Week Two: In the Beginning… 18 September 2012
Civilization- where do humans come from?
What questions keep us from knowing about human origins?
Who are we?
-recording origins of humanity “Boxes” blind us from these questions
Is geography destiny? Civilization related to written records,
Barbarism, those who don’t write.
From Encyclopedia Brittanica
Race- ex. Lemba claimed to be Jews, followed same rules and principles of faith.
How can they be Jews? No written records, no Torah, etc.
-> Jews came to Africa, married Africans and reproduced.
** Races are not a single “boxed” idea. They can and often do overlap**
-The human genome project (HGP) is an international endeavour to understand the hereditary
instructions that make each of us unique and human.
-Initial goals of the project are to catalogue the 3 billion or so DNA base pairs the make up the human
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)- in mitochondria inherited through mothers
*Race has no basis in science- there’s no such thing as ‘race’
Conquest wiped out civilizations ex. The Maya had large cities, agriculture, religious beliefs, accurate