Self Help

Superior - Angela Saini

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For the author’s parents, the only ancestors that matter are them. The author uses the British Museum as an example of how race and history have been classified arbitrarily. The British Empire built the museum’s collection to frame itself as the heir of great civilizations like Greece and Rome. However, historical discoveries have shown that other civilizations like the Indus Valley, were just as sophisticated. Early categorizations of human races were simplistic and euro-centric. People, including the author, fall through the cracks of these racial definitions. What matters is not where the lines define races, but what they mean and imply about power hierarchies. While some like to think history has revealed the inherent superiority of Europeans, the author argues that history is never over and more complicated than it seems. Ancient artifacts in the museum reveal truths that challenge simplistic racial narratives, showing that racial hierarchies have varied across time and place. For the author, the only ancestors that matter are her parents.

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The author visits Mulka’s Cave in western Australia, filled with hundreds of handprints dating back thousands of years. The rock art here indicates the long history of human habitation in Australia, going back at least 60,000 years.

While the handprints may have different meanings, determining the exact meaning is complex. Indigenous Australians have a deep spiritual connection to the land that is difficult for outsiders to comprehend. Their concept of time, space and objects is different.

The author realizes the landscape is not wild but lived in by countless generations. However, as an outsider, the author can only scratch the surface of indigenous thought and culture, which has developed over millennia.

The author notes that we cannot inhabit minds that are not our own. For example, the author shares that as a teenager, they discovered their mother did not know her birthdate. Dates were not routinely recorded when she was growing up in India. This surprised the author but their mother did not care.

In summary, the passage discusses the difficulty of understanding ancient cultures and indigenous thought, using the examples of Australian rock art and the author’s own experience with their mother not knowing her exact birthdate. It emphasizes how different concepts of time, space and meaning can be for independently developed cultures.

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The text discusses how Europeans initially viewed indigenous Australians when they first arrived on the continent. Europeans dismissed them as “savages” trapped in cultural stasis and lacking modern advancements like agriculture or buildings. This view suited Europeans as it justified claiming the land as terra nullius - belonging to no one.

Indigenous Australians were seen as a “primitive” stage of human evolution, functionally the same as humans from the Stone Age. This view persisted for centuries, and archaeologists initially refused to believe indigenous Australians had created the rock art they discovered.

However, as the text details, indigenous Australian cultures have changed and evolved. While maintaining connections with their long history, they have developed complex land management systems and cultural traditions. Archaeological evidence shows indigenous Australians have occupied the land for tens of thousands of years, not just thousands.

The text argues that Europeans failed to understand or respect indigenous Australian cultures, seeing industrialization as the marker of “civilization.” While respect for indigenous cultures has grown, some resistance remains among non-indigenous Australians. The “revelation” of indigenous Australians’ deep history has been challenging for some to accept.

In summary, the key ideas are that Europeans viewed indigenous Australians as primitive and unchanged, failing to recognize their sophisticated cultures and long history. This view persisted for centuries but has begun to change in recent decades.

  1. The arrival of European settlers in Australia was viewed as a challenge to Aboriginal Australians, who had a very ancient history and culture. The European settlers saw the Aboriginal people as inferior and uncivilized.

  2. European colonists believed that Aboriginal Australians were doomed to extinction. There was talk of them being a “dying race.”

  3. Aboriginal Australians suffered massive population declines due to disease, massacres, and violence at the hands of European settlers. Estimates suggest that that up to 80% of the Aboriginal population died.

  4. There was cultural genocide as Aboriginal cultures and languages were banned. Children were also forcibly taken from their families in the “Stolen Generations” policy.

  5. For Aboriginal Australians like Gail Beck, learning about her indigenous ancestry and the history of suffering was devastating. It opened wounds that are difficult to heal.

  6. The loss for Aboriginal Australians was not just physical but cultural. Their ways of life, knowledge, and languages were destroyed, and they were made ashamed of who they were.

  7. The differences in how European settlers viewed indigenous Australians highlight issues of how humans define “race” and difference. The European conception of humanity was limited by their need to know how most of humanity lived then.

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  1. Europeans created the idea of a universal human origin during the Enlightenment. They used themselves as the benchmark for determining who counts as human.

  2. Many Enlightenment thinkers, like Kant and Hegel, were racist and viewed nonwhite people as inferior. They believed whites were the pinnacle of humanity.

  3. In the 19th century, race came to define humanity. Nonwhite people were considered separate and inferior based on physical characteristics like skin color.

  4. Whiteness became associated with modernity and progress. Australian laws favored white immigrants and sought to “breed out” Aboriginal people.

  5. As scientists encountered more human diversity, some doubted the Enlightenment view of a single, unified humanity. They questioned if nonwhite people were the same species.

  6. Early European archaeological finds set the standard for “modern” human behavior. Later finds in Africa challenged this definition.

  7. The discovery of Australia with its unique people and animals challenged the idea of a unified humanity, showing how European standards were culturally specific.

In summary, the text argues that the European idea of a universal human origin excluded and dehumanized nonwhite people. Whiteness became linked with modernity and progress, while nonwhite races were considered inferior. As scientific discoveries increased, this worldview began to break down but still influences thinking today.

  1. Scientists once believed Aboriginal Australians were more primitive and closer to Neanderthals since they evolved separately in Australia. This view implied that human races have separate origins.

  2. However, research shows that all humans outside of Africa have some Neanderthal DNA, disproving the notion of separate evolution. Europeans have the most Neanderthal ancestry.

  3. Some scientists still support the “multiregional” hypothesis that humans evolved independently in different regions. However, most believe humans evolved in Africa, then migrated and adapted to new environments.

  4. Support for the multiregional hypothesis persists in places like China where there is a desire to believe in an ancient Chinese origin. For some indigenous Australians, it fits their origin stories of always being in Australia.

  5. While interbreeding with Neanderthals and Denisovans shows our shared past, it also provides fodder for those arguing that races have distinct origins based on genetic differences.

In short, the story shows how scientific theories about human origins are shaped by evidence and cultural and ideological motivations. While modern science supports an African origin for all humans, competing theories persist due to national or racial identity notions.

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  • While Wolpoff’s multiregional evolution theory has been disproven, one of his predictions was correct: other extinct human species like Neanderthals interbred with modern humans. Genetic evidence shows that Neanderthals did interbreed with some of our ancestors.

  • However, multiregional theory and genetic findings that show Europeans have Neanderthal DNA while Africans do not could lead to racial speculation and a “nasty conclusion that we are all different.”

  • Only after genetic studies found that Europeans have closer ties to Neanderthals did the image of Neanderthals undergo a makeover. They went from being seen as primitive to “sophisticated.”

  • Some researchers have speculated that Neanderthal DNA gave Europeans different traits than Africans, though others believe the genetic differences are trivial and not evolutionarily significant.

  • The newly found connections between Neanderthals and Europeans led many to see Neanderthals as “people like us” even though indigenous Australians, who are also closely related to Neanderthals, were not granted full humanity until recently.

  • While Wolpoff believes biology does not support race, the multiregional theory could imply that some populations became modern humans sooner than others.

  • Researchers now argue that modern humans emerged from a “mosaic” of African populations, not from a single lineage. This still places Africa at the center of human origins.

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  1. The author recalls visiting the “It is a Small World” ride at Disney World as a child which featured cultural stereotypes from different countries. This ride shows how the world became a “smaller place” with increased movement and contact in the 19th century.

  2. The author visits the site of former human enclosures in Paris called the Colonial Exposition of 1907. The exposition displayed people from France’s colonies in recreation of their indigenous villages. It was meant for the fascination of spectators.

  3. The author quotes Clifford Geertz, who said “Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he has spun.” These cultural webs shape how we see the world.

  4. The 19th century was an unprecedented global movement and contact. Though the world was less mysterious, people still wanted to “see it all.” This led to exhibitions like the Colonial Exposition.

  5. The Colonial Exposition started as a scientific project to cultivate crops from the colonies but evolved into displaying colonized people in recreated villages for spectators. The exhibit revealed how stereotypes and fascination shaped European views of “other” cultures.

In summary, the author uses the example of the Colonial Exposition to illustrate how 19th century European views of other cultures were shaped by stereotypes, fascination and a desire to “see it all” in an age where the world was becoming “smaller.” The exhibit reveals how cultural webs shape human perceptions.

