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Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversityby Guy P. Harrison
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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, 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 more 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.
Book News Annotation:
Harrison, author and journalist, armed with decades of research by social and biological scientists, makes the case that there really is no such thing as race, that manner of categorizing human beings based on superficial characteristics. Biological diversity does of course exist, but the author argues that contemporary science has determined that diversity does not mean there are different races. And, since the concept of race is an artificial if commonly accepted construct, it may be easier than most people think to eliminate racism. As the author says, "Nature did not rip us apart. We did, in our minds." Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
There are vast differences between notions of race and the scientific view of human diversity. Drawing on research from diverse sources and interviews with key scientists, an award-winning journalist surveys the current state of a volatile subject.
About the Author
GUY P. HARRISON (San Diego, CA) is an award-winning journalist and the author of Think, 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God, and Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversity. Find him on online at www.guypharrison.com, www.facebook.com/guypharrisonauthor, and on Twitter @Harrisonauthor.
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