Marks presents the field of molecular anthropology—a synthesis of the holistic approach of anthropology with the reductive approach of molecular genetics—as a way of improving our understanding of the science of human evolution. This iconoclastic, witty, and extremely readable book illuminates the deep background of our place in nature and asks us to think critically about what science is, and what passes for it, in modern society.
What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee Apes, People, and Their Genes, With a New Preface
About the Book
“A welcome contribution at a time when so much nonsense is accepted about sociobiology, the ‘science’ of racism and colonialism.”—Scott Johnson Intl Socialist Review
“The style is chatty and informal, the chapters well-organized, and the documentation and referencing very useful. The author is evidently in full scholarly command of his material.”—Chris Knight Royal Anthropological Inst Journal (Man)
“Marks gives an incisive and witty masterclass...”—The Guardian"In this clever, entertaining, and thoughtful book, Marks lays out some important limitations of science in general and genetics in particular. Using terms that everybody can understand, he demolishes the pretensions of scientists who try to use genetics to answer questions about the kinship of nations, the rights of animals, the racial identity of Kennewick Man, the hereditary Jewish priesthood, and the existence of God. Marks has a lot of fun with all this, and so will his readers."—Matt Cartmill, author of A View to Death in the Morning: Hunting and Nature through History
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface to the Paperback Edition
THE APE IN YOU
HOW PEOPLE DIFFER FROM ONE ANOTHER
THE MEANING OF HUMAN VARIATION
HUMAN RIGHTS ... FOR APES?
A HUMAN GENE MUSEUM?
IDENTITY AND DESCENT
IS BLOOD REALLY SO DAMN THICK?
SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND WORLDVIEW
Notes and Sources