Friday Fluff – August 19th, 2011

By Razib Khan | August 19, 2011 9:25 am


1) Post from the past: The arc of evolutionary genetics is long.

2) Weird search query of the week: “sandra laing genetics.” This was actually the #1 query the past week. That’s the strange part, as Sandra Laing isn’t in the news right now from what I can tell.

3) Comment of the week, in response to None dare call it eugenics, two comments:

6. Christopher@BorderWars Says:

Throwing around the term “Eugenics” is akin to the internet tactic of invoking the Nazis. Without talking specifics, it’s just an attempt to smear by associating the mundane aspects with the horrific. For instance, nearly anything that’s authoritarian has been called “fascist” … why not just use authoritarian? Do we need to hang death camps and the final solution on anything that is remotely governmental?

People make little e eugenic decisions when they mate select. They also espouse eugenics in a passive manner when they follow fashions, idolize models and athletes, etc. Heck, they defraud the eugenic assumptions when they get cosmetic surgery, apply copious amounts of makeup, get hair plugs, and even work out excessively using supplements and drugs. If you desire to present a false image of your genetic quality, you’re also buying into the notion that having “good” genes is superior and important.

Anyone who suggests that it’s a slippery slope from eye-liner to forced sterilizations is an idiot.

7. Jason Says:

I think the big danger of eugenics or racism is that it is a very slippery slope and so should not be joked about.

4) And finally, your weekly fluff fix:

  • Sandgroper

    That has to go down as one of the all time classics.

    But I’m still trying to figure out what is wrong with working out excessively. Or forced sterilizations, for that matter. I know a few white folks who would be greatly improved by that procedure – the fat stupid ugly ones.

    I’ve never been much of a fan of eye-liner, though.

  • Zora

    I suppose you’d consider me fat and ugly, Sandgroper — are you willing to tell me (to my virtual face) that I should have been aborted, or sterilized so that I wouldn’t reproduce?

    If I had been aborted or sterilized, my daughter (National Merit scholar, BA, MA in computer science, sysadmin) wouldn’t be alive now.

  • Sandgroper

    No, that was me being sarcastic, but supposing you consider yourself fat and ugly, I’d encourage you to keep up the diet. And suggest, assuming you don’t already know, that the right way to go is diet+exercise, never just diet alone. Everyone is different, but that is a very safe general rule, unless there is some physical reason why you can’t exercise.

    And I’m a big supporter of smart daughters who do science.

  • Justin Giancola

    I’m a big supporter of the humor in this comeback. 😉 ^

  • Darkseid

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