Thursday, January 7, 2016

Another Armin Hale Guest Post

We White folks are always being strongly criticized, interestingly, for traits that we either don't have at all, or that we have in much less measure than just about all other human groups. For example, we're constantly called out for being ethnocentric, usually with terms like "racist," "Islamophobic," or "anti-Semitic," while in reality, we're overwhelmingly less so than the very human groups that we're accused of being hostile towards.

How did we get that way? Questions like that are frequently best answered by Darwin. Humans have evolved, genetically and culturally, because of the pressures of the environment. In Europe, what with its climate and all, human beings tended to be more cooperative with their ingroups and indeed to have larger ingroups, because those that did tended to survive harsh European winters better. In parts of the world with better weather and a greater abundance of food, evolution in that direction was selected for much less so. As a consequence, just about all Third Worlders, at least, are much more likely to be hostile to outsiders. When such people move into the West, they continue to be that way, while we naive Westerners tend to accept them as being "just like us." And the consequences are what we see in Cologne:

This, from Armin Hale:

And another feature of Western peoples is low ethnocentrism, because normative outbreeding and the prohibition on inbreeding mixed up the tribes and clans, creating homogenous outbred populations that can universalize kinship trust. This also was a competitive advanatage. White people form the largest ingroups. But we have a tendency to simply assume everyone is ingroup, and treat them accordingly, because in the past, that generally would have been the case.

So those features have been hacked, by hostile aliens, who have convinced many of us we can gain status, and signal enlightenment and sophistication, by incessantly attacking our own, for the benefit of outgroup parasites who are unwilling or unable to reciprocate the kinship trust, or kinship altruism, that we extend them. — Armin Hale
Quibcag: No, not really a quibcag, but it's illustrated by Inspector Megure of Detective Conan, AKA Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン)


  1. I've got a funny graphic to send. Is there an email address I can use?