Category: gene-culture interactions

Innate Tendencies

Food for thought.

I remember reading a comment at some “movement” site (maybe it was Counter-Currents, I don’t recall) in which a commentator was making a point about different environmental archetypes associated with various population groups. To paraphrase, it was something like “Northern Europeans have the archetype of the forest, Southern Europeans have the rocky shore, MENA peoples have the desert, etc.”

Let us consider together. There is at least some superficial plausibility here. Let us assume it has validity. That such preferences can have a cultural basis is fairly straightforward. But does it go deeper?  My impression is that the person writing the comment implied innate (genetic) tendencies, inborn heritable preferences of population groups toward environments that they find congenial to their authentic selves, possibly associated with the concept of racial memory. This could be related to the concept of a “racial soul” that I discussed here, with suggestions of possible biological mechanisms underlying the phenomenon.

This may not be as far-fetched as it may initially appear (especially as it may initially appear to people marinated in the “blank slate” doctrines of the Left). Spring affords ample opportunities to observe animal life in the routines unfolding for them in their new year of life (that is, when they are not dodging Stronza’s “bullets flying everywhere”); these are for the most part activities driven by instinct, by patterns encoded in the brains, the neural networks, of these animals.  The bird and the nest, the spider and the web, the field rodent and its burrow – that is not conscious thought but genetically encoded instinct.

By analogy, can certain environmental preferences be encoded within the human brain, in the minds of varied ethnies, due to the characteristics of the environments in which ethnogenesis of each group occurred? Thus, the Celts and Germanics prefer the forest, the Latins and Greeks prefer the shore and the beckoning sea, the Slavs prefer the steppes and plains and fields, the Semites prefer the desert, TROPICAL peoples such as sub-Saharan Africans and East Asians prefer jungles and rice paddies, and so forth.

That this is not merely culture and not merely childhood exposure to certain environments is suggested by the observation that these preferences seem to continue over the generations even under the novel environmental context of America.  One can consider also where groups tend to settle in the Diaspora – although that can complicate matters (for example, if people tend to settle in American environments that most closely resemble their preferences, then it will be difficult to detangle genetic and environmental factors, since each generation is being exposed from birth to the pre-selected environment. Thus we observe gene-culture co-evolution). One can test results of inter-group admixture and how this affects preferences, and whether where someone lives is influenced by, and/or influences, these preferences.

In this sense, it may be understandable that some types foam at the mouth over Tolkien and “being snug in your hobbit hole in the forest,” while others view that as insipid stupidity. Innate preferences. To each his own I suppose.  One must be careful though not to confuse specific innate preferences with political and metapolitical themes appropriate for all White people.

Movement and Epimovement

Clarifications.

Read this, dated November 29, 2018

Read this, dated August 1, 2018.

Hmm…Der Movement catches up eventually.

Now, Zman’s complaints are for the most part correct (if overblown); epigenetics is being grossly over-interpreted by both the Left and the Traditionalist Right.

However, as I wrote:

While I believe that epigenetic influences are grossly overestimated by ideologues of both the Left and Right, who have political reasons for de-emphasizing genetic determinism, it is wrong to lurch in the opposite direction and completely disregard potential epigenetic mechanisms.

We cannot completely rule out epigenetic mechanisms as a secondary, reinforcing, weaker mechanism for race-culture, the primary mechanisms being genetic differences and learned culture.  By a crude analogy to physics, genetics and culture are “strong forces” (e.g., nuclear) while epigenetics is a weak force (e.g., gravity).  But gravity, while being a weak force, is somewhat relevant to someone falling off a building. When dealing with objects with large mass, like the Earth, gravity is strong in aggregate; the same could be held for weak epigenetic influences that, if present over entire populations, can exert considerable racio-cultural force.

Having said that, my work over the years makes clear that I am NOT any sort of proponent of epigenetics as a significant factor in racial differences – those differences being CLEARLY genetic in origin.  Thus, the EGI Notes post linked above spends 99% of its content discussing Gene-Culture interactions, with epigenetics as a side note. 

