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'''Race''' is a concept which classifies human beings according to broad [[physical]] characteristics such as skin color. Many assert that race is more than physical and claim that different races have different psycological, intellectual and religious characteristics.  
 
'''Race''' is a concept which classifies human beings according to broad [[physical]] characteristics such as skin color. Many assert that race is more than physical and claim that different races have different psycological, intellectual and religious characteristics.  
  
Various different classifications have been proposed for human races in the past.  [[Evolution]]ary text books used to have a chapter on eugenics that discussed various "races", such as Negroid (mostly Africans), Mongoloid (mostly Asian) and Caucasian (mostly Europeans) and which of the races were the furtherest along in evolution.<ref>For example, Hunter, George William, ''A Civic Biology'' (1914), [http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/hunt196.htm p.196]: "At the present time, there exists upon the Earth five races or varieties of man, each very different from the other in instincts, social customs, and, to an extent, in structure.  These are the Ethiopian or negro type, originating in Africa; the Malay or brown race, from the islands of the Pacific; the American Indian; the Mongolian or yellow race, including the natives of China, Japan, and the Eskimos, and finally the highest type of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America."</ref> However, modern evolutionary understanding has helped to reveal that races do not constitute valid biological groupings.
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Various different classifications have been proposed for human races in the past.  [[Evolution]]ary text books used to have a chapter on eugenics that discussed various "races", such as Negroid (mostly Africans), Mongoloid (mostly Asian) and Caucasian (mostly Europeans) and which of the races were the furtherest along in evolution.<ref>For example, Hunter, George William, ''A Civic Biology'' (1914), [http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/hunt196.htm p.196]: "At the present time, there exists upon the Earth five races or varieties of man, each very different from the other in instincts, social customs, and, to an extent, in structure.  These are the Ethiopian or negro type, originating in Africa; the Malay or brown race, from the islands of the Pacific; the American Indian; the Mongolian or yellow race, including the natives of China, Japan, and the Eskimos, and finally the highest type of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America."</ref>
  
 
The concept of race is no longer considered scientifically valid, as there is very little genetic differences between the so-called races, and those differences are mostly superficial.
 
The concept of race is no longer considered scientifically valid, as there is very little genetic differences between the so-called races, and those differences are mostly superficial.

Revision as of 19:34, 2 December 2008

Race is a concept which classifies human beings according to broad physical characteristics such as skin color. Many assert that race is more than physical and claim that different races have different psycological, intellectual and religious characteristics.

Various different classifications have been proposed for human races in the past. Evolutionary text books used to have a chapter on eugenics that discussed various "races", such as Negroid (mostly Africans), Mongoloid (mostly Asian) and Caucasian (mostly Europeans) and which of the races were the furtherest along in evolution.[1]

The concept of race is no longer considered scientifically valid, as there is very little genetic differences between the so-called races, and those differences are mostly superficial.

For example, all people have the same skin-coloring pigment (melanin), and what "color" one is depends mainly on how much melanin one has.

Though it is not scientifically valid, race is still requested in the government census and many other forms, and used by many people to classify individuals into groups and treat them differently, and associate within one's own race group.

In a study done in 1999, 75% of anthropologists disagreed with the statement, "There are biological races in the species Homo sapiens" amongst cultural anthropologists 80% disagreed, and 69% of pyschical anthropologists disagreed[2]

A race also refers to a competition of speed.

References

  1. For example, Hunter, George William, A Civic Biology (1914), p.196: "At the present time, there exists upon the Earth five races or varieties of man, each very different from the other in instincts, social customs, and, to an extent, in structure. These are the Ethiopian or negro type, originating in Africa; the Malay or brown race, from the islands of the Pacific; the American Indian; the Mongolian or yellow race, including the natives of China, Japan, and the Eskimos, and finally the highest type of all, the Caucasians, represented by the civilized white inhabitants of Europe and America."
  2. http://www.as.ua.edu/ant/bindon/ant275/presentations/POST_WWII.PDF#search=%22stanley%20marion%20garn%22

See also