Out of Africa? Political Correctness and Science

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Regular readers may know that I’m wont to joke that we are all African-Americans, and so should be eligible for minority set-asides, scholarships and/or reparations (should they ever be awarded). My joke is based upon the prevailing hypothesis about the origin of modern Homo sapiens sapiens.  Personally, I’ve never accepted the Out of Africa model (aka single replacement), but it’s been the favored scientific “wisdom” for some time. The proposals of Milford H. Wolpoff, who advances the multiregional hypothesis, have always seemed to make more sense, but even that model envisions Africa as our ultimate homeland.

The Out of Africa model proposes that all modern humans descend from a common ancestral branch that first arose in Africa sometime around a mere 200,000 years ago. From Africa, these thoroughly modern humans spread out to populate the entire world about 60,000 years ago, displacing all previous populations (such as Neanderthals) who then died off.

The multiregional hypothesis differs by proposing that rather than displacing earlier forms of humans, the more recent migrants from Africa simply interbred with and absorbed those populations.

Recently, some Russian geneticists reported on research that suggests that the common ancestor of all modern humans may never have lived in Africa. Their research was published by a company that might be called part of the “alternative” scientific press.

You may not believe in human evolution. This post doesn’t argue for or against evolution but is an attempt to demonstrate how political correctness can corrupt what’s presented as objective science.

Some believe that the reason that the Out of Africa model became so popular is simple political correctness. [emphasis added to quotes]

Scientific evidence refuting the theory of modern humanity’s African genesis is common knowledge among those familiar with the most recent scientific papers on the human Genome, Mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosomes. Regrettably, within mainstream press and academia circles, there seems to be a conspicuous – and dare we say it – deliberate vacuum when it comes to reporting news of these recent studies and their obvious implications.
 
Australian historian Greg Jefferys explains that, “The whole ‘Out of Africa’ myth has its roots in the mainstream academic campaign in the 1990′s to remove the concept of Race. When I did my degree they all spent a lot of time on the ‘Out of Africa’ thing but it’s been completely disproved by genetics. Mainstream still hold on to it.”

Yes, some are motivated by a desire to “remove the concept of Race,” but others (who prefer to divide us) use the “myth” to help promote Afrocentrism, as illustrated by a book written by Professor Mary Lefkowitz and reviewed by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.:

“Not Out of Africa[How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History] has sparked widespread debate over the teaching of revisionist history in schools and colleges. Was Socrates black? Did Aristotle steal his ideas from the library in Alexandria? Do we owe the underlying tenets of our democratic civilization to the Africans? Mary Lefkowitz explains why politically motivated histories of the ancient world are being written and shows how Afrocentrist claims blatantly contradict the historical evidence. Not Out of Africa” is an important book that protects and argues for the necessity of historical truths and standards in cultural education.

“Not Out of Africa” combines a learned demolition of various politically correct historical fantasies with a thoughtful inquiry into questions of historical method and of academic freedom. Anyone perplexed by multicultural education should read it.

So history as well as anthropology falls victim to political correctness. A particular bias for the Out of Africa model is said to be more prevalent in Europe and the USA, while scientists elsewhere (particularly Russia and China) tend to disagree. Harvard biochemist Christian Schwabe wrote,

The “out of Africa” idea of human evolution is dominant among anthropologists perhaps because most fossils were found there, because of the commitment to a single origin scenario, and finally because of cultural demands that all humans be of equal descent. In the final analysis these are not very forceful reasons.

Perhaps because of “cultural demands”, political correctness and the politicization of “science” are becoming the norm in the United States and Europe. Most obvious is the slanting of the science on “global warming“, which is also called inadvertent climate modification, greenhouse effect, anthropogenic climate change, anthropogenic global warming, global climate change, global heating, climate breakdown, and climate insecurity.

The ever-morphing terminology is one clue that politicization happens frequently in climate science.

Most scientific studies expressing an opinion accept the theory that humans cause global warming, says one much-cited meta-analysis. That amazing 97.1% “consensus” figure is proof, however, only of how cleverly some lie with statistics. Nearly two thirds of the studies examined expressed no opinion. In addition, the meta-analysis included research abstracts from only peer-reviewed scientific literature. Which brings us to another way that political correctness infects science: through the suppression and deliberate non-publication of opposing views.

Peer review is the standard for credibility. Or it used to be.

Now political correctness is used to prevent opposing viewpoints from being published in peer-reviewed journals in the first place, which keeps the world from seeing any research-based evidence that refutes the prevailing “wisdom”, seemingly confirming the imaginary “consensus”.

