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  • Fronk
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    Switch feelings...

    having ALL their emotions available at all times, while men have only half dozen or so at one time, and takes us 20 minutes or so to switch around, except for fear.
    ...

    except for fear
    ...and for sex.

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  • Eki
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    Originally posted by PDHOTLEN
    The old saying that the meek shall inherit the earth might also apply vs. the smart guys win.

    Some of us lackadaizical types prefer to just let the smart guys go out and get themselves killed.
    True. It's wise to get someone else to go and try if the ice is thick enough or if there are any mines ahead.

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  • PDHOTLEN
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    bottom line: descendants

    The old saying that the meek shall inherit the earth might also apply vs. the smart guys win.

    Some of us lackadaizical types prefer to just let the smart guys go out and get themselves killed.

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  • josh w.
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    Just so my view is clear. A few empirical reviews concluded that there was a weak correlation between brain size and measures of intelligence. Correlation does not imply causation. On the other hand a meta-analysis is a summary of studies rather than a single isolated finding. Only further research can help explain a consistent empirical finding. I think the most recent empirical review was by McDaniel--- poor choice of title selected to make a point ("Big Brain People Are Smarter..." in the 2005 edition of the journal "Intelligence"). McDaniel agrees that a finer analysis is needed, e.g. studies of grey matter or specific brain structures. However in his review he concluded that there was insufficient research to justify statements about more specific aspects of the brain.

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  • Paulie
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    Originally posted by ragnar
    I think it's supposed to be how many synapses that are in the brain that determines intelligence, not the brain size.
    A clear case of how Woman win again Men.

    As I recal reading, woman have smaller volume, but theirs are much much more densely packed (plus they can do that trick of having ALL their emotions available at all times, while men have only half dozen or so at one time, and takes us 20 minutes or so to switch around, except for fear.)

    Girls WIN Girls WIN

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  • Pleroma
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    Originally posted by ragnar
    I think it's supposed to be how many synapses that are in the brain that determines intelligence, not the brain size.
    ....just because ragnar's post is worth repeating.

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  • ragnar
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    I think it's supposed to be how many synapses that are in the brain that determines intelligence, not the brain size.

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  • dcsmith
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    I don't want to go into a lengthy discussion on plate tectonics, but the answer to why there are dinosaur fossils all over the world can be found here:



    Dave Smith

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  • rainbow
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    Originally posted by dnaval
    Well, I noticed that we have animals in every part of the world.
    Even dinasours developed in North America, How did they migrate.
    Also there are different types of cats,tigers,jaguars that live only in
    certain parts of the world.
    Don't animals follow the same evolutionary pattern.
    My point is how did they animals develop as seperate species without
    a starting point.
    They say humans developed out of africa and migrated out to middle east
    asian and north america.
    My point is did animals start in africa also and migrate the same pattern,also.
    I feel that their must be a creator under all this evolution ,otherwise
    how would we even start?
    I think it may be possible the creator put people in different parts of the
    world and evolutized there.
    I just love questioning things...
    I am not a scientist, its important to open our mind a bit though.

    I wrote this fast hope it makes sense
    I just skimmed thru this thread. I found a thread I haven't posted in yet

    Well, since humans came out of Africa I assumed all creatures did too, and then spread out over the world, but some got isolated/stranded in certain regions and then evoled or 'specialized' to adapt to where they were stuck at, such as the Giant Panda in China, and koalas and kangaroos in Australia. I think that's what happened. But, I'm no scientist.
    Didn't the dinosaurs start in Africa?
    Why are there crocodiles in Florida and Egypt?
    Why...
    Oh, never mind.
    I'm glad I forgot about my subclade test for a moment.
    This forum can be so entertaining sometimes.

    p.s. I didn't read any of the links, sorry.

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  • tomcat
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    There is apparently NOT a gene that obliges human beings to a rectification of errors. That would be a gene that, although it might serve our BELIEF in various divinities proposed, would run counter to our more compelling interest in our own success and comfort.

    So, in obedience to that more compelling interest, there is no genetically-determined need to revisit the duplicity and broken treaties that characterized our history vis-a-vis Native Americans. And there is no need to revisit our history vis-a-vis African slaves.

    We are CONTENT that all those lands formerly enjoyed by the Natives are now ours and all their artifacts grace our museums, and we are CONTENT that all the efforts expended by African slave labor, that made the American South one of the richest regions of the world at the time, are now part of the general wealth that may be enjoyed by all Americans. (Here an Emoticon tearing out my hair, gouging-out my eyes, lacerating my flesh. Why the lack of expressive creativelity on this forum 'powered by vBulletin'?).

