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Race, Evolution, and Behavior: A Life History Perspective

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Using evidence from psychology, anthropology, sociology and other scientific disciplines, this book shows that there are at least three biological races (subspecies) of man Orientals (i.e., Mongoloids or Asians), Blacks (i.e., Negroids or Africans), and Whites (i.e., Caucasoids or Europeans). There are recognizable profiles for the three major racial groups on brain size, ...more
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Transaction Publishers (first published August 1994)
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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.

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
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.
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.
Jamie King
Dec 17, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jackson Lawrence Capper
Rushton has stitched together the grave divergence of sociology and biology that occurred in the 1950s. The critical elements that cause behavioural differences between races is brilliantly summarised. The suppression of this book to favour distorted egalitarian worldviews has been effective to date and Rushton has personally bore the cost of this information. Consequently, Race, Evolution, and Behavior hasn't yet caused a renaissance of racial awakening. Thankfully, truth ultimately prevails. ...more
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? ...more
Michael A. Simmons, Sr.
Excellent study of racial differences

It is refreshing to find an author that is not cowed by the PC crowd and let the facts speak for themselves. There are racial differences and we can't ignore them. We can continue to bury our heads in the sand or we can use this information to help society learn from our differences and figure out how we can all live together peacefully.
Marek S
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very detailed compendium of decades of research on race, IQ, and human evolution. This should be required reading in all public schools, especially in today's reality-denying leftist dominated society. ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, even abridged has pretty much all what vulgar people need.
Ian Pitchford
Mar 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best one can say about this book is that it's a very superior form of pseudoscience. ...more
Vagabond of Letters, DLitt
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Ralph N
It's an interesting book, for sure. I wanted to check this out before checking out the even more controversial "Bell Curve".

So some of the assertions in this book seem actually factual, and the jury's still out how much of it is genetic vs. environmental. Though I more believe it's more of the latter, I must admit I may be a bit biased due to my liberal arts education.

As a small note, I did laugh as he talked about his application of R/K selection theory to Blacks, Whites, and Asians.
Brian Fang
seminal modern work on human diversity. read abridged version.
Christopher Byram
This book is described as an authoritative work on differences between human beings.
Mathijs  Aasman
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.
A Young Philosopher
Sneak this book into a statistics conference, run away, and listen to hear what happens. Do you hear shouts; do you hear shrieks? What has happened? You take a peek at the chaos slowly increasing, and see professors shouting lots of deeply meaningful words like "race", "construct", "ideology", and "supremacy". You also hear the word "pseudoscience". Yet there is one man, who (through your telepathic powers) knows what is up. He has just seen an immense amount of data and is shocked. Yet, his sho ...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
James Henderson
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
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." ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It is not a book to be put into all hands given the number of politically incorrect elements described in it.

Short and well written, this book also includes a Q&A section to answer the most common objections.

It makes you want to read the unabridged version!
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. ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simple and easy to read booklet that remains highly controversial to this day due to the subject matter it addresses.
Aron Rose
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