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How to Argue with a Racist
How to Argue with a Racist: And Why Science Is on Your Side | Adam Rutherford
Racist pseudoscience is on the rise, and its being used to justify hatred as it feeds nationalist ideology and seeps into public discourse on politics, migration, education, sports, and intelligence. Even well-intentioned people may unwittingly perpetuate stereotyping based on distorted science. Counterintuitively, such misconceptions have multiplied amid todays unprecedented surge of research on human geneticsweve never had a clearer picture of who we are and where we come from. Popular fallacies abound because cutting-edge genetics can be hard to graspand all too easy to distort. This penetrating guide brings you up to speed with a twenty-first-century understanding of human biology, proving howif you want to be a responsible and enlightened citizen todayits imperative to know what modern genetics actually can and cant tell us about race. And it helps us to see that science and history, when accurately understood, are powerful allies against racism; they grant us the clearest view of what race actually is, rather than what we judge it to be.
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Connster
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I‘ve been smashing through audio books on Kindle and it makes me have a little moment of happiness to see just how many I‘ve listened to/read since January. 50 down, 50+ to go!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2y
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Twainy
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🎧 Thought provoking. A complex HOT topic for sure. A multiracial British author. 200 page book. Basically we‘re all unique & yet the same. The answer isn‘t in DNA but in Culture. Prejudices are a natural part of the human condition. Racism is a social construct. Blame those in power. Real human variation does not correspond to the traditional & colloquial descriptions of race. Ignore the genetic pseudoscience that‘s in support of “race”. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Twainy I just had to correct the spelling of one word .... twice. Apple‘s autocorrect is in rare form ... I should put my glasses on. 🤨 🧐 happy Sunday everyone! 🤗 2y
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wicdiv
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Yes - this book explores debunking racist myths from a scientific POV, courtesy of Adam Rutherford who is a geneticist. It's an interesting way of looking at a social issue and provides further arguments against racism.

No - the author is not black (he's Indo-Guyanese) and therefore he should not be saying the n word, but he does. He's referencing historical terms and terms used in the media but that does not give him a free pass to do so.

ChasingOm Ohhh, good trigger warning. 2y
wicdiv @ChasingOm it happens multiple times and it really caught me off guard whilst listening to the audiobook. Surely he must have been able to find a way around it but he didn‘t. 2y
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jenniferw88
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#integrateyourshelf @Emilymdxn @ChasingOm

Have read one (The New Jim Crow), but have bought all these over the year. Pretty sure I've stacked some more as well.

#booksaboutantiracism

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Emilymdxn
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Slightly misleading title, rather than about arguing this is a fantastic book debunking racist pseudoscience claims about genetics, by a proper academic geneticist. He‘s a personable but authoritative narrator calmly explaining why myths like ‘slavery made black people strong and fast but not intellectual‘ have no basis in real science. He analyses white suprematist comments on their own websites and I learned so much. Highly recommend.

Megabooks Stacking! 2y
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Emilymdxn
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Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. Neither race nor racism has foundations in science. It is our duty to contest the warping of scientific research, especially if it is being used to justify prejudice. If you are a racist, then you are asking for a fight. But science is my ally, not yours and your fight is not just with me, but with reality.

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Bookworm_97
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ElaineR
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First talk today "How to argue with a racist" by Adam Rutherford. #HayFestival

Libby1 I heard him speak in Belfast earlier this year. Brilliant. I‘ve been inspired to start this book today. 3y
ElaineR @Libby1 he's very good. I haven't read any of his stuff yet but I do have s couple on the shelves to read. Also fab to see someone from Belfast on here. I'm from Carrick (now live in Cardiff though). 3y
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