• Human zoos were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, where people from colonized countries were displayed for Europeans. They were meant to showcase human diversity.

• Researchers used these human zoos to study and categorize people based on race. They measured physical characteristics and documented observations to support their theories of racial hierarchies.

• The concept of race as a fixed biological category emerged during this time through the work of scientists like Linnaeus, who classified humans into distinct races.

• Figures like Saartjie Baartman were put on humiliating display and exploited to satisfy the curiosity of Europeans and support the theories of scientists like Cuvier. Her remains were only returned to South Africa in 2002.

• Scientists argue that the emergence of race science was politically motivated to justify colonialism and oppression. They categorized and grouped people to make them easier to control.

• Race science provided a supposed “rational” justification for European superiority and colonialism, allowing Europeans to dismiss colonized people as barbaric and needing civilization.

In summary, human zoos publicly exhibited colonized people primarily to satisfy European curiosity and provide “evidence” to support the emerging practice of race science and theories of racial hierarchies. These efforts ultimately aimed to justify European colonialism and notions of superiority.

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The concept of race was used to justify slavery and the mistreatment of black people. Even after slavery formally ended in the U.K. and the U.S. in the 1800s, racism persisted.

Scientists argued that racial differences meant blacks were inherently inferior and less human. They claimed blacks had distinct disease profiles and anatomical features that suited them for slavery. Figures like Louis Agassiz argued against treating blacks equally.

Medically unsound theories like “drapetomania,” a supposed disease that caused enslaved people to run away, were used to pathologize black behavior and maintain the status quo. Scientists and thinkers like Count Arthur de Gobineau promoted ideas of white supremacy and Aryan purity.

While some questioned how distinct races emerged, others cited the Bible to argue that Noah’s children populated different parts of the Earth. Darwin’s theory of evolution from a common ancestor challenged the idea of separate racial origins. However, Darwin still struggled with the notion of full racial equality.

In summary, the concept of race was shaped by slavery and racial hierarchies. Pseudoscientific theories propagated by figures like Agassiz and Cartwright were used to argue that blacks were inherently inferior and suited for slavery. Though challenged by Darwin, the notion of full racial equality was still ambiguous, reflecting the complex attitudes of the time.

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The text discusses how Darwin’s theory of evolution was used to justify scientific racism and the concept of racial hierarchies. While Darwin argued for human unity and a common ancestor, he also believed in evolutionary hierarchies with whites at the top. This created confusion and allowed ideologies to mix with real science.

Darwin’s supporters like Huxley and Haeckel argued for the superiority of the white race. They claimed whites had bigger brains and were more evolved. This legitimized racist views and the mistreatment of other races.

The text discusses human zoos that exhibited people from colonies as curiosities. Though the performers were paid, they were treated as subhuman and presented as exotic specimens for entertainment. Many died due to poor conditions. Cases like Ota Benga, exhibited in the Bronx Zoo, show the inhumane treatment.

The author argues that race science was driven more by politics and economics than a desire to understand physical differences. The focus was on justifying social inequalities and differences in progress between civilizations. Race provided a way to measure and judge other humans.

The text argues that Darwin’s theory was misused to justify scientific racism and racial hierarchies. Human zoos exemplified the dehumanization and injustices that resulted from views of racial superiority. Ultimately, race science was driven by a desire to legitimize political and economic ideologies rather than a genuine scientific pursuit.

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  • The Max Planck Society is one of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the world, producing Nobel Prize winners and thousands of research papers.

  • In 1997, the president decided to investigate the society’s involvement with the Nazis during World War II. There were long rumors that some scientists had supported or participated in Nazi eugenics and experimentation.

  • The investigations revealed that many scientists had willingly cooperated with and supported the Nazi regime. Some helped develop racial ideology and policies, while others were complicit through inaction.

  • At least two scientists at the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, which later became the Max Planck Society, were involved in horrific human experiments during the Holocaust.

  • In 2001, the Max Planck Society publicly apologized and acknowledged its historical role. However, critics note that it took far too long to uncover the truth and hold those responsible to account.

  • The story highlights how scientific research is shaped by the political and social context in which it is conducted. Even prestigious scientists can be influenced by racist or prejudiced ideologies.

  • While the Nazi scientists are seen as uniquely evil, the story argues that the ideas of racial science and eugenics that influenced the Nazis emerged from scientists worldwide, not just in Germany.

In summary, the story reveals German scientists’ dark and troubling involvement in Nazi atrocities during World War II. It examines how this history challenges the common belief that science is objective and value-free, separate from politics and ideology.

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• Francis Galton is considered the father of eugenics. He wanted to use selective breeding to improve the human race, believing traits like intelligence were hereditary.

• Galton founded the Eugenics Record Office in London to collect data on human differences. He believed in selectively encouraging intelligent, fit people to reproduce and discouraging those deemed unfit.

• Though Galton’s views were racist and based on discredited ideas of racial superiority, eugenics was considered mainstream science at the time and had support from politicians, intellectuals, and universities.

• Eugenics policies aimed to manage reproduction by financially penalizing “undesirable” groups and encouraging reproduction by “fit” groups. However, Britain did not implement wide-scale eugenics policies.

• The U.S. did implement eugenics policies like involuntary sterilization laws targeting those viewed as mentally defective, criminals or poor. Eugenics organizations received support from prominent figures and foundations.

• Ultimately, eugenics fell out of favor due to its links with Nazi racial hygiene policies and the discredited ideas of scientific racism it was based upon.

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  • Eugenics began to conflate with ideas about racial superiority in the early 20th century.

  • Figures like Karl Pearson believed that other races were inferior and that their mixing threatened the British population.

  • Eugen Fischer designed a device with artificial hair samples of different textures to judge the “whiteness” of people in Namibia. This informed the Nuremberg Laws and was used by the Nazis.

  • Pearson also had a box with glass eyes of different colors, likely used similarly to judge race.

  • Such classifications revealed how notions of objectivity and rationality in science could be racist and politicized.

  • Across the world, eugenics was deployed about existing power dynamics and ideas about race.

  • In the U.S., eugenics was used to justify restricting immigration and segregation.

  • Figures like Madison Grant argued for a Nordic master race and racial purity, warning against racial mixing. He supported ideas like slavery.

  • Grant combined wealth and racism, seeking to limit the immigration of those he deemed inferior.

Based on the summary, it seems Reginald Ruggles Gates:

  • Was a member of the eugenics movement in the early 20th century when such views were more common and acceptable.

  • Believed in racial segregation and that different races were separate species. This aligned with colonial and racist attitudes of the time.

  • Had a successful career as a botanist and geneticist before World War 2.

However, after the war and the revelation of Nazi atrocities:

  • The world’s attitude toward eugenics and racial science shifted drastically. These ideas became discredited and unacceptable.

  • Gates struggled to adapt to the new outlook and clung to his old views.

  • He began to be rejected by scientific journals and isolated from the mainstream academic world he had once been a part of.

  • Gates seemed confused by his changing fortunes and unable to understand why his views were now problematic.

So in summary, Gates represents how previously accepted racial and eugenic theories fell out of favor after World War 2. However, some adherents of those ideas were only willing to change with the times, resulting in their marginalization.

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  1. Gavin Schaffer talks about William Gates’ disbelief and surprise at pushback against his racist views. Gates believed in racial superiority and inferiority and refused to change his views.

  2. When Gates worked at Howard University, a historically black college, there was a petition to remove him for his racist views. Gates was shocked by this and blamed it on an international Jewish conspiracy rather than understanding that his work would naturally be challenged at a black university.

  3. In later life, Gates traveled extensively studying human differences but could not accept that views on race were changing.

  4. In the 1940s and 1950s, scientists began arguing that biological differences between human populations were marginal and that culture and environment were behind perceived racial differences.

  5. In 1950, UNESCO said that all humans belonged to the same species, and race was a fundamentally flawed concept.

  6. Studies in the 1970s and 2000s showed that most genetic variation - around 85 to 95% - exists within populations, not between broad racial groups. This confirmed that race is not an accurate way to consider human biological variation.

  7. The UNESCO statement aimed to change the culture and thinking about race, undermine racial stereotypes, and show that different groups do not differ in innate mental characteristics. It marked a significant shift in thinking about race.

In summary, the text discusses how William Gates clung to racist views even as scientific understanding showed that race was not biologically meaningful. It outlines how scientists have demonstrated that most human genetic variation exists within populations rather than between broad racial categories.

