How to Argue with a Racist by Adam Rutherford review – how genetics can combat prejudice - 2020-01-30

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F345.png How to Argue with a Racist by Adam Rutherford review – how genetics can combat prejudice January 30, 2020, Manjit Kumar, The Guardian

Every Nazi had Jewish ancestors. Discovering this fact alone is worth the price of Adam Rutherford's engaging and enlightening new book. A geneticist by training, Rutherford is an accomplished writer who knows how to weave a fascinating tale from scientific data as he explains that our shared ancestry is far more recent than the small group of a pan-Africa species that left the continent 70,000 years ago.

It is a popular myth that there are more people alive today than have ever died. The current global population is about 7.8 billion and increasing at the rate of 220,000 each day. It has been estimated that there have been some 108 billion members of our species, Homo sapiens. The dead may outnumber the living by almost 100 billion, but as Rutherford points out, there are more people alive as you read this than on any other day in history.

Race does exist precisely because it is a social construct, and racism is real because people enact it

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