Thus the need for an alternative scientific press, such as the one that published the findings of those Russian geneticists.

Similar forces of political correctness gave rise to a need for the New Media (aka the alternative media, including the “pajamas media” or bloggers). As mainstream media falls victim to political correctness, the alternative media steps in.

There are obvious parallels between the current suppression of some “inconvenient” scientific facts and the Catholic Church’s suppression of Galileo’s work in defense of the theories of Copernicus.

A New Inquisition?

While that might sound extreme, consider that one professor has actually proposed holding “climate denierscriminally negligent:

What are we to make of those behind the well documented corporate funding of global warming denial? Those who purposefully strive to make sure “inexact, incomplete and contradictory information” is given to the public? I believe we understand them correctly when we know them to be not only corrupt and deceitful, but criminally negligent in their willful disregard for human life. It is time for modern societies to interpret and update their legal systems accordingly.

The professor sounds far from “modern” in his analysis. His argument also sounds like a classic case of projection: Who is suppressing “contradictory information?”

Yet more evidence:

Climate science has become ‘too green’ and ‘blind to bias’ scientists have warned after it was claimed a major journal suppressed research which cast doubt on the speed of global warming.

The journal Environmental Research Letters refused to publish an article by Lennart Bengtsson and other academics which flagged up inconsistencies in temperature projections. …

Prof [Richard] Tol, who refused to sign a recent Intergovernmental Pancel on Climate Change (IPCC) report because it was too alarmist said: “Environmental Research Letters is known for making politically inspired decisions. They are very green, and not the scientific journal that they claim to be.

“There are few people with as much credibility as Lennart Bengtsson. His integrity is beyond doubt.”

The paper by Prof Bengtsson, of Reading University, challenged findings by the IPCC that the global average temperature would rise by up to 4.5C if greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were allowed to double.

It suggested that the climate might be much less sensitive to greenhouse gases than has previously been claimed.

Unfortunately, common sense wins some and loses some. Here’s more evidence of politically correct suppression combined with economic bullying:

Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming.

Public relations firms have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions – as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives.

Now a number of the top 25 global PR firms have told the Guardian they will not represent clients who deny man-made climate change, or take campaigns seeking to block regulations limiting carbon pollution. Companies include WPP, Waggener Edstrom (WE) Worldwide, Weber Shandwick, Text100, and Finn Partners. …

Not surprisingly, all things considered, that news comes on the heels of this:

U.S. President Barack Obama and EU leaders meeting in Brussels this month [March 2014] will throw their combined weight behind tackling climate change, a document seen by Reuters says, in a show of developed world solidarity on the need for a new global deal.

Both the European Union and the United States are preparing new pledges on cutting emissions for the first quarter of 2015, ahead of a U.N. summit in Paris that is meant to agree a new worldwide deal.

Its aim must be to limit any global average temperature increase to less than 2 degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels “and should therefore include ambitious mitigation contributions, notably from the world’s major economies and other significant emitters,” the document said.

Why doesn’t Obama just stretch out his all-powerful hand and command the oceans to stop rising?

Political correctness also impedes science with regard to determining how the Americas were first populated. For political reasons, activists persuaded the U.S. Congress to pass a law that requires ancient human remains found within the USA to be controlled by “Native Americans”, who are assumed to be the descendants of the deceased. Remains are turned over to tribes living in the same geographical area for reburial, as if humans haven’t migrated over the intervening tens of thousands of years. In some cases, no scientific study of the remains is conducted, as that would be disrespectful towards “the ancestors” and would desecrate their remains.

Everything from mineral rights to land rights to separate nationhood status depends upon maintaining the “common wisdom” (or imaginary consensus) that the ancestors of today’s “Native Americans” were the only first inhabitants of this hemisphere and were basically homogenous. In addition, some Native American mythologies teach that “the ancestors” were indigenous to the Americas, so they never could have been Out of Africa, or even Siberia. To say otherwise is politically incorrect and disrespectful to their culture. After all, this is a now a nation where cultural relativism is almost a religion.

Cultural relativism is the view that no culture is superior to any other culture when comparing systems of morality, law, politics, etc. It’s the philosophical notion that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the cultural environment.

In truth, we are all immigrants to this hemisphere, the only variable being time. Who came first is yet to be determined, if it will even be allowed to be determined. The way things are looking, we may never know the truth, because politics is far too involved in the study of Ancient America.