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  • After World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust, public attitudes toward race started to change. UNESCO released a statement rejecting the notion of biological differences between human races. Most logists supported this position and aimed to distance themselves from earlier race science.

  • However, some researchers disagreed and wanted to continue studying race from a biological perspective. Figures like Reginald Ruggles Gates argued that UNESCO ignored scientific facts in favor of politics.

  • While UNESCO made some concessions in its statements, the old-fashioned race science did lose ground. The study of race shifted to the social sciences, and the term “race” fell out of favor in biological circles.

  • However, researchers still tended to think about human groups in racial terms. They studied human variation using new methods like blood typing but focusing similarly on racial groups. Figures like Gates kept pushing a biological view of race.

  • Gates’s work became increasingly viewed as sloppy and biased by the scientific community. Upon his death, some anthropologists reportedly cheered.

  • However, before his death, Gates founded the Mankind Quarterly journal with like-minded researchers to continue promoting a biological view of race. They saw themselves as “defenders of the truth.”

While race science lost mainstream legitimacy after World War II, holdouts like Gates still tried to keep it alive through new methods and journals. However, their work became marginalized due to both ideological disagreements and weaker scientific rigor.

  1. The Mankind Quarterly was launched in the 1960s during social change and desegregation. It claimed to be impartial but had a clear racist and pro-segregation agenda.

  2. It published articles by scientists like Henry Garrett, who argued against racial integration and claimed black people were less intelligent.

  3. The journal twisted facts to push an ideological viewpoint and justify scientific racism.

  4. It received funding from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation set up by a wealthy segregationist named Wickliffe Draper. The fund supported scientists who espoused racist views.

  5. Many scientists criticized the journal for promoting racist pseudoscience. However, it continued to publish because it provided an outlet for racist ideologies cloaked in scientific language.

  6. Critics saw through the journal’s facade and argued it was full of incompetent and irrational arguments aimed at justifying prejudices.

In summary, the Mankind Quarterly was seen as a politically motivated propaganda journal that published racist pseudoscience under the guise of impartial research, funded by a foundation that supported segregationist policies. Critics condemned it for promoting flawed and racist arguments rather than legitimate scientific research.

• The Mankind Quarterly journal, which promotes scientific racism and racial determinism, was founded in the 1960s and has continued publishing for decades despite criticism.

• The current editor, Gerhard Meisenberg, believes genetic factors explain racial differences in intelligence and social outcomes. He thinks this research could help explain why some countries are richer than others.

• It is unclear how the journal continues to operate and find researchers to contribute articles, given the controversial nature of its content.

• The Ulster Institute for Social Research has published the Mankind Quarterly since 2015. Little is known about its funding sources, though it may have received grants from the Pioneer Fund in the past.

• The Pioneer Fund, which supported scientific racism in the past, now seems to have declined. However, a small network of researchers still publishes research on racial determinism through outlets like the Mankind Quarterly.

In summary, while the views promoted by this journal are widely rejected by mainstream science, it has persisted for decades through a combination of limited funding and a small but dedicated network of contributors who continue to espouse scientific racism.

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The text discusses a network of “race realist” researchers who promote racist ideologies and pseudoscientific claims about race and intelligence. Some key points:

  • Barry Mehler had a nightmare in 1985 that represented his feelings about the dangerous ideologies this “race realist” network promoted.

  • Roger Pearson was a key figure who helped organize the remnants of pre-World War II eugenicists and race scientists. He published newsletters promoting racist views.

  • Pearson eventually moved to Washington, D.C., and started journals that caught the attention of Barry Mehler. This showed how racists could still operate even during a time of liberalism.

  • Pearson even received a letter of praise from President Ronald Reagan, showing how the race realist network gained access to the highest levels of government.

  • Keith Hurt, a civil servant, also independently investigated the race realist network and later collaborated with Barry Mehler.

  • The network promotes pseudoscientific claims through journals like Mankind Quarterly. This gives them a veneer of credibility despite the low quality of their work.

  • Figures like John Rushton gained some mainstream attention but were criticized for promoting virulent racial prejudice disguised as science.

Overall, the text describes the persistence and organization of “race realist” researchers who promote racist ideologies under the guise of scientific inquiry.

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The authors uncover a network of academics and intellectuals spanning the U.S. and Europe promoting scientific racism and eugenics ideas. This network included journals, publications, and funding sources like the Pioneer Fund.

Barry Mehler had a dream that this network could lead to more genocide because of parallels to Nazi Germany. However, their investigations into the network did not gain much public attention then.

In 1988, they published an article linking a professor, Ralph Scott, to the Pioneer Fund and showing he had used grant money to promote anti-busing campaigns. Even more alarmingly, Scott had been appointed to chair Iowa’s Civil Rights Commission despite his racist views. Scott eventually resigned after the article was published.

The authors believe this network shows how efficiently and coordinated racist groups can operate, spreading their ideas through academic channels. While the Pioneer Fund has declined, the recent rise of nationalism, far-right politics, and Trump’s election shows the relevance of their work today. Racist figures like Scott and Pearson found ways to influence influential people, showing the potential for such ideas to spread again.

In summary, the text details how the authors uncovered an organized network of academics promoting scientific racism and eugenics, discusses a concerning example of one member of that network taking a civil rights role and argues that this shows the resilient and efficient ways in which such extreme ideologies can operate and potentially regain influence.

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The Reagan administration and the political climate of the 1980s provided an opening for fringe right-wing figures and ideologies to gain a foothold. Publications like the Mankind Quarterly, which promotes scientific racism, gained increased influence. While the Mankind Quarterly has little scientific value, it represents an intellectual environment of racism.

Though journals claim to appoint editorial board members who represent “key research institutes,” figures associated with the Mankind Quarterly have gained positions on editorial boards of mainstream journals. While journal editors claim they want to promote academic freedom and debate, some researchers seek to justify inequality and argue that racial gaps in intelligence are biological.

Today’s environment poses a more serious threat, as ideologies promoting scientific racism have become more mainstream and self-sustaining. Researchers associated with the Mankind Quarterly have been able to organize conferences at major universities. While claiming to promote free speech and diversity of opinion, they seek to legitimize racist and controversial topics.

In summary, the Reagan era opened doors for fringe ideologies, and figures associated with scientific racism have gained increased influence within academic circles. While claiming to promote debate, they often aim to justify and legitimize inequality and racist ideas.

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The text discusses the resurgence of race science and racist ideologies in academia and public discourse. It mentions several figures contributing to or promoting race science through journals like Mankind Quarterly and organizations like the American Renaissance Foundation. These include:

  • Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein, authors of The Bell Curve, suggested racial differences in intelligence. They cited work from Mankind Quarterly.

  • Jared Taylor, founder of American Renaissance magazine and conferences for white supremacists. He seeks to make racism more respectable.

  • Michael Levin, a professor who argues for race differences in intelligence, receives funding from the Pioneer Fund.

The text notes that race scientists have more influence now due to the Internet and social media, which allow them to spread their ideas more easily. They use rhetoric, claiming they represent facts and truth, while their opponents deny science. The article argues that race science has always been political, driven by forces that seek to justify inequalities. Figures like Taylor use concepts of “culture” and “diversity” to give their racist arguments a veneer of reasonableness and populism. In summary, race science persists because it remains a politically useful tool for the right.

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  1. Jonathan Marks coined “human biodiversity” to describe biological and social variation across humans. He meant superficial variations, no significant differences between groups.

  2. Using Marks’s term, Steve Sailer started a “Human Biodiversity Discussion Group” email list. However, many on the list used the term to refer to inherent differences between human populations.

  3. The list included controversial figures like Charles Murray and those who reinforced racial stereotypes contrary to Marks’s intent.

  4. Marks argues that “human biodiversity” was being used by some on the list to tie science to existing racial stereotypes and justify inequality.

  5. Some on the list claimed black people were genetically predisposed to be better athletes, an argument Marks disagreed with on scientific and political grounds.

In summary, Marks intended “human biodiversity” to represent the similarities within human variation. However, Sailer’s group appropriated the term to suggest inherent differences between populations, aligned with racial stereotypes and justifying inequality. The debate highlights how scientific concepts can be warped to fit political ideologies.

  1. Steve Sailer started an email list in the 1990s to discuss human biodiversity and race. At first, it seemed harmless, but it became clear Sailer had a political agenda.

