linkfest – 07/01/12

Racism is Innate: The Human Brain Makes Unconscious Decisions Based on Ethnicity“Racism is hardwired into the brain and operates unconsciously because areas that detect ethnicity and control emotion are closely connected, according to scientists.” – original research article. see also How the brain views race.

CSIC recovers part of the genome of 2 hunter-gatherer individuals from 7,000 years ago“The DNA data, which represent the 1.34% and the 0.5% of both individuals total genome, show that they are not directly connected to current populations of the Iberian Peninsula. Iberians from the Mesolithic Period were closer to current populations of northern Europe, who could have assimilated part of the genetic legacy of these hunters-gatherers.”

Food and Porn as Supernormal Stimuli – from dennis mangan

Pottery 20,000 years old found in a Chinese cave“Pottery fragments found in a south China cave have been confirmed to be 20,000 years old, making them the oldest known pottery in the world, archaeologists say…. The findings … [refute] conventional theories that the invention of pottery correlates to the period about 10,000 years ago when humans moved from being hunter-gathers to farmers.” – original research article.

Steady studs, dysgenic dolls“Jayman found that among black men, the trend is neutral, while a pronounced dysgenic trend exists among black women. The story is similar among whites, although the dysgenic tilt among white women is gentler than it is among black women.” – from mr. a. epigone, esq.

The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains (part I) – read this!

also this!: Your Color Red Really Could Be My Blue“‘I would say recent experiments lead us down a road to the idea that we don’t all see the same colors,’ Neitz said. Another color vision scientist, Joseph Carroll of the Medical College of Wisconsin, took it one step further: ‘I think we can say for certain that people don’t see the same colors….'”

University of Pittsburgh study reveals moderate doses of alcohol increase social bonding in groups – cheers!

bonus: Phylogeny: Rewriting evolution“Tiny molecules called microRNAs are tearing apart traditional ideas about the animal family tree.”

bonus bonus: Low-carb diet burns the most calories in small study

bonus bonus bonus: Mysterious Fairy Circles Are ‘Alive’ – whoa.

bonus bonus bonus bonus: How presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline – cool!

bonus bonus bonus bonus bonus: Mumbai doctors remove 12.5cm-long worm from man’s eye – ewwww!

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30 Comments

  1. Bullshit. It doesn’t take into account the media role in shaping people’s perception of the different “races.” Study people living in isolated areas free of media influence and you will encounter people who are free a “racial” biases. People who are only curious, not prejudiced (based on preconceived notions brought to you by the media).

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  2. Yeah, HBD Chick, your whole list of links is curse word.

    Yeah! If you take a bunch of people who have never heard of Blacks, they won’t have any opinions on blacks.

    So there!

    Mao more than ever.

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  3. @synapticcohesion – “Study people living in isolated areas free of media influence and you will encounter people who are free a ‘racial’ biases.”

    yes. that’s why some brazilian tribes and andaman islanders shoot first and ask questions later.

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  4. “yes. that’s why some brazilian tribes and andaman islanders shoot first and ask questions later.”

    You don’t even specify your claims. I could accuse some peoples of eating newcomers, but I would be expected to be specific and provide supporting evidence. Even if your claims are true, how does that prove RACISM and “innate” racial hatred? It can prove that some people believe in protecting their tribes by using violence. Not such a bad idea considering the genocides and enslavement of the more peaceful, trusting, and friendly indigenous peoples of the past.

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  5. @synapticcohesion – “You don’t even specify your claims.”

    you don’t specify your claims. who are these “people living in isolated areas free of media influence and you will encounter people who are free a ‘racial’ biases.”

    racism is (prolly) just part and parcel of broader mechanisms that humans have which make them automatically react negatively to, as anthropologists like to call them, “the other.” makes sense from an evolutionary point-of-view — we’re all in competition with “the other,” so we automatically don’t like them when they enter our territory or whatever. this is basic biology. all creatures (great and small) behave this way.

