Everybody Is Hurt When Journalists Confuse Science with Politics

Helmuth Nyborg, Dispatch International, November 29, 2012

A few days ago, the journalist Niklas Orrenius published an article in the Swedish newspaper Expressen (November 25, 2012—The scandal will pursue Sverigedemokraterne). The story was that “racism and extremism” flourish in party. According to Orrenius, this is seen most clearly in the SD’s [Swedish Democrats’] decision to send free copies of Dispatch International to all party members. Expressen’s journalist is particularly aghast at Dispatch International’s September 20 issue, which carried an article by me.

Orrenius reports that racism is reflected in five statements from the article: 1) Immigrants are “korkade”, i.e. stupid; 2) Massive low-IQ immigration makes Sweden’s national average IQ drop; 3) Democracy is rarely seen in countries with an average IQ lower than 90; 4) Massive low-IQ but high-fertility immigration to Europe and USA combined with the low fertility of the native populations will cause average intelligence to drop in both geographic areas; 5) In primordial times, cold winters eliminated the weak and less intelligent but the modern welfare state reverses this natural selection process and causes the gene pool to decay.

This, according to Expressen, is pure racism and extremism, and for that reason no other political party in Sweden would ever touch Dispatch International with a barge pole. To stress his point, Orrenius adds that “all established parties now despise the SD even more”.

This journalistic treatment is interesting because it targets a scientific report, published after anonymous specialist peer-review in a professional international journal, which was the basis of my article in Dispatch International. If the scientific observations in my article are correct, as I believe they are, the Swedish public should be made aware of them. That is not likely to happen as long as Expressen and all other leading Swedish newspapers only see racism and extremism in inconvenient scientific reports.

To test the validity of Niklas Orrenius’ accusations of racism, we will take a look at whether he either: 1) misunderstands, 2) cannot count, 3) is scientifically illiterate, 4) is ignorant of recent demographics, or 5) simply doesn’t understand the consequences of evolution—or is perhaps guilty of all these errors combined.

I have neither said nor meant that immigrants are “korkade” or stupid. To the contrary, I have carefully differentiated among immigrants according to their 235 nations of origin and then categorized them according to whether they come from high-IQ countries (Western) or low-IQ countries (non-Western). I have noted that most immigrants to Europe come from non-Western countries (60 percent in the case of Denmark). I have acknowledged that literally hundreds of solid studies confirm that IQ is up to 80 percent genetic, that IQ is the most stable behavioral trait ever measured in psychology, that IQ differences have been documented to be stable over a lifetime in individuals, across individuals, over multiple generations, and across nations. I have reported that IQ is close to normally distributed in all known populations. This means that even in a very low-IQ immigrant group, there most likely will be a few very high IQ individuals. In light of this, it is simply poor journalism to claim that Dispatch International promotes the idea that immigrants are stupid, and the jury is still out on whether Orrenius deliberately misled his readers, simply misunderstood, or perhaps was too lazy to check the relevant scientific facts.

Second, Expressen’s journalist demonstrates a lack of numerical skills and seems unable to understand that low-IQ immigration will inevitably lower Swedish average IQ—and more so the more low-IQ immigrants Sweden takes in. To see this as racism is to acknowledge that he does not know that all well-standardized IQ tests are “color”-blind. Another point is that low IQ has been amply demonstrated to create troubles for all affected individuals and nations—irrespective of race, color or creed. We know that even in the most gifted immigrant groups (i.e. North East Asian or Jews) there will be a few low-IQ individuals, statistically speaking of course, and we see that they encounter problems much like those low-IQ Swedes run into. These, and many other facts, are well documented in countless studies. Anybody who can count and read knows that.

Third, the Finnish researcher Tutu Vanhanen (Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Tampere) has analyzed the quality of democracy in multiple countries and noted that democracy is absent in almost all nations with average IQs below 90. Instead of accusing people of racism, Expressenshould present this essential demographic information in large print on its front page. That would give Swedish politicians and intellectuals reason to ponder what implications the current massive low-IQ immigration will have for Swedish democracy and the open society.

