The Athletic Head: The Real Advantage of Race in Sports

We’ve written about race in sports before. That’s actually where this whole thing started unraveling for me.

There’s a statistical discrepancy in the skull size of black people and others: they’re smaller. There’s some debate as to what it means and if there is even a discrepancy at all. Let’s just assume for a minute that the African brain is smaller on average than other brains. 

Why is that important? Because with our brain entropy model, this smaller-skulled race would have an athletic advantage. Especially in “fast twitch” events. Because the engine is smaller, it takes less energy to start, and therefore can start quicker.

White people can’t jump. If you assume that the more entropy you have in the brain, the slower the time perception, smaller brains would be much more likely to jump higher and run faster.

Faster recovery. If we also assume the brain is made of the same substance, this smaller brain would also cool off faster when overheated. Another advantage in most sports.

Less sleep. If sleep cools the brain, a smaller brain would mean less cooling, and less sleep necessary to zero out entropy from the day. We’ve explored this concept before. 

What about all those great distance runners from Kenya? I’ll just put this here. Brain_Size_Map.png

But also, this race has a much greater risk of death by stroke or heart attack. How does that relate? A stroke happens when your brain pressure gets too high. For smaller brains, higher pressure is easier to attain. So the same mechanism that gives them an advantage at sports, increases their risk of early death.

Assuming that the African brain is smaller, we can predict most aspects that set them apart as athletes as well as their sleep patterns and elevated risks of heart attack and stroke.

Sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_size
  2. https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/consumer-healthcare/what-is-cardiovascular-disease/african-americans-and-heart-disease-stroke
  3. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/2017/study-heart-disease-stroke-cutting-lives-black-americans
  4. https://www1.udel.edu/educ/gottfredson/reprints/1996reviewRushton.pdf
  5. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/press-release/poll-reveals-sleep-differences-among-ethnic-groups

Heart Disease [Side effects matter]

Here’s a fun one. Think about this for a moment. You hear it all the time: heart disease is the number one killer in the country. Let’s assume that for a minute that it’s true. I have no idea one way or another. This “epidemic” causes us to go to the doctor where they begin to prescribe beta blockers, and a whole host of other meds to treat the heart, to make us live longer, and they are proven to work.

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Here’s the problem: the side effects of these “miracle” drugs that prolong the human life, is that almost all of them have a side effect that includes dizziness, anxiety, or blurred vision. So If you’re a doc, and you’re treating high blood pressure, and you give a pill that lowers the blood pressure, your job is done. What you don’t realize is that you may have started a downward cycle that unravels the patient’s very existence as he knows it.

So for the “minor side effect,” the patient goes and gets glasses so he can see, or other stimulants to help battle the anxiety. Regardless, as the doctor, you prescribed medication for his heart that may be the neurological end of your patient. And the worse part of it: it is all attributed to “the general aging process.” Even if it is singled out as a side effect of the drug that you’re on. No one realizes that poor vision is a problem in and of itself. And no, glasses, contacts, and Lasik are not the solutions.

So maybe my heart only makes it to 70. I’m good with that. Please do not give me medication to prolong the life of my heart that let’s me live to 90 miserable as I lose my mind.