Posts Tagged ‘lewontin’s fallacy’

Refuting The Latest Media Lie About Racial Purity

Friday, November 10th, 2017

As the Left regroups after experiencing political rejection in the UK, US and EU it has begun constructing the next wave of assumptions it will use in order to justify its arguments. Most of these are simply updated versions of the old; as part of this, the Left has moved from “race does not exist” to “everyone is mixed-race” as seen in this bit of silliness arguing for mass migration:

But one self-described neo-Nazi on the district council told The New York Times that by allowing the influx, the German people faced “the destruction of our genetic heritage” and risked becoming “a gray mishmash.”

In fact, the German people have no unique genetic heritage to protect. They—and all other Europeans—are already a mishmash, the children of repeated ancient migrations, according to scientists who study ancient human origins. New studies show that almost all indigenous Europeans descend from at least three major migrations in the past 15,000 years, including two from the Middle East. Those migrants swept across Europe, mingled with previous immigrants, and then remixed to create the peoples of today.

First, we need not argue for racial “purity” so much as racial “consistency.” Whoever the Germans are, they are a consistent continuum of genetics, as are other Europeans, which we can see through genetic maps of the distances between European ethnic groups:

These maps also reveal where admixture has occurred, and it stands out in contrast to the native European.

Then, we should revisit history. Europeans were wandering tribes who colonized many areas throughout Europe, Asia and the middle east. These were fundamentally the same people, but at some point, they migrated back into Europe, probably related to changes in climate and politics.

We can tell the difference between a German and a Somali by looking, and now we can do so with genetic evidence. But this offends the Left, so they concocted an updated version of Lewontin’s fallacy, which argued that because there was no single gene for race, race did not exist.

Instead, they argue that because European groups may have come from multiple groups, even from the same root, race does not exist and therefore you might as well mix Germans with Somalis because you will have the same people. As always, the Left reveals a willingness to lie in addition to their multiple mental health issues.

The answer is to this new idiocy is that European groups are consistent, have been so for some time, and are more similar to each other than they are to foreigners. The Left wishes to conceal that truth so that they can invert the definition of race, and leave you helpless to object to their importation of many extremely foreign people into your lands. Laugh at it, because it is ludicrous.

European Genetics Reveal The Differences Between European Ethnic Groups

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

If you listen to the egalitarian narrative, you will believe that we are all the same and the only difference between us is that some groups were oppressed and others were not. The only possible reason for this, we are led to believe, is that some groups are mean and others are nice, so the former oppressed the latter.

This nonsense lasted for centuries and when it finally failed as the presidency of Barack Obama and the chancellorship of Andrea Merkel failed in unison, the backlash was intense: all of us of one race are supposed to join up together, fight off the others, and live in some kind of Utopia.

This is merely a restatement of the egalitarian narrative that controls for race, but it does not address ethnicity, or the ethnic groups within those races, including hybrids.

The above map expands upon traditional knowledge and a body of genetic knowledge which shows us that the different European ethnic groups are both highly distinctive, and less separated when placed in clusters like Northern/Western, Eastern and Southern/Irish Europeans.

Here is another map, from GNXP in 2008:

Even more, notice how this corresponds to a European tribal map which shows the national identity of each regional entity:

It is not PC to notice this, nor is it “far-Right friendly” for most values of far-Right, but Europe is divided into many ethnic groups, although similar groups may cluster.

For this reason, “white nationalism” will never work, because we are not only divided into different ethnic groups, but are divided by caste, and people see no reason to engage in ethno-Bolshevism to make us all equal-within-a-race.

In the meantime, the mainstream press is reworking Lewontin’s Fallacy in order to deny the existence of race and presumably, ethnicity. To follow their narrative, they are always trying to deny race:

The researchers pinpointed eight genetic variants in four narrow regions of the human genome that strongly influence pigmentation — some making skin darker, and others making it lighter.

…The widespread distribution of these genes and their persistence over millenniums show that the old color lines are essentially meaningless, the scientists said. The research “dispels a biological concept of race,” Dr. Tishkoff said.

…A variant for light skin — found in both Europeans and the San hunter-gatherers of Botswana — arose roughly 900,000 years ago, for example.

However, unfortunately for them, race is not skin color; it involves clusters of traits which are coded for by multiple genes each. As a result, race consists of a genetic profile, as opposed to a single gene, as is argued in Lewontin’s Fallacy:

This conclusion, due to R.C. Lewontin in 1972, is unwarranted because the argument ignores the fact that most of the information that distinguishes populations is hidden in the correlation structure of the data and not simply in the variation of the individual factors.

Lewontin’s Fallacy argues that if race is not coded by a single gene, it does not exist. This constitutes a strawman, since the common sense definition of race is that different groups have different traits, which are measured as spectra based on an ideal that consists of a cluster of traits, rather than a single trait.

