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The myth of human races
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The idea that human races exist is a socially constructed myth that has no grounding in science. Regardless of skin, hair, or eye color, stature or physiognomy, we are all of one species. Nonetheless, scientists, social scientists, and pseudo-scientists have, for three centuries, tried vainly to prove that distinctive and separate "races" of humanity exist. These protagonists of race theory have based their flawed research on one or more of five specious assumptions:  
 - humanity can be classified into groups using identifiable physical characteristics  - human characteristics are transmitted "through the blood,"  - distinct human physical characteristics are inherited together, - physical features can be linked to human behavior, - human groups or "races" are by their very nature unequal and, therefore, they can be ranked in order of intellectual, moral, and cultural superiority.  
     The Myth of Human Races systematically dispels these fallacies and unravels the web of flawed research that has been woven to demonstrate the superiority of one group of people over another.  
 

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. A Word to the Reader
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part One: Introduction
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. 1. Race is a Slippery Word
  2. pp. 9-14
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  1. 2. Race Classification: An Impossible Task
  2. pp. 15-22
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  1. 3. Skulls, Women, and Savages: The Art of Craniology
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. 4. Full Blood, Half-Blood, and Tainted Blood
  2. pp. 33-44
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  1. 5. Racial Traits: More Fiction Than Fact
  2. pp. 45-48
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  1. 6. You Cannot Judge a Book by its Cover
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. Part Two: Introduction
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. 7. Did We Evolve From Apes, and If So, from How Many?
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. 8. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fittest of Us All?
  2. pp. 71-78
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  1. 9. Adaptive or not Adaptive, That is the Question
  2. pp. 79-82
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  1. 10. Why Different Skin Colors?
  2. pp. 83-90
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  1. 11. Why Different Shapes of Noses? Why So Much or So Little Hair on the Body or the Head?
  2. pp. 91-96
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  1. 12. Why Different Color of Eye and Hair?
  2. pp. 97-102
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  1. 13. Race: Geneticists Led Astray
  2. pp. 103-110
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  1. 14. Race and IQ: A Pseudo-Problem
  2. pp. 111-124
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  1. 15. Race and Disease: Another Pseudo-Problem
  2. pp. 125-132
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  1. 16. How The U.S. Government Classifies Its Citizens: A Real Problem
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. Part Three: Introduction
  2. pp. 139-141
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  1. 17. Of Species and Races: A Modern View
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. 18. Each One of Us Is Unique
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. 19. Of Genes and Chromosomes: No One is Like You
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. 20. Myths About Ancestry
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. 21. Of DNA and Proteins, or No One is Like You
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  1. 22. Except for A Very Few of Us, We Are All Colored
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. 23. Can We Change Our Skin Color?
  2. pp. 179-186
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  1. 24. Nothing Under the Sun Is Just Black or White
  2. pp. 187-192
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  1. 25. Genes and Skin Color: The More the Merrier
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. Concluding Thoughts
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 207-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-214
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