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Considering that famine historically hasn’t been supported as a constant cyclic pressure on the prevalence of a thrifty gene and given diabetes generally doesn’t affect an individual before or during prime reproductive years, how can such a gene be possibility considered as selective on its own right? That is to say, given this article I can’t possibly see how any other theory besides the association with lactose tolerance can be taken seriously in discerning the prevalence of diabetes genetically (and the fact both traits involve the processing of animal proteins suggests some sort of simian carry-over and I’d be interested to see a diabetes model for chimpanzees). One example explored by the article was that social stratification could have been a source for the genetic prevalence of a famine resistant thrifty gene. Given that the author renders the genetic contribution of elite castes moot by the volume of lower groups, would not also be pertinent to address the effect of social obligation on a group’s contribution to a greater genetic population?
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Unformatted text preview: That is, the point of the most basic civilization is to make sustenance more efficient thus producing leisure time. Social privilege within that civilization in turn obligates this time to be filled with education, war, art, administration et cetera- activities which assert the privileged groups standing but take away from the opportunity it has in any given day to reproduce, a problem which lower social ranks do not have thus causing them to grow exponentially faster (which in turn would obligate the elite to recruit the best and brightest from these masses to maintain their population/administration proportionally). Looking at this from a genetic perspective, civilized human evolution only involves the most fit in a limited role if at all and given the rising trend of social mobility in the 20th century (especially the progress made by women), the idea of cultural selection can be construed as opposed to what would be considered as natural or intuitive....
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2010 for the course ANTHROPOLO 483 taught by Professor Gervais during the Spring '10 term at Adrian College.

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