The same is true of ethnicity. We can say that we are all European, White, Caucasian, or otherwise similarly related, but the fact that we have identifiably different networks of traits means that race subdivides, and we have to look at ethnicity as well. This is complicated by the fact that the word “race” is used to refer to both root race (African, Asian, Caucasian, Australid) and ethnic group.

The new argument, advanced by The New York Times, is that because there are multiple genes for skin color, there is not a single gene for race, therefore — the “magic therefore” — race does not exist.

In actuality, race and ethnicity are terms that humans use to describe clusters of traits. The clusters exist, no matter how much we play around with the symbols we use for them. We can see continuity in ethnic groups that cross time, space and nation-state identity. For example, ancient Greeks and Romans, much like the Tarim basin mummies, resemble today’s Western Europeans.

In modern Europe, we can see how not just race is important, but also ethnicity, because ethnic groups are not just divisions of a race, but also hybrids between races and cases of trace admixture:

The proof of this is that we can observe Europeans and discern different tribes because they have different collections of traits that go with each. While this is taboo for now, it means in the long term that people will organize themselves around not just race but ethnic group, looking for genetic commonality instead of hoping that ideology and profit motive unite us.

The history of “racism”

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015


Curtis Yarvin, recently thrown off the StrangeLoop conference for things he wrote a decade ago, responds with a “glorious non-apology” as Nick Land put it:

The word “racist” and its conjugations does not appear in the English language until the 1920s – see Peter Frost’s cultural history. If you asked Shakespeare if he was a “racist,” he would not know what you meant.

“Racist” is essentially a term of abuse which no group or party has ever applied to itself. Like most such epithets, it has two meanings – a clear objective one, describing a person who fails to believe in the anthropological theories of human equality which became first popular, then universal in the mid-20th century; and a caricature of the vices, personal or political, typically engaged in by such a foul unbeliever.

(as quoted in Non-Hacker News via Outside In)

As others have documented, this word became used in the early 20th century for the first time to describe those who were resisting the nation-state push with nationalism, or the idea that the foundation of a nation is not political but based in common heritage. That clashed with what the French Revolutionaries called “internationalism” and today we call “globalism” or “multiculturalism,” which is the idea all workers worldwide form a single caste and their job is to wage warfare on those who own the concerns at which they work.

This was the age in which völkisch movements appeared in Germany, for example, not because nationalism was a new concept as argued by its detractors, but because until that time, nationalism had been the common assumption and now was under assault. Nationalism never presented itself as a new idea and, contrary to what many people argue, was not a product of the nation-state but resistance to it. Those are too many big ideas for the average internet debater however.

Yarvin goes on to point out how genetics in fact reinforces the idea of race, and that the idea of “racism” is thus inherent to nature itself:

Genetic cluster analysis of the microsatellite markers produced four major clusters, which showed near-perfect correspondence with the four self-reported race/ethnicity categories. Of 3,636 subjects of varying race/ethnicity, only 5 (0.14%) showed genetic cluster membership different from their self-identified race/ethnicity.”

It seems worth asking how a paper like this got published, as late as 2005. Scientific racism may be even more entrenched than many have feared…

As quoted in this blog before, other scientific data and analytical inquiries support the idea for the concept of race, once we remove it from the illusory containers projected onto it by its ideological enemies. For an excellent discussion of the definition of race, see John Goodrum’s The Race FAQ. If that is not enough FAQ for you, a clarification of the definition of nationalism (versus nation-statism, or the “proposition nation”) can be found in The Nationalism FAQ.

If race is scientific reality, and we do not need studies to observe that humans of one appearance produce offspring of the same, so there is at least some genetic basis to it, why deny it? “Racism” is a term invented with one purpose only: to discredit, slander and obfuscate nationalism. Its goal is to drive ordinary people away from nationalism so that internationalism, which now goes by many names such as “diversity” and “multiculturalism,” can take over. This is a guilt-and-pretense attack and nothing more.

Most of the attacks on race come from a single line of thought which says essentially that if race is not easy to perceive, it must not exist. The first, Lewontin’s fallacy, holds that race does not exist unless a specific single gene can be found that indicates race. Increased genetic knowledge has made that look ridiculous. The second, which we might call Venter’s fallacy, is that the statistical amount of different DNA is so small that it is insignificant. This ignores how many vast changes in humanity are tiny amounts of DNA code, and how percentages deceive us because of how much DNA code there is, and how DNA operates more like computer code — incorporating other code segments as subroutines — than a linear list of traits. These obvious errors exclude both of these attacks from serious consideration.

That leaves us with the undeniable reality that race is real. Then we must figure out what that means, but its opponents do not want us to get even that far. One wonders what they are hiding.

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