The Reality of Human Differences

Vincent Sarich; Frank Miele

First Edition • August 1, 2005 • 304 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813343228 • $40.00 USD$59.99 CAN

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The conventional wisdom in contemporary social science claims that human races are not biologically valid categories. Many argue the very words “race” and “racial differences” should be abolished because they support racism. In Race, Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele challenge both these tenets. First, they cite the historical record, the art and literature of other civilizations and cultures, morphological studies, cognitive psychology, and the latest research in medical genetics, forensics, and the human genome to demonstrate that racial differences are not trivial, but very real. They conclude with the paradox that, while, scientific honesty requires forthright recognition of racial differences, public policy should not recognize racial-group membership. The evidence and issues raised in this book will be of critical interest to students of race in behavioral and political science, medicine, and law.

Vincent Sarich is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Frank Miele is senior editor with Skeptic magazine. Frank Miele’s highly regarded Skeptic interviews include conversations with evolutionists Richard Dawkins and E. O. Wilson, anthropologists Donald Johanson, Lionel Tiger, and Robin Fox, ecologist Garrett Hardin, and psychologist Robert Sternberg. His articles have appeared on many web pages, including those of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. He lives in Sunnyvale, California, with his Great Dane, Payce

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Science investigates how the world works so passionate debate about how it should or could work better can be informed by facts. Is race a factually meaningless and irrelevant concept for education, medicine, or life success in the 21st century? Sarich and Miele think not and their book drives at the issues head on with a provocative and, at times, disturbing presentation that, in the end, offers hope for a better appreciation of human variability.
— Rich Haier, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine

So much tripe has been published and promulgated by the we are all equal and race is an illusion crowd, that to find a coherent, cogent, and penetrating analysis and rebuttal of the PBS approach is a delicious repast! …Race: The Reality of Human Differences by Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele … will represent an important milestone in reducing the millstone of the myths that have accumulated denigrating and/or ignoring our genetic diversity. This book will certainly be a must for my students, and it is surely long overdue!
— Dr. Ralph L. Holloway, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

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