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More filters. Sort order. Dec 28, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: both , to , to , to , , to , to , african-history , american-history , asian-history. Covers the basics of what science knows about human origins and variation. Gets into some troubled waters and political landmines and defuses them fairly well. Boils down to the idea that race is not a scientific concept and debunks "racial" science. Not bad. Sep 07, Carl rated it really liked it.
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This book is mostly about the flood of recent DNA evidence in support of the single-origin hypothesis for the human race. What seems to be true now is that anatomically modern humans lived in sub-Sahara Africa as far back as , years or so and started to emigrate out about 60, to 70, years ago, eventually filling up the world. The message of the book is that every human in the world can trace his or her ancestry back to sub-Sahara Africa.
During the migration, as time passed and people This book is mostly about the flood of recent DNA evidence in support of the single-origin hypothesis for the human race. During the migration, as time passed and people moved into different environments, evolutionary forces random mutations in their DNA changed them. The book discusses several of these variations, sometimes even showing ancestral and recent DNA sequences.
One of the most prominent changes the book discusses is pigmentation of eyes, skin, and hair. In areas with intense sunlight, high pigmentation is beneficial by preventing UV degradation of folate — essential for fetal development. But when people reached northern Europe about 20, years ago high pigmentation hindered vitamin D production, resulting in rickets, especially affecting pregnant women. The DNA variant for light pigmentation became more beneficial.
The story of human migrations and genetic changes is really an epic. Jan 31, Michael rated it liked it. While I've never considered myself a racist, I've read enough to understand that most people have some underlying racial prejudices whether they recognize them or not.
I think anything we can do to reduce these are good. I found the genetics and anthropology contained within this book to be very interesting. To me the author seemed to assert that the science contained within the book could not coexist with religion, I disagree with this assertion, as I found nothing contained within the pages th While I've never considered myself a racist, I've read enough to understand that most people have some underlying racial prejudices whether they recognize them or not.
To me the author seemed to assert that the science contained within the book could not coexist with religion, I disagree with this assertion, as I found nothing contained within the pages that couldn't be reconciled with my faith. I also felt that the authors view of the prevalence of the notion of white supremacy present today was vastly over estimated. I hope that I am right and that the rate of people who hold such feelings are much lower than the author seemed to believe they are. Mar 24, Clifford rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-liberally , nonfiction-science.
Most people know, I think, that humans originated in Africa, so the title of this book and its fundamental message won't be news. However, that knowledge is a long way from connecting the dots of migration and natural selection to get where we are today, some , years later, and that's what's so wonderful about this book. At its heart, the book is making the point that there is biological basis for race--that people of all skin colors are basically cousins--and that race is largely a story Most people know, I think, that humans originated in Africa, so the title of this book and its fundamental message won't be news.
At its heart, the book is making the point that there is biological basis for race--that people of all skin colors are basically cousins--and that race is largely a story of historical immigration. Along the way, it debunks the case again made by some that there is a difference in intelligence among the races which was argued in The Bell Curve, a book that I tried and failed to read when it came out years ago. One thing I wish the book did better is to present the reason for the occurrence of genetic variants mutations that are then either winners or losers in the natural selection lottery.
I get why some variants succeed and others don't, but why do they arise in the first place? Overall, though, it's a fascinating read. View all 6 comments. Oct 05, Creativemf rated it liked it Shelves: creativity , ethnic-assets , favorites , hot , next-level.
The noted anthropologist Carlton Coon yes, real name beat Fairbanks to the punch, w RacialAdaptations. Much more fun w the topic, methinks Sep 05, Wing rated it it was amazing. This book makes it very clear that there is no such thing as race as a biological entity.
Human genetic variation is multidimensional and frequently clinal in nature. Miscegenation has been the norm rather than the exception throughout human history. We are not being bred like dogs or horses after all. Ancestry-informative markers do exist, but because of their multidimentionality and clinal nature, they can only paint a complex picture of our ancestry, and render concepts such as race or racial This book makes it very clear that there is no such thing as race as a biological entity.
Ancestry-informative markers do exist, but because of their multidimentionality and clinal nature, they can only paint a complex picture of our ancestry, and render concepts such as race or racial purity illogical.
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Ample evidence is presented to show why monogenism is true and that our ultimate origin is African. The book also dispels the erroneous notion that intelligence and race are related due to underlying genetic factors. The Flynn Effect illustrates this clearly. Finally, it explains the origin of race as a social construct. This arises from the sudden juxtaposition of groups of people at the ends of a continuous genetic spectrum because of recent human migration history. While racism is factually false, to eradicate it is challenging but necessary for both practical and spiritual reasons.
Five stars. Nov 02, Steve rated it really liked it. Daniel Fairbanks explains clearly and conversationally the scientific viewpoint on race, which evidence shows is not a biological phenomenon. He also explains human origins in Africa and the movement of people out of Africa.
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However the Fairbanks book is much more readable and stays more on point than the Tattersall book. Troublesome Science got so bogged down in detail that I stopped reading it about half-way through. Jun 30, Kristina Weber rated it really liked it. An easy read covering some major historic assumptions about the biological basis of race and providing some genetic evidence for why they aren't reasonable.
I liked the detail on the genetics, which should be understandable to the average layperson but still scientifically accurate, with a lot of easy to remember examples. That being said, this territory is not new or groundbreaking and isn't really meant to be a treatise on the subject. I'd recommend this to a high school student taking biology An easy read covering some major historic assumptions about the biological basis of race and providing some genetic evidence for why they aren't reasonable.
I'd recommend this to a high school student taking biology. Jun 19, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Why, yes, I just finished reading a book on genetics that's so wonderful it made me cry a couple of times. This book asserts that, while race is relevant as a social construct, with very real world consequences for the way we categorize and divide--and other--each other, it is entirely irrelevant as a genetic entity. I love the last line of the book: "We are all related, more than seven billion of us, distant cousins to one another, and, ultimately, everyone is African.
Wake Up Leaders This is a book every leader governmental, religion, business should read and understand. It clearly explains that the concept of racial categorization should be abandoned, and programs designed to promote the equality, freedom, and attainment pursuits of every human should be created and supported. Aug 27, Mike Cross rated it really liked it. Very well written to be both scientific and understandable. Great lessons to be learned here! Nov 04, Jared rated it it was amazing.
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For Steam key redemption, a free Steam account is required. For Oculus key redemption, a free Oculus account is required. Description In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, one player is trapped in a room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. Rounds are fast-paced, tense, occasionally silly, and almost always loud. Everybody has a role to play whether they are defusing the bomb or deciphering information from the manual.
Puzzle solving and communication skills — and maybe a few friendships — will be put to the test as players race to defuse bombs while communicating quickly, clearly, and effectively. Features Challenging puzzles — Test the limits of your communication skills… and friendships? A different bomb every time — Procedurally generated puzzles keep the action fresh. Local multiplayer party game — Bomb defusing is a team endeavor.