  2. The email list was a precursor to the alt-right movement. Sailer and others on the list became prominent conservative bloggers who argued for the biological reality of race.

  3. Sailer’s ideas influenced Trump’s 2016 campaign, focusing on white identity politics and anti-immigration. This helped propel Trump to victory.

  4. Many academics were caught off guard by the rise of these types of racial ideologies. They should have considered the intellectual continuity and cleverness of people like Sailer.

  5. Meanwhile, mainstream geneticists explored human variation genetics without focusing on race. Figures like Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza launched projects to map human genetic diversity in an antiracist way. They believed this could help disprove racial stereotypes.

In summary, parallel discussions were happening- one on the fringes pushing racial ideologies and one in academia attempting to study human variation objectively. Over time, the fringe ideas gained more influence and entered the political mainstream.

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The Human Genome Diversity Project aimed to map genetic data from various ethnic groups, including remote indigenous communities. Scientists argued that this was urgent before globalization made human genetic variation converge.

While scientists like Cavalli-Sforza rejected notions of race, some critics were uncomfortable with a project that focused on studying the human differences between groups. Though terminology had changed, it resembled old race science to some.

Supporters argued that their goal was to understand human history, not prove any group’s superiority. They expected funding and indigenous cooperation, given their credentials as antiracists.

However, indigenous communities had become wary after past exploitation by researchers. Rights activists warned genetic data could damage indigenous self-understanding, be exploited commercially, or be abused by racists. Indigenous groups demanded more control over research.

In summary, while its aims were noble, the project’s focus on human genetic variation between groups raised concerns that it resembled race science. Indigenous groups ultimately resisted it due to fears of exploitation.

The Human Genome Diversity Project aimed to collect and study DNA samples from isolated indigenous communities worldwide. The scientists believed this would help combat racial prejudice by showing how similar all humans are.

However, indigenous groups were resistant to joining the project. They did not want to give up their biological data and samples, fearing potential misuse. The scientists were surprised by this resistance, as they saw themselves as trying to prove human equality through genomics.

Ethicist Henry Greely helped the scientists navigate the ethical issues, but the project faced growing protests from activists representing indigenous groups. The scientists struggled to understand the criticism, seeing themselves as well-intentioned.

While the scientists claimed to be antiracist, the fact that the project focused on studying isolated groups reinforced the idea that some groups were distinct. This undermined the project’s stated aim of showing human similarities.

The project could not attract enough funding and never got off the ground as envisioned. In hindsight, the scientists failed to connect with real-life experiences of race and the politics surrounding it. Though well-intentioned, they were still operating within existing frameworks that grouped humans in problematic ways.

Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, a lead scientist on the project, maintained his antiracist politics. However, the controversy around the project cast doubt on whether scientists had truly abandoned “race science” thinking.

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  1. While Cavalli-Sforza claimed to reject racism, he retained the concept of race, redefining it statistically based on population gene frequencies. He saw races as essentially variable populations within the human species, not fixed types.

  2. Some argue that even this revised statistical concept of race still carries the baggage of traditional racial thinking. It continues to group humans into separate populations based on differences, real or imagined.

  3. Others point out that racist attitudes are often about disliking other groups seen as different, so the precise nature of those differences may not ultimately matter. Statistical averages and gene frequencies could still validate mutual distrust between groups.

  4. Although Cavalli-Sforza’s intentions were antiracist, some of his language and observations around hybridization, reproduction rates, and loss of genetically distinct populations come across as racially charged.

  5. There is a sense that even well-meaning scientists still tend to think about humans in racial terms, revealing the difficulty of fully “transcending” racial thinking. Redefining race may not be enough to escape its history and problematic implications.

In summary, the text questions whether redefining the concept of race in statistical, population genetic terms is sufficient to escape traditional racial thinking entirely and the problem of “statistical racism.” Some of Cavalli-Sforza’s language and observations suggest the difficulty of truly moving “beyond race,” revealing how deeply ingrained racial modes of thought remain.

  1. Scientists have little influence on public opinions and perceptions of race. Racists will find validation for their views wherever they can.

  2. Scientists need to be careful with their language and avoid terminology that could reinforce racial stereotypes. Antiracist frameworks are socially constructed, not based on biological realities.

  3. Racists have adopted concepts from scientists to argue for racial superiority. They claim that genetic differences between groups imply that some groups are better than others.

  4. Ancestry DNA testing has reinforced the idea that race is biological and real, despite scientists trying to show that it is complex and socially constructed.

  5. Ancestry testing relies on existing racial categories and nationalities to group people. It cannot accurately trace ancestry for groups like African Americans, who were cut off from their origins through slavery.

  6. While ancestry testing companies may not have racist agendas, they are profiting from serving peoples’ prejudices and assumptions about race having a genetic basis.

  7. By dividing people into proportions of nationalities based on DNA, ancestry testing strengthens the view that race has biological meaning, even though genetic variation is more complex.

In summary, the key theme is that while modern genetics aims to show that race is a social construct, enterprises like ancestry testing have leveraged genetics to reinforce the perception that race is biological and natural, driven by commercial and cultural motives. Scientists need to be careful how their work is interpreted and communicated.

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The text discusses how scientific research into our ancient origins has challenged conventional notions of identity and race. The discovery of Cheddar Man, one of the oldest human skeletons in the U.K., revealed that he likely had dark skin despite the common belief that original Britons were white. This discovery caused an uproar, panic, and doubt among some who saw whiteness as fundamental to British identity.

However, genetic researchers were not that surprised by the finding. Based on other ancient skeletons, they already suspected that early Europeans likely had dark skin before light skin evolved as an adaptation to less sun exposure. Researchers are still unsure how quickly light skin developed in Europe, whether gradually over tens of thousands of years or more recently with the advent of farming.

In summary, the text argues that new genetic evidence from ancient human DNA is challenging long-held assumptions about race and identity. The example of Cheddar Man shows how shocking such discoveries can be to the public, while experts view them as unsurprising, fitting into a larger body of research.

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  1. Cheddar Man, who lived in Britain over 10,000 years ago, was found to have dark skin and brown eyes. This contrasted with the common perception that ancient Britons had light skin.

  2. People in the distant past looked more different from each other compared to today. Populations have become more homogenized over time due to mixing and migration.

  3. Genetic evidence suggests that light and dark skin variants have existed for a long time in Africa. This indicates that lighter skin may have been the ancestral state for early humans.

  4. There is wide variation in skin color within Africa, and skin color is a poor classifier of racial or genetic differences. Genetically, human variations are often superficial.

  5. Ancient DNA studies have revealed that so-called “indigenous” Europeans today resulted from multiple migrations over the last 15,000 years, including from the Middle East.

In summary, the key takeaways are that early humans likely exhibited more physical variation, that both light and dark skin has deep evolutionary origins, and that modern concepts of race often do not align well with genetic realities. The discovery of Cheddar Man illustrates how the distant human past differs from standard assumptions.

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• Scientists discovered that the genetics and appearance of modern Britons are very different from those of the earliest inhabitants of Britain. The first major genetic shift occurred around 3,000 to 2,000 BCE when people from the Eurasian steppes migrated to Britain and intermixed with the existing population. This group is known as the Beaker folk.

• The Beaker folk are thought to have replaced up to 90% of Britain’s gene pool in a few centuries. They had lighter skin compared to the earlier inhabitants of Britain.

• Earlier theories that human populations stayed largely separate after migrating out of Africa have been disproven. Instead, studies show that migration and mixing between groups have occurred recurrently throughout history.

• Stonehenge was likely built by people who are not the principal ancestors of modern Britons. Cheddar Man and his group also did not survive intact, but their DNA survives in traces within modern British people.

• The idea of distinct “races” with deep geographic roots is not supported by genetic evidence. Ancient migrations and mixing show that almost everyone has migrant ancestry. Additionally, if you trace your lineage far back enough, you will likely overlap with everyone else’s ancestors alive today.

In summary, the text discusses how ancient migration and genetic mixing have shaped the population of Britain over time, challenging common ideas about distinct races and indigenous groups. The genetic evidence points to a history of recurrent migration and intermixing between different human populations.

  1. The scientist David Reich argues that all humans are related if you go back far enough in time. Cheddar Man, an ancient British skeleton, could be an ancestor of both Reich and the author.

  2. However, Reich believes biological racial categories may correlate with some genetic differences, though small. He thinks more research is needed.

