A Troublesome Inheritance

The most provocative claims in this book involve the genetic basis of human social habits.

A Troublesome Inheritance

Author: Nicholas Wade

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698163796

Page: 288

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Drawing on startling new evidence from the mapping of the genome, an explosive new account of the genetic basis of race and its role in the human story Fewer ideas have been more toxic or harmful than the idea of the biological reality of race, and with it the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. For this understandable reason, the idea has been banished from polite academic conversation. Arguing that race is more than just a social construct can get a scholar run out of town, or at least off campus, on a rail. Human evolution, the consensus view insists, ended in prehistory. Inconveniently, as Nicholas Wade argues in A Troublesome Inheritance, the consensus view cannot be right. And in fact, we know that populations have changed in the past few thousand years—to be lactose tolerant, for example, and to survive at high altitudes. Race is not a bright-line distinction; by definition it means that the more human populations are kept apart, the more they evolve their own distinct traits under the selective pressure known as Darwinian evolution. For many thousands of years, most human populations stayed where they were and grew distinct, not just in outward appearance but in deeper senses as well. Wade, the longtime journalist covering genetic advances for The New York Times, draws widely on the work of scientists who have made crucial breakthroughs in establishing the reality of recent human evolution. The most provocative claims in this book involve the genetic basis of human social habits. What we might call middle-class social traits—thrift, docility, nonviolence—have been slowly but surely inculcated genetically within agrarian societies, Wade argues. These “values” obviously had a strong cultural component, but Wade points to evidence that agrarian societies evolved away from hunter-gatherer societies in some crucial respects. Also controversial are his findings regarding the genetic basis of traits we associate with intelligence, such as literacy and numeracy, in certain ethnic populations, including the Chinese and Ashkenazi Jews. Wade believes deeply in the fundamental equality of all human peoples. He also believes that science is best served by pursuing the truth without fear, and if his mission to arrive at a coherent summa of what the new genetic science does and does not tell us about race and human history leads straight into a minefield, then so be it. This will not be the last word on the subject, but it will begin a powerful and overdue conversation.

Innate

For example, in his 2014 book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and
Human History, journalist Nicholas Wade argues, first, that strong and stable
differences in behavioral or cognitive traits exist between five major racial
categories ...

Innate

Author: Kevin J. Mitchell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691173885

Page: 304

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A leading neuroscientist explains why your personal traits are more innate than you think What makes you the way you are—and what makes each of us different from everyone else? In Innate, leading neuroscientist and popular science blogger Kevin Mitchell traces human diversity and individual differences to their deepest level: in the wiring of our brains. Deftly guiding us through important new research, including his own groundbreaking work, he explains how variations in the way our brains develop before birth strongly influence our psychology and behavior throughout our lives, shaping our personality, intelligence, sexuality, and even the way we perceive the world. We all share a genetic program for making a human brain, and the program for making a brain like yours is specifically encoded in your DNA. But, as Mitchell explains, the way that program plays out is affected by random processes of development that manifest uniquely in each person, even identical twins. The key insight of Innate is that the combination of these developmental and genetic variations creates innate differences in how our brains are wired—differences that impact all aspects of our psychology—and this insight promises to transform the way we see the interplay of nature and nurture. Innate also explores the genetic and neural underpinnings of disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and epilepsy, and how our understanding of these conditions is being revolutionized. In addition, the book examines the social and ethical implications of these ideas and of new technologies that may soon offer the means to predict or manipulate human traits. Compelling and original, Innate will change the way you think about why and how we are who we are.

Stryker s American Register and Magazine

... were he only concerned , though , in that case , the new territory might , from
the anarchy superinduced throughout its whole extent by the wretched
mismanagement of the existing government , be found rather a troublesome
inheritance .

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One Nation Undecided

See, e.g., Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human
History (2014); Richard J. Herrnstein & Charles Murray, The Bell Curve:
Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (1994); Arthur R. Jensen, “How
Much ...

One Nation Undecided

Author: Peter H. Schuck

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691167435

Page: 440

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A unique primer on how to think intelligently about the thorniest public issues confronting us today Let's be honest, we've all expressed opinions about difficult hot-button issues without always thinking them through. With so much media spin, political polarization, and mistrust of institutions, it's hard to know how to think about these tough challenges, much less what to do about them. One Nation Undecided takes on some of today's thorniest issues and walks you through each one step-by-step, explaining what makes it so difficult to grapple with and enabling you to think smartly about it. In this unique what-to-do book, Peter Schuck tackles poverty, immigration, affirmative action, campaign finance, and religious objections to gay marriage and transgender rights. For each issue, he provides essential context; defines key concepts and values; presents the relevant empirical evidence; describes and assesses the programs that now seek to address it; and considers many plausible solutions. Schuck looks at all sides with scrupulous fairness while analyzing them rigorously and factually. Each chapter is self-contained so that readers may pick and choose among the issues that interest and concern them most. His objective is to educate rather than proselytize you—the very nature of these five issues is that they resist clear answers; reasonable people can differ about where they come out on them. No other book provides such a comprehensive, balanced, and accessible analysis of these urgent social controversies. One Nation Undecided gives you the facts and competing values, makes your thinking about them more sophisticated, and encourages you to draw your own conclusions.