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  6. “Race” is a fictitious term created by those who want to politically divide the people. There is no such thing as “race,” just different people with different characteristics due to breeding. Just as there are different breed of dogs but not different “races” of dogs so are there different breeds of human beings. Like dogs, you can breed human beings a get any preferred physical feature that you want. You can get a “white” person, a “black” person, and any one type of person simply by selectively breeding people with these characteristics and their resultant offspring–without ever actually using an African or European person.

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  7. Racism is Innate: The Human Brain Makes Unconscious Decisions Based on Ethnicity

    Recognition of non-kin is part of kin recognition and kin recognition may be more a process of guessing which of two individuals is most different rather than most similar. Racial differences make the process simpler but among default level inbred people the next stage is twenty questions about ancestry and where specifically a person comes from. For example if you overhear two people from Kashmir meeting for the first time they’ll test each other out to see if they come from the same region / district / valley / village they each come from. You see the same thing in the remoter, rural parts of Europe.

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    Study people living in isolated areas free of media influence and you will encounter people who are free a “racial” biases.

    A minority of people are wired up the opposite way – no doubt for a reason – but they are wired to have different innate responses.

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    Even if your claims are true, how does that prove RACISM and “innate” racial hatred?

    No-one is saying it does. The *authors* call kin-recognition “racism.” Kin recognition is not the same as innate hatred.

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  8. “Race” is a fictitious term created by those who want to politically divide the people.

    No it isn’t.

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    There is no such thing as “race,”

    Yes there is.

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    just different people with different characteristics due to breeding.

    That’s what a race is.

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  9. Racial divisions does not make anything simpler–except for the fact that it more simply divides the masses. Just think of the indigenous peoples around the world (of ancient times and of the present). They represented what the world used to be–used to look like–before the concept of “race” was created.

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  10. “just different people with different characteristics due to breeding.

    That’s what a race is.”

    Then why are dogs not divided into race as well? Because there is no need to politically divide dogs. You can’t politically divide dogs.

    There is however a politically advantage to keeping the people divided. Thus the concept of “race” was created. “Race” is the word purposely chosen to make people feel as though they are literally in a “race” or competition with one another. So rather than living in harmony with one another so-called “races” are pitted against one another for political advantage. Whether that advantage is for those “races” that are told they are “superior” to voluntarily commit genocide against those who are deemed “inferior” (to clear the land for new settlement, business ventures, etc.) or any other political strategy.

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  11. @synapticcohesion – “Then why are dogs not divided into race as well?”

    because all the different dog breeds have been artificially selected for by man. there are plenty of races in all sorts of species that have evolved by natural selection. it’s a common term used by biologists.

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  12. Racial divisions does not make anything simpler

    Human behaviour is effected by closeness of kin. It’s like the earth going round the sun. It just does.

    Race is closeness of kin on a larger scale (although in the past it was used at the extended family level as well).

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  13. “Racial divisions does not make anything simpler

    Human behaviour is effected by closeness of kin. It’s like the earth going round the sun. It just does.

    Race is closeness of kin on a larger scale (although in the past it was used at the extended family level as well).”

    How can you compare protecting your kin to protecting people you don’t even know just because they fall into the same arbitrary racial category as you do? Protecting your kin makes sense. They are you blood and you have that protective instinct over your own. But being proud of the accomplishment of someone who is not related to you and who lives in a different country from you, has a completely different breeding/lineage from you–just because he is perceived as the same “race” as you and he has yellow hair as you so DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER. That is a sign of mental retardation and being easy to manipulate and brainwash. It would be like roaches with a little speck of yellow on their heads feeling “akin” to each other even though they are living in different dumpsters around the world and are not related to each other.

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  14. @g.w. – “Racial differences make the process simpler….”

    exactly. if you’re an andaman islander and see a white person for the very first time, you can pretty quickly conclude that that person is not related to me — ’cause the differences are so (relatively) big.

    @g.w. – “You see the same thing in the remoter, rural parts of Europe.”

    and even in some of the not so remote parts of europe. (~_^) i’ve had that exact conversation on many an occasion in the u.s. with people from the “old country” — and even fellow descendants of people from the “old country.”

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  15. Those people are not acknowledging any racial characterizations, they are recognizing different physical characteristics. Many people would shoot if you encroached upon their territory uninvited.

