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Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise - and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. 

How to Argue with A Racist is a vital manifesto for a 21st century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.

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Started well then lost the plot

Unfortunately, what could have been an excellent take down of casual, and not so casual, racism was let down by some confusion. After giving us chapter and verse on how there is only one race, Rutherford then tries to claim that following one particular religion is a racial characteristic. If you can convert to following a particular imaginary figure, then this cannot be a racial characteristic but merely a cultural viewpoint.

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get ready to concentrate!

I found I was rewinding sections to get a handle on what was so elequently being explained! fascinating, challenging, essential listening for anyone looking to challenge their perceptions about genetics and race. I learned loads, will certainly listen again and again!

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Facts to help you form your own argument

I was looking forward to reading this book as I struggle to formulate successful arguments when I meet racism. This book has s a great help as it’s full of facts. However, I feel I still need a “how to” guide as in; when a racist says X it is helpful/effective to say X.

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brilliant takedown of race realist narratives

great narration and great book. each section gives critical insight into the many falsehoods that are widespread particularly in some online circles and the author demonstrates the lack of evidence that supports these myths

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Enlightening and well presented

Another great book from Adam Rutherford building on his previous work ‘A Brief History of Everyone That Ever Lived’. Adam has a great presentational style and a way of writing that makes complex subjects accessible to those of us with only a rudimentary understanding of the science. In the book he breaks certain myths around race and ability that are prevalent in society. Highly recommended.

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interesting to hear, bits hard to follow

it's a really important book to read to explain why so many arguments with regard to genetics are pseudoscience and false assumptions. in a world that fact and spin are difficult to differenciate, figuring out why structural arguments are simlly intrue is vital.

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Excellent summary of the flaws in applying genetics to race

Really enjoyed this book. Nice summary of the flaws in trying to make generalisations about genes and race without thinking about culture and geographical location. Easily accessible and fairly brief audiobook

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Essential Listening

Adam Rutherford is essential listening for everyone. This is a fantastically written and researched book that is both concise and somehow expansive. His arguments are beautifully presented, and, much like his other audiobooks, a joy to listen to.

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A delightful obliteration of prejudice

As a big fan of Adam Rutherford's radio programs on science I was keen to listen but the book exceeded all of my expectations. Allowed to fully inhabit his own voice, Adam's razor sharp scientific analysis combines with his obvious distaste for bigotry and the result is a joy to behold. A true weapon in the war against misinformation, ignorance, prejudice and hatred. I can't recommend this highly enough.

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Valuable and informative

This book has certainly piqued my interest in contemporary attitudes to race. I look forward to reading more by Adam Rutherford.

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Book that justifies its title

This book gives a good overview of the development of scientific racism, and what are the misconceptions that it is based on at a given moment in time. The author reads the book himself, and through his expertise he gives a good account on what are the flaws in reasoning and what is the alternative worldview that one can use, instead of dividing the variation of humans into arbitrary categories to fuel discrimination. It's a quick listen, and I wouldn't mind if it was longer and more extensive in some regards, but still gives enough info.