Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 2 months ago

Scientifically speaking is white skin, blonde hair, blue eyes genetically superior to other types of humans?

We had an entire world war about it but did it have any merit? Or were they just delusional? 

12 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    You think we had a world war about skin and hair color?  And you ask if OTHER people were delusional?  The irony is strong in this one.

  • 2 months ago

    You are, of course, referring to Hitler's Aryan ideals.  The evidence we have today suggests that the answer is "they were delusional."

  • Cowboy
    Lv 6
    2 months ago


    what a fool

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not genetically superior but having a white (light brown) skin can be an advantage in high latitudes where people with dark brown skins might have trouble making enough vitamin D. Similarly dark brown can be an advantage near the equator.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No, those traits have subjective value, no genetic value.

  • 2 months ago

    Not particularly.  Where I live, those guys can get sunburns and skin cancer.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Scientifically speaking, "genetically superior" is a meaningless concept.

    White skin is an advantage in higher latitudes when there isn't enough vitamin-D in your diet.

    Being heterozygous for sickle-cell  is an advantage in malaria-ridden areas.

    Believing that humans come in races or that eugenics work only requires that you don't understand what chromosomes are and how they are passed-on

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    White skin is an adaptation to cold environments where people need to wear clothes. The clothes block out sunlight, reducing vitamin D production. Vitamin D shortage can lead to rickets, which can cause broken or deformed bones, and even death. That is why white skin evolved in north Asians and in Europeans independently at least twice, and probably 3 or more times. White skin is superior for people who have to live in a cold climate. It is a disadvantage for people living in the tropics because white skin has very little eumelanin, which protects the skin from skin cancer. Since it is generally too hot to wear clothes in the tropics, people who live there often do not wear clothes. As a result, albino Africans often contract skin cancer by their early 20s. White skin is rare among people living in the tropics. 

    The reason many people living in the tropics have white skin is because of agriculture. The invention of agriculture expanded the population of the northern Chinese and Caucasians in the middle east (who migrated there from Europe 24,000 years ago during the height of the last ice age) and these people then migrated to places like india and north Africa, as well as SE Asia. 

    Blue eyes and blonde hair are the result of lack of eumelanin in the eyes and hair. There is no advantage in having blue eyes or blonde hair. in fact blue-eyed folks are more sensitive to bright light and they have a higher incidence of eye cancer. Nevertheless, blue-eyes do allow a person to absorb more UV light and make vitamin D. In fact, the cubs of big cats like leopards, tigers and lions have blue eyes to help them produce more vitamin D, and their eyes darken later in life when they no longer need the extra vitamin D. if there is an advantage, then more people would have those traits. 

    As I pointed out, agriculture was the reason the populations Caucasians and north Asians had booms in their populations. So, there is indeed an advantage in being able to invent agriculture. The ability to be inventive requires a big brain. Europeans and north Asians have the largest brains. Their large brain, not their light skin, makes them genetically superior. 

  • Jim
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Nope. In fact, it might actually be better to have a "mixed" race to have a possibly better chance for the offspring to live.

    Anytime you have a 'narrow' generic breed, the worse the outcome in a disease or radiation survival rate.

  • Andrew
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Speaking in terms of evolution, those traits only benefit peoples living in a small portion of the overall planet.  They are sexually desirable, but all genetically passive traits.

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