Don’t Know Much about Genography

I read about something on Steven Berlin Johnson’s blog (which you should be reading if you’re not). There’s something deeply disturbing about this. The National Geographic Genographic Project (say that three times fast) promises to help us “understand the human journey–where we came from and how we got to where we live today.” Hmmm.

Something about this feels very Gattaca, doesn’t it? Are we really that far from random DNA searches, or somebody slipping our fingernails or hair to a shady character in a booth? Call me alarmist, but this seems to fit perfectly into what Quentin Schultze says about technology. I am about the farthest thing from a technophobe or Luddite, but neither am I one of those utopia technoprophets who says that technology=progress=social advancement=moral improvement. I can think of very little about this that will help us “understand the human journey.”

The novelist in me sees quite a story in the implications of genography. Maybe you’ll be able to buy it on Amazon in a year or two.

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