AI Academic Interview Series 5: The Right Way to do Anthropology

Ritter interviews StorminNorman on physical anthropology. Topics include the work of the late great Carleton Coon, the ethnogenesis of Europeans, and the relationship between linguistic, anthropological and archaeological data. Also included: Balts, Slavs and Tocharians, and where did the Eskimos (the real ones) come from?

Carleton Coon: Harvard mid-twentieth century physical anthropologist, author of The Races of Europe: 3:03

Genetic methods of determining lineages: paternal and maternal haplogroups, special characteristics of Europeans: 8:27

Physical anthropological methods haplogroups,  maternal and paternal lines: 11:40

Out of Africa theory vs Multiregionalism: 13:20

Neanderthals and the founding populations of Europe according to Coon: 17:00

Coon’s theories on European origins vs Kevin Macdonald’s 22:45

Linguistics vs anthropology/archaeology: 24:50

Lithuania, Marija Gimbutas, 28:55

Taxonomy of Indo-European languages: 32:30

Who are the Aryans? Anatolian vs Kurgan hypothesis: 40:50

Lingustic and genetic links between Eurasia and the Americas. Greenberg’s linguistic macro-theory on the Eurasiatic Languages (not Nostratic as Ritter mentions) and: 46:50

Avestan not evidence for Iranian-Indian link: 50:01

Tocharians, linguistic and genetic linkage to Western Europe: 53:24

A tocharian
A Uyghur kid from East Turkistan. A remnant of the Tocharians?

Genotype determines phenotype and Jared Diamond is a retard: 56:06

Difficulties of inter-racial breeding (Haldane’s Rule), Irish-Australian Aborigine runner Patrick Johnson, first non-African to break the 10-second mark in the 100m: 59:30

Note: “K-Mac” refers to Professor Kevin MacDonald of CSLUB

Books mentioned: Nicolas Wade: A Troublesome Inheritance, Marija Gimbutas: The Language of the Godess, David Anthony: The Wheel, The Horse and Language, Colin Renfrew: Archaeology and Language, Beckwith Empires of the Steppes.

Link between Old world and New world languages proven: Edward Vajda of Western Washington University demonstrated the connection between Ket (spoken in Siberia) and the Na-Dene languages of North America, eg Navajo. (A review of his Vajda’s book on the theory).

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