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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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"[A] timely investigation into a worsening class divide no one can afford to ignore." (Publisher's Weekly)

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Uncontroversial Statistical Analysis

Charles Murray does it again, another uncontroversial book for today's political correct climate. A must read for every progressive feminist leftist. Remember to use the graphs and accompanying text.

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Fine addition to Murray's Work

Book lacks as much of a central point as Human Accomplishment but is still great.

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Utterly Worthwhile Reading

The Author spoke to the soul. Data driven and persuasive. This book explains genetics with a level of clarity which I could not imagine prior to reading.

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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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Amazing Book

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

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  • Wayne
  • 09-02-2020

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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  • 02-04-2020

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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  • ThunderInTheSun
  • 07-03-2020

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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  • stephen
  • 15-02-2020

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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  • Scott Gregg
  • 27-10-2020

A really fascinating topic but it suffers

This is not light listening. And it suffers from the use of a lot of references to the PDF. If you have that desire. Then great. Listening in a car, on the way to work? Not so much.

The topic itself is fascinating. I think reading Pinker's "The Blank Slate", Richard Dawkin's "The Selfish Gene" would be good books to read first. That will help get your head around what Murray is talking about and might make the science less dense.
As the author states, there are no bombshells in this book. If you are an ideologue you will probably not be happy. Science tends not to validate anybody's opinions. Though people are free to jump to their own conclusions, as foolhardy as that jump usually is.

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  • Tadd R Flowers
  • 16-10-2020

If you've never studied statistics, don't bother.

Sections of this book were slow. Although there is plenty of detail supporting it's concepts, it is very technical and without prior study in this field or in the field of statistics, most readers will be lost. However if it makes sense to you, it is extremely enlightening. The only other negative thing I would mention is that in an audible format you will miss out on about 20% of the content as there are are charts, graphs, etc which are referenced frequently.

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  • Ayele
  • 09-03-2020

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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  • GaHillBilly
  • 18-04-2021

Well worth listening to . . . and reading.

Highly, highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand how desperately unscientific much modern educational and social practice really is!

Read this book, after reading Stephen Pinker's "The Blank Slate", written 20 years earlier. Pinker's book describes, somewhat casually, where science was going, 20 odd years ago. Murray's book, published Jan 2020, describes where science has gone -- systematically, repeatedly, confirmedly -- much to the dismay of many Western educators, social workers and sociologists.

Other reviewers have complained that the book is a long slog, with difficult statistics. However if there's another way to convincingly present data that is so unpalatable to Western media and academia, I can't imagine what it might be. And frankly, I'm not sure who listens to, and tries to comprehend, highly complex statistics, while driving in traffic. It's true that if you want to understand all the details of Murray's case, or want to 'fact-check' all his references, then you'll need the printed book. But you'll be able make much more sense of all those details, if you've first gotten the 'big picture' listening to the Audible version.

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  • ransona
  • 16-08-2020

I ha e learn a lot and expand my understanding.

excellent book, must be read to understand better the human nature and the challenges we have ahead.

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  • Dave
  • 04-04-2021

Dry, but thorough

High number density in discussion section strengthened confidence in conclusions, but made it hard to follow the argument to conclusion. I think this is unavoidable for books of this type, but still a detractor.

Overall, well written and supported as far as I can tell.

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