The Following (2013)

S01E01

vlcsnap-2013-01-26-13h58m38s67Heterosexual European male protagonist (middle) slept with the serial killer’s wife. Accentuate with token African male agent and token Eurasian female agent (with a European surname).

vlcsnap-2013-01-26-13h59m08s112Intelligent (PhD professor) European male serial killer with natural erotic appeal. How many historical serial killers fit this profile?

vlcsnap-2013-01-26-13h58m14s62Two heterosexuals aiding the serial killer successfully pretend to be stereotypical homosexual buddies to a heterosexual female character.

vlcsnap-2013-01-26-13h56m29s65For another dash of tokenism, a stereotypical female East Asian TV news reporter.

vlcsnap-2013-01-27-22h09m35s97Elderly African agent who is conformist and temporarily hinders the good European protagonist from finding the serial killer.

Overall: This series premier is dark, depressing and has a potentially dangerous storyline.

Update: 2013-03-10

S01E03

vlcsnap-2013-02-05-14h54m00s160One of the two pretend homosexual males is identified (in season 2) as Paul Torres and is thus being coded as Latino. He goes to a store and flirts with an East Asian female clerk Megan. Predictably, she flirts back.

vlcsnap-2013-02-05-14h58m42s173They meet after work where she states that she only wants to flirt and not have sex. He however, knocks her out and carries her home to perhaps be his sex toy (this is implied through the sexual nature of their initial interaction).

vlcsnap-2013-03-10-19h26m49s215The African agent (seen in the first pic) gets his throat slit and dies. The token Eurasian female agent only appears in the premier and never re-appears. The token African male however, stays around long enough to be the sacrificial minority (literally) dying for the European stars. Thus the cost of being a token is that you can stay for three episodes and get killed stereotypical style or appear for one episode and disappear stereotypical style.

vlcsnap-2013-02-05-15h01m18s189Seems now that the pretend homosexuals are bisexuals. So we have two previous heterosexuals who through pretend homosexuality become bisexual. Sexuality bending, what will Hollywood think of next?

Update: 2013-03-17

S01E07

vlcsnap-2013-03-17-22h56m38s198African female lawyer gets strangled by chief European protagonist baddie.

Spot the Stupidity XII

| HT to Dr. Laats of ILYBYGTH |

noahA guy with a PhD in New Testament and Early Judaism (as in he should know better)  states:

The story of Noah’s sons Japheth, Ham, and Shem (Genesis 9-10) serves as an opportunity to introduce another type of pseudoscience into the classroom, race theory.

It does not, it is simply cladistic genealogy, correct or incorrect. It does not in itself advocate for the present existence of distinct races or for the subjugation of any group. How is this pseudo-science? How is this incompatible with modern genetics?

The idea that racial diversity can be traced back to Noah’s sons has been a foundational component of some forms of racism.

[See footnote to above picture.] It is the incorrect belief that Canaan was a dark-skinned sub-Saharan African and that the curse was one of subjectivity to Japheth alone. The European racists who used this logic did not believe that the Shemites were on equal footing with Japheth nor did they believe that Slavic-Japhethites were on their (Nordic-Japhethite) level.

In other words, this is irrelevant and a clear smear using the association fallacy, straw man & poisoning the well.

Source:

Chancey, Mark. n.d. Reading,Writing & Religion II: Texas Public School Bible Courses in 2011-12. A Report from the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund. http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/TFNEF_ReadingWritingReligionII.pdf?docID=3481 [accessed: 2013-01-25].

Evolution 101 for Afrocentrists

As stated in the comments section of Blograju:

Even if homo sapien sapiens came from Africa, it does not mean that the Dravidians were “black Africans.” Dravidians may be genetically related to the original Africans and modern Africans may be also, but it does not follow (non sequitur) that Dravidians are descendants of Africans.

It only means that the Dravidians are descendants of the ‘original Africans’ who could have looked, acted and spoke Chinese. In other words, Dravidians = (original African) mutation #1 and modern Africans = (original African) mutation #2 thus Dravidians != Africans OR (original African) mutation #1 != (original African) mutation #2 regardless of the similarity.

