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Chang's model incorporates one crucial assumption: random mating in the part of the world under consideration. For example, every person in Europe would have to have an equal chance of marrying every other European of the opposite sex.
It would be hard to know for a fact that you are not part mongol.
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Really? you do realize that the population of the US is approx 308 million people, of which about two thirds are of age to run for president. So the odds that say, this last election, we would "choose" someone who it just so happens is again from the direct line of King John the Lackland was close to 1 in 20,000,000? One in twenty million.....and thats assuming common ancestry with ten percent of the population if my math is on tonight. I am a bit tired. Seems more and more like these choices are given to us to feed us the illusion of free will.
Of all the kings for them all to be related to, John "lackland", aka Bad King John. This is the King John who was the younger brother of King Richard the Lion Hearted. John took over the crown after his older brother went to fight in the crusades. When he returned he and his cronies conspired to have Richard the Lion Hearted captured and held ransom. Their mother had to pawn the family jewels to get Richard out of prison. Richard, his brother, forgave John afterworlds though.
He(John) gave the Pope so much authority over England that his Baarons forced him to sign the Magna Carta. Lol, its like tracing one's lineage back to Nero or some other really suspect ruler.