As satisfying as it is to see a man triumph by calculating his position, adapting to his surroundings and conquering it through logic, it is equally satisfying to see a fool miscalculate, over step his boundaries, and suffer the violent consequences of the untamed wild. This is cosmic justice. This is why it is better […]
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Fig. 7. From Templeton, A.R. 1998. Human races: An evolutionary and genetic perspective. American Anthropologist 100:634.
Subspecies and Classification Smith, H., Chiszar, D., and Montanucci, R. 1997. Herpetological Review 28(1):13-16 We regard species as genetically discrete (i.e., separate and independent) populational entities, whereas subspecies are taken as genetically non-discrete (confluent) populational entities. That distinction we regard as axiomatic despite arguments to the contrary (e.g., Barton and Hewitt 1985). The non-discrete […]
Fig. 6. From Cavalli-Sforza, LL., Menozzi, P., Piazza, A. 1994. The History and Geography of Human Genes. Princeton University Press, Princeton. p82.
Fig. 4. From Nei, M. and Roychoudhury, A. 1993. Evolutionary Relationships of Human Populations on a Global Scale. Molecular Biology and Evolution 10(5):927-943. Fig. 5. From Bowcock. A.M., Ruiz-Linares, A., Tomfohrde, J., Minch, E., Kidd, J.R., Cavalli-Sforza, L.L. 1994. High resolution of human evolutionary trees with polymorphic microsatellites. Nature 368:455-457.
Fig. 2. From Barbujani, G., Magagni, A., Minch, E., Cavalli-Sforza, L.L. 1997. An apportionment of human DNA diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 94: 4516–4519. Fig. 3. From Jorde, L.B., Watkins, W.S., Bamshad, M.J., Dixon, M.E., Ricker, C.E., Seielstad, M.T., Batzer, M A. 2000. The Distribution of Human Genetic Diversity: A Comparison of […]
Fig.1. Miththapala, S., Seidensticker, J., O’Brien, S.J. 1996. Phylogeographic Subspecies Recognition in Leopards (Panthera pardus): Molecular Genetic Variation. Conservation Biology 10:1115-1132.
The Race FAQ by John Goodrum Do biological races exist within the human species? If scientific terms are to be used consistently, this question can only be answered in the broader context of non-human taxonomy. The intent of this paper is to investigate what constitutes a race (or subspecies) in other species, and to answer […]
Our human tendency is to externalize threats, so that we can contain them in a symbol or finite and tangible enemy. This is a denial response to the more complex underlying reality, which is that most threats to us come from our own undisciplined and illogical behavior. We want to blame hierarchy and authority for […]
The foes of sensible environmental policy want you to believe that there is a binary question to conservation. Yes, you believe in global warming; no, you’re a denier — there are no other options. Either you’re good or you’re not. Many people are suspicious of global warming because it’s one of those-easily abused catch-all concepts […]