How to Argue With a Racist

History, Science, Race and Reality
Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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The great deceit of evolution is that it has bestowed characteristics upon us that are visible but not meaningful. We are obsessed with categorisation, plagued by an innate and tyrannous desire to group things together, and this includes one another. One of the easiest ways is by skin colour, but as Adam Rutherford shows this is a terrible way to categorise people.

The way we talk about race is not reflected in our modern understanding of the genetic basis of human variation. 'Black' is an identifier that says very little about the similarities of billions of people apart from a very imprecise reference to pigmentation. Variation in skin tone predated humans' emergence in Africa and is moderated by a handful of genes out of 20,000. And - crucially - there is more genetic diversity within Africa than in the rest of the world put together. These are scientifically uncontroversial things to say. Yet scientific racism is back, and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence.

How to Argue with a Racist is a short, crisp manifesto for a 21st-century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the use of science to justify bigotry.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Adam Rutherford (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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  • J A Bridge
  • 02-10-20

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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  • Amy
  • 02-15-20

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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  • ThatPersonOverThere
  • 02-17-20

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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  • Paul Hinds
  • 02-12-20

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.