View Full Version : Cultural Differences: A DNA Link?

Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 08:00 AM
East Asian and European cultures have long been very different, Richard Nisbett argued in his recent book "The Geography of Thought." East Asians tend to be more interdependent than the individualists of the West, which he attributed to the social constraints and central control handed down as part of the rice-farming techniques Asians have practiced for thousands of years.

A separate explanation for such long- lasting character traits may be emerging from the human genome. Humans have continued to evolve throughout prehistory and perhaps to the present day, according to a new analysis of the genome reported last week by Jonathan Pritchard, a population geneticist at the University of Chicago.

So human nature may have evolved as well.

If so, scientists and historians say, a fresh look at history may be in order. Evolutionary changes in the genome could help explain cultural traits that last over many generations as societies adapted to different local pressures.

Read more here (http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/03/12/news/genes.php)

Friday, March 24th, 2006, 12:30 AM
Very true, good article though not too much new information in it. But we are not far enough yet to conclude very specific things, its rather a matter of speculation backed up by some evidence at least, though some speculations seem to make more sense than others obviously. This article really confirmed some of my concepts and its good to see that some established scientists are on basically the same track.
Subsistence pattern and socio-economic structures shaped populations, and therefore racial types, not just in their physical appearance, but their behaviour too.