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July 29, 2003

Atlas of the Brain

Just listened to an interview about the "Atlas of the Brain" on THE WORLD on PRI. Check out the atlas' website. You can listen to the full interview here. GNXP readers can pick up a mild HBD angle at around 2 minutes & 40 seconds, when the interviewer asks about the contrasts in the multi-nation survey, Dr. John Maziotta responds that there are "...differences between Asian brains and European brains...brains in Asian populations tend to be spherical...European brains tend to be more elongated...this must be some aspect of evolution and how the genetics of the brain determine its shape and structure...." My initial thought was that Europeans are more dolichocephalic and Asians are more bachycephalic, long-headed vs. short-headed, but this seems like too simple of an answer. Note how even "liberal" mainstream commentators express interest in differences no matter the party-line that race is a sociological construct.

Posted by razib at 02:46 PM