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Fewer ideas have been more toxic than the idea that humans of different races are biologically different from one another. Anyone arguing that race is more than just a social construct can cause widespread controversy. The consensus insists that human evolution ended in prehistory.

However, we know that populations have changed in the past few thousand years. Race is not a clear cut 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 of evolution. For many thousands of years, most human populations stayed where they were and grew distinct, not just in outward appearance but in genetics.

Wade draws widely on crucial breakthroughs made by scientists who have shown evidence of recent human evolution. The most provocative claims in this book involve the genetic basis of human social habits. Wade argues that what we might call middle-class social traits: thrift, docility and nonviolence, have been slowly inculcated genetically within agrarian societies. While these values have a strong cultural component, 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 people but he is determined to investigate what new genetic science shows about how race relates to human history and traits, even if it courts controversy.

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A Troublesome Inheritance draws on crucial scientific breakthroughs that show evidence of recent human evolution. The most provocative claims in the book involve the genetic basis of both race and human social habits. Author Nicholas Wade argues that what we might call middle-class social traits have been slowly inculcated genetically within agrarian societies. Wade believes deeply in the equality of all people but he is determined to investigate what new genetic science shows about how race relates to human history and traits, even if it courts controversy.

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A piece by Nicholas Wade on the genetics of evolution was the cover story in - The Spectator

'An eloquent but disturbing book on genes, race and human history.' - The Times

An article also discussed the controversy the book has created: 'Nicholas Wade, a science writer, says that since the sequencing of the human genome in 2003, evidence of genetic differences has been mounting.... but the genetic theory of West s rise is denounced as racist' - The Times

'The theme of A Troublesome Inheritance is an unusual one for a science journalist, namely that the scientists themselves are all wrong about the things that they are experts in, and it will take a naïf like the author, unprejudiced by experience, judgment, or actual knowledge, to straighten them out.' -

--The Huffington Post

"An eloquent but disturbing book on genes, race and human history." --The Times (UK)

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