Skip to comments.What if race is more than a social construct?
Posted on 05/10/2014 12:45:28 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
Nicholas Wade, a leading science writer whose specialty is human evolution, likes to ask interesting questions. Here are some examples:
Why has the West been the most exploratory and innovative civilization in the world for the past 500 years?
Why are Jews of European descent so massively overrepresented among the top achievers in the arts and sciences?
Why is the Chinese diaspora successful all around the world?
Why is it so difficult to modernize tribal societies?
Why has economic development been so slow in Africa?
Contemporary thinkers have offered lots of provocative answers for such questions. Its all about geography. Or institutions. Or rice culture. Or the devastating legacy of colonialism. Or Jewish mothers. Now comes another explanation, one that bravely explores the highly dangerous elephant in the room. Mr. Wade argues that human history has also been profoundly influenced by genetics.
Part of his new book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History, is a summary of new findings in genetic science, and part of it is highly speculative. All of it is bound to be deeply unpopular among social scientists, because it challenges their entrenched belief that race is nothing more than a social construct. The wide diversity in human societies around the world can be explained entirely by culture, they insist. Were all the same under the skin.
Except were not quite. Since the sequencing of the human genome in 2003, evidence of subtle genetic differences has been piling up. As our ancestors branched out of Africa, different groups of people evolved in slightly different ways to adapt to local conditions...
(Excerpt) Read more at theglobeandmail.com ...
Right - cause acknowledging race differences means you’re a ‘hater’.
I’ll gladly lose for telling the truth —if those are the rules.
I’m pretty sure — in fact I’m confident — that God sees no “racial differences” when he look down upon his creation.
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I guess genetics affects some organs, but never the brain.
I’m taking from your post that you think discussion about differences between races translates into calls for elimination of the races which are deemed ‘lessor’.
Please correct me if I took the wrong meaning.
Assuming I’m correct, how would you describe ‘The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life’, which is a scientific analysis of the differing intelligence levels between races?
Those are only “interesting” questions because we live in a sickeningly PC society. In a logical society they would simply be “questions”.
Jewish and Chinese cultures place high value on education.
That’s only my opinion based upon reading scripture and lifetime of Christian instruction. In fact — I’ve never heard any Christian suggest to the contrary.
But I make no claim to speak for the Creator. I can only follow Him and His Son, and pray for an indwelling of His Spirit.
It certainly seems to be a popular work among some who wish to divide Americans on the basis of skin color.
Here is an "interesting" answer. One of the posters at the article stated:
The NBA is composed of 78 percent black players. According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), African Americans constitute six times the rate of whites in prison. How can we ignore that ? It is clear that playing Basketball leads to criminality.
I hate these PC times.
“For a variety of reasons, including brutal population pressures, people developed a cluster of traits nonviolence, literacy, thrift and patience that gradually became the values of society as a whole.
Yeah. They developed them. Hauled them out of the ether and put them on like a shirt. Then everything was cool.
Successful societies, before the industrial age, were the result of ample food supplies; by hunting, fishing or agriculture with beneficial water and good weather.
Geography - not genes.
I was asking for what you thought of it.
If it is more than a social construct, then what? Would society change for better or worse? The problem with exploring this is that it seems to be the first step to segregation, apartheid and eugenics. It would contradict the rationale behind universal equality, and invite more specific categorizations deeper into genetics and beyond.
How would you feel, growing up knowing that people of your race are generally significantly better or worse to others in certain ways? Are you really going to act towards people of other races in the same way as you would your own, or view them as oppressors or liars or inferior beings?
If it is more than a social construct, and some ‘races’ are statistically more or less able to do certain things than others, wouldn’t that would facilitate self-imposed segregation? Wouldn’t that, in turn, inflame tensions between races?
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