Human Diversity

Human Diversity

Human Diversity

Human Diversity

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Science is value free, but scientists are not. Individual research choices are determined by personal factors which sometimes include political beliefs. Such an influence is natural and can orient research toward socially significant results. It is harmful only when ideology limits or destroys the objectivity of the research process.

Race is one of the most emotion-laden topics in social and biological science. It is impossible to approach this subject without preconceived notions and political bias. Much of the published material on race is either ambiguous or laden with half-truths which can only confuse lay readers. The concept of race as it has been used by the majority of writers in and out of anthropology is largely a folk category, more often than not accepted uncritically. Yet, as long as race occupies a place in economic and political life, it must be discussed. To ignore it would be to ignore empirical data on how our society works.

I have chosen to write on this subject for two reasons, the first of which is my belief that scientists must concern themselves with social issues that lie within their professional competence. The second reason has more to do with my own place within anthropology. I have always . . .

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