Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Friday, October 17, 2003, 10:02|
Quoting John Cowan <cowan@...>:
> Paul Bennett scripsit:
> > OTOH, there are several very real basises(?) for the use of simple
> > terms for sub-species stocks with the human race. There is seldom a
> > variable continuum from one race to the other (absent interracial
> > breeding) in terms of pure genetics
> Actually, the variability between the supposed races, or even ethnic
> groups, is far less than the variability within a single group.
> If all of humanity were destroyed except the Xhosa of South Africa,
> 80% of human genetic diversity would be preserved.
I guess that the best line of defense for the applicabiltiy of racial terms
like "Caucasoid" and so on would adopt a phenotypical rather than genotypical
But whether the distinctions described by these terms are real or not has
little to do with whether these terms are "scientific" or not, has it? I
wouldn't expect anyone to deny that "luminoferous aether" is a scientifc term
just because pretty much no-one believe in its existence any more.