the males are forced to tell the audience about how wonderful it is that so many women are competing in sports. I concluded that you have to be a true believer to participate in the making of such nonsense. Only a sociopath could fake that much enthusiasm for something they think is wrong. That or the presenters are so dumb they are incapable of self-awareness. Either way, the people in charge are in no way prepared to surrender to reality.

That does not really answer the question posed here. I think guys like Steve Sailer are, despite their chosen fields of study, optimistic about humanity. They hope there are some sensible people in the ruling elite who will, in the fullness of time, find a way to incorporate the reality of biology into their policy making. Any hints that suggests someone is in on the gag, so to speak, is held up as proof. Maybe he is right and maybe their use of esoteric signalling is so advanced that rubes like me can never see it. On the other hand, the shrillness of the screeching from the media suggest they really, really belief their nonsense.

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A.T. Tapman
A.T. Tapman
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4 years ago

Hi Z, they know, or they should know. It does not take too much exposure to those of other races to figure out that we differ greatly. But have our rulers had this normal exposure? I suspected the races differed in important ways, when attending elementary school with mostly white kids, the dinndus were NOT with the program. After serving a hitch in the US Army I was a firm believer in the differences between the races. No matter where you are if there are negroes there will be negro monkeyshines, often known as TNB or Typical Negro Behavior. I… Read more »

Crispin
Crispin
Reply to  A.T. Tapman
4 years ago

I, too have observed many things since I emerged from the warm isolation tank of suburbia at age 18. Human biodiversity is self evident and obvious. When I judge based on content of character or behavior or results, I invariably reach the same conclusions. One thing that’s very hard for me to do is to imagine how someone with a 70 IQ thinks about problem solving or abstract ideas. Or if they even can. Science, math, engineering, chess, etc, all require an ability to imagine several possible scenarios of future moves in order to select the best one. If you… Read more »

Ofay Cat
Ofay Cat
Reply to  Crispin
4 years ago

My cat lives in the moment. No concept of the passing of time or what may happen next.

Crispin
Crispin
Reply to  King George III
4 years ago

I read that. Good Lord! It’s depressing. Makes perfect sense, though. Key takeaway: One explanation for this lack of abstract thinking, including the diminished understanding of time, is that Africans evolved in a climate where they could live day to day without having to think ahead. They never developed this ability because they had no need for it. Whites, on the other hand, evolved under circumstances in which they had to consider what would happen if they didn’t build stout houses and store enough fuel and food for the winter. For them it was sink or swim. And there you… Read more »

Marina
Marina
Reply to  Crispin
4 years ago

I’m interested in homesteading and one thing that becomes apparent when you start reading about this stuff is how easy it is to produce food in warm areas. You could grow your own produce and have a tank to farm tilapia year round in the Caribbean and produce almost all your calories on a small plot with little effort. Farming New England’s cold and rocky soil is an ongoing challenge in breaking and enriching the crappy soil and preserving food for over the winter. It’s a vastly more complex problem.

alzaebo
alzaebo
Reply to  Marina
4 years ago

A pet peeve: this idea that Negroes are “the oldest race”. That’s a miscegenated cludge of Leakey and Old Testament- and when Lucy lived in the Olduvai, it was a swamp. (We can climb the tree or dive in the water to escape predators.) According to pre-PC physical anthropology, the Congo Negroid is the youngest variant, having only arisen near the end of the Ice Age, about 15,000 years ago, with features adapted to strong, direct sunlight. They wiped out the older inhabitants, the Capoids (Bushmen, Pygmies, Hottentots) because of an extra quadraceps muscle and increased testosterone. (Why their women… Read more »

random observer
Member
4 years ago

I’m willing to believe that there might be some inner party types who are in on the joke and using it for the eternal purpose of holding and wielding power. But probably the majority really believe all the guff. I have a young millennial across the hall at work whose worldview and mien periodically fill me with fury I cannot always articulate and in any case cannot do so in a professional environment. There is no way he is just playing a virtue signalling game. He doesn’t otherwise come across as all that bright, is informed within a narrow range.… Read more »

Herrman
4 years ago

“I concluded that you have to be a true believer to participate in the making of such nonsense. Only a sociopath could fake that much enthusiasm for something they think is wrong. That or the presenters are so dumb they are incapable of self-awareness. Either way, the people in charge are in no way prepared to surrender to reality.”

As part of my work, I analyze climate change issues for the Federal Govt. You’ve basically just summed up the entire discipline with these 4 sentences.