Fourth, demographic studies have recently begun to include IQ as a parameter. We know that Sweden is a high-IQ area (the most recent estimate is IQ 98.6), and that Swedes have a replacement rate far below the 2.1 children per woman necessary to maintain the population. When we combine this knowledge with another observation—that low-IQ people have more children than high-IQ people (at least since the year 1850)—it is easily seen that there will in future be fewer gifted Swedes in the world. Generally, non-Western immigrants have lower IQ and higher fertility rates than Swedes. The end result is that low-IQ individuals will eventually form a majority in former Swedish territories—most likely before the end of the century, as the tendency seems to be exponentially accelerating. A population dynamic like this will reduce average Swedish IQ to a point where democracy may no longer be tenable. Instead of talking about racism, Expressen should highlight this story and ask the people responsible for an explanation.

Fifth, to realize what all this means for the future of Sweden, it is necessary to have some knowledge of evolutionary theory and combine this with behavior genetics. Unfortunately, many people seem to have a hard time understanding that the genetic potential for high IQ was originally harshly selected for in cold areas of the world, in particular in the far North, and that this would go some way towards explaining the massive North-South differences in national IQs and GDP. For some it is impossible to realize that massive low-IQ immigration will reverse this selection process. They tend to consider it a moral issue, and refuse to acknowledge that this development comes at a price—to be paid by future generations.

These observations pose a final but rather important question about ethics: Why does Expressen scream “racism” instead of reporting the data needed for an objective perspective? Could it be that the paper is oversensitive to the opinion of leading politicians?

Or perhaps Expressen’s journalist thinks it is great fun, and also good for his personal promotion, to accuse academics of bad science, racism, Nazism or extreme right-orientation? At least one Danish journalist (Jørgen Ølgaard from the Danish Forskerforum) was candid enough to tell me that he thought it was such great fun. Even universities join in this witch-hunting over what they consider controversial research. They may lie and misinform, but you will never hear them admit that they were driven by political correctness.

To give an example (among many—see www.helmuthnyborg.dk, and in particular: The Greatest Collective Scientific Fraud), Dean Svend Hylleberg at the University of Aarhus in Denmark told the public that I had measured penis size in a developmental study. This was untrue. The director of my institute, professor Jens Mammen, lied to the university as well as to the public that children in my study were forced to be photographed nude, which made the study meaningless. Such photography is international standard procedure to determine the relationship between biological age and chronological age, but of course no force was ever applied. A third colleague, Pia Ankersen, lied to a local committee that I had refused to cooperate with her in connection with a publication on sex difference in intelligence, despite the fact that I had asked her four times previously for her cooperation. When presented with this series of lies, the chancellor of Aarhus University suspended me for scientific misconduct. However, after an independent committee concluded that the allegations were baseless, he had to back off. Instead he issued a grave warning about “highly inadequate and unacceptable” research. This warning loses all meaning in the face of the fact that prominent international science journals (all with anonymous peer-review) continue to publish my countless scientific publications and books, and that more than 40 of the leading international experts in the relevant scientific fields wrote critical letters to Chancellor Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, asking him to stop the witch hunt. The politically correct university administration could not have cared less. Instead they tried in vain to initiate an official disciplinary case against me for telling international colleagues about the university’s handling of the case. The final attack came when I was denied the usual emeritus status after leaving due to age. I was told that the university and I do not share the same “values”.

The witch-hunting of scientists who study individual and group differences in intelligence and personality, or who consider them from a demographic perspective, does not stop here. Critics accuse them of doing immoral and indecent science or initiate court cases against them. Others overwrite their Wikipedia pages. I am, for example, accused of administering sex hormones to improve the intelligence of women with chromosome anomalies. This is a blatant lie. Being a psychologist, I am not even permitted to prescribe hormones or any other medicine. I am even accused of courting Nazi circles, despite the fact that I have repeatedly stressed my absolute opposition to all totalitarian ideologies.

