genes

23andme Results

 Since I'm a total nerd, I was very very excited when I got my 23andme genetic test back earlier this week. I know quite a bit about some lines of my family tree, but other lines are quite questionable. My mother's father's family were poor immigrants whose names were changed at Ellis Island and they moved a lot because of gambling debt. The McEwen line also has a criminal element, my great great grandfather seems to have committed some sort of crime and fled to South America before reappearing across the country decades later.

The 10,000 Year Explosion

I just finished The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution by Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending. It's an interesting book, but ultimately hard to review because much of it seems like smattering of anecdotes and speculation. At its cores it attacks the idea that humans haven't changed much since the paleolithic and that the reason our world has changed is because of culture, not genetic change.