clans in the news: aleppo

“Proud band of brothers form their own rebel platoon and take the family fight to Assad’s Syrian forces”

“The platoon is Ghoul family only because the fighters do not trust others….”

no hipsters this time, alas, alack. although maybe the brother third from the right is trying (but if you’ve got to try, then you’re not a hipster, are you…?).

see also: aleppo.

previously: clans in the news: the lebanon and syria and syrian tribes and more on syrian marriage and family types

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2 Comments

  1. Yeah, these are the hang-arounds who started being guerrillas after it already had become cool. It’s like they have a removable guerrilla costume for the cameras, what a bunch of posers:

    More seriously though, iIt really is striking how much they look like one another. Far more than I would expect the average family group to have similar appearance.

    A falsifiable test of your general hypotheses might be correlation between
    1) quantified, visual similarity within family group, determined either with image scanning or (perhaps more realistically) human review, and
    2) violence.

    I’m thinking of selection for markedness of ingroup-ness. I can’t help but wonder if having a distinct “look” helps to facilitate the evolutionary advantages of inbreeding; in much the same way as neoteny is selected for among women, I wonder if marked “ghoulishness” might be selected for among ghouls.

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  2. @redzen – “More seriously though, iIt really is striking how much they look like one another. Far more than I would expect the average family group to have similar appearance.”

    yes, they look a LOT alike. inbreeding over many, many generations will do that to you.

    and, like the big families i’ve known (from my slightly inbred area of the world), some of them look more like each other than they do to the others. the two (chubby guys, roundish faces) on the right and the guy all the way on the left look similar — those three look like mom? or dad? and the other five look more like each other — like the other parent (whichever one).

    @redzen – “I’m thinking of selection for markedness of ingroup-ness. I can’t help but wonder if having a distinct ‘look’ helps to facilitate the evolutionary advantages of inbreeding … I wonder if marked ‘ghoulishness’ might be selected for among ghouls.”

    could be, could be. a couple of people have suggested something along those lines in the comments here before (maybe you?) — greying wanderer, i’m pretty sure, but lord knows in what comment on what post!

    @redzen – “It’s like they have a removable guerrilla costume for the cameras….”

    heh! they really do! i didn’t even notice that. (^_^)

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