Hard Science

Ladies and Gentleman: there’z a study just come out sayin [drum roll] The Human Brain Is Still Evolving! Yes Indeed! Amazing stuff, those scientists. And here we thought we’d reached the pinnacle of perfection . . .

“The ASPM mutation [one of the genes the study found ‘evolving’] was more prevalent in European-related populations such as Iberians, Basques, Russians, North Africans, Middle-Easterners, and South Asians, and less often found among sub-Saharan Africans, East Asians, and Native American Indians.”

Anybody reminded of Phrenology here? Once declared “the only true science of mind,” Phrenology sought to determine intelligence and cultural advancement based upon the size of one’s skull. Now perhaps we will determine one’s advancement based on the mutation of one’s microcephalin.

How about we gauge our evolutionary capacity by our capability to stop thinking like Nazis?


Author: manderson

I live in NYC.

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