This entire affair is not about the truth but an attempt to discredit a researcher.

Ultimately, the victims will be the Swedes that are forced to live with their country’s bleak future—a fact that is deliberately withheld from them by the very people who created it.

[Editor's Note: The Dispatch International website was subject to a sophisticated hacking attack because of Prof. Nyborg's articles. There is evidence that the mainstream Swedish media were involved in the attack. Dispatch International has reported the attack to the police.]

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  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Of course, because science isn’t science. Like war is politics by any other means, science is politics by any other means.

    • i am

      Science has become a false religion – especially social science. Remember what O’Brien said to Winston Smith in “the place where there is no darkness”? He can make anything happen. He can float around the room if he wants to. That is basically what science has turned into. Whatever they say it is at the moment to benefit the party.

  • JackKrak

    Leftist Swedes, just like their American, British and Aussie cousins, have somehow achieved a bizarre combination of ignorance and arrogance in their approach to all things racial.
    They’d rather see their country in ruins that admit that they’ve been wrong all along.
    Too bad – Sweden is a beautiful country with (mostly) lovely people.

  • [email protected]

    “journalists” nowadays are just confused for the most part…

  • KD_Did

    Nyborg’s article and his rational defense of his own work seem beyond reproach to me. But to brainwashed multi culti radicals the facts and scientific evidence means nothing. Feelings and emotions over rule any rational discussion. To me this similar to how Darwin and Copernicus were silenced when the science didnt agree with social dogma. Liberalism has become a religion to many. There is also an attack on the freedom of speech and the press by yelling racism as a way to marginalize the magazine. The ONLY claim against any of what the article says is RACISM. sounds familiar and is getting really old.

  • libertarian 1234

    “This, according to Expressen, is pure racism and extremism, and for that reason no other political party in Sweden would ever touch Dispatch International with a barge pole.”
    I didn’t read anything that wasn’t true.

    How about stating a position in opposition instead of just screaming extremism or racism?

    He can’t, of course, factually refute anything he’s complaining about, unless he lies, so hurling insults is his only defense.

    The only racism and extremism evident is from the reporter of the story….or whatever he might consider himself.

    • JohnEngelman

      Insults are the refuge of those who cannot rely on facts and logical reasoning.

  • French_reader1

    Since Swedish academics want to silence Helmut Nyborg, their children will have to return to the “primordial times”, because there is certainly also a correlation between the mean IQ of a population and the presence of welfare.

    There’s no welfare in Brazil, but at least they don’t need complex heating systems.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Unfortunately this guy’s protests are all for naught. Once the “anti-racists” taste blood, they will never let up, no matter how good his arguments may be.

    • Sloppo

      Don’t be so negative. The Swedish PC cops seem to have most of the population afraid to speak openly about the obvious truth of what is happening in that country, but not everyone in Sweden is cowering in fear. There is a Swedish lady who is called Saga. She is easy on the eyes, sings well, and obviously loves her people. She isn’t afraid to defy the PC police, and she does it openly and often in her music (in English and Swedish). If a pretty little girl can do that in politically correct Sweden, the rest of us should be ashamed if we’re too fearful to stand up to the anti-racists (anti-white racists) as well. We owe it to God and our ancestors who created our civilization, and we owe it to our descendants who depend on us for their future.

    • i am

      Truth hurts the racist-anti-racists. Truth is their Kryptonite.

      • Sloppo

        Bingo. Verifiable facts which pertain to race are things which they simply can’t handle. If you want to see their heads asplode, provide verifiable USDOJ statistical information as referenced in “The Color of Crime”.

    • JohnEngelman

      The better the argument is, the more intense are the efforts to suppress it.