  3. The author counters that identity is based more on culture, language, and values. Skin color and genetics cannot define ethnicity. Anyone can become truly British through citizenship.

  4. The author argues that from a deep historical perspective, race, nationality, and ethnicity are not fixed but socially constructed. Global kinship is a more meaningful perspective.

  5. Though Reich is not racist, he does not fully embrace the antiracist view that all humans are genetically identical. He thinks some racial categories have biological meanings correlated with ancestral groups that evolved separately for a long time.

  6. However, no research has found average genetic differences between populations beyond superficial traits. There are no “race genes”.

  7. Most geneticists agree that race is a social construct with subtle correlations to geography but no hard borders. Reich wants more research to determine if more profound racial differences exist, though he remains cautious.

  8. The author argues that race research has rarely gone well in a racist society, regardless of scientific intentions.

In summary, the debate centers around whether biological racial categories correlate to meaningful genetic differences and if more research is needed in this controversial area. Reich argues for more transparency while being careful, while the author is skeptical that useful insights can be gained given the social construction of race. Both agree that that current genetic data does not support racial stereotypes.

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  • Origin stories and founding myths play an important role in shaping national and cultural identities. These myths often contain only threads of truth but become woven into identity over time.

  • The American founding myth of European pioneers taming an empty land with unmatched skill rests on a racialized view that downplays the brutal realities of Native American genocide and displacement.

  • The Solutrean hypothesis posits that European Solutrean peoples crossed the Atlantic around 18,000 years ago and were the first inhabitants of the Americas, predating the Clovis culture. This would support the myth of American exceptionalism.

  • While geologists know that crossing the Bering Strait land bridge was the most likely route of early migration to the Americas, some American archaeologists have staked their careers on the fringe Solutrean hypothesis. They argue that Europeans could have crossed the icy Atlantic then.

  • However, the consensus is that the first Americans came across the Bering Strait, not from Europe. The Solutrean hypothesis remains at the margins of science and struggles to produce convincing evidence.

The key takeaways are that origin stories often contain mythical elements that shape identity, the American founding myth downplays the treatment of Native Americans, and some scholars support the fringe Solutrean hypothesis despite lacking evidence to support notions of American (and European) exceptionalism.

• Bruce Bradley believes that ancient stone tools found in Spain and New Mexico show similarities that can’t be a coincidence, suggesting the Americas were reached from Europe.

• This theory has political implications, possibly supporting the idea that Europeans had a prior claim to the Americas. It could justify the treatment of Native Americans.

• However, evidence for the Solutrean hypothesis is thin. There are gaps in time between the Clovis and Solutrean cultures and no shared genetic links.

• Recent genetic evidence shows Native Americans are descended from ancient eastern Siberians who crossed the Pacific, not the Atlantic.

• While Bradley argues his theory has a chance of being right, most archaeologists and geneticists dismiss it as unsupported by evidence.

• Some white supremacists have embraced the Solutrean hypothesis as supporting the view that Europeans were the original inhabitants of the Americas.

• While not claiming Bradley is racist, some scholars see his persistence as ideological and reluctant to accept evidence against the theory.

• Bradley himself argues that the mainstream scientific consensus has marginalized him.

In short, the Solutrean hypothesis proposes a controversial European origin for the earliest Americans. While not inherently racist, it lacks strong support and has been embraced by those with particular political agendas.

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The passage discusses the controversy surrounding the Solutrean hypothesis, which claims that early Native Americans descended partly from Europeans who crossed the Atlantic thousands of years ago. Some researchers support the hypothesis, while others argue it is motivated by bias.

The passage uses the example of Kennewick Man, an ancient skeleton found in the U.S. initially thought to have European features. Native American tribes claimed him as one of their own. There was a court battle over the remains before genetic research revealed Kennewick Man was closely related to modern Native Americans after all. This showed how cultural and political assumptions can shape the interpretation of scientific evidence.

Researchers point out that data must always be interpreted, and different people can interpret the same data differently based on their backgrounds and perspectives. Our stories and beliefs get in the way of science. The historian Romila Thapar says we use the past to legitimize the present. The present constantly reshapes the present.

The archaeologist Kristian Kristiansen argues that while new genetic findings challenge racial stereotypes, their political impact is limited. He recalls how history was politicized during the Yugoslav Wars to justify claims to territory, with archaeologists finding themselves in an ideological battle. He suggests that genetic findings showing common human origins may not be enough to overcome nationalist narratives.

In summary, the passage explores how political and cultural assumptions shape interpretations of evidence regarding early human migrations and questions how new genetic insights can overcome entrenched past views.

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The passage discusses how nationalists and ideologues can distort and misuse facts and evidence to justify their political agendas. This was seen during the Nazi regime when German scientists and archaeologists twisted archaeological evidence to support Nazi racial theories and claims of German superiority.

The linguist Gustaf Kossinna promoted that culture and ethnicity were linked and that archaeological finds indicated migration and territory claims. His theories supported Nazi ideas of an ancient, superior Germanic race. While peers criticized his work, Kossinna’s ideas aligned with Nazi ideology.

Under the Nazis, archaeology and history were rewritten to support their worldview. Germanic influences were exaggerated and the ancient Greeks were portrayed as ethnic Germans. Key symbols like the swastika and S.S. symbol were appropriated from Germanic history.

There is high sensitivity in Germany to the misuse of facts for political purposes today. Scientists are cautious about how archaeological and genetic evidence relating to ancient Germanic cultures is presented and interpreted. There are concerns that extremists could misuse such evidence to support racist agendas.

The passage discusses how facts and evidence can be distorted and manipulated to serve ideological and political agendas. It uses the example of Nazi-era Germany to illustrate this problem and highlights the risks of misinterpreting scientific data.

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  1. There are reports that the Indian government has formed a committee to rewrite history from a Hindu nationalist perspective. This would promote a mythical version of Indian history that paints Hinduism as central to India’s history.

  2. Hindu nationalists believe in an ancient, pure-blooded Aryan race that originated in India. They see themselves as direct descendants of the Aryans and superior to others.

  3. However, archaeological and genetic evidence shows that modern Indians result from multiple migrations and that Hinduism and Indian culture have changed over time.

  4. Despite this evidence, some Hindu nationalists insist on their version of history and demand that archaeologists and geneticists find evidence to support it. Those who do not are seen as a threat.

  5. The author argues that while nationalism can seem extreme and barbaric, the past still matters to nationalists. They turn to history for reassurance and to justify their claims of greatness.

  6. In more minor ways, people commonly look to the past for clues about their identity and ancestry to feel a sense of pride and superiority. However, simply being good human beings in the present should be enough.

The passage discusses how Hindu nationalist groups in India promote a mythical version of Indian history that supports their ideology. It argues that while nationalism can seem extreme, the “problem of the past” still motivates people to seek clues about identity and ancestry. Simply being good in the present should be enough.

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  1. India is genetically diverse due to its large size, varied environments, and different populations. Geneticists study this variation to treat rare diseases.

  2. A major reason for India’s physical and genetic differences is the caste system, which has strictly limited marriage and mixing between groups for millennia. Intercaste marriage is still frowned upon by many.

  3. The author’s mother was raised with the values of the caste system, viewing society’s hierarchies as natural and inherent.

  4. While caste divisions give some people an identity, they also condemn “untouchables” too menial, dirty jobs and confine most people within their group. Discrimination and violence still occur.

  5. Many Indians, including scientists, believe caste differences are biological and genetic, shaped by selective mating within groups over generations. They see caste traits as inherent and genetic.

In summary, the author argues that India’s genetic diversity is due to its size and strict social divisions of the caste system, which many Indians see as natural and biologically determined. This attitude allows discrimination and inequalities to persist within a system viewed as inevitable.

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Sridhar Sivasubbu, an Indian geneticist, suggests that castes have evolved biological differences that make them uniquely suited to their populations. He points to communities like wrestlers in Haryana and archers among tribes as examples of groups with innate abilities.

However, the author argues that these abilities are likely due to lifelong training and cultural traditions, not innate biological differences. Discussing innate group differences raises uncomfortable memories of eugenics and racial stereotyping.

The author asks Thangaraj if there could be psychological and cognitive differences between population groups. Thangaraj replies that everything has a genetic basis.

