[LMB] No lefties

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Sun Oct 6 01:35:46 BST 2019


That was what did for the Native Americans, more than anything else.   They
came from a very small original population (how they got such varied
languages is unknown) and had no exposure to Eurasian disease, so when
large-scale contact with Europe (and later, Asia) happened, they died like
flies.

On Sat, Oct 5, 2019 at 7:05 PM <alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca> wrote:

> >> On Oct 4, 2019, at 9:55 PM, Douglas Weinfield <douglasw at his.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> What's your basis for thinking that random genetic variability will be
> better for tomorrow than an intentional effort to anticipate tomorrow?
> >> I mean, evolution works by killing off the weak branches, no?
>
> Bananas currently. The best breed for yield and ease of harvesting, which
> made it the most cultivated, is unfortunately the most prone to a disease
> which kills the plant.
>
> Or the Irish potato famine back in the 19th century.
>
> Relative monocultures -- a likely effect of genetic design -- can be
> easily brought down by new diseases or other threats.
>
> Alayne
>
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