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Race, Evolution, and Behavior: A Life History Perspective

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  106 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Book by Rushton, J. Philippe
Unknown Binding, 358 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Charles Darwin Research Institute (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jun 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic-science
Note: I read an earlier edition of this book. Not exactly sure which one, but probably in the mid to late 1990s.

Well, this is pretty much nonsense. If you want to talk about biological races then you'd need to have far more than the 'three' races he considers. He tends to lump all dark skinned people into one race, for example, which is completely inaccurate. There is a huge range of variability among the so called "dark skinned" folks of the world. In the same way, there is wide variety among
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Dec 17, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The entire book comprised of facts with references, I was very pleased with the approach taken for this topic. Academia has become increasingly politicized in recent decades.

With cultural marxism influencing entire fields, such as sociology through critical theory. Despite it's lack of scientific evidence to support it's claims. For those unfamiliar with this fact, the distinction made between critical theory and genetic theory in the book may not be significant to you. But I assure you it is.

Daniel Ramírez Martins
Even though from the beggining to the end the author was one-sided, it was a great book to read to know and understand more about the biological and cultural differences between races with very reliable sources.
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. A scientific exposition of the factual biological differences in the various races of humans. Well worth the read for anyone wishing to understand race reality and how we relate to each other.
Psilo Crosse
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a breath of fresh (open and honest) air to the discussion of race. Well written and well researched.
Matthew Halma
This was the abridged version, I purchased it by accident. 65 pages is not enough to explore these ideas. As a result, it was far too simple.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
These days, there is the tendency to attribute all human differences to culture, while downplaying, or outright denying, that biology can play any role. This book goes to the other extreme, however, by essentially throwing culture out the window. The author attributes to genetics virtually every difference in intellectual achievement and responsible citizenship among the races. In reviewing the evidence from human evolutionary history (especially in arguing that harsher physical environments led ...more
Ryan Seidemann
Jun 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Abysmally misinformed assessment of human variation. Rushton relies on 19th century science that has been proven to be biased or outright falsified to support his outmoded notions of racial differences. It is shocking to think that this sort of junk science is still finding an audience today. The idea that this book encapsulates mainstream scientific thought on the concepts of human variation is disappointing. Whether Rushton admits it or not-an he does not-this book represents a poor use of sci ...more
This was one of the books I read in the first year of the Wednesday Study Group that is now in its eleventh year. Ruchton's book describes hundreds of studies worldwide that show a consistent pattern of human racial differences in such characteristics as intelligence, brain size, genital size, strength of sex drive, reproductive potency, industriousness, sociability, and rule following. However, I found his use of statistics questionable and, given the incendiary nature of his conclusions, would ...more
Jim Strasma
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this abridged version both convincing and guaranteed to deeply upset the politically correct. Its main point is that there are specific measurable r/K (r = reproduction, K = care by parents) differences between species in general, and also lesser but still specific and measurable differences on average between folks from Africa, folks from Europe and folks from Asia that cannot be explained sufficiently by environment or racism, but are explained by the different r/K needs of those makin ...more
Karpur Shukla
May 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
One of the more famous books underlying modern racism, and an excellent case study of where talking about science without understanding it can lead you. He completely misapplied the (now-outdated anyway) r/K model of reproductive adaptation. I think Prof. C. Loring Brace puts it much better than I could: "Race, Evolution, and Behavior is an amalgamation of bad biology and inexcusable anthropology."
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an abridged version of this book. I don't know the field, but based on some other readings (The Bell Curve, Charles Murray), I am assuming his facts are correct. I don't agree with his interpretation of those facts, per se (that race differences are all evolutionary), but if the differences are true, we still have to deal with them. What does a society do with this information?
So Hakim
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropology
An interesting-yet-controversial book about human race and its implication. Some of the theses may be attributed to cultural upbringing, however, there are also robust ones when it comes to biology. All in all a pretty interesting take on the nature of racial difference.
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, but the studies used to derive the statistics are so taboo that we can't even examine their accuracy. Either way, I like that it makes you think--and wonder.
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“Q: But isn’t race “just skin deep”? Don’t most scientists now agree that race is a social construct, not a biological reality? A: Biological evidence shows that race is not a social construct. Coroners in crime labs can identify race from a skeleton or even just the skull. They can identify race from blood, hair, or semen as well. To deny the existence of race is unscientific and unrealistic. Race is much more than “just skin deep.” 0 likes
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