This news about how human evolution is speeding up is really fascinating.
The most interesting article came from Time:
“A genetic analysis of human evolution has shown that rather than slowing to a standstill it has speeded up, with different pressures on different populations pushing racial groups further apart. Scientists behind the findings suggest that European, African and Asian populations grew genetically more distinct from each other over several thousand years, as their environments took them down different evolutionary paths. This would call into question the popular scientific view that race has little or no biological meaning, as the genetic similarities between ethnic groups greatly outweigh differences.
While this remains true – all humans share more than 99 per cent of their DNA – the new work indicates that variations tend to differ between races, and that these became more, not less, pronounced.”
The so called “popular scientific view” mentioned could also be mentioned as a liberal view of race. The view that we everything and everybody is exactly the same, and therefore there is no better or worse. This means ignoring certain obvious things, like the fact that certain races and cultures deal better with our current world challenges than others.
Now, I understand how crazy dictators or whatever evil force could use this kind of info in a racist or genocidal way.
But we are supposed to be scientific here, right? If one is honest about this race issue, it has to admit that there are clear differences between races. How that will impact our lives is completely up to us. But lying about it doesn’t really seem the way to go about it.