Re: Race (primary definition)

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Sat, 16 Nov 1996 18:38:41 -0800

In article <56k8tv$>, (James Howard)

> Since the human genome is, essentially, shared by all, I suggest the
differences in race result from differences in gene expression. I suggest
testosterone is the molecule that causes major differences in gene
expression, that result in the differences described as "race." Humans
and chimpanzees exhibit major differences in testosterone; human "races"
exhibit major differences in testosterone. Changes in testosterone, along
with only slight differences in genes, will produce the appearance of
different species of hominids over time.
> James Howard

I often wonder why the race concept survives among academics. I suspect
that its utility in popular culture derives from its ability to serve as a
"hot button," but shouldn't the academy be beyond that point?

Why do we continue to use "race" to describe human biology? Does the
concept still carry objective value? Is there a WORKING definition of

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