Montefrío
Member
4 years ago

“The practical challenges came before the theoretical ones.”
So should it still be, but alas it appears it no longer is, as there is no question that ” the people in charge are in no way prepared to surrender to reality.” I’ve accepted this with chagrin, but at 70, that’s not so difficult. I’ve long since given up trying to reason with zealots (and they abound) of any stripe: smile, nod and avoid occasions of personal aggravation is my way of dealing with cognitive clutter. Tucked away on my farmlette, I have better and more productive uses for my time.

Severian
4 years ago

Another Sailer bugaboo, cognitive stratification, explains some of the true believer behavior among the elites. Especially at elite schools, the “smart” kids are smart all right, IQ-wise, but they know nothing… except taking tests, and since they’re aces at that, they presume doing well on tests IS knowledge. I used to ask my frosh history classes to tell me something from the time period we’re studying that they’d like to know more about. Unless we were covering the American Civil War — where the obvious, test-approved answer is “slavery” — nobody ever said anything. It’s a version of Newspeak —… Read more »

teapartydoc
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Reply to  Severian
4 years ago

I never studied in high school and did the minimal number of assignments to get by. But I read incessantly. The only time people took notice of me was when I got the highest PSAT score in my class. My grades didn’t change, and I realized that I needed to get out as quickly as possible. Graduated early my senior year with the proviso that I start college immediately that spring semester. I went on to have to learn the techniques that the ace students use to get high grades and study for tests. My GPA was not fabulous but… Read more »

Severian
Reply to  teapartydoc
4 years ago

Can confirm. While most of my college experience isn’t at the elite level — so maybe there are some whiz kids there after all — I’ve been at just about every other level, and can tell you that kids struggle mightily with even simple re-phrasings of the pre-canned material. Tell them “George Washington was at Valley Forge” and they’ll write it down. Ask them “_____ was at Valley Forge” or “George Washington was at ____” and they can spit it back. Ask them “name the commander at Valley Forge” and they’re totally lost. The significance of Valley Forge? Fuhgettaboutit. That’s… Read more »

Uncola
Uncola
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

One of the best things I ever taught my own kids was to make good decisions. To do this, they first had to ask the right questions. The right questions, they found, most often answered themselves.

This works on startpage.com as well because I hate Google.

Severia
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

I’ve had beers with Yale grad students (at their exclusive pub, no less). Fun times, but can confirm everything you said. The real world? What’s that? Do you have footnotes and a bibliography?

Dorf
Dorf
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

I sometimes think The medical profession trains specialists to Know Nothing outside of their field. I am an old engineer type and am interested in a wide variety of subjects. I like to be able to ask the occasional question in the other persons field just to keep a conversation going. The reactions vary quite a lot. Some stop at the stone wall of their knowledge base and a few look out the window.

Life is over when you quit learning.

Noid
Noid
Reply to  Dorf
4 years ago

Yep. I’m also an old (50) engineer, presently in medical school. The majority of my fellow students are happy, incurious regurgitation machines, following the well-worn path to social standing and financial security. A handful have some real-world experience and have read a non-school book within the last few years. It’s quite entertaining to watch the former in our clinical reasoning sessions, struggling to find some template or fixed algorithm to go from ambiguous clinical presentations to a diagnosis.

Drake
Drake
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

Teddy Roosevelt found business men in his era boring and incurious. He preferred to spend his time with cowboys, academics, and politicians. I think the situation has reversed itself in the past century. While I don’t mind hanging around cowboys, modern academics and politicians are narrow-minded idiots. Many of the people I meet in the business world are open-minded and curious in general. They are willing to question assumptions and often pursue intellectual interests outside of their jobs.

james wilson
james wilson
Reply to  Drake
4 years ago

The businessmen of that era were the most interesting people in the world, hands down. What you fail to understand is the degree to which Teddy Roosevelt was in fact a progressive. Of course he was more interested in the academics.

UKer
UKer
4 years ago

Back when I was a small being, we would laugh at people who thought milk came out of bottles raised in the supermarket. The concept of cows in fields was pretty much as alien as it got to them.

Now we see lots of people not even knowing milk comes from bottles in supermarkets. Milk comes from cardboard boxes, doesn’t it?* Whoever heard of glass bottles for milk, lol!

*(or as they say in London, innit?)

