A Stoned QuestionSubmitted by Murphy1844 at 2009-11-21 04:57:40 EST
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Well, needless to say I've smoked a little green tonight.
I'm from Oregon too, so that should say something. I'm fucking high right now!
The original title for this post was this: "Debate: Bill Mayer vs. Richard Dawkins"
I'll make this terse. Bill Mayer (and B. Clinton) agree, and site, this point: "Human Beings are 99.9% genetically identical." They site the Human Genome Project (which is accurate) every time. This statement of science sort of meshed in my pot of thinking, and made sense to me. I looked at people differently, but actually more of a reflection of myself-- my strengths, my weaknesses, etc. After all, we are nearly the same, but seem so radically different. As far as the N vs. N debate goes, seems like the Nurture side just got pocket aces.
Bill Mayer had Richard Dawkins on his show a little while ago, and at some point Bill fell back on his firm, well-thought-out ideology that suggests to the many atheists/agnostics out there that since we're nearly identical genetically, that we're pretty much the same in all other ways.
Fucking FALSE. Dawkins pointed this out, and I fucking totally agree. Actually, to explain this better, I'll use some dialogue as I remember it. It could be inaccurate, but hopefully you'll get the point.
Mayer: "Well aren't we ninety-nine per cent genetically identical as far as [whatever they were talking about] goes?"
Dawkins: "Well, yes, but that isn't as intriguing to me you see."
Mayer: "What isn't" <audience laughter>
Dawkings: "Genetically, yes. But look at the range of personalities from across the globe! Genetically, yes, but psychologically, we're so very different! I posit"
(This is the important part)
"... in order for Natural Selection to work, it needs A LOT of variety."