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A must to anyone who thinks race is "just a social construct",
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This review is from: Race: The Reality of Human Differences (Paperback)
The book sets out to prove a very simple idea, which would be commonsense if it weren't for politically correct ideology: that races in fact do exist as a biological reality, and that they do differ in many physical and (yes) possibly mental traits.
They debunk a number of politically correct but ultimately meaningless statements (e.g. "we are all Africans", or "85% of genetic variance is within ethnic groups", or "we share 99.99% of our genes with each other"), and show how political correctness has led to distorted or outright falsified accounts of recent genetic and biological findings.
They also propose how to deal with the issues of race - one might or might not agree with them, but getting the facts straight (which is the bulk of the book) is important no matter what.
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Initial post: 7 May 2013, 19:23:35 BST
Hi, I'm looking for a book that will literally tell me for example 'The European races have evolved X because of X.' Is this such a book?
In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2013, 00:06:19 BST
Gabor Laszlo Varkonyi says:
I'm not sure if I understand correctly what you need or even if such a book even exists, but the closest thing I could think of might be 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution. I hope this helps.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2015, 01:20:37 GMT
Namira: "I'm looking for a book that will literally tell me for example 'The European races have evolved X because of X.' Is this such a book?"
Personally, I'd recommend Racial Adaptations by Carleton Coon. Coon, a leading anthropologist, systematically surveys every physiological race difference and discusses different theories for why they might have evolved. (However, it was published in 1982 and may therefore be a bit out-of-date.)
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