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  • How to Argue with a Racist

  • What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference
  • Written by: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Race is not a biological reality. Racism thrives on our not knowing this.

Racist pseudoscience is on the rise - fueling hatred, feeding nationalism, and seeping into our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even the well-intentioned repeat stereotypes based on "science", because cutting-edge genetics are hard to grasp - and all too easy to distort. Paradoxically, misconceptions are multiplying amid today's unprecedented surge of research on human genetics. We've never had a clearer picture of who we are and where we come from, and the science, when accurately understood, is a powerful and definitive ally against racism. But not nearly enough of these findings have made their way into the casual conversations we have about race. 

This penetrating guide shows us how being a responsible and enlightened citizen on the matter of race today requires us to know what modern genetics actually can and can't tell us about human difference. Racial categories still vexing our societies do not align with observable genetic differences - and those differences are, in fact, so minute that they serve as evidence of our commonality. 

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©2020 Adam Rutherford (P)2020 Tantor

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Excellent!

Dr. Rutherford has a great voice and mind. So listening to this book was wonderful. I found it very interesting and informative. I have recommended it to many. Well worth it. Enjoy!

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  • Niall
  • 2020-11-17

Terrible argument repeated ad-nauseum

There is only one argument given in this book which is that race is largely a social construct with races having a vast combination of traits from surrounding areas making a "pure race" a general fiction. This was mildly interesting when I had it explained in five minutes about twenty years ago but I knew right away that it would NEVER be useful in arguing against a racist. There is nothing here about arguing tactics, understanding bad thinking or causes of bigotry. The books should be titled something like "The Complexity of Race: Why Race is Largely a Social Construct" with a sub-subtitle warning that this material will never be useful when arguing with racists. Aside from being nothing like advertised it seems competent though uninteresting and long-winded

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  • 2020-08-24

Beautiful voice, incredible science.

Incredible book. Really enjoyed it. Brilliant critique of race science and the flaws in scientific research used to justify racism.

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  • Stephen
  • 2021-08-10

Okay

It’s a fine book for the laymen. Most of the science that was discussed I feel I had a firm grasp of when I finished AP bio in high school. I don’t think I found anything in the book to be particularly groundbreaking but it certainly wasn’t bad.

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  • NancyMc
  • 2021-05-14

Important book in response to race pseudo-science

Fascinating corrective to the myths of heredity and race that many people - not only racists - believe. Especially important is Rutherford's debunking of the "Natural History of Ashkenazi Intelligence" paper published by Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending (the latter has his own profile as a "white nationalist" at the Southern Poverty Law Center web site.)
And on top of all that, Rutherford has a beautiful voice and (irresistible to Americans) British accent.

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  • Wayne Richards Jr
  • 2021-04-13

Race is a Social Construct

Race is not rooted in science was awesome to hear! I am a Black Male and I’ve heard much of this in my life and this book deconstructed those theories that I’ve been hearing since my formative years and I’m 42 years old.

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  • Erik C Stabell
  • 2022-01-22

Excellent overview.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is a good review of the history and contemporary debate.

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  • Zach Brunson
  • 2021-06-20

Great book with well presented information

This was a great book with well presented information. The breadth of material discussed make the book continually interesting and useful in answering the majority of conceivable questions, comments, or concerns.