  • Terry

    ‘They tend to consider it a moral issue, and refuse to acknowledge that
    this development comes at a price—to be paid by future generations.’
    The future generations will be the same as the immigrants with low IQ’s so it won’t matter will it. No one will notice.

  • Maelstrom

    “Unfortunately, many people seem to have a hard time understanding that the genetic potential for high IQ was originally harshly selected for in cold areas of the world, in particular in the far North, and that this would go some way towards explaining the massive North-South differences in national IQs and GDP”

    This is an unproven statement. Specially the far north part. What or where is that “far north” placement? If it is from the Mediterranean sea (versus the equator) and upwards then perhaps i could agree. If it is what nordicists state as the place they traditionally lived then i’m afraid historical proofs discredit that thesis. Historically, the period these nordicists take as the era of domination by nordic people is anecdotical compared to the glorious era when mediterranean civilizations (from 1100 BC to 1600 AC) took place or reigned: from the ancient sumerian tribes, through the Hellenic and Roman period, to the Renaissance (Italy, Spain and Portugal).

    • The__Bobster

      During the Ice Ages, the Mediterrean had a climate similar to the far north of today.

      • Maelstrom

        But then again during the Ice Ages the cultural differences between people from the south (being concise, between the two tropics) and the North (Europe) were irrelevant. Neither of them at that stage of history (or pre-history) invented or discovered anything of relative importance. We have to wait again til the explosion of agriculture and writing invention which took place at the time i’ve already stated to observe what we could assevere as the beginning of those grounding and fundamental distinctions.

    • JohnEngelman

      If cold weather bred a people for superior intelligence the Neanderthals would have been more intelligent than the Cro Magnons who displaced them, and who had much more recently migrated out of Africa.

      Urban civilization breeds a people for superior intelligence. Men who are able to become merchants, money lenders, government officials, artists and so on live better lives than laborers and are able to have more children who survive and reproduce.

      The superior intelligence of the Ashkenazi Jews can be explained by the fact that since their dispersal from Judea and Galilee by the Romans during the second century AD they have been an urban people.

      • Anders

        Maybe one could call the Ashkenazi Jews ‘an urban people with a focus’; however in the vast majority of cities (most likely, all modern cities) all that can be seen generally is a mixture high-salary-professionals living in inner-city high-rises, inner-city hipsters living in the ‘nightclub locale’, the ‘week-to-week strugglers’ with low to regular jobs and the drug and alcohol addicted dregs.
        I’d venture to say that not many of them might have read a book lately, especially the inner-city professionals, whose idea of recreation is some chemical powder mixed in a cocktail paid for through the nose.

        • Maelstrom

          This is contrary to evidence from historical data and it still doesn’t refute what i said before: that industrial revolution is only a recent event (in anthropological terms) which pales in comparison to the duration of mediterranean civilizations and greek thinking leap from mythos to logos (logical reasoning). And believe me, i’ve read some outrageous claimings in webs and publications before ( http://www.theapricity.com/earlson/history/hellas.htm and its rebuttal http://dienekes.awardspace.com/articles/karlearlson/ and this quite ridiculous page http://aryannordicalpinealiens.blogspot.com.es/2008/10/greeks.html ) about the nordic element which is the supposed cause that originated the flourishment of these civilizations. Further it is contrary to common sense; I explain why: if rise of civilizations is caused by some nordic component in populations, then why these nordic people didn’t create some kind of important cultural revolution in their place of origin before migrating to the warmer and gentler climates of the mediterranean? Is it that these magnificent quality that nordics possess only activates when in warmer localizations (sic)? But then, isn’t it precisely contrary to the previous hipothesis that cold and harshly areas selected for higher iq’s? Hence, it is much more plausible that nordic tribes who settled down in warmer regions of europe simply adapted to a culture stablished previously before. Herodotus and roman ‘historiators’ are a good example of what really happened in those days about greek and roman conquest: when travelling to northern regions romans and greeks were the conquerors and the enlighteners, not the other way round.

