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Research Suggests Apes and Humans Separated By a Single Gene

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  • Re:Uplift (Score:5, Interesting)

    by H0p313ss (811249) on Thursday November 22, 2012 @04:02PM (#42068087)

    It's a science fiction work based on the idea that human intelligence is due to ancient interference by a mysterious alien race

    Actually it's not that clear, in the series Humanity is often referred to as a "wolfling" species. It is unclear to all players on the Galactic scene if there was an unknown "uplifter" or Humanity is one of the rare exceptions in the Galaxy.

    This uncertainty always seemed like an allusion to human religious belief, most alien species are so convinced that it is actually impossible for a species to attain sapience without intervention that they'll even go to war over it. Intelligent Design anyone?

    Note that I am not suggesting that Brin is promoting intelligent design, I'm pointing out that most of the aliens in the series are as delusional as the religious types who refuse to accept the universe for what it is beyond their very narrow beliefs.

  • Re:Uh huh. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by VortexCortex (1117377) <.VortexCortex. . ... -retrograde.com.> on Thursday November 22, 2012 @08:38PM (#42069817)

    yeah, blacks

    No. Racists

    Woah, slow down... Why pull the "racist" card? Isn't that precisely what genetics is about? I'm not a racist but I think they might have a valid point. Our ancestors with dark skin weren't the result of breeding with Neanderthals, but the light skinned folks were. So, hmm, I don't know if you'd say blacks were closer to being apes, but whites are more likely to carry Neanderthal genes as well as homsapien genes. That probably means they're further from apes if you measure "distance" by genetic differentiation. If you count that merging as a node in the graph, that's one more node further, no? Not that it matters much, I'm sure there's been sufficient cross breeding that you'd have a hard time finding anyone alive without Neanderthal genes.

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