Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Tabula Rasa Heresy, Part 2

"Heresy is like a tree, its roots lie in the darkness whilst its leaves wave in the sun and to those who suspect nought, it has an attractive and pleasing appearance. Truly, you can prune away its branches, or even cut the tree to the ground, but it will grow up again ever the stronger and ever more comely. Yet all awhile the root grows thick and black, gnawing at the bitter soil, drawing its nourishment from the darkness, and growing even greater and more deeply entrenched. Such is the nature of heresy, and this is why it is so hard to destroy, for it must be eradicated leaf, branch, trunk and root. It must be exorcised utterly or it will return all the stronger, time and time again, until it is too great to destroy. Then we are doomed."

- Inquisitor Lord Galan Noirgrim, Master of the Ordo Malleus, prelude to the Abominatus.

The nature of this vile heresy has been revealed, as the surgeon's blade reveals a festering tumour. It is that mutant strain of Marxist cant which seeks to obliterate human diversity, disintegrate social loyalty and render all mankind to a uniform consistency.

We reject and denounce it utterly! We name it Anathema, and call for it's execreation and extermination!

It is now every citizen's duty to denounce and destroy this Warp-spawned blasphemy. Scourge and purge! Heresy, in all its dark and twisted, forms must be uprooted, hacked apart and burnt on the pyre! Let the smoke of its annihilation be the very air you breathe!

These are the words of the God Emperor of Mankind. Hear and obey.


In other news, my essays now appear on South Africa Sucks. I will initially post them here for editing, as well as feedback from the Imperial Inner Circle and criticism by frothing hereticasters. Book links and more videos will be forthcoming, and I trust the redesign is to everyone's liking.


In researching material for my next essay, I have uncovered certain facts which relate to a statement I made earlier on genetic variance within and between populations. The following clarification is courtesy of the Frequently Asked Questions about Biological Races among Humans page of the Majority Rights Wiki:

The majority of variation among humans is found within populations and only a minority between populations.

This is generally true. For instance, roughly 85% of the genetic diversity among humans is found within populations and 15% between populations. However, this does not in any manner imply that races do not exist / cannot be discerned since most of the information that distinguishes populations lies in a correlation structure rather than mere variation of individual factors.35)

Some differences between populations can be larger or smaller. For instance, Relethford reported that about 88% of the variation in skin color is found between populations and 12% within.36) This is an example of how human populations can be substantially different on some counts even though they are less different on most other counts.

Some estimates of the proportion for diversity between populations have improved with time. For instance, Relethford and Harpending's analysis of W.W. Howells' craniometric data, published in 1994,37) revealed that 11-14% of the variation was between populations, but a 2002 analysis of Howells' dataset by Relethford listed this figure at about 19%,38) and a 2004 report by Roseman and Weaver,39) employing a more sophisticated analysis of Howells' dataset, reported that this figure was 22% for size variation, 24% for the first principal component of shape variation and 33% for the second principle component of shape variation; the principle components analysis excluded the dacryon subtense, supraorbital projection and glabella projection because they tended to dominate the first few principal components.

Two randomly selected individuals from different populations can be closer to each other than either individual is to a random co-ethnic.

For one or a few markers, in trials where an individual is compared to a randomly selected co-ethnic or a randomly selected individual from another population, in a minority of cases, the individual will be closer to the person selected from a different ethnic group, but the proportion of such cases will decrease with the use of more markers. However, if the entire genetic information is considered, then an individual will be closer to a random co-ethnic than a random individual from another ethnicity.


I would add that differences in physical appearance, intelligence and behaviour are the ones that have real bearing in our world. They can't be wished away. We need to confront their existence and work towards their realistic accomodation. My next article will explore that subject in depth.

I leave you with another inquisitorial Warhammer quote:

So great has been the calamitousness of these times, and such the inveterate malice of the heretic, that there has been nothing so clear in our statement of faith, nothing so surely settled, which they, at the instigation of the enemy of the human race, have not defiled by some sort of error. For which cause the holy Inquisition hath made it Its special care to condemn and anathematize the principal errors of the heretics of our time, and to deliver and teach the true and Imperial doctrine; even as It has condemned, and anathematized, and decreed.

- Declaration of Inquisitorial mandate, Inquisitorial representative, Senate Imperialis.

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