Race : The Reality of Human Differences

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2004-01-07
Publisher(s): Perseus Books Group
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Summary

When the head of the Human Genome Project and a former President of the United States both assure us that we are all, regardless of race, genetically 99.9% the same, the clear implication is that racial differences among us are superficial. The concept of race, many would argue, is an inadequate map of the physical reality of human variation. In short, human races are not biologically valid categories, and the very ideas of race and racial difference are morally suspect in that they support racism. InRace, Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele argue strongly against received academic wisdom, contending that human racial differences are both real and significant. Relying on the latest findings in nuclear, mitochondrial, and Y-chromosome DNA research, Sarich and Miele demonstrate that the recent origin of racial differences among modern humans provides powerful evidence of the significance, not the triviality, of those differences. They place the "99.9% the same" figure in context by showing that racial differences in humans exceed the differences that separate subspecies or even species in such other primates as gorillas and chimpanzees. The authors conclude with the paradox that, while, scientific honesty requires forthright recognition of racial differences, public policy should not recognize racial-group membership.

Author Biography

Vincent Sarichis Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.Frank Miele is senior editor with Skeptic magazine. Frank Miele’shighly regarded Skeptic interviews include conversations with evolutionists Richard Dawkins and E. O. Wilson, anthropologists Donald Johanson, Lionel Tiger, and Robin Fox, ecologist Garrett Hardin, and psychologist Robert Sternberg. His articles have appeared on many web pages, including those of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. He lives in Sunnyvale, California, with his Great Dane, Payce

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Another Book on Race? ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Opening Statement: The Case for Race
1(262)
Race and the Law
13(16)
Race and History
29(30)
Anthropology as the Science of Race
59(44)
Resolving the Primate Tree
103(24)
Homo sapiens and Its Races
127(28)
The Two ``Miracles'' That Made Humankind
155(6)
Race and Physical Differences
161(32)
Race and Behavior
193(40)
Learning to Live with Race
233(30)
Notes 263(10)
Index 273

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