How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality
Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise - and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose...more
By contrast, science reporters, never mind journalists and political scientists, are not qualified to write knowledgably on this topic. Ive read those books and theyre an exercise in confirmation bias, with a clear agenda for advocating racism for personal gain.
For example, ...more
Anyway, this is a book about how certain people misuse science, specifically genetics, to justify their racism and how they are wrong. It is a concise read (probably took me a day in total to finish) and gets the points across nicely. However, genetics is complicated...very complicated. I'd recommend Adam ...more
Rutherford sets out to combat some of the myths, misinterpretations and downright lies which racists believe, and he does it well. His arguments are insightful and very well informed, and he is honest about the ambiguities and subtleties of drawing conclusions from genetic data. This in itself is a powerful argument ...more
Bury this one in a time capsule, make them ...more
But I cant rate it highly: too much of the material is recycled from his previous books. There are 186 pages to my edition and with so much repetition of info given elsewhere this was a real disappointment. I was hoping for something more in depth but this felt like a cash in to a current trend for books on race and racism. As worthy as that is, I wish I hadnt ...more
This isn't a long book, but it doesn't take two hundred pages to state that obvious fact. Clearly, then, there's more to it than that. It's not a book about genetics either. Genetics is a relatively new science as slippery as quantum mechanics ...more
Everyone needs to read this book. ...more
The section on anti-semitism and the various claims made about the genetic predisposition of Ashkenazi Jews for science and music was very interesting. A shame that Rutherford adopts the media ...more
What's good about this book is that it is fact-based, summing up our currently best knowledge on biloogy and genetics in particular an by doing so completely tears the foundation away from under current attempts to found classical racist ideas in newer genetic research.
As he so sicinctly puts it, using their own words against neo-conservative "academically" (or rather pseudoscientifically) oriented racists: "Facts don't care about your feelings."
And your feelings of ...more
Rutherford has had a strong career in genetics, science writing and broadcasting and brings his skills from ...more
However, my problem with the book is ...more
This was totally insightful and thought provoking. If someone looks differently at another person just because of skin color and religion; it's definitely defined as racism. This book is that aspect but a whole lot more. I may favor some groups as opposed to others, but I have always kept ...more
I particularly enjoyed the chapter on ancestry genetic testing as so many people I know are having these tests gifted to them and using their results to justify their own superior status or debunking them if they disagree with the results . These tests are the Trojan Horse of racism, normalising this ridiculous thing called race , and it's good to understand the results ...more
However, as little as I ...more