So the Solutreans may never get their due. The Solutrean hypothesis proposes that migrants from western Europe arrived on the east coast of America somewhere between 21,000 and 13,500 years ago. That hypothesis, as you might imagine, has “not been well received.”

The field of psychology is similarly infected by politics. For example, research is published purporting to prove that conservatives are mentally ill or that whites are particularly, if not uniquely, prone to subconscious racial microaggressions, the latter hypothesis leading to some very ridiculous, divisive, and rather unfortunate incidents.

Anthropology, history, paleontology, archaeology, psychology–these are not the only fields of study subject to corruption by political correctness, but they seem to be the most susceptible, especially the social sciences.

Everything is political and everything is tainted with politics.

Politically corrupted science bodes ill for this Republic, which is the topic of an upcoming post. Stay tuned.

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133 responses to “Out of Africa? Political Correctness and Science

  1. YEP!!!! OBAMA LIT … THE …. MATCH in FERGUSON …. &
    SO MUCH MORE….with his BROAD BUSH…. what a JOKE he IS!

    http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/obama-lit-the-match-in-ferguson/

  2. So, someone asks on Facebook, “Why is Obama always on vacation?” And the resident O’minnion posts this,
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/obama-has-logged-only-13-as-many-vacation-days-as-george-w-bush/. Huh?

  3. Harvard’s currently most famous alumnus, Barack Obama, takes anti-American dogma one step further into an idée fixe. He suffers a delusion within the illusion of American perfidy, a fixed, fervent ideological system against an imaginary evil white patriarchy. And the face of his “singular fixation of the intellect” has been George W. Bush. On the level of the Heart, Obama has NO Country. Not only does he NOT Identify with the people who DIED on 9/11, but to a degree beyond most left-wing elites, he IS Sympathetic to the Islamists who KILLED Them. …..

  4. And the DIS-graceful ~ M E D I A ~ Irresponsibility in NOT Constantly reminding the Public of that Fact & of the difficulty of the ongoing investigation, preferring to “PLAY” 24/7 “newsbreak” games with the statements of activists & advocates, has led to an unnecessary week of violence & abraded interracial trust. & THE “HO” MEDIA needs 2 GO!

    • There’s word, maybe at GP, that it’s a slam dunk also that the deceased struggled for the cop’s gun. That probably means that there are fingerprints of his on it. Or DNA or something. So much hard evidence and even the “eye witnesses” confirm the struggle in the car. Now, did you see this? Johnson suddenly says that maybe Brown’s hands weren’t that high when he turned around. He was favoring one arm, Johnson said, and didn’t have the other very high. So they all modify their stories as the facts come out and the stories morph to fit the new “facts”. Reminds me of Obama’s legend/narrative.

  5. Entering them Pearly Gates ~ O God

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      My favorite film of his was What Dreams May Come. Plot……Robin’s character goes through Hell to find wife who committed suicide. Narrowly tied with The Fisher King. Although his comedic work was brilliant and in hindsight, quite manic, those two exceptionally brilliant dramatic roles were my favorite of his enormous body of work. It’s unusual for a comedian to have such remarkable dramatic skills.

  6. protect….”OUR~PEOPLE” ? … O’s speaks on JIM FOLEY & ~ I S I L
    with a Video ~ Taking his break @ Martha’s V’s

    http://bluenationreview.com/breaking-president-obama-speaks-jim-foley-isil/

  7. The last sentence of this thought provoking and I believe “right on” article , is the correct measure to take. Syria could take great advantage here and come out a good guy and let the wars be contained between terrorist against middle east factions and citizens of all these countries come together and fight the evil that has pervaded their countries for years now , aided and created by our meddlesome Nato geniuses.
    I love my country, but I don’t love what a few elite power hungry hoodlums are using my patriotism for .http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/natos-isis-creating-justification-for-wwiii/

    • The writer forgot to mention Benghazi. It’s likely true. It fits what we see. Brennan in the midst of it, too, no doubt.

  8. “Big Mike,” … as some of his friends called Michael Brown Jr.,
    Wasn’t the Type to Fight, …………………. O’ Really ???
    family & neighbors said, though he lived in a restless neighborhood
    where police were on frequent patrol. …. @AP

    • Did you read that this was the first police shooting that caused a death in the entire history of that city? So much for their pattern and the “war on young black men.”

