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1 A Sockpuppet's Sockpuppet  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 7:03:16pm

"Perhaps I was too harsh on the “race realists” in my previous video."

No matter how useful defining races in general is, there is no limit on how harsh "race realists" should be treated.

2 Bob Levin  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 11:11:46pm

The Victorian idea of races was based purely on appearance, and this eventually became more sophisticated with the idea of genes and the work of Mendel. The scientific direction that followed was not exactly enlightened.

However, there's a new view of a human in town, the Microbiome--and this is promising. There is almost no research on the way that DNA interacts with the individual human ecosystem. This may also take medicine in new directions.

3 researchok  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 1:28:34am

This is an excellent presentation/overview.

TY

4 CuriousLurker  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:07:57am

re: #3 researchok

Seconded.

5 calochortus  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 10:12:16am

Always nice to see a smackdown of racism, "scientific" or otherwise.

6 SidewaysQuark  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 1:31:01pm

The whole concept of race (in reality a spectrum, not a set of "divisions") is treated ridiculously in America. "Hispanic" (not really a "race" at all) has its own division, whereas everyone from Indians to Japanese is considered "Asian"? What the hell does that even mean? Most Hispanics are more genetically similar to Europeans than the wide divisions in genetic heritage that classify "Asians". The very system of classification is racist to start with. /rant off (for now)

7 wrenchwench  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 1:35:55pm

re: #6 SidewaysQuark

The whole concept of race (in reality a spectrum, not a set of "divisions") is treated ridiculously in America. "Hispanic" (not really a "race" at all) has its own division, whereas everyone from Indians to Japanese is considered "Asian"? What the hell does that even mean? Most Hispanics are more genetically similar to Europeans than the wide divisions in genetic heritage that classify "Asians". The very system of classification is racist to start with. /rant off (for now)

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