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  16. @synapticcohesion – “How can you compare protecting your kin to protecting people you don’t even know just because they fall into the same arbitrary racial category as you do?”

    no one here is talking about protecting kin, only you. we’re talking about kin recognition.

    if people are wired to recognize kin (and i think that they are, perhaps to differing degrees in different populations), then they’re going to react when they see a person of another race because they ain’t gonna look like kin! simple as that. and that’s what these researchers are picking up on. and, like greying wanderer says, they’re calling it racism, when really it’s just one form of kin recognition.

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  17. There’s no such thing as “kin recognition.” Stop making things up. Even animals will easily accept anything as their mother as long as it makes it’s imprint upon them. You learn what to “recognize.” You learn what to love and you learn what to hate. And those who know this often use the media to imprint specific patterns. You are a prime example. Simple as that.

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  18. @spandrell – “Since when are dogs not divided in races? They are in most languages besides English.”

    well, race is just a word and there are many ways to slice up populations into different divisions. i happen to like the definition of race as used by biologists, but you could just as easily call that real category plonkits or dweedles if you wanted. (~_^)

    there are landraces of dogs, but i don’t think the breeds of dogs that we have selected for can really be called races. maybe i’m wrong.

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  19. @synapticcohesion – please, read the links people provide you (like the one i gave you for kin recognition). otherwise i will assume you are trolling and just here to waste everyone’s time.

    think carefully about your next reply.

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  20. I will not debate any further with someone that insists on spouting BS and trying to pass it off as fact. Your BS is not even good enough to be called “pseudoscience.” Get an education.

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  21. The Iberian hunter gatherer seems to support the hypothesis that Southern Europe was populated by the first farmers out of the Middle East during the Neolithic

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  22. “Study people living in isolated areas free of media influence and you will encounter people who are free a ‘racial’ biases.”
    Yeah, without media influences, they wouldn’t know that black people are the smartest, nicest, most honorable people on earth, while whites are just mean, vicious, ugly, stupid, dishonest monsters who constantly plot to murder all black people.

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  23. “Even animals will easily accept anything as their mother as long as it makes it’s imprint upon them.”
    Imprinting and kin recognition are not mutually exclusive. My guess is that imprinting is more decisive for young because it doesn’t matter who feeds them and protects them, so long as they are fed and protected. Kin selection is probably more important for adults deciding who they will spend resources to protect, especially in the case of paternal investment in offspring. And the incidence of genetic sexual attraction between siblings who have not had the chance to undergo Westermarck imprinting, indicates strongly that inclusive fitness plays an important role in mate selection (obviously counterbalanced, at some point, by the danger of too-close inbreeding, which is presumably why the Westermarck effect evolved).

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  24. hubchik
    and even in some of the not so remote parts of europe

    Yes. The times i’ve seen it (apart from people from elsewhere) have been in North Wales but i think it would have been ubiquitous once.

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    synapticcohesion
    But being proud of the accomplishment of someone who is not related to you and who lives in a different country from you, has a completely different breeding/lineage from you–just because he is perceived as the same “race” as you and he has yellow hair as you so DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER

    It doesn’t have to make sense. There’s no reason why a man who doesn’t want to have children should be sexually attracted to a 0.7 waist-hip ratio but they are by instinct. If most people – living in a completely different context – got wired up over millenia to always try and place others in terms of closeness of kin to minimize threat and that instinctive process is a mixture of gauging how similar *and/or* how different a stranger is then it is what it is.

    Ironically when it was developing it would have been very localized and directed at people who were very closely related by modern western standards i.e. the almost identical clan on the other side of the river, except one clan / race had the Wang ears and the other had the Wu nose.

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  25. “Race” is a fictitious term created by those who want to politically divide the people. There is no such thing as “race,” just different people with different characteristics due to breeding. – synapticcohesion

    Race! It is a feeling, not a reality: ninety-five percent, at least, is a feeling. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today. […] National pride has no need of the delirium of race.” – Benito Mussolini

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  26. @bleach – “The Iberian hunter gatherer seems to support the hypothesis that Southern Europe was populated by the first farmers out of the Middle East during the Neolithic.”

    yes, it does.

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