Urban VIII
Urban VIII
4 years ago

“The cognitive elite in Europe knew Galileo was right. It was not like he popped out of nowhere to announce his new model for the solar system.” Actually, they didn’t, because at the time he was writing, all of the available scientific evidence contradicted him. The lack of observed stellar parallax and repeated failure to observe Coriolis in falling objects were (rightly) considered damning evidence against the idea of a moving Earth. Only much, much later did scientists realize that the lack of observed parallax was the result of stars being much greater distances away from Earth than previously thought,… Read more »

Nicainhouston
Nicainhouston
4 years ago

Z – They know. They (scientists) see the wall and brake and swerve. All research funding beyond mere subsistence is dependent on Federal funding, and acquisition and continuance of funding is dependent on compliance with the current weltanschaung. The lawyers (essentially ALL of our governing bodies), on the other hand, are much harder to read, and it is very difficult to understand if any of them don’t see? Or just refuse to look to avoid the cognitive dissonance… With regards to comments by TPDoc, you and Severian, I have observed that it takes a measured IQ half an SD above… Read more »

Severian
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

My completely unscientific opinion is that Dunning-Kruger is an acquired illness. I base this on years of watching freshmen become grad students become professors. At each level, it takes more and more effort to avoid the obvious, such that the only sure way to avoid career-ending badthink is to actually get dumber. The Newspeak word “crimestop” describes a real process, and the people teaching your kids at $40K a pop are all McGruff: “The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to… Read more »

LetsPlay
LetsPlay
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Reply to  Nicainhouston
4 years ago

You are correct Nicainhouston, that effective functioning as a maker of value requires a higher IQ. However, I detect a bit of superiority in your comment about those who provide the “externally guided muscle.” Of course, those with lower IQ don’t rise to the levels of “makers” but conversely, not all those with higher IQ aspire to that definition. Maybe they take on the role of a craftsman or journeyman tradesman, or some other kind of worker. In my younger years, I worked the trades and saw some very smart people who would “fix” the designs of those “makers of… Read more »

NunyaBusiness
NunyaBusiness
Reply to  LetsPlay
4 years ago

LetsPlay, I think you misunderstand his meaning. Put plainly, I would certainly support the idea that the skilled tradesmen that you’re talking about ARE the “Makers of Value” that are being referenced here, or at least a large part of them. Sure, there will be a lot of engineers and inventors in there too, software people, even poets and playwrights, but a great lot of what Value gets produced in this world gets produced by skilled tradesmen. Not to confuse them with factory line workers, laborers, mailmen, deliverymen, etc, etc. Those people are “Externally Guided Muscle”, and there’s nothing wrong… Read more »

james wilson
james wilson
4 years ago

They know, at some level they know. The shrillness that a well reasoned counter argument provokes in them is a good indication of the lack of confidence in which they hold their own. Much, or most, of their layers of social constructions are based on a horror of the hand nature dealt to the subjects of their intervention. Nothing could sustain their motivation to the cause short of that conviction.

Uncola
Uncola
4 years ago

When it comes to the Cloud People and their Devoted Minions, the truth is always that which best explains what they wish to be true in order to satisfy what they believe. Like a snake first swallowing its tail, then it’s mid-section and finally its head, at which point reality doesn’t matter. This is why on a perfectly clear day there are no Clouds. It is all very scientific No doubt. Moreover, since reality is no respecter of persons, there is always an underlying eugenics at play. What we have in the end is the result of math and consequences.… Read more »

Anon
Anon
4 years ago

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. At my advanced age I don’t much care but the next 30 years are going to be tough sledding for the Blank Slaters. They may have to resort to force.

Fuel Filter
Fuel Filter
4 years ago

Just ran across this. His bio is at Wiki and I’m surprised they treat him in such an evenhanded manner. Grew up in the South during Reconstruction.  This guy was brilliant. Sums TNB up pretty damn well… ******* “Since the dawn of history the Negro has owned the continent of Africa; rich beyond the poet’s fancy, crunching acres of diamonds beneath his bare black feet. Yet he never picked one up from the dust until a White man showed him its light. His land swarmed with powerful and docile animals, yet he never built a harness, cart or sled. A… Read more »

A.T. Tapman (Merica)
A.T. Tapman (Merica)
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Reply to  Fuel Filter
4 years ago

Negroes may never have dreamed of sails but now they have the reality of sailfoams, free sailfoams.

Konnie
Member
Reply to  Fuel Filter
4 years ago

Poetry. Really sad poetry.

Ganderson
Ganderson
4 years ago

I live among the Cloud people, both my home and my work are in cloud- cuckoo land. They are mostly nice people, and they really do believe the things that we haters do not. Blank slatism, which absolutely dominates my profession (I’m a HS teacher) and attendant mania for equality are killing us. And most won’t admit it, even if they deep down, know it’s true.

FaCubeItches
FaCubeItches
4 years ago

“The emergence of genetics, as well as evolutionary biology, which is increasing reliant on genetics”

There was a writer some years ago (might have been H.P. Lovecraft) who noted that the 19th Century showed us the horrors of chemistry, and the 20th Century was showing us the horrors of physics, and guessed that the 21st Century would show the horrors of biology, and they would put the other two to shame. Certainly seems that biology is going to create an awful lot of problems in the coming years.

