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February 9, 2013

“The domestication of dogs was an important episode in the development of human civilization. The precise timing and location of this event is debated1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and little is known about the genetic changes that accompanied the transformation of ancient wolves into domestic dogs. Here we conduct whole-genome resequencing of dogs and wolves to identify 3.8 million genetic variants used to identify 36 genomic regions that probably represent targets for selection during dog domestication. Nineteen of these regions contain genes important in brain function, eight of which belong to nervous system development pathways and potentially underlie behavioural changes central to dog domestication6. Ten genes with key roles in starch digestion and fat metabolism also show signals of selection. We identify candidate mutations in key genes and provide functional support for an increased starch digestion in dogs relative to wolves. Our results indicate that novel adaptations allowing the early ancestors of modern dogs to thrive on a diet rich in starch, relative to the carnivorous diet of wolves, constituted a crucial step in the early domestication of dogs.”
(Nature Journal of Science; The genomic signature of dog domestication reveals adaptation to a starch-rich diet. Authors: Erik Axelsson, Kerstin Lindblad-Toh

I need to point out, here, that the language that this abstract uses, and especially the terms “targets for selection”, “signals of selection”, and “candidate mutations” refers to an understanding of biological evolution that is above and beyond even an educated popular understanding of this conceptual model, which is essentially an historical and empirically confirmed version of Darwinism.

But the researches understand this, and thank god for that, as it were!

Still, it is for me of serious moral importance-is there any other kind?-the contemplation of this outrageous disconnect between popular understanding-and all the silly political confusion it leads to in society-and the conceptual instruments of logic and reasoning that hyper-specialized researchers use.

In fact, it seems that they are so specialized that they are not even aware of the fact that they are in a different realm of understanding that does not include society itself.

Although, of course, this text is from a specialist periodical.

But you figure out exactly what I am referring to, for I have written about this previously-and I’m dead right in my analysis.

And then along comes some bozo, with his plastic Havard or MIT-or University of Chicago-academic credentials, and decides to cash on this very situation; and he goes and produces a book of “popular science” as a consumer and editorial product, in which he might give you a watered-down and sugared-up version of what researchers’ conceptual tools are, but he is not seriously concerned with moral awkwardness that it is a kind social divide or bottom heavy class system in regards to scientific and intellectual understanding that is allowing him do this and benefit economically from, in so doing.

And gone is the old-time, tweed-jacketed, pipe sucking Harvard (or Princeton-or wherever) professor-scholar who was not so keen on reaping profit from the fold of society, but probably saw himself more at the service of humanity through his own passion for intellectual and moral –is there any other kind?-truth.

I mean, what makes Oppenhiemer a such a passionate figure of contemplation for us is exactly the moral dilemma that he certainly carried-Imagine how he must have felt on his trip to Tokyo after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, before the heads of state at the time in Japan in what surely was a most uncomfortable ritual of diplomacy, for all parties involved!

But you must admit, we are no longer on the same playing field in regards to the seriousness of scientific progress, for many different reasons, but most especially because of certain hyped up silliness in regards to this illusion of man before his destiny.

That in a certain sense, it so hyped and exaggerated that it has become irrelevant in a serious sense, and basically is just useful to keep the demand for new technology as consumer products permanently stoked and at a roar.

Apple is not complaining, are they?

And frivolous-but in a dark and sinister way for me personally-is the fact that the person who wrote the abstract at the head of this text understands (and this is what I have already written about) that human biological evolution effectively stopped some 10,000 years ago (or whenever we generally accept in our conceptual model of human history that agriculture began).

And as Virgil The Rat (Sex Hound as Sleuth) that I am, have taken this question out on the street to be cleverly asked to anybody I come across, like friends of my friends (because MY friends already know this) or my son’s friends from high school, for example.

And nobody, just like you, really understands this except people who could be said to belong to Hesienhower’s technological elite, that is, specialized researchers, who today, are nothing more than well-paid technicians, and not intellectuals in any sense of the word.

And this is exactly why you need me!

And the intellectual understanding behind the abstract and at the center of this text itself, is not even taught, today, in the best high schools or prep schools in this country, and probably not even at most universities, either.

But if your OK with your wife being a whore*, it don’t bother me none, either.

(* I do not seek to degrade any person who could very well feel offended by my use of these terms; but the effect these words cause is most powerful and I will not have that taken away from me as a writer or form the possibilities of social and intellectual discourse in the name of political correctness; your offense is, really, your problem because you perceive it a such. But don’t make me insipidly say that I have sucked a few cocks in my time (but I can if I have to). Let’s just leave it at this: sue me, mother*ucker!)

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