The author then meets Robert Plomin, a behavioral geneticist who argues that intelligence is largely heritable. His work implies that achievement gaps between groups could have genetic explanations. However, without controlled experiments, proving the effects of nature vs. nurture is complex. Twin studies have been used but are tainted by a problematic past.

The text discusses the controversial idea that population groups could have biological or innate cognitive differences. While some researchers argue for a genetic basis, others point to environmental and cultural factors and warn of the risks of stereotyping.

This summary focuses on the limitations and ethics of research linking genetics and intelligence. Some key points:

• Studies of twins and heritability have many caveats. They tend to involve children from comfortable socioeconomic backgrounds so they may underestimate environmental factors’ role.

• Researchers have been unable to identify specific genes that account for differences in intelligence. Even those who claim genetics explain half of the intelligence differences cannot point to the genes or biological mechanisms involved.

• The heritability of intelligence depends on the environment. The environment explains most I.Q. variation in disadvantaged groups, while genetics accounts for little.

• It would be a “break” to assume racial cognitive gaps are biological, given the effects of discrimination and inequality that black Americans have faced. Genetics is unlikely to explain differences that arise from dramatically different environments and life experiences.

In summary, the research described has severe limitations and ethical concerns. Researchers have failed to isolate genetic factors related to intelligence conclusively, but such claims risk justifying inequality by ignoring social and environmental influences. More research is needed that considers the complex interplay of biology and environment in shaping human cognition and ability.

  1. Differences in I.Q. scores and other measures between racial groups could be due to environmental factors rather than genetics. Black Americans still face socioeconomic disparities compared to whites.

  2. Proponents of the view that racial I.Q. gaps are genetic claim that inequality is natural and cannot be changed. However, there is not enough genetic evidence to prove this.

  3. I.Q. is a complex trait influenced by both genes and environment. Even identical twins can show very different I.Q. scores. The Flynn effect shows that I.Q. scores rise due to environmental changes, indicating flexibility and malleability.

  4. Many African Americans have some European ancestry due to slavery and miscegenation, undermining the idea that they are purely ancestrally African.

In summary, the evidence suggests that environmental factors rather than genetics likely play a significant role in racial differences in I.Q. and other measures. Intelligence is flexible, as seen through twin studies and the Flynn effect, challenging the view that I.Q. gaps between races are fixed and immutable. More research is still needed to fully understand the complex interplay between genes and environment in shaping intelligence.

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The text discusses racial differences in intelligence and the role of genetics versus environment. It mentions several studies showing mixed-race black children do not have higher I.Q.s than non-mixed black children, indicating that genetic factors are likely not the primary cause of I.Q. gaps. Instead, environmental factors like socioeconomic status and culture play a more significant role. The text also notes that the debate over racial I.Q. differences takes on a different tone in other countries, like the U.K., where socioeconomic factors are viewed as more important than racial factors.

Even researchers who support the role of genetics in intelligence differences acknowledge that cultural factors can have a big impact. The text uses the example of Sridhar Sivasubbu, an Indian geneticist who chose to marry within his community despite knowing the risks of genetic diseases. This shows how powerful culture and tradition can be, even overriding scientific knowledge. The text argues that behavior rooted in biology stems from cultural influences over generations.

In summary, the text argues for the importance of environmental and cultural factors in explaining differences in intelligence between racial groups. Genetics likely play some role, but the text suggests that culture and society significantly influence intelligence and behavior.

  • The passage starts with a fairy tale about a geneticist who thinks he has found a “chopstick gene” but later realizes his assumption was flawed and the gene was just correlated with chopstick use, not causal. This serves as a metaphor for misinterpreting genetic data.

  • Bruce Lahn’s 2005 research claimed to have found genes linked to increases in brain size and intelligence. He suggested these genes emerged recently and spread more in some populations, potentially explaining different levels of civilization development.

  • Racists and proponents of biological determinism embraced Lahn’s work as evidence that some populations were intellectually inferior. However, others noted problems with his findings, especially how he inferred causation from correlation.

  • Questions soon emerged about Lahn’s research methodology and data. His claims were more definitive than initially suggested. This highlighted the need for more careful studies before drawing sweeping conclusions from genetics.

The key theme is how easily correlation can be misinterpreted as causation in genetic research, leading to flawed and potentially dangerous conclusions about human differences if not properly scrutinized. Lahn’s work generated excitement but ultimately fell short of definitive proof for biological determinism.

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  • Canadian psychologist John Philippe Rushton tried to test if gene variants affected I.Q. However, he found no evidence that the gene variants increased intelligence.

  • Critics undermined Lahn’s claims that the gene variant emerged 5,800 years ago and was linked to advances in human culture. There are doubts that the gene variant even saw recent selection pressure.

  • Intelligence is likely a result of many factors, not just genes. There were everyday selection pressures for intelligence throughout human history.

  • Lahn abandoned his research after critics could not replicate his findings or agree with his conclusions.

  • Lahn still believes genetic differences in intelligence between populations could exist, but critics argue that is a racist hypothesis.

  • The assumption that genetic differences explain disparities in intelligence and success rests on the idea that some groups are “more evolved” than others.

  • The idea that genetics determines who we are goes back to Gregor Mendel’s research on pea plants in the mid-19th century. However, Mendel selected perfect pea plants for his experiments, so his results showed a clearer genetic signal than what exists in nature.

In summary, while gene variants may exist and differ between populations, there is no good evidence that they determine intelligence or success. Critics argue that assuming genetic differences explain disparities promotes a racist and deterministic view of human ability.

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  1. Experimental embryologist Walter Weldon argued that context and surroundings profoundly influence genetic development. The variation depends on interactions with the environment, not genes alone.

  2. Weldon criticized Mendel’s work on peas, arguing that real-world variation is far more complex than Mendel’s experiments showed. Genes are interactive and enmeshed in a network of other genes and influences.

  3. While Weldon’s ideas later gained some acceptance, Mendelian genetics became the foundation of modern genetics. There remains a strain of genetic determinism.

  4. Studies show that white Americans tend to attribute racial disadvantage in blacks to innate genetic factors, while seeing the same factors in whites as due to environment. This reflects more profound racial stereotypes.

  5. Even modern genetic research can reflect outdated assumptions about race, restating them in new technical language. Stereotypes about Asian intelligence reflect cultural and environmental factors, not innate differences.

  6. Racial stereotypes shift over time as groups prosper and disadvantage melts away, undermining claims of hardwired genetic differences. Researchers must be careful not to allow assumptions to shape their studies in ways that reinforce stereotypes.

In short, the passage discusses how context and environment profoundly shape genetic development and traits, contrary to a simplistic view of genes determining everything. It argues that racial stereotypes reflect environment and culture, not innate genetic differences, though genetic determinism persists.

  1. The author argues that some researchers make unfounded assumptions about racial differences based on prejudice, not rigorous science. They presented speculative conclusions as fact.

  2. “race” is akin to superstition or witchcraft because race is a social construct with no biological basis. However, researchers still make claims assuming racial differences are real.

  3. When researchers cite average cognitive differences between populations, that data is often flawed or excludes contrary evidence. However, researchers continue to make sweeping conclusions from it.

  4. Complex health conditions like diabetes and schizophrenia are shaped by genetic and environmental factors, not genes alone. However, some researchers still view them through a simplistic “genetic determinist” lens.

  5. To truly understand human traits, we must recognize the interactions between nature and nurture, genes and environment. Isolating genes alone yields an incomplete and potentially harmful view.

In summary, the author criticizes how some researchers rely on prejudiced assumptions about racial differences rather than rigorous science to make unfounded claims about genetic determinism and average differences between population groups. The author argues that a more sophisticated, nuanced view is needed that recognizes the interplay between genes and environment in shaping human traits.

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  1. A 1725 engraving showed an Englishman licking an enslaved African’s chin to supposedly check his health and age before being sold into slavery.

  2. Roland Fryer theorized that the licking was actually to gauge the enslaved person’s saltiness. He suggested that black Americans process salt differently due to the slave trade bottleneck, where only the saltiest enslaved people survived the grueling journey to America.

  3. This theory has been used to explain why black Americans have higher rates of hypertension today. The argument is that their bodies naturally retain more salt due to their ancestry.

  4. However, studies show that Africans in places like Nigeria have meager hypertension rates. People in countries like Finland, Germany, and Russia top the hypertension charts.

  5. While black Americans have higher rates of hypertension than white Americans, the cause is unclear. Doctors have long wondered if it is due to intrinsic racial differences. However, research finds that rural Africans have the lowest rates of hypertension globally.