In summary: Epigenetics may have a small and secondary but not completely insignificant role in reinforcing certain isolated and specific characteristics that are primarily determined by the interplay of genes and culture. However, the environmental influences that possibly exert effects through epigenetics must be consistent over time if you wish the epigenetics to be equally stable.  Epigenetic effects of starvation, for example, can be passed down from parent to child but it is unlikely that this will be carried down endlessly through time…unless the Dutch are continuously subjected to famines every few decades.  So, a consistent environmental factor could in theory continuously reinforce an epigenetic modification, but a one-off event is not expected to permanently alter a people’s epigenome.  Of course, given shifting gene frequencies over time, and effects of selection, changing environments will alter a populations’ genome as well.

Another analogy may be useful here.  Imagine an important book that describes Culture.  The main content of the text, the main text, the vast bulk of the words, explanations, meanings, and arguments are the Genes. In contrast, Epigenetics would be the footnotes to that main text. Many of the footnotes would be relatively unimportant; however, several of them would be very important clarifications of the meaning of the main text. In subsequent editions of the book, one would find that the footnotes are changing more frequently (additions, deletions, modifications) than is the main text; every once in a while, a significant change in the main text happens and that would be a particularly important new edition of the book.

That, given what we know now, puts things in the proper perspective.  The Traditionalists (and the Left) are wrong to elevate epigenetics as somehow the equal (or superior!) to genetics; the HBDers are wrong to equate the reality of epigenetics to crude Lamarckianism.  Both sides are politically motivated.  Real science keeps on investigating, though – speculating, hypothesizing, testing, and evaluating

And how about this analogy – the core reality of racial and cultural differences constitute the “genetics” of racial activism; while more ephemeral phenomena – influenced by people’s agendas – such as Traditionalism or HBD are the “epigenetics” of racial activism, mere footnotes (and in those cases, not clarifying at all).

Let us now consider some “words of wisdom” – dating from the mid-late 1990s – of a well-known “movement leader’ who shall remain nameless since this was from a private conversation.

First, with respect to the situation in Russia at that time, this “leader” suggested that it would be good if the Communist Party came back into power there, since they were “anti-Jewish” and “anti-globalist.” By that logic, the Islamic takeover of Europe is a good thing, since they are also anti-Jewish and anti-globalist.

Then, in response to my suggestion that this “leader” and his group utilize stock market investment (and other financial instruments) to grow their portfolio and hence have more funds for their activism – “no, I don’t want to do that, because playing the stock market is like gambling,”

Of course, proper fund investing, starting from that time and extending 20 years (until fairly recently) would have yielded an approximate 200% increase in funds.  Other investments would have yielded a greater positive outcome.

Thus, I’m sure readers of this blog will be shocked – shocked I say! – to learn that Sallis was right and The Fearless Leader wrong.  But, hey, keep on following these leaders because….affirmative action.

Oh, for godssakes:

Lord of the Rings is now being posited as a European meta-myth that can help guide us back from the brink.

I really do suspect an ethnic element in this – the “subracial soul.”  What some of us see as tiresomely boring, juvenile, and pretentious, others see as the core around to build a “European meta-myth.”  Sorry, friend, not all Europeans are buying it, only that fraction for whom “being snug in your hobbit hole” resonates as a “Faustian drive.” Sure enough, after all, burrowing into a hole in the forest and pretending to playact as semi-feudal “traditionalist” “hobbits” is better than all that scientific mumbo jumbo about “reaching the stars” (not Faustian that!) – we’ll leave all of that science and technics stuff to the Chinese, who will of course ultimately learn that they can’t power their steampunk starships because peak oil.  But them, I’m just a crazy and bitter orc and hence to be ignored.

Those wild and crazy South Asian cognitive elitists:

…a curious anecdote he relates about his own Bengali immigrant mother. Supposedly, when challenged by another woman (presumably white) for having such a large family at a time of a “population crisis,” Salam’s mother responded that “she fully intended to have a large family so that she and her offspring would displace America’s native inhabitants, just as European settlers seized the lands of the American Indians.”

That my friends is the essence, the fundamental meaning, the underlying core, the reality of “HBD race realism” – arrogant Asians and Jews replacing Whites, dispossessing Whites, gleefully subjecting Whites.  All promoted by the likes of John “self-admitted measured groveling to my Asiatic wife” Derbyshire.  Delenda est HBD!

Roissy:

The lawlessness of the FBI, CIA, and DOJ beggar belief. I’m not kidding when I say creeps like Brennan, Comey, Clapper, Strzok, Rosenstein, and Mueller should be in the docket to answer for their crimes of treason.

So why does Trump do absolutely nothing?

Organizing Our Environment

Blueprints of matter and mind.