Old Canaan in a New World

They do not” (Graham Coop et al., “Letter: A Troublesome Inheritance,” Stanford
Center for Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics, available at https
://cehg.stanford.edu). Thomas W. Murphy, “Lamanite Genesis, Genealogy, and ...

Old Canaan in a New World

Author: Elizabeth Fenton

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479866369

Page: 272

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Were indigenous Americans descendants of the lost tribes of Israel? From the moment Europeans realized Columbus had landed in a place unknown to them in 1492, they began speculating about how the Americas and their inhabitants fit into the Bible. For many, the most compelling explanation was the Hebraic Indian theory, which proposed that indigenous Americans were the descendants of the ten lost tribes of Israel. For its proponents, the theory neatly explained why this giant land and its inhabitants were not mentioned in the Biblical record. In Old Canaan in a New World, Elizabeth Fenton shows that though the Hebraic Indian theory may seem far-fetched today, it had a great deal of currency and significant influence over a very long period of American history. Indeed, at different times the idea that indigenous Americans were descended from the lost tribes of Israel was taken up to support political and religious positions on diverse issues including Christian millennialism, national expansion, trade policies, Jewish rights, sovereignty in the Americas, and scientific exploration. Through analysis of a wide collection of writings—from religious texts to novels—Fenton sheds light on a rarely explored but important part of religious discourse in early America. As the Hebraic Indian theory evolved over the course of two centuries, it revealed how religious belief and national interest intersected in early American history.

Illusion and Necessity

BECK ' S PRIDEFUL CARE OF A TROUBLESOME INHERITANCE Jozef Beck ,
five years younger than Hitler , had become Foreign Minister of Poland in 1932 .
His problems , his aspirations , and his illusions were those of the Polish nation .

Illusion and Necessity

Author: John L. Snell

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin

ISBN:

Page: 229

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The Hoysalas

A. troublesome. inheritance. ;. Ballāla. survives. the first test . Ballāļa was about
28 years of age when he came to the throne , and it is certain that he had already
a wide experience of governmental technique . His reign turned out to be the ...

The Hoysalas

Author: J. Duncan M. Derrett

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Page: 257

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The Hoysala dynasty was established about A.D. 940 in the present-day state of Karnataka near Mysore and overthrown by Muslims in 1326. At times it extended throughout southern India.

Indian Politics 1936 1942

None of the other new Governments succeeded to such a troublesome
inheritance . The measures of repression taken in Bengal in face of the Congress
' direct defiance of authority had been more severe than elsewhere because
political ...

Indian Politics  1936 1942

Author: Sir Reginald Coupland

Publisher:

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Page: 344

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The traitors

Let us avail ourselves of it . " « Well ? ” Domiloff coughed . He had expected a
torrent of indignation and abuse . His guest's nonchalance was a little disquieting
. “ You are entering , ” he said , “ upon a troublesome inheritance . ” « Well ?

The traitors

Author: Edward Phillips Oppenheim

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The Atlantic Slave Trade

This constituency inherited the contents and parameters of European political
philosophy by dint imperial violence of ... the Enlightenment project a
troublesome inheritance since its equalitarian liberal premises have been
appropriated by ...

The Atlantic Slave Trade

Author: Charles Simon-Aaron

Publisher:

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Page: 664

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The maintenance of health

... an illustrious pedigree , in which heraldry has not left a single good quality
upon record to insult or upbraid you . You have better proofs of your descent , my
Lord , than the register of a marriage , or any troublesome inheritance of
reputation .

The maintenance of health

Author: John Milner Fothergill

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 430

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A Thousand Years of Poland

... troublesome inheritance to his son Casimir . More autonomy was what the
nobles wanted , and their pressure towards decentralization led to a temporary
partition of the country ; the peasants rose up against the social order imposed by
the ...

A Thousand Years of Poland

Author: Aleksander Gieysztor

Publisher: [Warsaw] : Interpress

ISBN:

Page: 255

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History of Latin America

He is now dissolving his relations with the Communists , a troublesome
inheritance from his days as an army sergeant . He has transferred control of the
rural schools to the Ministry of Education , though army officers will still teach
them , and ...

History of Latin America

Author: Hutton Webster

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 326

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Millenium

He died in 1034 , having managed to reunite the country a few months before his
death , and leaving a troublesome inheritance to his son Casimir ( Kazimierz ) .
More autonomy was what the nobles wanted , and their pressure towards ...

Millenium

Author: Aleksander Gieysztor

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 208

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Millennium

He died in 1034 , having managed to reunite the country a few months before his
death , and leaving a troublesome inheritance to his son Casimir ( Kazimierz ) .
More autonomy was what the nobles wanted , and their pressure towards ...

Millennium

Author: Aleksander Gieysztor

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 208

View: 907

Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism

... to establish a new state under their tutelage . The country's political leaders
were forced to grapple with a troublesome inheritance of socio - economic ,
cleavage and discontinuity between the geographical limits of the state and the
nation .

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rebirth as a troublesome inheritance places us in the temporal predicament of the
melancholic , caught between our place in the flux of time and the void left by ...

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