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    Suicidal behavior is strongly genetic, about 43% heritable. At first it may seem like an evolutionary absurdity, because how can suicide make one's genes more likely to live on? Answer: those genes live on in your relatives. Suicide is strongly linked to low self-esteem. If you think your own life hurts the survival of your family, then it is likely wrong today, but it would be correct in the paleolithic, in which unproductive persons hurt the survival of the whole tribe. Suicide rates are highest among whites and Asians, who had the scarcest resources in the paleolithic.

    The Conversation: What our new study reveals about the genetics and biology of suicidal behaviour (February 27, 2019).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ApostateAbe View Post
    Suicidal behavior is strongly genetic, about 43% heritable. At first it may seem like an evolutionary absurdity, because how can suicide make one's genes more likely to live on? Answer: those genes live on in your relatives. Suicide is strongly linked to low self-esteem. If you think your own life hurts the survival of your family, then it is likely wrong today, but it would be correct in the paleolithic, in which unproductive persons hurt the survival of the whole tribe. Suicide rates are highest among whites and Asians, who had the scarcest resources in the paleolithic.

    The Conversation: What our new study reveals about the genetics and biology of suicidal behaviour (February 27, 2019).
    Well, in case of future crisis, I am about 41-42% Neolithic and 56% paleolithic European stuff with some other stuff I can't verify because Eurogenes is seriously amateur. Seriously, though there is no white race. The Irish and the Germans are more Upper Paleolithic than other populations in Europe except maybe some Scandinavian countries. I am English descended American not 'white' just like someone is Italian-American. Although, I am sure English people committ suicide it would be interesting to compare the statistics on the different European nations. Alan Turing committed suicide but Hitler, Goebells etc.. etc.. committed suicide too. I am not interested enough to do the math work here.

    Anyway, Anglo-Saxon is about half neolithic and half upper paleolithic (Brunn and to a lesser extent Borreby) more or less so I fit that profile but not exactly 50/50

    This English dude has the same last name as me :

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    The data of this bar chart is from the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. My mistake: whites and Asians do NOT have the highest suicide rates, but whites and Native Americans do. If it were whites and Asians, then it would map onto theory easier. This is American data, as international data is less certain. Whites are a race. In genetic cluster analyses, self-identified "whites" cluster together at the exclusion of non-"whites."


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