My Response, 1/22/12 5:43pm
book touched a nerve. Keep looking at what is happening. Now to your
"Bottle-neck" is a term used by some to describe a
situation in genealogy where the number of individuals in a
tribe/species becomes so few that the genetic traits of those
individuals become dominate. Most of the descendents of that tribe
exhibit the genetic traits of those who survived the bottle-neck. Very
often this is the result of some kind of geographical separation of
the group from the main body of the species.
this condition in his studies of the finches on the Galapagos Islands.
Studies indicate that the Sami people in the north of Scandinavia and
Russia exhibit the characteristics of a limited selection of genes and
are thought to have gone through a genetic bottleneck about the time
of the Black Death plague when the population was reduced by over 90%.
The Ashkenazi Jews apparently went through a bottle-neck about 2,500
years ago and did not intermix with the other Jews to any great extent
after that. Members of that group are noted for their accomplishments
and include Einstein, Freud, Gershwin, and von Neumann.
book I postulate a group of survivors numbering maybe 25 in the 22nd
century who are traveling from Oregon to Hudson Bay. They are
dominated by the Hardy clan who all had the genetic traits of rational
thought, red hair and freckles, and a tail. With the inbreeding that
would result, the traits become even stronger and as their tribe
reaches northern Canada and grows, most of their descendants exhibit
Some have asked why those traits all happened at
the same time. The way our DNA is built, very often a mutation that
affects one trait also affects some other unrelated trait. So taking
author privileges, I determined that tails, red hair, and rational
thought could all be tied into the same mutation.
note: One mutation the human species certainly needs it is to begin to
think rationally and realistically about our situation. We must
understand the true meaning of risk. I see so much of our society in a
state of denial of the problems we face and enmeshed in unrealistic
hope. I spent years trying to explain to the people in the Central US
that they should be worried about the gigantic fault under the
Mississippi, but what I found was a complete rejection that there may
be some kind of risk. I do not know how to induce such a mutation. I
hope it can be trained into people's minds.