  6. Hypertension is a complex, poorly understood condition, and racialized medicine in the U.S. has a history of problematic racist ideas about disease manifestation among blacks. However, population studies show that the local environment plays a role, as hypertension rates vary significantly between countries.

  1. Clarence Grim developed the “slavery hypertension hypothesis,” which suggested that black Americans were genetically predisposed to retain more salt due to natural selection on slave ships. This explains why black Americans have higher rates of hypertension.

  2. The theory was appealing and gained mainstream attention, promoted by figures like Roland Fryer and discussed on Oprah.

  3. However, many biologists criticized the theory, arguing that evolutionary change over such a short time is unlikely. Historians argued that there is no evidence of salt shortages in West Africa or salt-related deaths on slave ships.

  4. Researchers searched for genetic evidence but failed to find variants strongly linked to hypertension in black Americans. Other factors like education, socioeconomic status, and diet appear to have a more substantial influence.

  5. The author argues that the appeal of the slavery hypertension theory reflects a “racialized thinking” that shapes the science to fit preconceived notions about racial differences in health. More attention should be paid to environmental factors like diet and stress.

  6. The author notes that raw data needs to be interpreted and adjusted to be helpful. Statistical adjustments are standard but based on underlying assumptions.

In summary, while an evocative story, the slavery hypertension hypothesis lacks supporting solid evidence. Non-genetic factors like socioeconomics and diet likely play a more critical role in explaining racial differences in hypertension.

• Randomized clinical trials are considered the gold standard of research. They can establish a causal link between a treatment and an outcome because patients are randomly assigned to treatment or placebo groups, controlling for other factors.

• Run, randomized trials are not always possible or ethical, so researchers often resort to statistical adjustments to control for group differences.

• However, statistical adjustments for race are problematic because factors like socioeconomic status, discrimination, and environment deeply influence health in complex ways that are difficult to measure and adjust for accurately.

• Researchers often pick a limited set of variables to adjust for without explaining why those variables are important and not others. This can lead to residual confounding and unreliable statistics.

• Structural racism and segregation shape where minorities live, work, go to school and receive medical care in ways that impact their health, beyond what statistical adjustments can account for.

• Many researchers overattribute health differences between racial groups to biology when social and environmental factors provide a more plausible explanation.

• The article argues that researchers should better integrate research on structural racism to explain health disparities instead of jumping to biological explanations.

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  1. Of the thousands of articles on race and health, very few actually discuss racism as a factor influencing health. Most group people by race without examining the social and environmental factors that affect health.

  2. Government agencies often group people by broad racial categories for data collection purposes, but researchers then use that data to conclude biological differences between races.

  3. Pooled racial groups are often imperfect because they ignore cultural and socioeconomic differences within those groups that impact health outcomes. For example, studies lumping all South Asians into one group ignore factors like differences in smoking rates, diets, and ancestry that vary between Indians, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis.

  4. The drug BiDil was initially designed as a treatment for all patients with heart failure. When clinical trials failed to show significant benefits, the makers conducted a trial exclusively on Black patients and gained FDA approval to market the drug specifically to African Americans.

  5. While BiDil may help Black patients, critics argue it was approved as a “Black pill” for legal and commercial reasons to extend the drug’s patent exclusivity, not because of actual medical differences.

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The text discusses the use of race in biomedical research and medicine. It focuses on BiDil, the first drug approved specifically for African Americans.

While BiDil’s developers argued that it worked better for African Americans, researchers found that it ultimately worked for all racial groups. Commercial and marketing imperatives mainly drove the racial categorization.

The text argues that using race as a proxy in medicine is an imperfect approach. Researchers found that racial differences in drug responses are relatively small compared to differences within racial groups. Assigning treatment by race is often as helpful as flipping a coin.

While the intentions behind race-based treatments may be good, there are concerns about unintended consequences. Biologizing race could feed into racism and ethno-nationalism.

Even when using race seems sound, it brings political baggage and a history of arguments about racial differences in traits like intelligence. The narrative of fundamental differences between racial groups has acted as an “animating force” behind racism.

In summary, the text questions the usefulness and ethics of using race as a factor in biomedical research and medicine, pointing to issues of commercial interests, statistical limitations, and sociopolitical implications.

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  1. Blindly sticking to racial medical generalizations can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Racial categories often need to be more precise and understood.

  2. Researchers using racial categories often need help to define race clearly. They rely on vague notions and assumptions.

  3. Genetic evidence does not support the idea that racial groups have innate health differences. Most health disparities are due to social and environmental factors, not biology.

  4. The idea that certain racial groups are biologically predisposed to poorer health can allow society to avoid addressing discrimination, unfairness, and unjust social conditions. It places the blame on biology rather than societal injustice.

  5. Race is a social construct, not a biological reality. Researchers must fully understand and define racial categories before using them in medicine and science.

  6. Identity politics based on race, xenophobia, and nationalism are rising worldwide. While they promise a sense of belonging, they sell a myth and fail to recognize our shared humanity.

In summary, the text argues that racial categories are imprecise and misunderstood, yet continue to be used in medicine and science. It critiques the often unfounded notion that health disparities are due to innate biological differences between races and contends that social conditions are a more plausible explanation. The text also touches on the broader rise of identity politics based on race and calls for a recognition of our shared humanity.

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• The author argues that race is a social construct with no basis in biology or human evolution. Deep time and human history show that race is a recent concept used to justify oppression and inequality.

• Archaeological and fossil evidence indicates that modern humans originated in Africa over 200,000 years ago and then spread to other parts of the world. There were likely interbreeding events with other hominin species along the way.

• The concept of race emerged in the 18th century as a way to categorize and rank human groups based on presumed biological differences. This ideology was used to justify colonialism and the mistreatment of indigenous peoples.

• The author rejects biological theories of race, arguing that science cannot prove racial categorizations’ validity. Genetic and anatomical differences exist between populations but do not map cleanly onto racial groupings.

• The author argues that struggles over racism today are more about power, privilege, and the status quo than factual disagreements. Racial inequality is rooted more in history, discrimination, and systems of oppression than inherent biological differences.

• The focus should be on promoting equitable education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and social justice - not trying to prove the biological reality of race through ever more elaborate scientific theories. Actual progress requires facing history and changing social and institutional attitudes, not just biological facts.

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  1. The concept of race and racism has a long history, rooted in European colonialism and the justification of slavery. Racist ideas were used to portray certain groups as inferior and justify their oppression.

  2. Scientific theories and studies were cited to support racist and eugenicist views, claiming that racial groups have inherent biological differences in traits and intelligence. These include works by Arthur de Gobineau, Samuel Morton, and Francis Galton.

  3. Several eugenics conferences and organizations promoted selective breeding and sterilization of “inferior” groups. Eugenics ideas influenced immigration and sterilization policies in the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

  4. The German Kaiser Wilhelm Society and other scientific institutions embraced eugenics and racial theories under Nazi rule. After WWII, many scholars and scientists acknowledged how science had been misused to justify racism.

  5. While scientific evidence now shows that biological racial categories do not reflect genetic differences, racial ideologies and stereotypes persist. There are calls for scientists to be more reflective about the social implications of their work.

  6. Some sources argue that Neanderthals were not inferior to modern humans, and traits from Neanderthal interbreeding may have been beneficial to early human populations. However, others contend that essentialist notions of “Neanderthal” traits still persist.

The key theme is how scientific theories and work have historically been misused to justify racist ideologies, eugenics programs, and colonial exploitation. While overt scientific racism has declined, there are warnings that scientists must remain vigilant against bias and misuse of their research.

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The article examines the concept of race in biology and genetics from the 20th century to the present. It discusses how various scientists and thinkers have approached the issue of race and human diversity.

In the mid-20th century, scientists like Ashley Montagu argued that race was a social construct with no biological validity. UNESCO released a report 1952 concluding that the race concept had no scientific basis. However, others continued to argue for racial differences in intelligence and behavior.

Journals like Mankind Quarterly promoted the idea that human races are meaningful biological entities. They were funded by organizations like the Pioneer Fund, which supported eugenics and “race science.” Figures like Richard Lynn argued that racial differences in I.Q. are genetic.

The human biodiversity movement in the 1990s attempted to take a more nuanced view, claiming that while race is a social construct, human populations do show biological differences related to ancestry. However, critics argue this still risks legitimizing racist ideas.