Excerpt from a useful Counter-Currents comment:

…I realized that there is a likely connection between the way we think/act and the way our environment is organized.

There is something to this of course, particularly for the masses, but likely affecting even the “elite” to as well.  “The way our environment is organized” can include many things.  Obviously, at its most basic level, demographics and culture.  The “behavioral sink” is real.  I’ve noticed that White behavior declines as the non-White – particularly Black and Hispanic – portion of the surrounding population increases.  Now, part of that is simply White flight and selection: many higher-quality Whites flee diversity, leaving behind others more likely to ape (pun intended?) non-White behavior.  But I suspect that is not the full story; to the extent that higher quality Whites live among diversity, their own behavior may be coarsened and degraded by the experience.  No doubt all of the poisonous and vulgar cultural artifacts brought to us by a globalized, multicultural, and vulgar Judaized society affects (negatively) White behavior.

I suspect though that the commentator in his/her comment is concerned more with the physical structuring of our environment: for example, the architecture, the degree of urbanization (or lack thereof), and the entire milieu a person find themselves in.  No doubt one’s way of thinking would be affected living in urban vs. suburban vs. rural environments, and not only because of differing demographics and culture. Architecture would have a large effect: different styles are not only the product of a way of thinking but may feed back and affect the way of thinking itself. One wonders if Traditionalist vs. Futurist architecture and city planning would influence one’s preferences for those opposing worldviews: snug in your hobbit hole vs. reaching for the stars.  My article on avant-garde fascism touches upon some of these matters in more depth.

Understanding of these matters can clarify our realization of how current organizing of our environment affects us and our race, how to resist negative and promote positive influences, and how we may want to physically structure the environment in the ethnostate (or Imperium, eh?) to mold population-wide ideals and preferences in the desired directions.  Aesthetics are important, architecture, planning of living spaces, all of it.  The blueprint of our physical environment can be the blueprint of the ideals we strive for.

Genetic Variation and Environmental Interactions

Genetic variation and environment.

Of interest, re: genetics, culture, and race, I note this methodology paper:

Identifying interactions between genetics and the environment (GxE) remains challenging. We have developed EAGLE, a hierarchical Bayesian model for identifying GxE interactions based on associations between environmental variables and allele-specific expression. Combining whole-blood RNA-seq with extensive environmental annotations collected from 922 human individuals, we identified 35 GxE interactions, compared with only four using standard GxE interaction testing. EAGLE provides new opportunities for researchers to identify GxE interactions using functional genomic data.                    

Basic findings were that environmental risk factors (e.g., substance abuse, exercise, BMI) can interact with genetic variation and affect gene expression. But the effects were modest, these were not large influences compared to other possible (e.g., additive) effects, and may have been affected by confounding factors (a possible problem when probing interactions for which there can be many variables).  In addition, some of the observed effects may have been in part epigenetic, presumably modifications due to environmental factors, rather than interactions between those factors and gene sequence variation itself.

On the one hand, the effects, being modest, cannot plausibly be invoked by anti-genetic determinists to prop up environment as the primary factor affecting gene expression (and, hence, eventual phenotype).  On the other hand, effects were observed, and these cannot be dismissed.  Of interest would be effects and interactions due to environmental factors other than those cited above.

Can culture, through its many manifestations, shaping the environment, interact with genetic variation to affect gene expression and, thus, phenotypic outcomes?  Would different ethnic and racial groups, characterized by group-specific genetic variation, exhibit variable gene expression when immersed in the same cultural environment?  Conversely, would genetically similar individuals and groups exhibit altered gene expression when placed in radically different cultural environments?  

And this goes beyond the more fundamental observation that genes affect culture (through the different phenotypes of culture creators, maintainers, or destroyers) and, conversely, culture can actually affect genetic variation itself (rather than just interact with it) by exerting selective pressure favoring one genotype over another.  Gene-culture cross-talk, if you will. See this old TOQ paper I wrote some time ago for more on that topic. Also, epigenetic effects, mentioned above, are another way in which culture can affect gene expression, but not to the extent, or in the manner, than the anti-determinists fervently hope.  The basic foundation for all of this is genetic variation; there is no evading that inconvenient (for some people) truth.

In summary, all of this bolsters the importance of genetic variation and, hence, genetic interests.  It also shows how reckless the globalists are in their indiscriminate mixing of genes and cultures (in Western nations).