    • I had already begun to wonder if he was on PCP. That makes people violent. Sometimes, if a person mixes alcohol with pot, it makes them violent, too. In addition, long-term pot use will mess up a man’s hormones, possibly making him violent. Not making excuses for him because nobody excuses drunk drivers who kill people. Just saying that it may be simultaneously true that he was quiet and gentle (in school, where drugs weren’t) and also violent when high on something. Look at what his friends are putting at his memorial: empty liquor bottles (he was too young to legally drink), cigarillos (which they repack with pot), and NyQuil bottles (mixed with cough syrup and/or fruit punch and you have Trayvon’s drank of choice).

  9. SOURCE: BROWN BEAT COP ….. @ DRUDGE

  10. Missouri COP .. WAS ~ BAD~ly BEAT~en B – 4 the SHOOTING!!! ??
    O’ how could that B the source of the DEATH?… BIG MIKE? …naa

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/20/missouri-cop-was-badly-beaten-before-shooting-michael-brown-says-source/

  11. Sharp-E’ has a CHANCE to HEAL some WOUNDS… BUTT’ will HE
    EVEN ….TRY 2 DO THAT? Michael BROWN’s Funeral on MONDAY
    @ 10 am … TELL THE GOD’S HONEST TRUTH PLEASE …. even if it
    kills ya… BEGAN to CHANGE ..? WE R ONE… OR were NOT!
    OUR FUTURE LOOKS BLEAK… 24 / 7… I’m SICK of BLACK TALK!!!!
    & further MORE … U CREATE the DIVISION … the “rainbow” has been
    hi-jacked … ~ so lets SEE … ~L O V E …. BROTHERS … L O V E ~

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/sharpton-address-mike-browns-st-louis-funeral

  12. Debra_jean • 6 hours ago …@AP ^^^

    Obama, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson… have done MOre to Divide this
    Country in 6 years then the KKK did in 30….& remember the KKK was started by Demo-crap-s. & HOW COULD WE ever 4 – GET THAT! ?

  13. the Family: … Lived with Gram? for how long? had a new younger
    brother … just the same story as Trayvon…etc. mom passes him on
    cus she’s got HER a new life going down? run the streets might have a crummy job @ the Family Dollar?.. with help from a cousin whom works
    2 jobs.. himself 2 make ends meet I’m sure. So what is missing ? smokes
    dope etc?.. no skittles …but has a do or die attitude? me thinks so…

    http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2014/08/mike_brown_shooting_ferguson_family.php

    • His mother is 34 years old. Do the math. I saw elsewhere that he moved to his grandmother’s on account of some “domestic violence” incident at his mother’s home. No details on that other than that. It’s said she has 3 other children. I know this because Sharpton or Jackson or somebody on TV said they set up a fund so her 3 children will go to college. Is there ANY confirmation that his body really was lying there 4 hours? That could as well be another myth. They also said he was uncovered for all that time, which turned out to be a lie. That’s the first time I’ve seen the grandmother’s name or heard her comment. Desuirea Harris is her name. His mother is Lesley (aka Leslie) McSpadden. Father Michael Brown Sr. Stepfather Louis Head. Now we have an aunt named Elizabeth Spivey who appears to be the coiner of the phrase “gentle giant”, which has also been attributed to his teachers at high school. Funny how a meme happens. Oh, he was also a “big teddy bear.” Looked like one to me, especially when he was glaring, flashing gang signs, and holding up that little man by his shirt. Cousin Anthony Livingston worked at the Family Dollar store. Gee, I wonder if it’s the same one that was LOOTED twice? I wonder if ANYBODY confirmed with that college that he was enrolled and due to start school the Monday after he was shot? He wanted to play football? Interesting. Could he have been using steroids? ‘Roid rage? (btw, you don’t play college football at trade school.) Now this story claims he wanted to study music and sound engineering at the trade school; his lawyer Crump said he was going to study there to be a heating and cooling engineer. They’re saying he graduated high school in the spring and yet other stories said he had to go to summer school to make up credits so he would get his diploma.

  14. while B Obama wasted years…. these eggs were HATCHING…!!!
    yep… Michelle …. worry’s about EATING GREENS & hearing them
    KIDS… breathing HARD cus THEY ARE FAT! … so you could NOT
    SLEEP at NIGHT…. BOO-HOO…. & LOOK AT
    THIS MESS….. & they still are’t EATING THEM GREENS LADY!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2726609/Stores-looted-including-one-slain-teen-Michael-Brown-allegedly-stole-cigars-sixth-night-confrontation-Ferguson-St-Louis-police-ordered-stand-Highway-Patrol.html

  15. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/20/holder-ferguson-investigation/14356869/

    There’s irony for you. They say that Bob McCulloch cannot be a fair prosecutor in this case because his own father, a cop, was murdered 50 years ago by a black man. Therefore, he should recuse himself on account of presumed bias.

