brain sizes: Einstein's and women's

Bob LeChevalier lojbab at lojban.org
Wed Sep 18 20:27:29 EST 2002


"John Knight" <jwknight at polbox.com> wrote:
>> > I have no idea what dictionary you pulled this from.  Here is
>> > Mirriam-Webster:
>> > >Main Entry: 3race
>> > >Function: noun
>> > >Etymology: Middle French, generation, from Old Italian razza
>> > >Date: 1580
>> > >1 : a breeding stock of animals
>> > >2 a : a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock b
>> > > : a class or kind of people unified by community of interests,
>> > > habits, or characteristics <the English race>
>> > >3 a : an actually or potentially interbreeding group within a species;
>> > > also : a taxonomic category (as a subspecies) representing such a
>> > > group b : BREED c : a division of mankind possessing traits that are
>> >                    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>> > > transmissible by descent and sufficient to characterize it as a
>> >  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>> > > distinct human type

>Consider the number of different peoples who are a "race" by the following
>definition:
>
>"a division of mankind possessing traits that are transmissible by descent
>and sufficient to characterize it as a distinct human type".
>
>Even though each of the three different types of jews are a "race" by
>themselves, jews as a whole are also a "race" by this definition.  The fact
>that they all gravitate towards the Talmud and no other racial group does is
>enough by itself to qualify them as a "race", because these "traits ... are
>transmissible by descent" 

Nonsense.  There is no gene that "gravitates someone towards a book".
It is not transmittible by descent.

>Just ONE of the definitions of "ethnos" is "nation", and an entire nation
>like Germany or France or Spain each qualify as separate "races",

No they don't because those are "nations" of a different sort than
"ethnos".  They are political states.

Go learn how to read and use a dictionary, nincompoop.

>Another definition of "ethnos" is "people", which is the broadest category
>imaginable.

Go learn how to read and use a dictionary, nincompoop.

>And by this definition of "race", all inhabitants of a mountain
>town in West Virginia who have one common ancestor have "traits that are
>transmissible by descent" and which are "sufficient to characterize it as a
>distinct human type".

Go learn how to read and use a dictionary, nincompoop.

lojbab



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