MadSci Network: Evolution

Re: Are East Indians considered to be Asian or Caucasion?

Date: Fri Oct 2 12:24:13 1998
Posted By: Dr. David Smerken, unemployed Ph.D., BIOANTHROPOLOGY, DNA
Area of science: Evolution
ID: 906603542.Ev


For hundreds of years there has been debate over the number of human subspecies
(races).  However, modern biological sciences overwhelmingly do not recognize
biological races or subspecies in reference to humans. In fact, there are more
disparities between individuals within a so-called race than between so-called
races.  Now, there are what we can call folk races.  For example, in the United
States one is considered to be black if there is any trace of black ancestry
(even say if it is one-sixteenth and the skin is not brown).  On the other hand,
in Brazil,  individuals can change 'folk races' during life and often brothers
and sisters are considered different races.  I suggest you look further into
this by reading the book 'The Mismeasure of Man' by Harvard Professor Stephen
Jay Gould.

David S. Smerken, Ph.D. 

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