My mother just recommended I watch the thirteen part youtube video “Journey of Man“. She thought I would find it interesting and claimed it “has nothing to do with evolution”. There is something in my tradition about honoring one’s mother and father so I watched it.
In this video, geneticist Spencer Wells traces the genetic lineage of Mankind from Bushmen to Australia and then from Bushmen to Asian, Europe and the Americas. He travels to central Asia and meets a man who is, reportedly, a direct descendant of the man who fathered all Europeans, Asians and Americans. At the end of his journey, he visits some Navajos and explains to them that they are related the Chukchi and how their ancestors crossed the Bering Straight so many thousands of years ago. It is an inspiring video and very entertaining. I couldn’t help but notice that there were certain questions that Wells studiously avoided:
1) He speaks of a “quantum leap” in intellect that occurred 50,000 years ago in Africa due to climate change. We should be asking, if such climate change brought about advanced mental capabilities at that time in Africa, couldn’t such events have happened at later dates and in different places as well as a result of other climatic challenges?
2) He mentions that the Bushmen are near extinction but does not mention that they used to inhabit much of Africa and were replaced by blacks. While he is quick to give them credit for their “advanced hunting and tracking skills” it doesn’t occur to him that they were displaced because other races were more advanced than they were.
3) All scientists, in the video, are Caucasian (including one Indian). Though he is quick to praise the uniqueness of non-white aboriginal peoples, it never occurs to him to praise his own race – the whites who developed the science he uses. He does not allow himself to consider the possibility that the rigors of the ice age in Europe might have something to do with Europeans’ long-term planning skills and higher intellectual prowess. In contrast, he does discuss how the Chukchi’s bodies have adapted to the cold over thousands of years.
4) Though he attempts to explain the origins of every other major race on Earth, he makes no effort to explain the origins of black Africans – preferring, instead, to blur any distinction between them and the Bushmen. The assumption can then be made that black Africans are just as ancient as the Bushmen and represent the “original humans”.
5) At the end, he proclaims we are “all Africans under the skin” – thus negating the 50,000 years of evolution he had just painstakingly narrated. If anything, his video illustrates just how quickly humans can evolve to adapt to their new environments. It does nothing to refute the scientific notion of race. On the contrary, it shows how race is Man’s answer to changing environments and how important it must be to have developed so quickly. Then, without even a shred of evidence, as if to show that all this science has not shaken his faith, he announces: “Old fashioned concepts of race are… scientifically wrong.” This is so typical of politically correct “scientists”. One gets the impression that this statement is some sort of religious mantra like “Allah hu Akbar” or Hail Mary.