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Human Diversity

The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class
Written by: Charles Murray
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

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Wayne
  • 09-02-20

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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  • Mattop
  • 07-02-20

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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  • ThunderInTheSun
  • 07-03-20

Comprehensive and impressive work

This is a text that requires, in many cases, the printed material in order to better follow the concepts, esp the statistical constructs, explaining the differences between the gender outcomes. Overall, however, a superb work blending many scientific disciplines so the non-scientist, non-researcher can follow the discussion and arguments made in these fields. Some may walk away frustrated because their camp's beliefs of and about gender identity and equality were not made 100 percent absolute by the data, to date, in the areas covered by the author. Nevertheless, the author in my opinion, made Herculean efforts to present and discuss both sides of the arguments made regarding the male-female calculus of things using evidence gathered through research and rigorous statistical examination. And on it goes, the never ending battle between the TWO genders and their MANY respective agendas.

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  • Customer
  • 02-04-20

Accessible Science

Objectivity is a lost art. This book brings it back. As the author indicates, his work may not be palatable to the mainstream politically sensitive.

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  • stephen
  • 15-02-20

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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  • Ayele
  • 09-03-20

Our communality is our individuality

Even in the wake of the likely most even, unevenness is the most even universal reality that confronts us everywhere and anywhere we turn bar non. perhaps our very existence and being is a direct consequence of it. As we are individually are products of our unique and proprietary heritage we as well write our unique and individual legacy that detriment our Individual identity . The fundamental basis of our diversity is this individual identity and this have been made clear many times over by this book by an unlikely confluence of evolutionary, genetic ,epigenetic and sociologic and geographic points of views. To effectively understand our diversity all known or most known diverse fields of the sciences were closely looked at unlike any time before and the synergy marvels in the arguments and pros.

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  • Jungian
  • 20-05-20

This doesn't work as an audio book.

This doesn't work as an audio book.
I deeply regret buying it. The narrator is just reading aloud statistics that will mean nothing to most people.
I can't get an exchange or refund and it's another reason I'm giving up on Audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-20

Sensitive and thorough

A comprehensive overview of the state of genetic research and its implications for social sciences from my favourite social scientist.

Perhaps more data-heavy than is best suited to audiobooks (I found myself pausing and making notes), but the narrator was engaging and I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Giving this 5 stars because I'd like to see more of Murray's work on Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-20

Moderate and nuanced

The author has written a very timely and useful book. Whether his conclusions are sound or not the book is a worthy contribution to the debate around nature and nurture in politics. It is sometimes hard to follow as an audiobook due to the technical jargon and statistical data.

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  • Mr. D. J. Conwell
  • 10-05-20

A glimpse into the future

Eye opening and intriguing from start to finish. Great references and examples throughout. highly recommended.

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  • Mark J.
  • 29-01-20

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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  • Simon Walliss
  • 02-03-20

Very informative

A very informative book on differences between humans whether they are between males and females, races or between people of different classes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-20

Amazing Book

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