Alternatively, it may be better to view mankind as siblings. Thus Africans are sibling to Dravidians etc and the Dravidians did not descend from an African tribe but co-evolved with modern Africans from an original group who lived in Africa. The original African situated group may not have been “black” but more likely brown given modern human skin tone biodiversity. Frankly, they probably looked more like modern Indians than Africans.

Additionally, I asked an Afrocentric blogger:

So once again, where are the ‘peer-reviewed genetics’ articles which show that Dravidians genetically (not linguistically, socially, or anthropologically or any of the social sciences) descended from Africans (and did not co-evolve with Africans)? Just one article would be fine. I’ll analyze it on my website where you would be free to comment and show me (and others) the scientific invalidity of my views.

So here is the analysis of his link: http://www.egyptsearch.com/forums/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=8;t=003217

The author is Clyde Winters PhD (Educational Psychology), MA (Linguistics/Anthropology), BA (Education: Social Science)

Winters, Clyde-Ahmad. 1985. The Proto-Culture of the Dravidians, Manding and Sumerians. Tamil Civilization 3(1): 1-9.

Not a genetics journal

Aravanan, K. 1976. Physical and Cultural Similarities between Dravidian and African. Journal of Tamil Studies 10: 23-27.

Not a genetics journal

B.B. Lal (“The Only Asian expedition in threatened Nubia:Work by an Indian Mission at Afyeh and Tumas”, The Illustrated London Times , 20 April 1963

Not a genetics journal

J.T. Cornelius,”Are Dravidians Dynastic Egyptians”, Trans. of the Archaeological Society of South India 1951-1957, pp.90-117

Not a genetics journal

U.P. Upadhyaya, “Dravidian and Negro-African”, International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics 5, no.1

Not a genetics journal

The State of Modern Science

Just one sample from Scientist Confessions #OverlyHonestMethods

Said to the guy above: Well don’t worry, the reviewers who allowed you to publish your incorrect article in a peer-reviewed journal (which will not get even one citation until you decide to cite yourself in a subsequent poor quality article) also did not read the references else they would know you cheated. Everyone’s doing it.

On Islam and Nobel Prizes

From The Economist:

The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have produced only two Nobel laureates in chemistry and physics. Both moved to the West: the only living one, the chemist Ahmed Hassan Zewail, is at the California Institute of Technology. By contrast Jews, outnumbered 100 to one by Muslims, have won 79.

They are comparing “Muslims” with “Jews.” Muslims are followers of the religious component of Islamic culture. Islam is primarily a culture, the religious component of which is also called Islam. However, the “Jews” referred to here are not necessarily followers of Judaism.

Rather they are people with some Hebrew descent and often with a lot of European descent as well. Aren’t many Muslim Arabs also of Hebrew ancestry? Why not include them in calculations for “Jews” as well?

Additionally, the “Jews” are living in rich, Westernized non-Jewish countries. Science generally requires economic prosperity, low to moderate social stratification and national peace. Does this describe the typical country in the Islamic world?

The 57 countries in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference spend a puny 0.81% of GDP on research and development, about a third of the world average. America, which has the world’s biggest science budget, spends 2.9%; Israel lavishes 4.4%.

But would Israel be able to spend 4.4% if it did not receive an estimated cumulative amount of US foreign aid valued at $114 billion? While Egypt also gets $2 billion/year in US aid, it is evident that this did not find its way into the general population and academia. And isn’t the American economy financed by loans from China and Japan so that once can argue that American science is also financed by China and Japan?

MAIN POINT: While indeed the Islamic world has problems with low scientific output, comparisons to “Jews,” “America” and “Israel” are in and of themselves, unscientific.

Spot the Stupidity XI

From a peer-reviewed journal article:

It has been reported that there are differences in testosterone levels in some different groups. For example it has been demonstrated that there are inter-racial differences in total serum testosterone between North America Indians (includes mixed racial North American Indians) and Caucasians (Brooks & Reddon, 1996; Studer, Reddon, & Siminoski, 1997).

So what’s wrong? Why are those of dual ethnicity described as mixed racial North American Indians and not mixed racial Caucasians?

This is racist hypodescent (one drop rule) theology and should not be tolerated by science journals.

Source: Studer, L., Aylwin, S., and J. Reddon. 2005. Testosterone, Sexual Offense Recidivism, and Treatment Effect Among Adult Male Sex Offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 17(2): 171-181. DOI: 10.1007/s11194-005-4603-0.