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ApostateAbe
05-22-2018, 08:28 PM
This thread was closed due to "pseudoscientific content":

https://anthrogenica.com/showthread.php?14337-How-will-humans-divide-into-many-species-next

I think pseudoscience should be allowed to talk about. I expect the words, "caucasoid, mongoloid and negroid," raised the objection, but that isn't even pseudoscience. They are racial classifications used by modern professional forensic anthropologists and orthopedic/orthodontic anthropologists (i.e. see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5278581/), and for good reason: the differences are observable, replicable, and grounded in evolutionary biology (genotypic differences among races are largely a function of the ancestral geographic differences, following from genetic drift). Whenever the word, "pseudoscience," is used, it is usually taken to mean ideas that are wrong, but in fact they are merely ideas that are morally uncomfortable. For example, the theory of luminiferous ether was wrong, but it was never called "pseudoscience." Ideas we just don't like are called "pseudoscience." Should we guide our scientific thinking according to our morals? Our wishes? Our politics? Of course not. Objective reality doesn't care one way or the other for our feelings or our ideology or anything like that. Should we prohibit all improbable ideas from consideration? That would cripple scientific progress: it always starts with improbable hypotheses.

ApostateAbe
05-22-2018, 09:53 PM
Sorry I did not see the "Suggestions" sub-forum.

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05-23-2018, 03:30 PM
Apparently you have difficulty reading the Terms of Service.



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