iSteve's new home
Sailer appears to be transitioning to a permanent home at Unz.com. Here's a good post at Steve's new stomping grounds on the meaning of race, that is, with whom you share your ancestors. This apparently befuddles a lot of people, including anthropologists like Jennifer Raff, Ph.D. There is a long comment thread by very savvy people. I ask some questions at the (current) very end:
Do dog breeds exist, or are they a social construct? We can breed wolves with dogs, does that mean the wolf/dog distinction is useless and irrelevant?We seem to have all gotten along a lot better when we took as a given what our eyes told us: we are more closely related to some people than to other people. As I keep asking, where else does "diversity" come from?
If we can breed canis lupus familiaris for behavioral traits, why not homo sapiens?
If intelligence aids survival and reproductive fitness, wouldn’t it have a genetic component, just like strength, agility, lactose tolerance, etc.? (Humans consistently mate within about a half-SD on the IQ curve, by the way.)
I can look at a picture of Jennifer Raff and a picture of Rachel Jeantel and tell you what genetic testing would confirm: Jennifer has fewer ancestors in common with Rachel than she does with other Anglo-Europeans. It’s not just a social construct.