time for some annual easter watermelon


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  1. Hi Luke, I was just looking at a video clip of Appalachia English, via Theden, via an HBDC tweet, – and it reminded me that I’ve often wondered if you are Appalachian or whether you migrated there?

    Hi HBDC – reading various tweets and blog comments – I have a question – why is it so important to you that human biodiversity present itself as a single discipline? I tend to think that sociobiology (like this thesis) belongs in biology and, behavioural genetics (statistics) belongs in social sciences – I’d like to see ‘society’ put back into biology and ‘heredity’ put back into sociology. And I think if that were the main goal there might be less resistance to ideas about human biodiversity and less inclination to see human biodiversity as a ‘movement’. But… I’m sure you know better than me (I) what you’re up to, I’m just interested.

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  2. @ kate: good idea – while we’re at it, i’d like to see psychology put into biology instead of being a redheaded stepchild of philosophy :) i’d just throw all the social sciences (anything involving the study of living organisms known as humans) into biology. starting at that point might help us become less dualist & less duel-ist :)

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  3. Kate asks, am I Appalachian or did I just migrate here? Well, yes and no, or half and half. My mother’s side of the family are all from around here (Chattanooga) since the early 1800’s, and before that from NC (in the 1700’s) and Virginia since the mid-1600’s. I had long assumed they were mostly of Scots-Irish descent but that turns out to be only about one-third true; the other two-thirds were from various parts England. The overwhelming majority (for whom any genealogical records can be found) were mostly middle-class farmers and tradesmen of one sort or another, your basic Appalachian pioneers. My Daddy’s side of the family by contrast are all Yankees mostly descended from Pennsylvania Dutch (Mennonite/Quaker refugees from the Palatinate) or from early settlers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Daddy moved down here from Cincinnati in the 1920’s to go to prep school, where he met my mother and the rest is history. Personally, I was educated up North and out West and have lived (and wandered) all over the United States (and across much of Eurasia) for 20 years before finally coming back home to Dixie. We have the best land down here in case you didn’t know: the most beautiful, the most temperate, and the most affordable. As long as you take it with a grain of salt, here’s my family tree: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/38335368/family

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  4. Luke – That’s really interesting. Mostly English, bad luck. I just wish my ancestors had had enough pluck to get on a boat. I might see if my town wants to twin with Chattanooga; that’d be fun.

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