On the biology of race

Scientia Salon

the-different-human-races-from-natural-history-of-the-animal-kingdom2by Massimo Pigliucci

The biology of human races is back in the news, big time. This is because of a new book by former New York Times journalist Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History [1].

The basic thesis of the book is that human races are real, and that their genetic differences — which according to Wade evolved rapidly after the invention of agriculture — account for much of the behavioral differences among human groups, as well as for the success of some and the failure of others.

Here is a sample of quotes from Wade himself, to give you an idea of what he is up to [2]:

[Trying to explain why Western societies have been capable of developing advanced democracies while others haven’t] “Conventionally, these social differences are attributed solely to culture. But if that’s so, why is it apparently so hard for tribal societies…

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One thought on “On the biology of race

  1. This was a really good post. A few years ago, I read an article on how we shouldn’t even talk about this kind of research for fear of reinforcing old stereotypes; but after reading this, I think those stereotypes sound even more ridiculous than ever.

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