Race, Genes and Ability: Rethinking Ethnic Differences / Vol 2

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Race, Genes and Ability is a scientifically informed discussion of the nature-nurture debate about the ethnic achievement gap-particularly the black/white divide-in IQ and scholastics. It also examines the controversy of "race-based genetics" versus environment in determining ethnic differences (or alleged differences) in social behaviors such as mating, family structure, parenting, and criminal tendencies. The book's 26 chapters are divided into four sections: human biodiversity; intelligence performance and academic achievement; race and athletic ability; and the biological basis of social behavior. Written in reader-friendly language, Race, Genes and Ability is a deconstruction of modern racial science based on scientific rather than political grounds. It is a sweeping exploration of recent research on complex, myriad interactions among genes, environment, developmental biology, and the brain. These interactions may help to explain ethnic population differences in physical health, cognitive performance, and mental health as well as in social productivity and anti-social activities. Other topics addressed in relation to racial variation include the debate about the existence of human races, eugenics, evolutionary psychology, language acquisition, the Violence Initiative, neuropsychiatry, testosterone and aggression, neurobiology, cultural neuroscience, environmental toxins, and disease risks. The author evaluates emerging ideas about the potential influence of epigenetic mechanisms on both cognitive performance and intergenerational patterns of disease. While she focuses on populations of African black descent, she also examines the unique social circumstances that impact minority groups such as Latino Americans, Native Americans, Jews, and Asian Americans. Based on nearly 1,600 references, the findings highlighted in this book suggest that society will realize immediate and long-term benefits when it can ensure environmental justice for its underachieving ethnic populations.

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Written for both lay and scholarly audiences, Race, Genes, and Ability focuses on the nature-nurture debate over the causes of ethnic disparities, including African American underachievement. It is also a step-by-step deconstruction of contemporary racial science, based on a host of research findings in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences. On a more positive note, it highlights some of the most promising cost-effective, inter-generational, environmental interventions that, over time, may help to close the ethnic achievement gap.

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Today's debate over race -- one of America's oldest dilemmas -- is more intense than ever. Most anthropologists agree that there is only one race: the human race. However, "racial scientists" insist that races are real and, furthermore, that some races are superior while others are inferior. The Human Genome Project, biomedical research, and the biological anthropology paint a complex picture of the physical differences that define human populations worldwide. Does the new biology also shed light on the ethnic achievement gap in IQ and social behaviors? Absolutely not, say pro-nurture experts in the anti-racialist camp who claim that this gap is best explained by the environment. Yet many pro-nature, genetic determinists attribute ethnic social differences to pre-programmed, race-based biological traits -- traits ranging from testosterone levels to neurotransmitter genes, and from brain size to the speed of sexual maturation in adolescents.

In a sweeping overview, Race, Genes, and Ability explores the current nature-nurture debate over the causes of ethnic differences in behavioral patterns. In scientifically informed but civil language, this data-driven work digs beneath the surface of political correctness to answer the "tough questions" about race -- especially black/white/Asian variation in academic achievement, family structure, employment, economic success, crime rates, and even athletic advantage. The intriguing findings presented here will force us to rethink how we view "race" -- and how we can realistically bridge the ethnic divide in the United States and beyond. There has never been a better time to sort fact from fiction about ideas of inborn racial differences. And in the process we can raise society's scientific IQ about the powerful impact of the environment on shaping the intellect and social behaviors of individuals and ethnic populations.

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