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We’re All Africans

January 31, 2011 30 comments

There’s no point describing a person as being of African descent — that’s describing the entire human race.

– Xenocrates

Y Chromosome Migration PatternsY Chromosome Migration map of the last 70,000 years. © 2008; Scientific American

Every time I hear people refer to black folk as “people of African descent”, I chuckle a little bit inside. What’s even more amusing is the common practice of referring to white folk as people of North Eastern European descent. Both expressions are largely incorrect. The research of the Human Genome project over the last 20 years has proven in fact that we are all Africans.

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The Root of All Evil

October 22, 2010 36 comments

We are only capable of good because we are intrinsically evil.

Xenocrates

What is evil? The first thing that comes to the mind of many is the wanton and indiscriminate destruction of life by one of another. But evil is far more systemic than that. In fact, when the Bible asserts that the love of money is the root of all evil, it is being fatuously narrow minded. The love of money is merely a coefficient. The root of all evil is much, much deeper than that.

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Made in China, Part 3

February 21, 2010 16 comments

There are some things in the world whose majesty should only be appreciated from afar off.

Xenocrates

Pudong, Shanghai city limits

I had a strange feeling in my gut when I was first told that I was being nominated to attend a seven week conference in China (of all places in the world). I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to be excited or perturbed. It took me only 4 days in China however to realise that I should’ve stayed home. This post covers the last four of the 10 critical lessons I learned about China.

Be warned. It gets pretty ugly from here on out:
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Made in China, Part 2

February 12, 2010 12 comments

Free speech is something of an oxymoron in China, since technically speaking, it doesn’t exist.

Xenocrates

Lost in translationLost in Translation – this is a huge recurring problem in China.

Have you ever been on one of those trips where shortly after arrival you wanted to leave? Have you ever been to a country where everything from the government to the culture annoyed you? That was China for me. Here are 3 more reasons why China sucked from the Top 10 Lessons I learned there:
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Made in China, Part 1

February 7, 2010 9 comments

China is a lot like a hot chick that is scheming to divorce you, take half of all your stuff and then sell it back to you at a profit.

Xenocrates

Over the last couple of months, I and a few of my colleagues partook in what I could best describe as part of a grander initiative by the Chinese government in opening up China to the rest of the world. Our seven week experience however, turned out to be an ordeal that gave the expression “Made in China” a whole deeper meaning – and I’m afraid, it wasn’t overwhelmingly positive.

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Shanghai’d in China

December 10, 2009 7 comments

Hey everyone,

You may have noticed that I haven’t updated this space in over a month. Truth be told, I’m in Shanghai, China at the moment on business. Why I agreed to this is beyond me, but here I am. Apparently however, the Communist Government in China has blocked a lot of websites, like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and yes, even WordPress. I think it’s time I hosted this blog on my own domain.

Anyway, the only reason you are able to read this is because I’ve managed to find a proxy site that I could use to bypass this country’s communist attempt at inhibiting free speech (or maybe they have some other justification – perhaps one of you can inform me). Either way, I’ll be here for the better part of two months on consultation with the Chinese Government with respect to governance, policy and a bunch of other stuff.

So there you have it. Now you know why and where. As soon as I get off this side of the planet and return to the liberal West where I rightfully belong, I’m going to rip China a new one. I can promise you that. With that said, this proxy site is a tad slow, and so it doesn’t lend itself to a proper blog post as per my regular M.O. So if you guys have any suggestions, I’m all ears (or eyes, rather).

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Xen.

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Useless DNA

January 15, 2009 35 comments

“Modern civilization has rendered much of our genetic code obsolete.”

Xenocrates

Appendectomy

I'm pretty sure Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979) was inspired by this surgery...

Have you ever considered that you can save yourself the pain of appendicitis by simply having your appendix removed before it ever occurs? The only problem is that appendicitis is not an illness that would necessarily occur in everyone and so most people would be paying for surgery they do not absolutely need. The appendix is one of many genetically predicated aspects of our being that has been rendered outdated by evolution – yet we are all still being born with one. Currently, the appendix serves no useful purpose. But if it becomes inflamed, it can incite septicemia which almost always leads to death. In this post, I examine four notable psychological characteristics we still have that we no longer need. Their continued presence causes a great more harm than good. However, unlike an appendix, these destructive psychological propensities cannot be removed so easily as they are all hard wired into the brain by now useless genetic code. Why do we still possess these useless characteristics? I suspect that the only reason why we even notice them is because we are on the brink of the next phase of human evolution.

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