Thursday, January 11, 2007

Race site   posted by Razib @ 1/11/2007 08:05:00 PM

I've received several emails about this website, Understanding Race. Here is a article about the project. I don't have much to say, the readers of this blog can decompose assertions like this easily enough I assume:
The pattern of DNA across populations shows a nested subset. African populations harbor some alleles (gene variations) that are absent in non-African populations; however, all of the alleles that are common in non-African populations are also common in African populations.

The English here is peculiar. If African populations are more polymorphic, wouldn't it stand to reason that the common (derived) alleles in non-Africans must be less common in Africans? (since you can't have more than 100%?) In any case, loci such as MC1R invert this stark narrative. In attempting to replace an outmoded racial typology derived from Victorian imaginations and social contexts anti-racists construct their own ghostly strawmen which are a mirror of the old Platonic constructs.

I have little more to say than to exhort you to hold truth close to your hearts, the follies of the deceivers will then stand naked before you.

Update: Newsflash, Steve Hsu is evil.