Overall, the article traces the persistent attempts by some scientists to link race and human differences despite the lack of consensus in the broader scientific community and evidence that human genetic diversity does not correlate well with racial categories. It discusses the controversy surrounding “race science” and the ideologies that have funded and promoted it.

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  1. Genetic and ancient DNA research reveals new insights into human origins, migrations, and population movements in the past. However, ethical concerns exist regarding how this data is used and interpreted.

  2. DNA studies from ancient populations have challenged ideas of “pure” races and shown that populations have been mixing for thousands of years. Genetic tests can provide some information about ancestry but are limited.

  3. Researchers have found DNA evidence for significant population shifts in prehistoric Europe, including migrations associated with the spread of farming and the Corded Ware and Beaker cultures.

  4. The origins of the first Americans are still debated, with some researchers arguing for an early migration from Europe (Solutrean hypothesis) and others favoring an Asian origin. There is no conclusive genetic evidence supporting the Solutrean hypothesis.

  5. Indigenous groups have voiced concerns about genetic research on ancient remains without proper consultation and consent. Some tribes have restricted genetic research on their ancestors’ remains.

  6. Researchers warn that genetic data can be misused and distorted for political ends, such as by white nationalists or Hindu nationalists seeking to promote certain narratives about the past.

  7. Historians note that governments and political movements have sometimes manipulated the past and history for ideological reasons, citing examples from Nazi Germany.

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Here is a summary of the key points in the provided texts:

  1. There is debate over the role of genetics in determining intelligence and human differences. Some studies find that genetics plays a significant role, while others dispute this and argue that environment and upbringing are more critical.

  2. Researchers have identified specific genes that appear to be linked to brain size and function, but there needs to be more disagreement about how reliably these genes correlate with intelligence. Some initial studies suggested a strong link, but subsequent research doubted those findings.

  3. Some concerns attributing racial or group differences to genetics can promote bigotry and discriminatory policies. Even those who argue for genetic influences caution against a deterministic view of human traits.

  4. While there are significant I.Q. gaps between racial and ethnic groups, some studies show that these gaps have narrowed over time, suggesting the influence of environmental factors. Immigrant groups also tend to see I.Q. gains in subsequent generations.

  5. Researchers caution against specific selection methods in intelligence studies, pointing out that samples may not represent entire racial or ethnic populations.

  6. The texts highlight the nuanced and complex interplay between genes, environment, and human cognitive abilities. No simple or definitive genetic explanations exist for group differences in intelligence or other traits. Any genetic influences must be viewed within a broader context that recognizes the role of social and cultural pressures.

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• There are rising concerns about the growth of far-right and nationalist political groups in Europe and other parts of the world. Countries like Italy, Poland, and France have seen far-right political parties and supporters rise in recent years.

• Figures like Matteo Salvini in Italy have tapped into nationalist sentiments and anti-immigrant rhetoric to gain political support.

• The alt-right movement in the U.S., represented by figures like Steve Bannon, has ties to nationalist groups in Russia and Europe. Bannon has openly identified as a ‘proud racist’ and tried to gain support for far-right goals on a recent European tour.

• Concerns over issues like globalization, immigration, national identity, and economic anxiety fuel the popularity of these groups. They promote an anti-establishment and anti-elite message.

• There are concerns that the rise of these groups poses risks to tolerance, diversity, and democratic values in Western nations. However, their political influence has grown significantly in recent years.

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Here is a summary of the key points regarding ure from the passage:

  1. Aboriginal Australians: The passage mentions that Aboriginal Australians were the first inhabitants of Australia, dating back around 2-3,000 and possibly 5-7,000 years. It discusses European views of indigenous Australians as primitive.

  2. Beaker and Yamnaya cultures: The passage notes that these Stone Age cultures originated around 4,000 and 5,000 years ago in Europe but did not offer many details.

  3. Clovis culture: The passage briefly mentions the Clovis culture in North America, dating to around 13,000 years ago.

  4. Conflation with race: The passage states that ure is often conflated with race, which can be problematic.

  5. As heritable: The passage acknowledges that ure is often seen as heritable and passed down through generations.

  6. Linking with intelligence: The passage notes that ure has been linked with claims of differences in intelligence.

  7. White supremacy: The passage mentions that studies of human differences have historically been used to justify white supremacy and racial hierarchies.

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• The diversity Project aimed to study human genetic diversity in isolated communities but faced criticism for potentially exploiting vulnerable groups and failing to obtain ethical consent. Funding problems also hindered the project.

• Critics argue that attempting to classify humans into biological races is problematic and not supported by genetics. Genetic variation exists within so-called races, and human populations show a gradient of genetic similarities rather than clear groupings. Environment and culture also play roles in shaping human traits.

• Pseudoscientific race science continues to persist, promoted by organizations like the Mankind Quarterly that argues for genetic differences between races. Figures like Professors Lynn and Meisenberg claim intelligence is determined by race and linked to national wealth.

• Attempts to find intelligence genes have had little success. Intelligence is a complex trait influenced by genetic and environmental factors, but race science disproportionately focuses on Black populations.

• Some studies link genetic differences between races to health outcomes like hypertension. However, non-genetic factors also play significant roles, and there is inadequate evidence to develop race-specific drugs. Statistical issues and confirmation bias often affect analyses.

• Ancestry and genetic testing companies rely on simplistic race categories that do not accurately reflect human genetic variation and diversity. The idea of biological race persists due to human needs for identity and categorization.

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The text discusses various aspects of race science and scientific racism. It covers researchers and theories from the 18th century to the present day. Key topics include:

• Early race science approaches from scholars like Blumenbach, Linnaeus, Gobineau, and Nott, who promoted harmful racial classifications and ideas of white superiority.

• The rise of scientific racism in the 19th century and its links to colonialism, nationalism, and eugenics. The research focused on the biological inferiority of nonwhites and justifying oppression.

• Controversies around 20th-century race science from researchers like Jensen, Rushton, and Lynn, who advocated for genetic determinism and race realism. They claimed innate intelligence gaps among racial groups.

• Concerns that modern approaches studying human genetic differences and ancient DNA risk perpetuating false notions of biologically distinct races. Many scholars argue that “race” is an invalid concept that should be retired.

• The text highlights the role of politics, funding sources, and personal biases in shaping how researchers approach and interpret data related to human differences. It argues for critically examining the intent behind race science.

Overall, the summary outlines the long history of race science and its roots in scientific racism, exposing the flawed assumptions, biased methodologies, and harmful agendas that have driven much of this area of research.

Here is my summary of the provided text:

The text discusses scientific research methods used for studying human differences and race. The author notes that science has historically had a Western bias and colonial mentality that influenced approaches to studying race. Modern race science is based on flawed assumptions of scientific objectivity and rationality. Researchers often use broad categorical definitions of race in their studies that simplify human complexity. Methods like data collection, study design, and statistical analysis have limitations in yielding valid conclusions about group differences. Much research that claimed to prove genetic determinism for racial differences and intelligence has been debunked. However, new research looking at human DNA and genetics continues to be influenced by implicit bias. Scientists need to consider broader cultural factors and the misuse of their work by ideologies like white supremacy. An intersectional understanding of human biology and identity that goes beyond race is needed for more ethical science.

Here is a summary of the key ideas regarding discrimination and race relations:

• Discrimination based on race or ethnicity has been a longstanding issue in human societies. Racial discrimination involves unfair treatment of individuals or groups based on race.

• Racial discrimination can occur in multiple areas, such as employment, housing, education, the justice system, and social interactions. It can limit opportunities and access to resources for minority groups.

• Prejudice and stereotyping play a role in fostering racial discrimination. Negative attitudes and assumptions about racial and ethnic groups can lead to discriminatory behaviors and policies.

• Promoting equal rights, social justice, and policies against discrimination are essential ways to advance race relations and ethnic harmony in societies. Efforts to confront institutional and systemic discrimination can help reduce inequities faced by minority groups.

• Anthropological and sociological studies provide insights into how race and ethnicity are socially constructed, how racial and ethnic identities are formed, and how racial discrimination occurs and can be addressed. This research touches on philosophical and social aspects of issues related to racial and ethnic diversity.

This summary helps capture the essential elements regarding discrimination and race relations from a social science perspective with links to anthropology, philosophy, and sociology. Let me know if you need any clarification or revision.

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