Posts under ‘Conservation’

Figure 4 from The Race FAQ by John Goodrum

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.

Figure 2 from The Race FAQ by John Goodrum

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…

Figure 1 from The Race FAQ by John Goodrum

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 Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.) by John Goodrum

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…

Global suicide

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…

Global concreting

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…

Appeal

Oftentimes one hears it whispered that we live in an age of appearance rather than substance. An age of what seems to be, rather than what is. An era when impression weighs heavier than content. Something catches our eye; we glimpse at it for a brief moment. Perhaps we let the thing slide through our…

The Immune System

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche cannot be described as a traditional philosopher.  He consistently returns to the the theme of health, he refers to himself as a cultural physician, and he famously wrote, “my genius is in my nostrils.” He may be referring to how in everyday life we are predominantly conscious of the divide between true…

Ritual Sacrifice

In contrast to days-gone-by, modernity lacks both initiation ceremonies and public ritual.  Even prayer before meals is becoming less and less common. Ritual sacrifice, as grisly as it is, was a ubiquitous reality common to all religions and cultures of the world.  It is now a thing of the past.  Today we think of it…

Preservationism

A new type of political thinker is emerging into the shattered hulk of modernity. While the modern time is powerful in technology and gilded in convenience, the dark inner core is a tendency to consume and deconstruct all things, and these new thinkers target that impulse. They tend to be less concerned with the political…

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