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Inside this Book – I skimmed the book, a fifth edition from 1974. Totally comprehensive, combining biology and genetics with the cultural and social, it’s pretty impressive. Some political and historical context also backs up arguments and forms the basis of chapters, which is always good too. Personally, I simply read for more information on the subject of ‘race’, but Montagu’s arguments were convincing in refuting the very idea of racial difference itself. Particularly enlightening chapters: 4. the biological facts, 6. “Race” and Society, 12. “Race” and Culture. The Jewish and African American chapters were particularly candid in dealing with sensitive subjects, and the Appendices worth reading too. Giving it five stars because I don’t believe other reading on race would be necessary for the casual reader: it’s all here. The book is well organised and the writing is top quality (though with some outdated terminology in the edition I was reading).
Inside this book –Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race PDF Book by Ashley Montagu -DR. ASHLEY MONTAGU’S book possesses two great merits arely found in current discussions ot human problems. Where most writers over-simplify, he insists on the principle of multiple and interlocking causation. And where most assume that “facts will speak for themselves,” he makes it clear that facts are mere ventriloquists’ dummies, and can be made to justify any course of action that appeals to the socially conditioned passions of the individuals concerned. These two truths are sufficiently obvious; but they are seldom recognized, for the good reason that they are very depressing. To recognize the first truth is to recognize the fact that there are no panaceas and that therefore most of the golden promises made by political reformers and revolution- aries are illusory. And to recognize the truth that facts do not speak for themselves, but only as man’s socially con- ditioned passions dictate, is to recognize that our current educational processes can do very little to ameliorate the state of the world. In the language of traditional theology (so much more realistic, in many respects, than the “liberal” philosophies which replaced it), most ignorance is voluntary and depends upon acts of the conscious or subconscious will. Thus, the fallacies underlying the propaganda of racial hatred are not recognized because, as Dr. Montagu points out, most people have a desire to act aggressively, and the members of other ethnic groups are convenient victims, whom one may attack with a good conscience. This desire to act aggressively has its origins in the largely unavoidable frustrations imposed upon the individual by the processes of early education and later adjustments to the social environment.
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- Author of this Book – Ashley Montagu
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