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Review of Nicholas Wade’s Book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History.

by gregladen on June 17, 2014 · 2 comments

51j0pHsGslL._SL500_AA300_PIaudible,BottomRight,13,73_AA300_This is probably a little off topic for a blog dedicated to Minnesota progressive politics, but I think people may want to see this. A while back Nicholas Wade, a science reporter of late affiliated with the New York Times, and who has a lot of respect and a large audience, wrote a book that essentially argues that race is a valid biological concept. He also argued that different races have different capacities for social behaviors. He argues that the “African” race is less evolved along these lines compared to the “Asian” and “Caucasian” races. This, he claims, explains history.
There is nothing really new in Wade’s book; this has all been said, and debunked, before. But it is new on the bookshelves, and as you go about your Progressive Activities as I know you do, you will run into people who will claim that finally science has settled the race concept, races are real, and certain races are, as it turns out, better and worse at different things.
I wrote a review of the book for American Scientist, and it is available on line. If you are interested in this topic, you may find it interesting. If you have read Wade’s book or heard the arguments from it and they sound believable to you GO READ MY REVIEW.
Here, I’m giving you the link to my blog post about the review in order to supply some context, and in that post you will find a link to the American Scientist site. They were kind enough to make this particular item available on line.

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