Stupid thing to post about….

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This is an FAQ entry to address complaints about the posting material that shows up on GNXP. The title of the blog is GENE EXPRESSION, and its general mantra is to inject biological science, especially evolutionary theory, into public & social policy in as frank, direct and honest way possible (ergo, we break taboos, especially in areas like race). We like to hover around topics like evolutionary psychology, behavorial genetics & population genetics. Neverthelss, sometimes we post on things that aren’t quite related to these topics. Why?

This is a vanity site-and though we promote some general viewpoints (as espoused by almost everyone I give an account to)-the importance of biology, the primacy of reason & evidence above faith and political expedience, and so on, the major thrust is to encourage debate and enjoy ourselves. We don’t get paid or compensated for our time in any way aside from the enjoyment we take in exchanging ideas with others and establishing a forum for intelligent and often light-hearted conversation. The personal interest of bloggers will show up many times-for instance, I tend to post a lot on religion, history and the like, as well as having an unnatural fixation on what I feel are the distortions and political usages of the AIDS epidemic. Most of these posts fall under the category of “benign neglect” from most GNXP readers who humor my more esoteric inclinations.

On the other hands, posts that deal in “hotties” and the like tended to be objectionable and irritable to some readers, while political topics that are polarizing (church/state separation, immigration, israel, etc.) tend to turn-off many. But again, the site is in large part about the interests of the posters on GNXP. Most of us (not all, but most) are libertarianish males in our 20s or in nearby political & chronological neighborhoods, so our interest in the ladies and politics slips through-though we are centrally tied by our fascination with biology & our species. If you were given a forum to post your thoughts to a non-trivial number of individuals on a whim, you’d probably go “off message” on occasion now and then. To those who find it irritating, you can skip those entries, or leave the site, it’s up to you, after all, no one is forcing to click & browse. Most of the other entries you find interesting though in my opinion are not diminished by the lighter fare that we top off this site with.

15 Comments

  1. >> If i get any requests (from the 10-20% of female GNXP readers), I’ll post some sports stars or something and cobble together a transparent segueway. > well, I’m going to post on the dominance of women in academia soon, if that makes amends.

  2. >> If i get any requests (from the 10-20% of female GNXP readers), I’ll post some sports stars or something and cobble together a transparent segueway.

    Only 10-20% of us, eh? How did you arrive at that estimate? (And I like the term segueway – an interesting amalgam of segue and Segway. Are you monitoring our stability as you develop a transitional phrase?) Sports stars? Egh. The brain alone is quite sufficient for me.

    >> well, I’m going to post on the dominance of women in academia soon, if that makes amends.

    No amends are necessary. I quite enjoy the spectacle of extremely smart men going bonkers over babes. However, as a woman in academia, I would very interested in such a post.

  3. Well, I’m going to have to re-iterate my request to find the most multi-ethnic person on the planet. And, as I’m a helpful sort of chap, I’ve compiled a list of pictures of multi-ethnic people. Given that they’re not models and just ‘ordinary people’, the aesthetic standard is amazingly high.

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    And for 10-20% of GNXP readers…
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    …..and on a related note: If multi-ethnic people are more attractive, are inbred people uglier?
    I believe have found the definative answer to the question. In the old South Africa, many remote rural white communities were forced by the anti-miscegenation laws to marry close relatives. The handsome brothers pictured here are the result of this policy. As you can see, they are exceptionally good looking individuals. The one on the left could pass for Tom Cruise, while the one on the right bears a striking resemblance to Dennis Quaid.

  4. I forgot to mention that all of the multi-ethnic people above have ancestors from three or more continents or races

  5. I’m sure there’s some non-celebrity somewhere whose bewlidering ancestry would give them the title, but among celebrities and other famous sorts I’ll nominate Whoopi Goldberg, who claims african-german-jewish-chinese ancestry. She would also lend credence to the idea that being multiracial increases the variance in attractiveness but might or might not increase the average…

  6. Links to pages on Mixed Folks never work.

  7. Haha. Well I’ve been told that Whoopi is rather charismatic if you meet her in person, even if her looks don’t rock your world.

    Jason, drag the link to an open IE window (i.e. one behind this comment box) and it should work.

  8. Iceland, pretty homogeneous, always seems to have top contestants in the Miss World pagent (though it’s called Miss Universe I think that’s an exaggeration–earthlings have totally dominated the competition since inception).

  9. A couple days ago I noticed that at the bottom of the gnxp page there was a list of sites linking in and how many had linked in from those sites. I thought that was bump’n. But now it’s gone. Could we get it back, please?

  10. Also, are you sure the evolutionary psychology link under Posts by Category is linked to the right threads? It all seems to be about love and sex.

  11. Never mind about the evolutionary psychology quesiton. It’s all there in the right place, I guess.

  12. “Does anyone want me to make up those figures again for the Lewontin refutation?”

    Yes, please

  13. I like the variety of topics. I’ve described this blog to other people as “it’s like going out with a bunch of smart guys for beer and listening to what they talk about.”

  14. The handsome brothers pictured here are the result of this policy. As you can see, they are exceptionally good looking individuals.

    Thanks for posting that link; I’d been looking for that photo for a while. Not for any serious-minded purposes, mind you.

    I had no idea they were South African. They used to be on a page entitled The Dang Inbred Redneck Brothers, which got yanked some time ago, so I figured they were from West Virginia or something.

    Apologies to any Southern readers: I’m not trying to stereotype y’all. Inbreeding isn’t exactly unknown up here in DamnYankeeLand; northern Maine is as scary as any desolate holler down South might be.

  15. Inbreeding isn’t exactly unknown up here in DamnYankeeLand; northern Maine is as scary as any desolate holler down South might be.
    That answers my question about Maine here: http://www.gnxp.com/MT2/archives/000794.html

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