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A Troublesome Inheritance

Genes, Race, and the Rise of the West
Wade, Nicholas (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story. Few ideas have been more harmful than one race or another being inherently superior to others. For this understandable reason, discussion of biological differences between races has been virtually banished from polite academic conversation. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory. Inconveniently, this view cannot be right. Nicholas Wade, the esteemed science journalist who has long reported on new genetic advances for The New York Times, cites the mounting evidence that human evolution has continued to the present day. Because populations stayed in place for thousands of years, substantially isolated, evolution has proceeded independently on each continent, giving rise to the various races of humankind. Here, Wade explores the possibility that recent human evolution has included changes in social behavior and hence in the nature of human societies. Rejecting unequivocally the notion of racial superiority, he argues that the evolution of the human races holds information critical to the understanding of human societies and history, and that the public interest is best served by pursuing the scientific truth without fear.--From publisher description.
Authors: Wade, Nicholas
Title: A troublesome inheritance
genes, race, and the rise of the West
Publisher: New York :, The Penguin Press,, 2014.
Characteristics: 278 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Evolution, race, and history
Perversions of science
Origins of human social nature
The human experiment
The genetics of race
Societies and institutions
The recasting of human nature
Jewish adaptations
The rise of the West
Evolutionary perspectives on race.
Summary: Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story.
Few ideas have been more harmful than one race or another being inherently superior to others. For this understandable reason, discussion of biological differences between races has been virtually banished from polite academic conversation. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory. Inconveniently, this view cannot be right. Nicholas Wade, the esteemed science journalist who has long reported on new genetic advances for The New York Times, cites the mounting evidence that human evolution has continued to the present day. Because populations stayed in place for thousands of years, substantially isolated, evolution has proceeded independently on each continent, giving rise to the various races of humankind. Here, Wade explores the possibility that recent human evolution has included changes in social behavior and hence in the nature of human societies. Rejecting unequivocally the notion of racial superiority, he argues that the evolution of the human races holds information critical to the understanding of human societies and history, and that the public interest is best served by pursuing the scientific truth without fear.--From publisher description.
Local Note: 15 53 118 122 133 148 152 172 211 222 242 243
ISBN: 9781594204463
1594204462
Statement of Responsibility: Nicholas Wade
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Human evolution. Sociobiology. Race. Civilization, Western.
Topical Term: Human evolution.
Sociobiology.
Race.
Civilization, Western.
LCCN: 2013040002
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Jul 12, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The writing is okay, not great, and many of the author's arguments are weak, but the ideas are worth discussing.

There is a fallacious belief that western civilization will triumph due to some inherent creative genius.
Examples given have logical explanation, which further disproves the authors assertions.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/05/troublesome_inheritance_critique_nicholas_wade_s_dated_assumptions_about.single.html

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