Race, Evolution, and Behavior

J. Philippe Rushton (RUSHTON@SSCL.UWO.CA)
Sun, 16 Oct 1994 13:49:10 -0400

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Race, Evolution, and Behavior examines how and why the three large
macro-races differ. I disagree with the prevailing view that if all people
were treated the same most race differences would disappear. I have found
that on over 60 different anatomical and social variables, Asians
and Africans are at opposite ends of a continuum, with Europeans intermediate.
These data are based on international sources and go well beyond the
U.S.A. where the pattern is also to be found. These variables include
brain size, intelligence, crime, personality, sex hormones, twinning
rate, family stability, and social organization.

I explain a trade-off
between brain size and sexual potency using life history theory. After
modern humans originated in Africa about 100,000 years ago, they dispersed
into Eurasia. The colder climates selected for larger brains, more
forward planning, greater family and social stability, and lower levels
of sexual behavior. Simply put, it is more difficult to raise children
successfully in winter climates. The Asian populations evolving in
Siberia suffered the greatest selection pressures, especially during
the last ice age which ended only 10,000 years ago.

I present much behavior genetic evidence from transracial adoption
studies and using genetic weightings derived from inbreeding depression
studies to explain racial differences, particularly in IQ scores.

Chapters include:

1.Revamping Social Science

2. Character Traits

3. Behavioral Genetics

4. Genetic Similarity Theory

5. Race and Racism in History

6. Race, Brain Size, and Intelligence

7. Speed of Maturation, Personality, and Social Organization

8. Sexual Potency, Hormones, and AIDS

9. Genes Plus Environment

10. Life-History Theory

11. Out of Africa

12. Challenges and Rejoinders

13. Conclusions and Discussion



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J. Philippe Rushton
Department of Psychology
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C2