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(…also, i think that’s some really bad french! (*^_^*) )

seriously, tho. this is not me returning to blogging. sorry! i think i need another week or so of r&r.

but, i have been binge watching a lot of netflix shows/youtube videos, and i thought i’d share one with you: a bbc horizon documentary from 2011 — Are We Still Evolving? — hosted by one dr. alice roberts.

for the first ten or fifteen minutes, you might feel like poking out your eyeballs, but the show does get better and quite adequately explains rapid evolution, recent human evolution, and even — *gasp* — human biodiversity, albeit only such “nonthreatening” aspects of hbd like lactase persistence and high-altitude adaptations. still, it’s pretty cool that the show goes there at all.

of course roberts gives behavioral genetics a wiiiiiide berth. in fact she doesn’t even mention biological/genetic explanations for behavioral traits at all — until near to the end when she talks to the very frank dr. jeffrey steinberg about genetic engineering and intelligence briefly comes up. oops!

pay close attention to what stephen stearns has to say at ca. 47:45:

“Well I think what is very probably going on is that selection is moving a population up and down all the time. It goes off in a certain direction for a while, and then it goes back in the other direction. It’s only if you get a significant change in the environment that it will then continuously go in a new direction.”

in other words, the average frequencies of genes in populations matter, and those frequencies can vary over time depending up the selection pressures.

k. that’s all i’ve got for you. back to my la-z-boy. enjoy! (^_^) :

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…for good behavior? (~_^)

sorry for the lack of posting lately. annoyingly, i am still unwell. ugh. =/

looks like i’ll have to have surgery or an alternative procedure to take care of the problem.

i hope to be back on my feet in 4-6 weeks or so…maybe 8…but i don’t plan on blogging in the meantime. i’m terrible at multitasking and so i just can’t blog and lie around on the sofa feeling sorry for myself at the same time. (~_^)

you might find me hanging out on twitter if i’m feeling up to it, although i haven’t even been pressing the retweet button for the last couple of weeks. =/ if you’re not on twitter, you can find my twitter feed below (↓) toward the bottom of the middle column.

if you’ve emailed me recently or dm-ed me on twitter, sorry i haven’t replied. i’ll try to get back to you as soon as i can!

so, i am alive! will be back soon! enjoy the end of your summer! (^_^)

star wars - legos - spring break

yes, i am taking off two three weeks over easter starting today. spring break! woo-hoo! (^_^) i’ll be around — gonna try to remain unplugged, though.

just to let you know, when regularly scheduled programming resumes, the plan is to first respond to kevin macdonald’s post from january(!), and then — hang on to your great helms! — the blog is going to go completely medieval for a few weeks, as i want to get going on my promised series on manorialism and take a look at some of the data/historical evidence for the decline of violence in europe during the middle ages.

so, that’s the plan. see ya back here in a couple of weeks! (^_^)

sorry that there haven’t been any linkfests over the past few weeks. it’s just turning out to be one of those years, i’m afraid. (>.<)

i will try to get back on schedule after easter. yes, i am taking two weeks off for spring break! (^_^)

been working on updating the “start here” page — up there (↑)! (^_^)

i’m about three-quarters of the way through, but i’ve got to leave it for today. i hope to finish up the last couple of sections over the weekend.

that is all!

(p.s. – i took away some old comments that were there. i’ll post them to another page soon and add a link to where they went to the “start here” page — again, hopefully over the weekend.)

at the beginning of last year, i outlined my best laid plans for 2014 — what topics i hoped to post about during the year — and, looking back on that post, i kinda-sorta stuck to that plan, but i did drop the ball in some instances (assimilation, for example — did i even post on that in 2014? don’t think so. did i ever mention that i come from a population that’s not very strong in future-time orientation? (~_^) ).

so, lemme try again this year. topics i plan on blogging about in 2015, not necessarily in this order (and with no guarantees!):

assimilation: “you keep using that word….” (hint: i don’t think assimilation is as easy as most people assume it is. example: the four anglo “folkways” of north america, a la albion’s seed, which STILL haven’t assimilated to one another after 300 to 400 years. and they all originated from the same country/broad cultural background!)

– speaking of assimilation, i’d also like to look at how populations and subpopulations self-sort (egs. the Albion’s Seed populations mentioned above, the American Nations pops discussed at length by jayman on his blog, The Big Sort, etc.) and the significance of that. the migration of populations/subpopulations basically.

manorialism: going to continue (and hopefully complete!) my planned series on the history of manorialism in europe and its different regional types.

– i will also dig in further into the origins of The Outbreeding Project in christian europe. (hint: i think it wuz the romans.)

violence: want to look more into the decline in homicides/impulsive violence in western european populations. last year i wrote a sneak preview of where i think my readings on this are leading, at least for england. we shall see how it pans out.

shame vs. guilt cultures: more on this, too.

the tswana: i’m VERY keen on taking a close look at the tswana of southern africa, because they are the one group outside of the arabized world which has a history of father’s brother’s daughter marriage (see here), but botswana is one of the most successful and functional nations in subsaharan africa. ‘sup with that?!

the french: i have started reading The Discovery of France (thanks to everyone who recommended it!), so i want to discuss the french a bit.

italians: my christmas present to myself was a copy of Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy by robert putnam et al., so i want to discuss the italians a bit, too.

democracy: really want to look at the histories/evolution of and differences between liberal and other forms of democracy (like consensus democracy). this is important, i think.

history of mating patterns in various populations: i’ll probably just continue trawling around for more info/data on the historical mating patterns of various populations. it’s what i do.

hbd between individuals (as opposed to between groups): ’cause i think we need to talk about that.

– prolly other stuff, too.

note that i do take reader requests! (especially if i find the topic interesting.) (^_^)

i will also have to find someone who can clone me so that i have the time to do all this blogging! (~_^)

also, my new year’s resolution is to no longer enter into “discussions” with people who feel that the existence of human biodiversity or having an interest in it is somehow wrong or waaaaycist or whatever. that is just a waste of my time. from now on, those people will simply be directed to my what is human biodiversity (hbd)? series.

that is all! (^_^)

previously: best laid plans 2014

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don’t panic! just closing the blog for the holidays (meaning i won’t be posting, but you can comment away!). will resume posting in the new year! (^_^)

in the meantime, here are a couple of year-end posts:

top ten list 2014
finding hbd chick 2014

i’ll be around! just prolly passed out under the tree from too much eggnog. (~_^)

keep calm and enjoy christmas


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