Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Don't Think About That, It's Politically Incorrect!

      Is there a genetic basis for race?

      OF COURSE THERE IS, MORON!  IF THERE WEREN'T, THEN WHITE PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE WHITE CHILDREN, BLACK PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE BLACK CHILDREN, AND SO ON!

      Ok, but aside from the identifiable differences in appearance that are what we mean by "race," are there, on the average, any other genetic differences between the races?

      Probably.  Random mutation, selection pressure and genetic drift will tend to establish slightly different genepools.  After all, if there weren't average genetic differences, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE DIFFERENCES IN APPEARANCE WE CALL RACE!.

      So, granted that there are differences in gene pools, what are they, what do the different genes do, and are there any useful correlations between "race" and other things, such as genetic disease?

      Bad Doggy, don't think about that!  The New York Times has a story today about this, and it appears the question is "an 'explosive issue.'"  We musn't ask about correlations, say some scientists.

      And why not?  Quothe Dr. Troy Duster, a sociologist at New York University:
"Once you enter this realm of saying some diseases are more common in this or that group, the popular imagination will ask what else is more common," like behavioral differences, Dr. Duster suggested.

      The unspoken part, which really shouldn't be mentioned: don't research this because we're afraid we know what the answer will be, and we wouldn't like that answer.  This is what the modern world calls science.


THE SAUDS MUST BE DESTROYED!

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