    However, Holder goes to St. Louis to talk about how he, himself, had been profiled for being black, how his father suffered racial injustice, how Holder himself was pulled over, “accused” of speeding, and searched by police for doing nothing wrong.

    BUTT somehow, he’s still able to be fair and to investigate and PROSECUTE this officer for civil rights violations that nobody, NOBODY, has one shred of evidence to support.

    I suppose, as a black man, Holder is BETTER than the white Bob McCulloch. You know, SUPERIOR. He’s not tainted with that original sin of inborn racism. In fact, as a black man, he CANNOT BE racist. I do believe that he’s probably, like Malik Shabazz, a black supremacist.

    Holder also seems to believe that he can rise above his background and his bias and somehow be fair to the officer. (Actually, as one falsely accused of speeding, you’d think perhaps he would have a little empathy for the officer who also seems to be falsely accused.) His racism makes him want revenge, it seems to me.

    You don’t see McCulloch going on and on about his personal grievance of having a father killed by any black man and/or trying to relate it to this case or any case he’s involved in. I knew his father had been murdered but never knew until this case came up that it was a black man who did it. That shows a certain level of professionalism, don’t you think?

    • Megyn Kelly had a guest on her show who pointed out that Holder’s team of lawyers are hand-picked leftists who all have axes to grind against the police. Some of them, who amazingly enough still work for Holder, were caught using anonymous identities on blogs to taint the jury pool and to leak grand jury information in a case against police in Florida. So they don’t have any bias, either. Rest assured, justice will be done.

  16. Here’s a tangent that is sort of relevant to Africa,
    I thought this would have happened years ago:
    an excerpt from:

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/rudy-v-lee-supreme-court-case-put-spotlight-obamas-constitutional-eligibility/

    Last week, our firm filed a friend-of-the-court
    brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting a patent attorney’s claim that a law mandating an increase in patent application fees was invalid because it was signed into law by President Obama, who does not meet the constitutional requirement to be a “natural born citizen.” The lower courts in the case ruled that the question of President Obama’s citizenship is a “political question” and thus an issue for Congress, not the courts,­ to decide.

    Until now, the question of President Obama’s qualifications as a “natural born citizen” has been dodged by the judiciary because those challenging his eligibility had not suffered any personal injury compensable by a court–and thus lacked “legal” standing. There is no such barrier in this case because the patent attorney suffered an out-of-pocket loss of $90.00 because of the new law signed by President Obama.

    Also, until now, no one has questioned the validity of a law signed by the President. Rather, previous cases have sought the removal of President Obama from the presidential ballot or from office altogether. In this case, however, the complaining patent attorney is not seeking President Obama’s removal from office, but simply a refund of his $90.00 and a declaration that, unless he is a “natural born citizen,” President Obama does not have the constitutional authority to sign a bill into law.
    SNIP
    It’s kind of obvious, and I though this tactic would have been used as soon
    as people started incurring losses under mr. obama, for example farmers deprived water in the San Fernando Valley or logging companies put out of business in Oregon. Still, better late than never, the guy obviously has standing and only wants his ninety bucks back.
    If it was to succeed, then all laws (including the Budget!) passed since
    2008 would be invalid and trillions of dollars might need to be repaid
    so that would be a mess! I’m not sure retroactive legislation to authorize what wasn’t legal then would survive legal challenge.

    • Good one Dave, but can you imagine this $90 bucks is going to rustle a judge’s feathers? Wouldn’t that be an astounding bit of good news if it went anywhere? Is the case actually going forward or what?

    • Interesting, but something tells me it’s going to end up like all the other lawsuits. We’re stuck with Barry for AT LEAST the next two and nearly a half years. Pray that we’ll survive them as a free Republic.

  17. This is for Zenway just cause a person named Zen wrote this article and it’s food for thought.
    http://wakeup-world.com/2014/06/29/the-isis-ploy-illuminati-symbols-sorcery-and-sacrifice/

    • Wow. I like that artwork. I did notice that Barry pointedly called them ISIL and not ISIS. Oh, hey! That’s an interesting thesis about the Matrix movies and humans being drained. Ditto for The Highlander, where the immortals had to be beheaded and then the beheader obtained their power.

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