Logical Fallacies On top of the scientific misunderstandings outlined above, the book contains numerous logical fallacies, some of which are rather serious. What could possibly motivate such a teaching?
All the world leaders of the super powers ramping up for another possible nuclear arms race. Presenting them with pairs of countries — Russia and Malaysia, Turkey and Sri Lanka, and so on — he asked them to guess which scored better on various measures of health, such as child mortality rates.
We now know that human population variation is ultimately caused by evolution genetic drift and natural selectionand is proximately caused by genes. The primary reason that natural philosophers began to classify humans into different races is that human populations look different from one another.Saini wants us to ignore the basic tenets of Darwinism. Share this:. Humans have been around for , years; extrapolating from a year stretch seems unwise. Of course not! Fenton is right; it is not easy to discern which passages belong in which basket. All the long-run trends point in exactly the opposite direction from the projections of the doomsayers. Second, Saini frequently engages in the fallacy of incomplete evidence—commonly known as cherry-picking. Used under Creative Commons License. Constantly fighting and threatening each other on how big they are. Conclusion Superior is a timely book that attempts to grapple with the science of human biological and psychological diversity. The truth, as we see it, is that human populations differ in important and fascinating ways, and they do so for straightforward evolutionary reasons: such populations have been living in different environments from one another, under different regimes of selection, for thousands of years. We have to select which report is correct. Most people are called to marriage, and that is the life they should choose.
Optimists have been telling doom-mongers to cheer up since at leastwhen the philosopher Gottfried Leibniz concluded that ours must be the best of all possible worlds, on the grounds that God, being perfect and merciful, would hardly have created one of the more mediocre ones instead.
Note that since the book is quite poorly structured, and in some places contradictory, it is not always easy to discern what Saini is or is not asserting.
Conclusion Superior is a timely book that attempts to grapple with the science of human biological and psychological diversity. Some passages are easy.
Yet the stronger this kind of consensus grows, the more unconscionable each violation of it will seem.