June 17, 2006

JPod's contribution to statistics & genetics

Many people can't see beyond John Podhoretz's oafish exterior and thuggish behavior, such as sending Philip Weiss an email entitled "Look Out!" that read only "We know where you live!" Yet, Podhoretz's contributions to world culture include being responsible for the invention of the word "Podenfreude," which was coined by his coworkers at the Washington Times to describe their delight in their weekly ritual of gathering around in JPod's absence and laughing while one of them read aloud his sublimely awful column.

Nor do many people realize that Podhoretz, the scion of a distinguished intellectual family, has contributed to the further development of a concept in statistical analysis first explored by Francis Galton by being the world's greatest living exemplar of "regression beneath the mean."

My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer

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