          And this we can extrapolate to more recent times, for example til middle ages and renaissance era. When Roman Empire fell, germanic tribes moved down through the continent to what was the Roman Empire extension: franks, visigoths, ostrogoths, suebis, lombards, vandals, alans, &c. Their contribution versus roman empire in thinking, philosophy, science, etc. was near nil. Even muslim science was greater. Then thanks to contact with muslim copyists who stole and copy the contributions made by greeks and romans in places arabs conquered (for example, Alexandria and Egypt, mainland Greece and Turkey and southeast Europe, the most part of Spain, or south Italy) monks compiled all that knowledge which finally seed on what we call Renaissance.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        Neanderthals did have an average brain size larger than Cro-Magnon. And it would seem that they were cross-bred into one new race (resulting in us Euro-descendants) – more of a merging of two races into one, rather than outright extinction of one; Neanderthal genes still exist.

        Racial merging probably happens near as often as racial splitting (a necessary step to speciation), especially in a time of environmental stress, or low population.

        • JohnEngelman

          Although whites and Asians have a few Neanderthal genes the vast majority of genes that are uniquely human are of humans who were living in Africa 70,000 years ago, and who looked much more like Negroes than Nordics.

          The parts of the brain that were larger in Neanderthals are those parts that determined reflexes and coordination. The frontal lobes, that determine conscious thought, were smaller.

          Paleontologists believe that the Neanderthals were less intelligent than the Cro Magnons who were descended from ancestors who had left Africa much more recently because the Neanderthals had less varied stone tool kits, and they did not seem to plan for the future, or practice trade.

          Miscegenation is beneficial in the long run. When two races merge the good genes are the ones that endure.

    • Mr Borksson

      The ancient greek city states were founded by people who wandered down from north of the black sea. They werent as mediterranian as you think they were. It is worth pointing out that despite all their cultural achievements, the ancient mediterranians never managed to amass the heap of basic scientific knowledge that was required for the industrial revolution. That was something northen europeans managed to do, something that no other tribe of people ever had done before.

    • Mr Borksson

      The ancient greek city states were founded by people who wandered down from north of the black sea. They werent as mediterranian as you think they were. It is worth pointing out that despite all their cultural achievements, the ancient mediterranians never managed to amass the heap of basic scientific knowledge that was required for the industrial revolution. That was something northen europeans managed to do, something that no other tribe of people ever had done before.

      • Maelstrom

        This is contrary to evidence from historical data and it still doesn’t refute what i said before: that industrial revolution is only a recent event (in anthropological terms) which pales in comparison to the duration of mediterranean civilizations and greek thinking leap from mythos to logos (logical reasoning). And believe me, i’ve read some outrageous claimings in webs and publications before ( http://www.theapricity.com/ear… and its rebuttalhttp://dienekes.awardspace.com… and this quite ridiculous pagehttp://aryannordicalpinealiens… ) about the nordic element which is the supposed cause that originated the flourishment of these civilizations. Further it is contrary to common sense; I explain why: if rise of civilizations is caused by some nordic component in populations, then why these nordic people didn’t create some kind of important cultural revolution in their place of origin before migrating to the warmer and gentler climates of the mediterranean? Is it that these magnificent quality that nordics possess only activates when in warmer localizations (sic)? But then, isn’t it precisely contrary to the previous hipothesis that cold and harshly areas selected for higher iq’s? Hence, it is much more plausible that nordic tribes who settled down in warmer regions of europe simply adapted to a culture stablished previously before. Herodotus and roman ‘historiators’ are a good example of what really happened in those days about greek and roman conquest: when travelling to northern regions romans and greeks were the conquerors and the enlighteners, not the other way round.

