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A Response to “There is More Genetic Variation Within Than Between Races!”

Originally Published on The Alternative Hypothesis A common argument against the taxonomic validity of race is that there is more genetic variation within than between races and so races must not be genetically different enough to be subspecies. This argument comes from a 1972 paper by the Harvard geneticist Richard Lewontin (Lewontin 1972). As will… Continue reading A Response to “There is More Genetic Variation Within Than Between Races!”

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Race is Both a Social Construct AND a Valid Biological Category

Originally published on The Alternative Hypothesis You can’t get through a 100 level anthropology class without hearing this line. And when people hear that race is not a biological concept but, rather, that it is a social construct they assume that categories that are valid and used in biology are not social constructs. In other words,… Continue reading Race is Both a Social Construct AND a Valid Biological Category

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Race and IQ: Mixed Populations

Originally Published on The Alternative Hypothesis One argument for heredetarianism (the view that genes are an important cause of racial IQ differences) is that, around the world, mixed-race populations have IQs, or other standardized test scores, that are intermediate between the two races they are a mixture of. Of course it’s messy, and we’re relying… Continue reading Race and IQ: Mixed Populations

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Dispelling The Native American Genocide Myth

This article was originally published on The Alternative Hypothesis and has been edited for syntax, not substance. There exist census records on the number of Native Americans in 1853. Thus, we must first determine how many people resided in North America in 1500, compare that to the census records, and see what that difference really is. Then… Continue reading Dispelling The Native American Genocide Myth

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Human Races are Real: Race is a Valid Scientific Category

This article was originally published on The Alternative Hypothesis In this post I am going to argue that human races exist, look at the most common arguments I hear in favor of race denialism, and explain why, ultimately, I think they are mistaken. It is somewhat misleading to talk about whether or not races are… Continue reading Human Races are Real: Race is a Valid Scientific Category