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The book Race, Evolution, and Behavior: A Life History Perspective, can be read online for free at  It has even been translated into Chinese, which can be downloaded from here:

Here is the information about the book posted at the above website:

History of Race, Evolution, and Behavior

     J. P. Rushton's book Race, Evolution, and Behavior collected and analyzed many of the data sets on race differences in brain size and intelligence and personality and temperament first noted by Darwin, Galton, and other 19th century visionaries. Using evidence from psychology, anthropology, sociology and other scientific disciplines, Race, Evolution, and Behavior shows there are at least three biological races (subspecies) of man - Orientals (i.e., Mongoloids or Asians), Blacks (i.e., Negroids or Africans), and Whites (i.e., Caucasoids or Europeans).

     There are recognizable profiles for the three major racial groups on brain size, intelligence, personality and temperament, sexual behavior, and rates of fertility, maturation and longevity. On average, Orientals and their descendants around the world fall at one end of the continuum, Blacks and their descendants around the world fall at the other end of the continuum, Europeans regularly fall in between. This worldwide pattern implies evolutionary and genetic, rather than purely social, political, economic, or cultural causes.

     Race, Evolution, and Behavior was originally brought out by Transaction Publishers in 1995 and widely reviewed in the academic and popular media. The 1st edition was deemed sufficiently important that Takuya Kura, an ethologist at the University of Kyoto, and his brother Kenya Kura, an economist at the University of San Diego, translated it into Japanese. It was published in 1996 by Hakuhin-sha of Tokyo. Transaction published a 2nd edition in 1997 with a new Afterword, which they also released in paperback. In 1999 they produced a "Special Abridged Edition" which presented the same research in a condensed and popularly written style, similar to that used for articles in Discover Magazine, Reader's Digest, and Scientific American.

     A firestorm of controversy engulfed Transaction's 1999 Special Abridged Edition and Transaction felt forced to relinquish the copyright. When it was mailed out to thousands of academics, the Progressive Sociologists, a self-proclaimed radical group within the American Sociological Association, and some other self-styled "anti-racist" individuals and groups, particularly among anthropologists, objected to its distribution and threatened Transaction with loss of a booth at annual meetings, advertising space in journals, and access to mailing lists if they continued to send it out.

     Transaction caved in to this pressure, withdrew from publishing the book, and even apologized for having distributed it. They claimed that their copyright should never have appeared on the Special Abridged Edition and that it had "all been a mistake." Transaction's letter of apology appeared on the inside front cover of their flagship journal Society (January/February, 2000). Accounts of the affair appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education (January 14, 2000), Canada's National Post (January 31, 2000), Anthropology News (April, 2000), and elsewhere.

     Why the attempt to trash or suppress this book? Because there is no stronger taboo today than talking about race. In many cases, just being accused of "racism" can get you fired. Some vocal groups in academia and the media simply forbid an open discussion of race. It is difficult to disagree with Charles Murray's (1996, p. 575) conclusion in his analysis of the aftermath to The Bell Curve controversy, that in regard to heritable variation and race, science has "become self-censored and riddled with taboos -- in a word, corrupt."

     The goal of all editions of Race, Evolution, and Behavior has been purely scientific - to describe and explain the world around us as it really is. The book has no policy suggestions or programs to offer, but it does suggest that decision makers would benefit from knowing the facts about race. Both science and justice depend on truth. Both should reject error and falsehood, however well meant.

What Others Have Said
      "(An) incendiary thesis....that separate races of human beings evolved different reproductive strategies to cope with different environments and that these strategies led to physical differences in brain size and hence in intelligence. Human beings who evolved in the warm but highly unpredictable environment of Africa adopted a strategy of high reproduction, while human beings who migrated to the hostile cold of Europe and northern Asia took to producing fewer children but nurturing them more carefully."

---Malcolm W. Browne, New York Times Book Review

"Rushton is a serious scholar who has assembled serious data.  Consider just one example: brain size. The empirical reality, verified by numerous modern studies, including several based on magnetic resonance imaging, is that a significant and substantial relationship does exist between brain size and measured intelligence after body size is taken into account and that the races do have different distributions of brain size."

---Charles Murray, Afterword to The Bell Curve

"Describes hundreds of studies worldwide that show a consistent pattern of human racial differences in such characteristics as intelligence, brain size, genital size, strength of sex drive, reproductive potency, industriousness, sociability, and rule following.  On each of these variables, the groups are aligned in the order: Orientals, Caucasians, Blacks."

---Mark Snyderman, National Review

"Rushton's Race, Evolution, and an attempt to understand [race] differences in terms of life-history evolution....Perhaps there ultimately will be some serious contribution from the traditional smoke-and-mirrors social science treatment of IQ, but for now Rushton's framework is essentially the only game in town."

---Henry Harpending, Evolutionary Anthropology

"This brilliant book is the most impressive theory-based study...of the psychological and behavioral differences between the major racial groups that I have encountered in the world literature on this subject."

---Arthur R. Jensen, University of California, Berkeley

"The only acceptable explanation of race differences in behavior allowed in public discourse is an entirely environmental one...Professor Rushton deserves our gratitude for having the courage to declare that this emperor has no clothes, and that a more satisfactory explanation must be sought."

---Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr., University of Minnesota

"The remarkable resistance to racial science in our times has led to comparisons with the inquisition of Rome, active during the Renaissance.... Astronomy and the physical sciences had their Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo  a few centuries ago; society and the welfare of humanity is the better for it today. In a directly analogous fashion, psychology and the social sciences today have their Darwin, Galton, and Rushton."

---Glayde Whitney, Contemporary Psychology

"The data are startling to the uninitiated....Race, Evolution, and Behavior confronts us as few books have with the dilemmas wrought in a democratic society by individual and group differences in key human traits."

---Linda Gottfredson, Politics and the Life Sciences

"Professor Rushton is widely known and respected for the unusual combination of rigour and originality in his work....Few concerned with understanding the problems associated with race can afford to disregard this storehouse of well-integrated information which gives rise to a remarkable synthesis."

---Hans J. Eysenck, University of London

"Should, if there is any justice, receive a Nobel Prize."

---Richard Lynn, Spectator

About the Author  

J. Philippe Rushton is a professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.  Rushton holds two doctorates from the University of London (Ph.D. and D.Sc.) and is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American, British, and Canadian Psychological Associations.  He is also a member of the Behavior Genetics Associations, the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, and the Society for Neuroscience.  Rushton has published six books and nearly 200 articles.  In 1992 the Institute for Scientific Information ranked him the 22nd most published psychologists and the 11th most cited.  Professor Rushton is listed in Who's Who in Science and Technology, Who's Who in International Authors, and Who's Who in Canada.

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Did anyone start reading the Chinese version of the book as yet?

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How about the English version?

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Post time 2012-9-13 23:24:44 |Display all floors
Good book!

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I will buy the literature and read it.

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greenalien Post time: 2012-9-13 23:24
Good book!

But China believes that Jesus made humans, not evolution.

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