    With this, I have exhausted my patience with the discussion of RACE in this thread and in this forum.
    Last edited by tomcat; 21 August 2007, 10:58 PM.

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  • tomcat
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    Originally posted by josh w.
    ... However despite the point you raised about the irrelevance of sex differences in brain size, meta-analyses have revealed a correlation of around .30 between brain size and individual differences in cognitive test scores (within the same gender). Of course brain size is a function of many factors not just genes.
    ...
    And this is just the way this 'thing' goes ...

    In the previous post gene-implicated brain size did not matter. And in the next post gene-implicated brain size DOES matter.

    And as none of us can even see genes we can, EVIDENTLY, judge a mental inferior by the color of their skin, or their gender, and almost certainly by their level of their socio-economic attainment.

    What we have not yet heard is what is the current obligation of 'the white man's burden'? I expect it is even less than that of the 19C ... which was perfunctory and undertaken to salve the white man's religious consciousness. But now with 'real science' at our side and 'political correctness' as our armor, I expect that any intervention would be contra-indicated.

    Unless you are Iraqi and a nominal heir to vast oil reserves.

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  • josh w.
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    Pleroma, I agree with almost all your points. I also agree that brain size appears to be a very gross measure of anything. However despite the point you raised about the irrelevance of sex differences in brain size, meta-analyses have revealed a correlation of around .30 between brain size and individual differences in cognitive test scores (within the same gender). Of course brain size is a function of many factors not just genes.


    For light summer reading try Gary Marcus' "The Birth of The Mind". His position is not that the brain is genetically "fixed" at birth but that genes make possible individual flexibiity and neuroplasticity. ( I used to be a die-hard environmentalist but all this dna stuff has got me thinking again)

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  • Pleroma
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    josh w., thank you for clarifying your thoughts. It was not entirely clear what you wanted to communicate when you touched on the topic of brain size while addressing the topic of "race." It was an odd mix that made it confusing.

    The topic of brain size and intelligence in itself is controversial given that men in general have larger brains than women.

    There have been some that have claimed that there is a correlation between human brain size and intelligence levels among people, but I am very skeptical. It seems rather simplistic for such an fantastic and complex organ like the brain to be analysed like it was hamburger on a butcher's scale.

    Plus I would surely have noticed it play out in everyday life (big-headed people should be noticably more intelligent and it just isn't happening that way.)

    Also, genes do not set the brain for life. The study of neuro-plasticity is really just beginning.

    For anyone interested in the topic and the history, here is an article in Neuro Science:

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  • josh w.
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    I have some difficulty understanding how anyone can see my comments as supportive of the concept of "race" since my intention was just the opposite. My main point is that there is little scientific support for the concept. Thus the concept survives for cultural or political rather than scientific reasons.

    However I reject absolute knownothing approaches to this issue, i.e. one should look at the actual scientific data rather than merely assert that the concept is unscientific. A few years ago some neuroscientists asserted that they had found continental differences in two genes related to brain size. Now there is a small correlation between brain size and measures of intellegence. However no one has found any correlation between the genes in question and measures of intelligence. Moreover more recent research questions the relationship between the specific genes and brain size
    The issue of race based medicine is more complicated. The research needs replication but some studies have found racial differences in response to medication. As I have stressed, this is not a very common finding but some researchers have advocated race based medical treatment. However even the supporters of this approach stress that this is a temporary stopgap strategy until observable markers for the relevant genes can be identified. When that result is reached there will no longer be a reason to use race as a proxy for the newly identified markers. I have already expressed my doubts about this approach given great within race genetic variability.

    Some may fault me for even mentioning these topics. However for me open discussion is an important way to combat the knownothingism that fosters racism.
    Last edited by josh w.; 21 August 2007, 02:08 PM.

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  • Pleroma
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    My post was regarding MMaddi's reaction to Tomcat's reaction to josh w.'s posting on the meaning of "race."

    What the Kennewick Man has to do with my posting or with the meaning of "race", I have no idea. Could you elaborate?



    Originally posted by dnaval
    Kennewick Man

    The identity of the first Americans is an emotive issue for American Indians, who believe their ancestors were the first to inhabit the Americas.

    Controversy erupted after skeletal remains were found in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996. This skeleton, estimated to be 9,000 years old, had a long cranium and narrow face¬ófeatures typical of people from Europe, the Near East or India¬órather than the wide cheekbones and rounder skull of an American Indian.

    A coalition of Indian tribes, however, said that if Kennewick Man was 9,000 years old, he must be their ancestor, no matter what he looked like. Invoking a U.S. federal law that provides for the return of Native American remains to their living descendants, the tribes demanded a halt to all scientific study and the immediate return of the skeleton for burial in a secret location.

    The matter is still stuck in the courts.

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