Book Summary: Superior by Angela Saini

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Angela Saini’s book, “Superior: The Return of Race Science” is a thought-provoking exploration of the resurgence of race science and its impact on society. The book delves into the history of race science, its discrediting during the 20th century, and its recent resurgence in the guise of genetic research. Saini’s book is a call to arms for those who believe in the inherent equality of all human beings, and a warning against the dangers of using genetic research to reinforce outdated and discredited ideas about race.

Chapter 1: The Return of Race Science

In the first chapter of “Superior,” Saini introduces the concept of race science and its resurgence in recent years. She explains how, despite the discrediting of race science during the 20th century, researchers have continued to study the genetic differences between populations, often with the goal of proving that certain races are superior to others. Saini also explores the ways in which race science has been used to justify oppression and discrimination, and how this has led to devastating consequences for marginalized communities.

Chapter 2: The Mismeasure of Humanity

In the second chapter, Saini delves into the history of race science, beginning with the work of 19th century scientists who sought to prove the superiority of certain races over others. She explores the ways in which these scientists used flawed measurements and pseudoscience to support their claims, and how their work was used to justify slavery, colonialism, and other forms of oppression. Saini also discusses the work of scientists who challenged these ideas, and how their work ultimately led to the discrediting of race science during the 20th century.

Chapter 3: The Genetic Revolution

In the third chapter, Saini explores the ways in which genetic research has been used to study the differences between populations, and how this research has been used to support claims of racial superiority. She discusses the ways in which genetic research has been used to study intelligence, behavior, and other traits, and how these studies have often relied on flawed methodology and pseudoscience. Saini also discusses the ways in which genetic research has been used to reinforce outdated and discredited ideas about race, and how this has led to harmful consequences for marginalized communities.

Chapter 4: The New Eugenics

In the fourth chapter, Saini explores the ways in which genetic research has been used to promote eugenics, the practice of selectively breeding humans to improve certain traits. She discusses the ways in which eugenics has been used to promote racial superiority and oppression, and how this has led to devastating consequences for marginalized communities. Saini also discusses the ways in which genetic research has been used to promote “neuroeugenics,” the practice of selectively breeding humans to improve certain traits related to intelligence and behavior.

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Chapter 5: The Future of Race Science

In the fifth and final chapter, Saini offers her thoughts on the future of race science and its impact on society. She argues that, despite the flawed methodology and pseudoscience that underpins much of the research in this field, genetic research will continue to be used to study the differences between populations and promote certain ideas about race. She calls for greater scrutiny of genetic research and a greater focus on the social and environmental factors that contribute to health and well-being. Saini also emphasizes the importance of promoting equality and challenging oppressive ideas about race.

Conclusion

In conclusion, “Superior” is a thought-provoking exploration of the resurgence of race science and its impact on society. Saini’s book is a call to arms for those who believe in the inherent equality of all human beings, and a warning against the dangers of using genetic research to reinforce outdated and discredited ideas about race. By shedding light on the flawed methodology and pseudoscience that underpins much of the research in this field, Saini’s book helps readers to better understand the limitations of genetic research and the importance of promoting equality and challenging oppressive ideas about race.

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