OT: Science of Race (was Racial Classification was LOTR credit line)
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 1, 2004, 2:04|
Akhilesh Pillalamarri <valardil@...> wrote:
> > They should really create a better
> > classification system, though scientifically race is
> > non-existant.
To say that race is scientifically nonexistent is an overstatement.
It's true that genetically, race is a vanishingly minor factor compared to
other commonalities, but there are still genetic patterns that follow
tradiitonal "racial" lines (e.g. traits that occur almost exclusively in a given
race), and there's also more to the category than genetics. A very recent
issue of _Scientific_American_ had a good exploration of the topic.