Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini
Time & Location
About the Event
An astute and timely examination of the re-emergence of scientific research into racial differences.
Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science.
After the horrors of the Nazi regime in World War II, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a worldwide network of intellectual racists and segregationists quietly founded journals and funded research, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray's 1994 title The Bell Curve, which purported to show differences in intelligence among races.
If the vast majority of scientists and scholars disavowed these ideas and considered race a social construct, it was an idea that still managed to somehow survive in the way scientists thought about human variation and genetics. Dissecting the statements and work of contemporary scientists studying human biodiversity, most of whom claim to be just following the data, Angela Saini shows us how, again and again, even mainstream scientists cling to the idea that race is biologically real. As our understanding of complex traits like intelligence, and the effects of environmental and cultural influences on human beings, from the molecular level on up, grows, the hope of finding simple genetic differences between "races"--to explain differing rates of disease, to explain poverty or test scores, or to justify cultural assumptions--stubbornly persists.
At a time when racialized nationalisms are a resurgent threat throughout the world, Superior is a rigorous, much-needed examination of the insidious and destructive nature of race science--and a powerful reminder that, biologically, we are all far more alike than different.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist whose print and broadcast work has appeared on the BBC and in the Guardian, New Scientist, Wired, the Economist, and Science. A former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Kavli Science Journalism gold award in 2015. Saini has a master's in engineering from Oxford University, and she is the author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story and Geek Nation: How Indian Science Is Taking Over the World.
Please try to buy your books either directly from your local bookstores, or from our Bookshop where with every purchase you make you will be directly supporting local independent bookstores that need your help. You can find the book here.
Also; Fuck Amazon... Although the publisher has made this title free on Kindle for a limited time, so please exploit this gift of education and literacy and then go back to not supporting an unethical company. :)
About our RSVP fee.
All of our events are free, but we do have a small RSVP to hold your place. If you are unable to pay the fee, please put "Superior" into the coupon code upon check out. But please be aware if you do, and you are a no-show without notice you will not be able to use a code to bypass in the future. We input RSVP fees to retain organisation, whilst operating a relatively chilled and relaxed environment.
All the no-show fees go directly into our Street Child fund with 100% of the donations going to help children in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Uganda. To find out more about this amazing charity head to www.street-child.co.uk If you wish to make a larger donation please contact them directly or visit https://www.street-child.co.uk/donate if you do not wish to donate the fee, please leave the box unchecked in your registration.
When children are given the chance to learn, they have a chance to break free from poverty. They have a chance to build a brighter future for their families, their communities and their countries. Every child deserves that chance.
- DONATE £5£5£50£0
- DONATE £10£10£100£0
- DONATE £25£25£250£0