Human Diversity

The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class
Narrated by: David Baker
Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
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All people are equal but, as Human Diversity explores, all groups of people are not the same - a fascinating investigation of the genetics and neuroscience of human differences.

The thesis of Human Diversity is that advances in genetics and neuroscience are overthrowing an intellectual orthodoxy that has ruled the social sciences for decades. The core of the orthodoxy consists of three dogmas: 

  • Gender is a social construct.
     
  • Race is a social construct.
     
  • Class is a function of privilege.  

The problem is that all three dogmas are half-truths. They have stifled progress in understanding the rich texture that biology adds to our understanding of the social, political, and economic worlds we live in. 

It is not a story to be feared. "There are no monsters in the closet," Murray writes, "no dread doors we must fear opening." But it is a story that needs telling. Human Diversity does so without sensationalism, drawing on the most authoritative scientific findings, celebrating both our many differences and our common humanity.

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

©2020 Charles Murray (P)2020 Twelve

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"[An] incisive, alarming, and hugely frustrating book about the state of American society." (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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Purchase the Kindle version not the audio book

The PDF file helps but HUMAN DIVERSITY is still not appropriate for an audio book. I have a major issue with how to rate this audio book because the Kindle version is outstanding, but the audio version is really inappropriate. If you are going to get the audio book download the PDF and follow it as the audio book is listened to. Finally, unless you have a sound background in math and statistics listen to the appendices first.

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Sleep inducing

So Charles Murray interviews are much more interesting than his writing. The book regurgitates endless numbers, which OK I get you want people to understand that there is data underneath your opinion, but this doesn't make for a great audio book experience. Plus the guy reading it doesn't seem to breathe anything extra into the book with his performance, but he can probably only do so much.

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Nothing new

If you are familiar with Charles Murray‘s work you won’t find much new here. Some of the biology is interesting, but it is a long slog.

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  • Mark J.
  • 01-29-20

Excellent treatment of the topic

It's exactly as described: a no nonsense exploration of real differences in gender, race & class.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-20

Amazing Book

This was a truly interesting book and brings together findings from many different sources and schools of thought.