Member
4 years ago

An interesting column, particularly as we learn today that the only USMC female infantry candidate dropped out (per CNN today). I mean, if they all want to go on a bender in a meaningless sporting event that’s one thing, but when it becomes a public policy imperative, sooner or later difficult choices must be made. All is not lost on the elites though: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/08/we-thought-female-athletes-were-catching-up-to-men-but-theyre-not/260927/ There’s just a reality that some people are unwilling to accept. Such as the fact that boys HIGH SCHOOL track and field records surpass the Women’s Olympic and World Records. (Somebody told me that once, and… Read more »

jack
jack
Reply to  hokkoda
4 years ago

Just so, but it’s fun to watch the women compete. It’s the only time one can ogle the female form for extended periods without transgressing current social mores.

Callmelennie
Callmelennie
4 years ago

Want to get even more scientific sampling of the dominance of West Africans and their Western hemisphere descendants in the sprints — Wiki up “10 second barrier.” There you will find the list of all runners who have broken the ten second barrier in the 100 meter dash; listed in the order they did it. There are now 116 athletes who have done this; 113 of whom are from West or South Africa or who are descended from same. Of the remaining three, one is a Frenchman, one is Chinese and one has Australian aborigine ancestry ( another group that… Read more »

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
4 years ago

A few know and keep their mouths shut to for a variety of social and economic reasons. The majority though just goes along with it because its the mainstream orthodoxy they’ve been educated to and believe in. Its just the water people swim in. There’s also the matter of incentives; if you’re high enough up the ladder, even on the off chance you realize something, why exactly are you going to bother to rock the boat? Everyone with an incentive to change things is someone who has something to gain from overturning the current status quo in a way that… Read more »

fred z
Member
4 years ago

Interesting post and comments, but why does nobody deal with the statistical arguments and questions from Sailer and John Derbyshire? Because genetics appears mostly to be a form of chemical statistics, and the issues are how many blacks are physically gifted at and how many are mentally useless at y, all in comparison to whites, chinese etc. etc. Because I know some pretty sharp hard working black guys and some god awful stupid feckless whites. There is also the issue of proportions. What I see is a small number of specially gifted people guiding a larger number of otherwise gifted… Read more »

Kudzu Bob
Kudzu Bob
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Reply to  fred z
4 years ago

“Because I know some pretty sharp hard working black guys and some god awful stupid feckless whites.”

Arguing from the exception is no way to go through life.

“Can we do without schmucks? Who’s going to mow my lawn?”

Well, you could pay a neighbor’s kid a few bucks to trim your grass, which is how a lot of lawns used to get mowed, according to scholars of ancient history. Or given that you think that only schmucks–i.e., foolish or contemptible persons–perform physical labor, you should mow it yourself, since you appear to be qualified.

Marina
Marina
Reply to  Kudzu Bob
4 years ago

Nobody in the cloud does their own scut work any more. They eat in restaurants, they pay people to watch their kids and fix their stuff and drive then to the airport and everything else. I blame it on cheap labor encouraging laziness

Kudzu Bob
Kudzu Bob
Member
Reply to  Marina
4 years ago

Our desire for cheap labor will be our downfall, no question about it.

OfayCat
OfayCat
Reply to  fred z
4 years ago

The evidence is all around you. Intelligent white guys with good impulse control, built, designed, discovered, created, managed, grew and developed the modern world we enjoy today. It was NOT a women who designed the dishwasher, it was NOT a negro that invented ah … well pretty everything …. medicine, chemistry, engineering, smart phones etc …. central heat, automobiles, airplanes … television … I could go one, but you get the idea …. White men have been, at least up until now, the superior animal on planet earth. And now we are supposed to be embarrassed and feel guilty about… Read more »

el_baboso
Member
4 years ago

Late to a great conversation. There are undoubtedly thought leaders. Do they communicate and coordinate enough to constitute an inner party? Is there a set of agreed upon goals? It’s all pretty opaque and while I can infer some things from journal articles and news stories, I probably don’t really know enough to give an unqualified yes. Following Zman’s hypothesis — that this is a religion and is descended from late 1800’s American Protestantism — I would guess that they are effectively organized along the lines of American Protestant sects with different synods and factions constantly splitting off and coalescing.… Read more »

Casius Lucius
Casius Lucius
4 years ago

Modern life causes a lot of people to become mentally damaged, to become disconnected from reality. They may not be raving all the time, but they are insane none the less. Just like you can’t sit around all the time and not get physically weak, you can’t stay in a fantasy state permanently without becoming mentally weak.

Trimegistus
Trimegistus
4 years ago

Why do male Olympic athletes think it’s swell that women are competing? Simple: it means the Olympic Village is full of high-quality, perfectly-toned women. You think they want to be stuck banging chubby local fangirls?