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Just "different"

30 08 11 - 20:23

From the tiptoeing-around-the-obvious department:

Humans living at high latitude have bigger eyes and bigger brains to cope with poor light during long winters and cloudy days, UK scientists have said.

The Oxford University team said bigger brains did not make people smarter.

Larger vision processing areas fill the extra capacity, they write in the Royal Society's Biology Letters journal.

The scientists measured the eye sockets and brain volumes of 55 skulls from 12 populations across the world, and plotted the results against latitude.

Lead author Eiluned Pearce told BBC News: "We found a positive relationship between absolute latitude and both eye socket size and cranial capacity." - BBC

Why should this be taboo?

Why are we so squeamish about evolution?

Why not instead ban central heating and send everyone into the arctic circle?

thirteen comments

Big Tit Alert
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4Rq_LkQRas4/TK96-82fBQI/AAAAAAAAAic/1PRzqELAypg/s1600/Ewa+Sonnet+-007+bikini+-+7.jpg Big Tit Alert - 30-08-’11 23:00
@prozak or some one else who knows
hey man, wasn't that Schopenhauer that said something about the Nordic race being smarter because of harsher climate? @prozak or some one else who knows - 31-08-’11 07:56
David vs Goliath
Racist sexist homophobe this is terrible man spent hundreds of thousands of years evolving so he could reach a level of comfortable hedonism and new fancy slow cancers that decay us from the inside. WHY ON GODS GREEN EARTH WOULD HE WANT TO STRUGGLE? STRUGGLING SUCKS! I support taking all the money from the rich and buying pot and hookers for everyone! David vs Goliath - 31-08-’11 11:24
what are the first two letters of the word 'nipple'?
Why is it that the geographically isolated Aborigines of Australia, originally an Asian people, were total primitives while the isolated Chinese invented many technologies, became math whizzes, and fermented an unmistakable, unique culture? The harsh climate of the Outback didn't give the Aboriginese much of a boost. Anyway this is not a loaded question, I'm just curious to see others' hypotheses. what are the first two letters of the word 'nipple'? - 31-08-’11 14:13
Japanese Guy
It wasn't harshness that gave them bigger brains, it was the cold. If I'm not mistaken, the Australian Outback is a rather warm area. Japanese Guy - 31-08-’11 14:53
brunHILDE FAN #1!!!
LOL YAY GO BRUNHILDE!!!! brunHILDE FAN #1!!! - 31-08-’11 18:07
what are the first two letters of the word 'nipple'?
Yeah, you're right. I understood that reading the article but I guess for some reason I generalized it to "harsh" after reading the second comment on here. outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/australian-outback-temperatures.html Judging by this site it has a typical hot arid desert climate.

In that case, maybe the Himalayas have something to do with it. And by that token maybe the Alps made an impact on the intelligence of the Germans and the Swiss.

Were the Inuits an especially intelligent people? Some factors to consider:
-They migrated from Siberia and Far Eastern Asia across the Behring Strait during the last Ice Age.
-They invented and built igloos, dog sleds, kayaks and snowshoes, and made maps: (http://www.maproomblog.com/2008/05/inuit_tactile_maps.php). Pretty savvy work for sub-zero temperatures I reckon.
-Their environment had an utter paucity of raw materials (besides the occasional driftwood) which necessitated hunting and prevented agriculture/organized civilization/cooking/aesthetic application of architecture/invention of complex machines/other things I'm probably omitting. (I wonder of the reigns of the dog sleds were made from some animal's intestines?) The raw meat diet presumably had some effect on them, thicker blood and a heightened heat-retention capability from what I've read.
-Instead of advancements in literature/science/astronomy and music with complex melodies, they have oral tradition, superstition, and tribal music. Is this due to low IQ or to an intensified focus on survival?

And transitioning from that on a whim, was the leisure time picked up from agriculture and organized civilization elsewhere a blessing or a curse? I think there is a healthy homeostasis to be achieved; undoubtedly much great art and technology has been made possible by rumination, but if you have too much of it (...AMERICA) you become detached from life altogether.

this is irrelevant but how's #51 for irony? what are the first two letters of the word 'nipple'? - 31-08-’11 20:11
comment #2
"The highest civilisation and culture, apart from the ancient Hindus and Egyptians, are found exclusively among the white races; and even with many dark peoples, the ruling caste or race is fairer in colour than the rest and has, therefore, evidently immigrated, for example, the Brahmans, the Incas, and the rulers of the South Sea Islands. All this is due to the fact that necessity is the mother of invention because those tribes that emigrated early to the north, and there gradually became white, had to develop all their intellectual powers and invent and perfect all the arts in their struggle with need, want and misery, which in their many forms were brought about by the climate. This they had to do in order to make up for the parsimony of nature and out of it all came their high civilisation." - Schopenhauer, from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_race

I think he was a bit extreme, but it's a good explanation - can anyone bring a counter-argument to this ? How did these tribes turn white anyways ?

Cheers folks comment #2 - 01-09-’11 15:58
Bitches just want to be loved. Levy_Spearmen - 02-09-’11 09:18
No it is not a good explanation. Yes it is extremist for its revision of history. Where is the proof that all high civilizations were made by white people? This Nordicist supremacism myth should never be hosted somewhere that anyone in the world can come view it. Think of how crushed and humiliated it is for someone who isn't white (whatever that is supposed to mean) to witness that white supremacist rubbish as if it is an approved point of view in the world. Well, the wikipedia administration is all white nordicish people so I guess that explains it. Now maybe some of you understand why we need affirmative action government programs for the vulnerable groups. Your white supremacist rubbish really is institutionalized. Yet, we are rooting it out bit by bit for the sake of social justice, fairness and compassion so that all groups not just yours have a fair say. Even at wikipedia. Dave - 02-09-’11 10:02
Dave is seriously a candidate for troll of the year. Props, dude. LMFAO lol - 02-09-’11 18:55
I think at some point there was a Real Dave, but now there's this subtle Fake Dave that it attempting to make Real Dave and his views look foolish by imitating him almost precisely while also revealing his arguments' shortcomings by contradicting himself. AnHero - 03-09-’11 16:32
HAHAHA Second - 03-09-’11 16:59

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