December 15, 2017

About “The Alternative Hypothesis”

Welcome to our site! Here at TheAlternativeHypothesis.org, you can find an alternative to the status quo perspective on issues like race and diversity. We take empirical evidence very seriously, so expect a lot of it. Anyway, here is a quick Q&A addressing common questions people have about the site.

What is the “core issues” menu?

Many topics that we write about have to be addressed countless times. Because of this, we have created a set of “core issue” articles which deal with such topics. Broadly speaking, these articles fall into two kinds of categories. On the one hand, we have broad overview articles which briefly explain our views on topics such as ethnic diversity, race and crime, race and intelligence, etc. We also have narrower articles which deal with single issues in greater depth. Both kinds of articles can be accessed by selecting a topic from our “core issues” tab.

Our hope is that these articles will not only be useful to newcomers but will also serve as references for others who debate these topics online.

Isn’t this site racist garbage?

When trying to come up for an expose to avoid dealing with the arguments on this site, some people call us “racist”. This site is mostly in the business of making factual statements and empirical arguments. As such, it is only “racist” to the degree that facts and numbers are “racist”. Stating that something is racist doesn’t make it not true.

We do not advocate genocide, slavery, or any other kind of “supremacist” action. So, if that is what you mean by “racist” then we are not it. On the other hand, we do endorse the factual statements, supported by a wealth of scientific evidence, that human populations differ in socially important ways for genetic reasons and that racial diversity does a great deal of societal harm. We also defend the prescriptive statement that White nations have just as much of a right as Asian or African nations to defend themselves from demographic displacement. If you think that is “racist” then fine, we are racist. Now explain why we are wrong.

This site has non-peer reviewed articles. Why should I trust them?

This website is not an academic journal. As such, while articles are often discussed with peers prior to being published, they are not put through a formal process of peer review. As is covered in our “core issue” article on peer review, peer review wasn’t around for most of the history of science, literally meaningless fake papers have passed peer review, and experiments have shown that peer review normally fails to catch basic errors in submitted papers.

You can’t assume that an argument or analysis is sound just because it passed peer review. Conversely, you obviously cannot assume that an argument or analysis is not sound just because it was not peer-reviewed.

Ultimately, we don’t ask you to trust us. We link to all of our sources and anyone can perform all the statistical analyses we do with the same data we do with free software from home. So no, you should not trust us. Rather, you should critically evaluate our arguments based on reason and evidence, just as you should anyone else’s.

Is this website “alt-right”?

The “alt-right” rose to prominence sometime between 2014 and 2016. While we did not start this website until 2016, both of us who run this site (Sean Last and Ryan Faulk) were writing about racial issues considerably before 2014. (Sean started in 2009 and Ryan started in 2007). We were doing this before the alt-right was a thing.

That being said, we exist within the online community of people which has become the alt-right, we know many people who run notable alt-right sites, and our ideology exists within the alt-right if one has a “big tent” conception of the movement.

 

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