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Re: E3a (M2) 's country O.T. (off topic)
In Response To: Re: E3a (M2) 's country ()

Discussion of DNA testing invariably raises references to countries and continents. Even though this happens, it's important to understand that countries and continents are not always defined by the natural boundaries that once were the delimiting considerations. Countries are defined more by the politics of it's government than by natural boundaries. In the modern world, the same has become true of continents. For example, Europe is the same land-mass as Asia, unlike Africa which is seperated from Europe and Asia by large water boundaries. The same being the case for the America's, from Asia, Europe and Africa.

My point being, that many Asians have been mixed with Europeans over the centuries. Most peoples are mixed, no surprises there. So, today, people are catagorized based on where they live geographically. It has very little to do with their ethnicity (presuming that you understand that "race" is a construct, not a biological reality).

When a person gets a DNA test result that states that their ancestors 'may' have come from a certain place on Earth, only states just that...where their ancestors may have originated. It's not a racial definition of those people or that person. "Race" does not exist in biology for modern humans...it's a human construct, not a fact! All other 'races' of humanoid peoples have died-off, long ago, everyone alive today are all the same, "humans".

It's best not to get 'caught-up' in trying to define people based on the "race" construct, or where they lived thousands of years ago, because most of us know so very little about the politics in their country at that time. The politics of all countries changes over time. We shouldn't look at any ancestral place with 'today's eyes', only through an attempt to view the place and time through 'their eyes'.

DNA testing is great, in my opinion...but, I think it's important to understand what the new science can and cannot tell us.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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