September 23rd, 2015
|01:58 pm - New Black Panther comic written by Ta-Nehisi Coates|
These days, I pretty much only read comics by Marvel and occasional indie comics, mostly written by Warren Ellis, I haven't seen anything I really liked by DC for more than a year. When I go to my local comic store today, I'm going to add another Marvel title to my box - a new run of the Black Panther comic, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I had no idea Coates was into comics (or as the article mentions D&D), but I do know he's written painfully honest and deeply excellent articles about race in the US. Here are two of his best: The Case For Reparations, and his more recent piece Between the World and Me.
A decade ago, I read Reginald Hudlin's run of Black Panther a decade ago and liked it, especially the issues which involved Black Panther spending time with pretty much every other black super, but I'm expecting this new series to be even better, and perhaps at times a bit painful to read - we have a very long way to go wrt race in the US.
I remember that ages ago you wrote quite a cogent comment over on my journal about why twin studies were useless.
Sadly, I now can't find it.
Is there any chance you could either point me towards a decent article on it, or write a post yourself explaining it?
(I keep bumping into twin study stuff, and I'd like to be able to point people at a good explanation for why there are issues (or refresh my memory on it)).
If you aren't comfortable putting up a post on your own journal about it, I'd be happy to host it myself.
|Date:||November 2nd, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)|| |
I can't find that article I read and part of my argument was from talking to a friend who had read even more articles, but the basic idea is simple. There are only 2 types of twin studies possible - studies where they have been raised together, and studies where they haven't. The problem with the first sort of study is obvious, in addition to growing up in the same environment, there are cultural expectations in most of the world that identical twins are far more similar to one another than other siblings, and so similarities are expected.
The primary problem with the second sort of study is that identical twins who were adopted by different parents are exceedingly rare, so your sample size is terrible - my friend mentioned that he'd read in several places that there were less than 40 such cases which were in common use. Also, unless by chance you happen to find a pair of separate twins who don't know about one another, you can only work with twins who have encountered their twin, often years or even decades before, which again gives plenty of time for each twin to model their behavior off the other. In such cases, all you can reliably get is data about each twin from before they found the other (like standardized test scores and suchlike), and you still have the problems of exceedingly small sample sizes.