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How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality

Adam Rutherford

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Little Brown
11 February 2020
Ethics & moral philosophy; Social discrimination; Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Genetics (non-medical)
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Geneticist Adam Rutherford embarks on an enthusiastic debunking of the myths and misconceptions that continue to fuel "scientific" racism. Gavin Sladen

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Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise - and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be.

HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.
By:   Adam Rutherford
Imprint:   Little Brown
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 24mm
Weight:   343g
ISBN:   9781474611244
ISBN 10:   1474611249
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   11 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood blindness. He has written and presented many award-winning series and programmes for the BBC, including the flagship weekly Radio 4 programme INSIDE SCIENCE and THE CURIOUS CASES OF RUTHERFORD & FRY with Dr Hannah Fry. He is the author CREATION, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Prize, A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED, THE BOOK OF HUMANS and HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST.

Reviews for How to Argue With a Racist: History, Science, Race and Reality

Adam Rutherford is a master storyteller Nobody deals with challenging subjects more interestingly and compellingly than Adam Rutherford, and this may be his best book yet. This is a seriously important work Characteristically far-reaching, insightful and brilliant, Adam Rutherford casts his net wide in a book that is as timely as it is invigorating and important This fascinating, illuminating and original book on human evolution and development is essential reading in an age of false science, resurgent racism and conspiracy theory - and the perfect antidote to racial bigotry


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