I just got back from the Orange Country Freethought Conference in Costa Mesa, California. You might think that I was brushing up on my, ‘how to argue with a creationist’ skill-set but instead I was coming to realize just how sexy my people are!
Thanks to an educational and engaging talk by PZ Myers I learned about recent findings in fossil analysis that shows that people of Asian and European descent have inherited a small amount of their genes (1% to 4%) from Neanderthals! The findings are clearing up a long time debate as to whether our ancestry is solely of African descent but more importantly the findings have cleared up the age old question as to whether or not humans were getting it on with their Neanderthal pals! Bow-chicka-bow-wow.
Well, the data is in and the answer is a resounding, yes! Sometime between 50,000 and 80,000 years ago there were some very sexy cave parties going on somewhere in the Near East. The gene analysis referenced looked at samples from three bones from Neanderthal skeletons that were 38,000 to 45,000 years old and then compared them with the genes of five modern humans and indeed found that genes were passed on from Neanderthal to human but not the other way around. Iâ€™m sure we will learn even more as a wider population and a more thorough gene sequence is compared. But now you know, if you are of European descent you probably got a little Neanderthal in ya!
However, the most important and socially relevant point made at the event was from author and associate professor of Sociology, Dr. Phil Zuckerman. Zuckerman was quoted during his talk as saying, â€œSkepchicks are more likely to receive oral sex.â€ I will let that sink in a moment.
Yes, itâ€™s something we knew all along and finally the rest of the world is figuring it too. Professor Zuckerman was basically making the argument that secular/atheistic communities have more equality among members and care more about human rights issues. Women are elevated in these types of societies, are more empowered and their sexuality is not considered taboo as in many other cultures or worldviews. Therefore, a Skepchick is more likely to receive oral sex. Thanks Phil for spreading the good word!
And thanks to everyone who came and said hello to me this weekend and especially Joe Nickell who is always charming and enlightening and gave a lovely talk on the Shroud of Turin. All in all, I had a lovely time!