canadien photographer françois brunelle has a neat project/exhibit/book going called I’m Not a Look-Alike! in which he photographs pairs of people who look alike but who are not relatives — at least not as far as they are aware.
i love these two men from munich:
it would be sooo cool to check these people’s genomes out to see if they are crypto cousins or not. i betcha many of them are! especially the individuals from the same areas.
many of brunelle’s subjects seem to be from montreal/quebec, and since the number of founding french canadians was so small (ca. 6000), it’s not surprising that there should be a lot of doppelgangers in that population, since they really ARE all (relatively speaking) closely related! here are a pair of doppelgangers from montreal:
(jayman posted a couple of links here on the blog once to two french-american politicians, one in canada and one in new england, who look very much alike, but i can’t find his comment now. dr*t! jayman…?)
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All Human Behavioral Traits are Heritable – from jayman. (<< read this!)
John Derbyshire’s Vade Mecum For Diversity Conversations (<< read this, too!)
Male Superiority in Spatial Navigation: Adaptation or Side Effect?
Why Girls Do Better in School – “Why do girls get better grades in elementary school than boys, even when they perform worse on standardized tests?” – basically ’cause they behave better in the classroom (but you knew that already, didn’t you?).
White murder rates by state – from the awesome epigone.
‘Universal’ personality traits don’t necessarily apply to isolated indigenous people – “Researchers who spent two years looking at 1,062 members of the Tsimane culture found that they didn’t necessarily exhibit the five broad dimensions of personality – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism – also known as the ‘Big Five.’”
Dopamine-receptor gene variant linked to human longevity – “[S]tudy finds genetic tie to personality traits influencing healthy aging.”
War Before Civilization – from greg cochran.
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Growing your own merchant class – “To explain the high incidence of Tay-Sachs among Ashkenazi Jews, some authors have invoked heterozygote advantage…. A similar situation may have developed in eastern Quebec, where the relative scarcity of British and American merchants made it easier for French Canadians to enter occupations that required literacy, numeracy, and future time orientation.” — cool! from peter frost.
A slower mutation rate has implications… and here they are – “Researchers have long used an autosomal mutation rate for humans that was based on a calibration of the split between humans and chimps…. More recently, a variety of studies using a variety of techniques (latest one from ASHG 2012) all came up with a rate that is about half that value.” — important stuff from dienekes.
Learning faster with neurodegenerative disease – “People who bear the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease learn faster than healthy people. The more pronounced the mutation was, the more quickly they learned.”
Eating disorders and the extreme female brain – @the breviary.
Were you Assimilable? – superb post from m.g. over @those who can see!
How early social deprivation impairs long-term cognitive function – “Social isolation during early life prevents the cells that make up the brain’s white matter from maturing and producing the right amount of myelin….”
Soapy taste of coriander linked to genetic variants – “Dislike of herb traced to genes encoding odour and taste receptors.”
Looking at you: Face genes identified – “5 genes have been found to determine human facial shapes.” — see also Police could create image of suspect’s face from DNA.
The Return of the Ugly, Racist Pseudoscientist with a Small Penis – kanazawa’s back. (~_^) via steve sailer.
bonus: GM corn loses its edge against pests – “Corn rootworms in the US may have developed resistance to a protective chemical made by a genetically modified corn.”
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