human biodiversity

define it. please. pretty, please!

previously: human biodiversity @the urban dictionary and hbd rules

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  1. here’s one that i’ve adapted from half sigma’s definition (the one that the awesome epigone used for the urban dictionary):

    “The acknowledgement and study of how humans differ from each other on both the individuals and groups levels because of differences in individual genotypes as well as average differences in population (group) genotypes, the differences resulting due to evolution by natural selection. These differences include, but are not limited to, personality traits, athletic ability, intelligence, height, health, and physical appearance.”

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  2. This is what I used on my intro page:

    I talk a lot about Human BioDiversity* or HBD. This is the field of research concerned with heritable human differences, between individuals and between human groups, including gender and ethnicity.

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  3. @jayman – “…heritable human differences….”

    heritable. that’s good! bloody difficult for a lot of regular folks to understand, though — on first hearing anyway.

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  4. HUMAN BIO-DIVERSITY: “The study of human genetic differences and the variation in distribution of those differences within human populations that show affinity for one another. And where those affinities express themselves as political, social, familial, and personal institutions, behaviors and preferences. And where those behaviors and preferences have economic, institutional, and normative consequences, and where those consequences cause economica and political competition and conflict. HBD is an attempt to understand the source of differences in modes and methods of human cooperation due to biological and normative differences.” – Curt Doolittle

    I think that’s about right. It’s true. It’s pretty complete. (Spoken as the only person in the D. E. movement that exclusively works on institutions both formal and informal under the assumption that HBD’s implications are correct. )

    Cheers

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  5. HUMAN BIO-DIVERSITY: “The study of heritable human genetic differences and the variation in distribution of those differences within human populations that show affinity for one another. And where those affinities express themselves as political, social, familial, and personal institutions, behaviors. abilities and preferences. And where those behaviors and preferences have economic, institutional, and normative consequences, and where those consequences cause economic and political competition and conflict. HBD is an attempt to understand the source of differences in modes and methods of human cooperation due to biological and normative differences.” – Curt Doolittle

    Two minor edits. :)

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  6. i’m editing my version (of half sigma’s definition) — getting rid of the “natural selection” bit, ’cause the diffs could be due to other processes, too, no? genetic drift, for instance? so:

    “The acknowledgement and study of how humans differ from each other on both the individuals and groups levels because of differences in individual genotypes as well as average differences in population (group) genotypes, the differences resulting due to evolution. These differences include, but are not limited to, personality traits, athletic ability, intelligence, height, health, and physical appearance.”

    or maybe…

    “The acknowledgement and study of how humans differ from each other on both the individuals and groups levels because of differences in individual genotypes as well as average differences in population (group) genotypes, the differences resulting due to evolutionary processes. These differences include, but are not limited to, personality traits, athletic ability, intelligence, height, health, and physical appearance.”

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  7. thanks, curt! i like very much your first three sentence, but i don’t think the last one is relevant at all really. hbd is not at all about understanding human cooperation — or not completely, rather. i might happen to ramble on about it a lot (all my altruism business), but that’s just one facet of hbd really.

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  8. DEFINITION OF HBD: THAT RESEARCH PROGRAM WE CALL “HUMAN BIO DIVERSITY”

    HUMAN BIO-DIVERSITY: “The study of heritable human genetic differences and the variation in distribution of those differences within human populations that show affinity for one another. And where those affinities express themselves as political, social, familial, and personal institutions, behaviors, abilities and preferences. And where those expressions of differences have economic, institutional, and normative consequences, and where those consequences cause economic and political competition and conflict. HBD is an attempt to understand the source of differences in modes and methods of human cooperation due to biological and normative differences.” – Curt Doolittle

    (Ed. Minor tweak to third sentence for clarity.)

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  9. HI,

    Thanks. I realize that I have a broader scope of inquiry than you do, so my terminology probably reflects that scope. But that said, In order to make the assertion that there is some meaning to HBD, or any other argument, you have to have a purpose for differences even if it’s not explicitly stated. Political systems, economic systems, Familial systems, and normative systems are the institutions of cooperation, from the most abstract to the most tangible. iSteve certainly speaks in a political context, even if that context is counter-equality, the only reason for counter-equality is political. And while you’re very curious about the impact of mating patterns, matting patterns are, a method and mode of cooperation that has political consequences. Because mating patterns determine property rights. And political systems create, enforce and modify property rights, first, and facilitate the concentration of capital second.

    So, please use of it what you wish, and I’ll keep the last bit because that’s my bailiwick. :) Just tryin’ to help the cause. – Curt

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  10. HDB: the sequel (and final conclusion) to Diamond’s “Guns, Germs, and Steel” we have all been waiting for. : )

    Yes, Jared, we know you know. And you know that we know that you know…

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  11. My attempt at a layman’s definition:
    Human Biological Diversity (HBD): The set of biological and genetic differences between (and within) groups – specifically, the study of such differences.

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  12. @nelson – “The set of biological and genetic differences between (and within) groups – specifically, the study of such differences.”

    yeah, that was very nice! i like that. direct and to the point — a definition for the non-specialist. thnx!

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  13. Hello again,

    some suggestions, which may or may not be accurate but will give you some idea of how easy/difficult it is to understand the concept.

    For me, the key ideas to get across are:
    a) a gene is not a ‘thing’ so much as a ‘place to put an instruction for a thing’. Maybe something like ‘gI’ could be used to differentiate from ‘gene’ per se.
    b) it’s about people being related to each other.

    [Inheritance is obfuscated by the liberal definition of ethnicity. In Europe, the R word is not used and so, with the redefinition of ethnicity, there is no ‘public’ concept of inheritance in Europe (only in medicine, as an ‘exception’). In actuality, lay people use/understand ethnicity as ‘who your grandparents are’ and, I noticed on MG Miles’ blog that he too would prefer to stick to Geographic Ancestry rather than talking about colours.]

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    Human BioDiversity refers to the variation in ‘genetic information’ that occurs naturally in groups of related people (populations).

    Variation in ‘genetic information’ is known in biology as ‘Patterns of Inheritance’.

    Patterns of inheritance (or variation in genetic information) is measured using a statistic known as Heritability.

    Heritability is a measure of ‘genetic influence’ and has a value from 0 to 1, where 0 is an ‘environmental’ characteristic such as ?, and 1 is a ‘genetic’ characteristic such as blood group.

    HBD science measures the Heritability of different characteristics in different populations.

    HBD research is an integrated study drawing on behavioural genetics and epidemiology, as well as social and historical data on human populations.

    HBD research offers an evidence-based tool for policy-making in modern diverse societies.

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    Hope something in there is useful, keep up the good work

    Kate :)

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  14. @big nose kate – “HBD research is an integrated study drawing on behavioural genetics and epidemiology, as well as social and historical data on human populations.”

    that’s a good point! where do hbd-ologists get their data from? that might be nice to explain. thanks! (^_^)

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