Author Topic: The mathematical difficulty of "ancient, distinct families"  (Read 90 times)

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The mathematical difficulty of "ancient, distinct families"
« on: October 24, 2019, 05:52:07 pm »
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/we-are-all-princes-paupers-and-part-of-the-human-family, and more usefully its own citations https://www.nature.com/articles/nature02842 and  others, remind me of a conversation I had here at one point. They aren't new, but they're a nicely digestible formulation of ordinary facts about biology that can often be challenging to grasp due to their sheer magnitude and scale.

Essentially, a forum member was discussing certain discrete "ruling families" with some sort of special powers. These articles, plus the basic facts of inbreeding causing problems to anything which sexually reproduces and can have problems with recessive genes, suggest that such families in the literal, genetic sense are likely implausible.

I'll happily accept that "families" in the sense of patterns of knowledge and tradition passed from one generation to another could function in the way that folks claim the literal, genetic families might. I just don't see the premise of a specific set of genes, held by some people but not by others, and passed down consistently with neither dilution from interbreeding nor accumulation of recessive traits from inbreeding, as being more likely than many other possible explanations for how the world works.