Lecture 35 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 11/14/07...

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SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 11/14/07 Lecture 34 Sharing or distribution of lecture notes, or sharing of your subscription, is ILLEGAL and will be prosecuted. Our non-profit, student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course LECTURE The first thing I wanted to say is a number of students were still left to do the peer review and I have some peer reviews that need to be done. You guys still can do it. So just do the peer review and step aside and bring it up at the end of the hour. We rely on technology and get flustered all the time. This is the worst tech experience I have ever had teaching in a room. I think I am going to have high blood pressure before the exam day because I have had hours preparing for the presentation but then the board will not work or the image will not transfer. So today I want us to think about race in a few particular ways. I want us to go to a video. It is the third video in the series on Race: The Power of an Illusion . I will not have time to conclude part one. I sent you the URL for that so you can watch it from the comfort of your own room. If we, as that video tells us, call into question the scientific validity of the racial category that we are used to dealing with, we are left with the deeper question of where do all the inequalities that you have measured, that the census has been able to document, where do they come from? If we are 99 percent the same in our genetic makeup across “races”, if there is more difference to be measured within such racial categories than differences across racial categories, if we do not know how to really account or measure for intelligence, where do the supposed differences come from? We are left in a quandary. How could it be? It is a tough dilemma because we have been doing the eyeball thing in our country for a few centuries. We are used to it; it seems unfortunate but normal. Why are there these income differences between different races? The Great Human Diasporas by Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza is a great book. He is an Italian microbiologist who is a senior advisor to the human genome project. He was a part of a group who got samples from people all over the planet to find out how we are all related to each other. They published a huge volume, like a telephone book, called the History in Geography of Human Genes with all of their scientific findings. It used to be on closed reserve in the life sciences library. I used to have to look at it there until my colleague told me about this book. It summarizes their research. He raises and rebuts a lot of charges about who we are. He says it is true that human populations on the basis of geography share certain biological characteristics like blood type, skin color and mineral content of bones. The thing is none of those things map onto
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Lecture 35 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 11/14/07...

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