        And this we can extrapolate to more recent times, for example til middle ages and renaissance era. When Roman Empire fell, germanic tribes moved down through the continent to what was the Roman Empire extension: franks, visigoths, ostrogoths, suebis, lombards, vandals, alans, &c. Their contribution versus roman empire in thinking, philosophy, science, etc. was near nil. Even muslim science was greater. Then thanks to contact with muslim copyists who stole and copy the contributions made by greeks and romans in places arabs conquered (for example, Alexandria and Egypt, mainland Greece and Turkey and southeast Europe, the most part of Spain, or south Italy) monks compiled all that knowledge which finally seed on what we call Renaissance.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I have a friend who is Swedish but lives in and loves America. Her son lives in Sweden. She says the young people of that country are becoming very outspoken against the muslims.

    • JohnEngelman

      According to liberal dogma proximity with another racial or ethnic group dispels prejudice and negative stereotypes. That is only true if the other racial group is intelligent and law abiding, like Jews and Orientals. If the other racial group is prone to crime, religious bigotry, and/or terrorism, proximity dispels the acceptance of liberal dogma.

      • Caracal

        Correction:

        That is only true if the other racial group is intelligent and doesn’t get caught, like Jews and Orientals.

        Nice try Engelman, but it’s not here that you’ll teach old dogs
        new tricks. And take your stinking paws off that puppy in your pic already !

        • JohnEngelman

          Because of their high average intelligence Jews and Orientals can, and nearly always do, earn good incomes legally.

          • IstvanIN

            Then why can’t they stay in their own countries?

          • JohnEngelman

            No country can have too many people with high IQs. Every country benefits from the their immigration.

    • NorthernWind

      That’s a common theme in Europe actually. It’s the next generation who aren’t worried about their pensions and maintaining the illusion that the society is healthy who will change the world.

  • i m

    “…democracy is absent in almost all nations with average IQs below
    90.”

    Giving everyone a chance to vote is stupid. Why should people who don’t know anything be given a vote? Democracy never last.

    • NorthernWind

      I’m inclined to agree. All societies need a natural aristocracy, not a bunch of unprincipled sociopaths who lie just to fulfill their pathological desire to rule and feel important. Giving everyone the “right” to vote allows these kinds of people to hold onto power. The average person is too ignorant and often too unintelligent to elect competent and principled people.

      • Blaak Obongo

        All societies need a natural aristocracy…

        I’d be inclined to agree with you, were it not that almost all modern Western aristocracies are limousine-liberal to the core.

    • IstvanIN

      Universal suffrage is the death of a republic.

    • fsagas

      Democracies destroy themselves. The masses never think beyond themselves.

  • JohnEngelman

    Orrenius reports that racism is reflected in five statements from the article: 1) Immigrants are “korkade”, i.e. stupid; 2) Massive low-IQ immigration makes Sweden’s national average IQ drop; 3) Democracy is rarely seen in countries with an average IQ lower than 90; 4) Massive low-IQ but high-fertility immigration to Europe and USA combined with the low fertility of the native populations will cause average intelligence to drop in both geographic areas.

    - Helmuth Nyborg, Dispatch International, November 29, 2012

    In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

    - George Orwell

  • William Andrew Summers

    “40… international experts…wrote…letters” This brings to mind the 45 international experts who wrote letters in 1990 in defense of the late Professor J. Philippe Rushton of the University of Western Ontario. It would be of lasting value to have such letters accessible online. What
    precisely is the barrier to that, given that the letters were written for open exhibit and not as
    personal correspondence?

  • Gep

    This highlights what I said in the article published here today where some NYTimes hack trashed Thomas Jefferson: let-wing nutzis HATE science. From Suzuki’s “we’ve got to cover up the truth because it effects people’s lives” to this Swedish airhead, left-wingers make it plain that they hate the truth and are always at war with reality.

  • Kevin Foy

    Read about what the Swedes did in the thirty years war. They’re a nation of nutters, we should be glad to be rid of them. Think what they’ll be like in a hundreds time when they’re running the other way round.