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Response to DetlefK (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 3, 2013, 02:15 PM

16. People aren't defined as strangers by their skin colour or other classes of appearance

They are defined by whether you recognise them. If you're saying that mistrust of strangers is an adaptation for survival, remember that over the vast majority of human existence, the humans we met would be as good as identical, genetically - from basically the same area, therefore adapted to the same environment. While there may have been obvious differences between Nordic and sub-Saharan people, they didn't meet often enough for it to cause genetic pressure - and the period of history when we have done so is too recent for it.

Attitude to strangers is social - how well you know them. So it's in the same category as religion. It is mainly to do with whether you recognise them, but after that, things like whether you use the same language will be a far more likely difference between you than anything genetic.

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