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Science and Society in the Citizen Series

By Lambshead, John

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Title: Science and Society in the Citizen Series  
Author: Lambshead, John
Language: English
Subject: Nonfiction, Essay, Science
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: In this article John Lambshead explains the direct cause and effect of certain scientific studies and how its impacted civilization through the dyears.

Summary: Science has played a huge role on our civilization. From things like birth control to how we use it in movies (Sciience Fiction). It has impacted society in more ways than one - from population control, to natural disasters that almost wiped out the human race, to being able to fly over seas in a matter of hours now as before it would take months.

Excerpt: Suspiciously, something else very special happened about seventy thousand years ago; the Toba Event. A super-volcano under Lake Toba in Sumatra let rip, causing global cooling and weather instability. Human beings came perilously close to extinction. We were reduced to somewhere between one thousand to ten thousand breeding pairs and this is seared into our genetics. We are the result of what is known as genetic bottlenecking, which is why the human genome is so similar in all human beings, and why it is such a mess. Inbreeding is horrendously dangerous for us. For example, the children of first cousins are ten times more likely to have genetic defects than the norm. Only 3.4 percent of babies in the UK are born to Muslim parents, but they account for about 30 percent of recessive gene diseases. The reason is that 55 percent of British Pakistanis are married to first cousins, rising to 75 percent in Bradford, and many of the parents are themselves the descendants of first cousin marriages.

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