The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution

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The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution is a 2009 book by Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending.

"This volume shatters one of the obligatory doctrines by which the Left lives: that Homo sapiens hardly evolved at all after modern man ventured out of Africa, and that although groups differ in appearance their brains are identical. This is clearly nonsense, but the great strength of this book is to have marshaled so many contemporary genetic discoveries that prove it is nonsense. Far from slowing down, evolution has been speeding up, and the authors argue that for the last several thousand years it has been roaring along 100 times faster than during the Stone Age, making different populations increasingly unlike each other. “The biological equality of human races,” the authors write, is “about as likely as a fistful of silver dollars all landing on edge when dropped.[1]

"Professors Cochran and Harpending point out that some groups took up farming long before others [...] Noting that some nations have leapt into the industrial age while others are stuck in poverty, they conclude: “If the root causes of these differences are biological changes affecting cognitive and personality traits, changes that are the product of natural selection acting over millennia, conventional solutions to the problem of slow modernization among peoples with shallow experience of farming are highly problematic.[1]

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