50000 years of whitey

Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin

“Scientists said yesterday that they have discovered a tiny genetic mutation that largely explains the first appearance of white skin in humans tens of thousands of years ago, a finding that helps solve one of biology’s most enduring mysteries and illuminates one of humanity’s greatest sources of strife.”
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“The newly found mutation involves a change of just one letter of DNA code out of the 3.1 billion letters in the human genome — the complete instructions for making a human being.”
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“Although precise dating is impossible, several scientists speculated on the basis of its spread and variation that the mutation arose between 20,000 and 50,000 years ago. That would be consistent with research showing that a wave of ancestral humans migrated northward and eastward out of Africa about 50,000 years ago.”

Well. Kind of puts it in persective, doesn’t it?

As a visually dominated species we are hypnotised more easily by visual data, such as colour, despite its apparent meaninglessness by other measures. If we were blind would we give a damn about “race”?

Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel gives a wonderful argument that humans adapt to the circumstances of their natural environment with about equal ability; that the development of “civilisation” as we understand it was a product of this differing adaptation.

Humanity. One.

Until we grasp that, we’re gonna have trouble. And until we grasp that, how the heck are we supposed to realise we are one with the whole planet? Because until we grasp that, we’re gonna keep destroying it, and ourselves.

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  1.   The Scarlet Manuka
    December 18th, 2005 | 11:59 pm

    I think by and large people are getting over the whole race thing. It’s just the wankers in charge that are the problem.