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From: "Belinda Dettmann" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:30:23 +1100
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Yay Lisa!

The Ultimate Question, of Life, the Universe, and Everything: "What do you
get if you multiply six by nine?"

"The answer", said D*** Thr***, with ineffable dignity and calm, "is forty

For those who are mathematically challenged, this may appear to be

However if you count in the tridecenary system (i.e. to base 13) it is
perfectly and exactly correct.


From: Wilcox Lisa
>Who the frak cares?

How does it help us if we conclude that there are four or five or
seventeen "races"?

Groupings of any kind are moving targets anyway, just temporary
snapshots taken after populations have been isolated for long enough
to acquire a noticeable amount of homogeneity.

60,000 or so years ago, we're told, all of H. sap. was one fairly
small population with (one assumes) uniformly nice tans.

Depending on your leanings as a futurist, in another 60,000 years we
may be: 1) all one cheerful haplo-hodgepodge, 2) many isolated mini-
races huddling in widely-separated ruins, or 3) a number of sub-
species estranged by the vast expanses of intergalactic space.

As we must remember, the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the
Universe, and Everything is... 42.


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