The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and our Futures by Christine Kenneally.
It is the story of how the science of genetics is supported by the social science of genelogy, despite it’s disreputable early practice.
Pure Science meets Popular Culture, calculations of quantity getting statistical with contextual qualitative of population to individual.
Linguistics and languages – words/phrases encapsulating concepts are memes, cultural expressions, Population and Migration, cultures intermixing as populations blend, spreading genes.
I have the Ukrainian/Russian stacking doll cover of the book.
It took me a few chapters to settle into the writing pattern comfortably, but the ratio of new to me and confirming what I know information is utterly engrossing.
A key person that was left out and thus an important peer review and independent study which validated Darwin’s own – and the contact between the two and the impact of that action to the chain reaction – and really only this much more text was needed to explain:
Alfred Wallace and his line observation – pivotal to understanding breeding barriers between populations. Also, his writing spurred Darwin to publish first or perish, so without him, Darwin might well have kept his work for later publication, out of deference to his wife and his reasonable fears for the shockwave of thought revolution that was inevitable.
Early scientists were all most educated and citizen scientists who had the money and social resources to get money for them to explore and discover where their education left off.
Publish of Perish, the phrase that underscores The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
The Eugenics Movement Roll Call
“Eugenics was taken up with great enthusiasm in Norway, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia, France, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. Many nations sought to bureaucratize human breeding….sterilization policies were implemented throughout the world.” (p 64).
She missed Canada.
In Canada, the eugenics movement expressed their prejudice in the new science sounding language that seemed to unite “god’s order” with the new human means of understanding the natural order of things, which was the status quo.
This was also the era of the suffragettes and abolitionists – people who wanted a more inclusive society, either one half turn to include women or a whole turn to lift the males of the next approved color, with their females lagging another half behind.
meanwhile, in Germany in the 1920s, homosexual white men are just begining social approval, something else the Nazi used to gain power by empowering people who had none, and then exocuting them and replacing with the minion masses, all wanting to be told that they are better than all those sheep screwing neighbors on the other side of the river, the national boundary, which in ancient times as a community divider.
our culture is best because if it wasn’t we’d live another way.
why we keep repeating history instead of directing it….pruning branches and containing roots….. but I digress
In Canada, the eugenics movement was most strongly in British Columbia and Alberta, where there were forces sterilizations of people deemed “useless eaters” – individuals representing groups who were better off gone, spare the misery of their existence, almost sounds like a kindness. Spare them the scrap-xistence that we allow them.
well really – discrimination said with manners is no less vulgar and visceral than blunt curt words… Anglo Saxon kinda words 🙂
Anyway: to learn more about Canada’s horrid history:
Eugenics Archives Logo. What sorts of people … world. Learn about eugenics, country by country. … institutions. Locate asylums & schools in Western Canada.
The idea of heredity was enormous on humans, the idea that that offspring was yours and it altered the relationship between men and women and that then often determined how population groups got along or not – and learning from livestock that traits were passed along and could be selected for… well… how long before that was gonna be applied to people? as much as we like to socialize, given how much of our brains are purposed for facial recognition, we like to separate ourselves.
As it turns out, a lot of hunter-gatherers did not become farmers as the ideas and technology became available, the people who farmed had more offspring that lived to adult ages and simply replaced the hunter/gathered, who sometimes migrated in, while their way of life faded away.
Family clans gave way to communities, passing on land and buildings to heirs and spares, united differing villiages and cities by alliances sealed by marriages.
The king is dead, long live the king, the next in line, the social order, heraldry and rank.
by the 1900s, the name of your nation where you were a citizen was fused with ethnic identity and how much from where, who your people where determined what you could be caste or class.
Many nations began to record citizen data, birth, marriage and dead certificates.
Only Iceland used the data, from the very start of Iceland to prevent inbreeding. In 2016, there’s even an app for people in hook up NSA encounters, Don’t Hump Yer Cousin.
Most nations used it to limit economic participation and social segregation and especially no intimidate fraternizing. Purity is what matters to the fundies who like to wrap their religious baggage and neurotic pyschopathy in sciencey sounding words rather than plain street language. But being honest doesn’t put the bums in pews, eh.
Germany, Lest We Forget, we all seem to agree took the old time religious genocide of words backed by swords into the industrial-chemical age; and with 2 back to back European Royal Family squabbles, the peasantrys decided the cost of monarchy wasn’t worth it. The few that remain from that sphere are mostly for the tourists and cultural identity, expensive figureheads.
What we do need to be concerned about is very much who has data, who is collecting it, and how will it be used in the future.
One of the early nice seeming groups that become experts in genealogy is the Mormon Church – who spent decades gathering centuries of data from all over the world. To rebapist everyone and expunges non-heteronormative humans from the collective census data – which, they have no business being in possession of. Creepy wholesome and their not so secret plans, their archive in the mountain, hoarding wealth and smug in their magic underwear.
Interestingly, their three breakaway traditional communities have higher than the national averages for genetically malformed and non-viable offspring – the result of cousin marriage: Texas and Colorado in the USA and British Columbia Canada. These communities were not included in the book.
There is precedent and reason for concern about handing over your genetics to a company and not only how they will exploit the data, but how they will share the material.
The HeLa cells used in cancer research were taken from Henrietta Lacks, there has been more of her than any other single human in history and her family was not merely no compensated for her tissue and DNA contribution – but they and their extended demographic group, continue to be denied the very benefits from those researches until the advent of the “ObamaCare” more universal health care – America being the last of the Big Industrial top Gxx nations that make all the decisions for the whole world.
The final stretch of the book was a fascinating read about the various human migrations, and the population eddies.
We began in Africa, then some walked out and hooked up with the Neanderthals in Europe and the Denosovians in Asia. the Mongolian Empire creating a genetic crash, oh Genghis you deconstructer of worlds and defiler of girls
we spread out and populated, then wound up back in Africa, where there was a mass emigration out – local powers selling off what they deemed surplus population to be slave labour elsewhere and the breeding exchange continued. these events
the interesting groups are the ones who intermarry within geographic turned cultural traditions – in fact, most religions require that you are born into them, one doesn’t convert in because there is no marriage outside of.
Showing how catastrophe impacts populations, which families comprise and passing down the genes that survived and the oral lore or silence the family secrets: traits and traditions – the things that make us stay and occupy a place or make us wander
makes ya wonder why people think magic dirt is better than risen ape – that is something we can actually point to and be proud of and not embarrassed by our kin and kind.
but the idea of unintended consequences: are genetics the next frontier of discrimination?
frankly, this level of understand we have demonstrates how utterly ridiculous and genocidal people are – we need to chose to be doing better, if not for our sake, then for all other species who it is not their fault that we’re apex at the current time, the dinosaurs lasted far longer than mammals.
Denisovan or Denisova hominin (pronunciation: /dᵻˈniːsəvə/ dɛ-NEE-sə-və) is an extinct species of human in the genus Homo. The species is sometimes given the name Homo sp. Altai, and Homo sapiens ssp. Denisova.
Melungeon (/məˈlʌndʒən/ mə-LUN-jən) is a term traditionally applied to one of numerous “tri-racial isolate” groups of the Southeastern United States.
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