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Race and reality : what everyone should know about our biological diversity

Race and reality what everyone should know about our biological diversity The concept of race has had a powerful impact on history and continues to shape the world today in profound ways Most people derive their attitudes about race from their family culture and education

  • Title: Race and reality : what everyone should know about our biological diversity
  • Author: Guy P. Harrison
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  • Page: 203
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  • The concept of race has had a powerful impact on history and continues to shape the world today in profound ways Most people derive their attitudes about race from their family, culture, and education Very few, however, are aware that there are vast differences between the popular notions of race and the scientific view of human diversity Yet even among scientists, whoThe concept of race has had a powerful impact on history and continues to shape the world today in profound ways Most people derive their attitudes about race from their family, culture, and education Very few, however, are aware that there are vast differences between the popular notions of race and the scientific view of human diversity Yet even among scientists, who understand the current evidence, there is great controversy regarding the definition of the term race or even the usefulness of thinking in terms of race at all.Drawing on research from diverse sources and interviews with key scientists, award winning journalist Guy P Harrison surveys the current state of a volatile, important, and confusing subject Harrison s thorough approach explores all sides of the issue, including such questions as these If analysis of the human genome reveals that all human beings are 99.9% alike, how meaningful are racial differences Is the concept of race merely a cultural invention If race distinctions are at least partially based in biological reality, how do we decide the number of races Are there just three or maybe 3 million What do studies of racial attitudes reveal Are we all, in one way or another, racists How does race correlate with environmental and geographical differences Are race based drugs a good idea How does race influence intelligence, athletic ability, and love interests Harrison delves into these and many intriguing, controversial, and important questions in this enlightening book After reading Race and Reality, you will never think about race in the same way again.

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    About "Guy P. Harrison"

    1. Guy P. Harrison

      I write about many things but my primary focus is on science and skepticism I believe that our world could be a little better and a lot less crazy if people simply understood how science works and appreciated the protective value of skeptical thinking in everyday life.I ve held numerous positions in the news industry, including editorial writer, world news editor, sports editor, photographer, page designer, and columnist I m also a veteran travel writer, having visited and written about many people and places in than 25 countries on five continents I have had some very rewarding jobs teaching history and science to bright young students and working with abused and neglected children My degree is in history and anthropology University of South Florida I ve won some nice awards for my writing and photography but doubt anyone really cares about that other than my sweet mother.When I m not staring at a blank computer screen hoping that an interesting sequence of words will appear, I m likely to be running, hiking, reading a science book, working out at a gym, or trying to teach life lessons to my children via repeated forced viewings of Star Trek original series, of course When normal people are busy thinking about politics, economics, and the Kardashians, I m usually daydreaming about time travel, the singularity rapture of the nerds ancient Greece, extremophiles, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and robots.My latest book is 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True It s a fun grand tour of unusual unproven claims such as astrology, psychics, ghosts, UFOs, faith healing, and so on as viewed through the lens of science and skepticism It s published by Prometheus Books.

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    1. How many oceans are there on Earth? If you answered five, you gave the cultural answer. In geography, the answer is one. There is only one large body of water. It is not naturally divided into Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian, and Southern. These are all segmentations that were attributed by humans.Race is the same way. In a cultural sense race very much exists. People have divided groups, fought wars and discriminated based on these cultural divisions. But to a biologist there is only one huma [...]


    2. I have to say ; I am slightly disappointed with this book. The title and the subject matter makes you think that the book has been written by an expert in the field. However, it's written by a journalist ; this isn't a deal-breaker, but it doesn't help matters that the writer has a certain agenda that he wants to push (anti-racism is noble, but it is still a worldview that someone is pushing) and that he is unable to contain his moral outrage. Additionally, the book is longer than it needs to be [...]



    3. A perfect analogy was given early in this book about the problem of trying to categorize people along perceived biological race lines: It’s like trying to cut soup, there are no distinct places to cut it, and it will always end up mixed again anyway. There has always been a moral basis to disregard the notion of separate human races, and progress has been made toward that, but still so few people ever talk about the scientific basis to disregard it. When I was young I heard some people say tha [...]


    4. I don't even think I made it past the first chapter of this one. From the title and description, I was expecting something a lot more rigorous and logical. The author's point is that race is a scientifically invalid concept. It is not borne out by biology/genetics.Great, explain that science to me please.No? You'd rather just ramble for pages about how racism is bad?I mean, don't get me wrong, I tend to agree. Racism is bad. But that doesn't mean I'm interested in reading pages of your smug supe [...]


    5. I really enjoyed this book and the way it was written. The author puts in a lot of his own experiences in here and how he had never heard of most of these race subjects until he had taken some anthropology classes. I feel this is a book that should be taught in grade school or at least have these ideas taught to kids, because once you have your ideas about the world as an adult it is hard to change them. If you are someone or know someone who believes people with different color of skin are diff [...]


    6. "It doesn't matter if we can't resist categorizing ourselves one way or another. What matters is that we avoid inflating the importance of our groups with false beliefs about the abilities and limitations of members, so that we can come together, maximize our abilities, and find solutions."



    7. Featured on Skeptically Speaking show #83 on October 29, 20101, during an interview with author Guy Harrison. skepticallyspeaking/episode


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