- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Barricade Books; 2 edition (April 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569808023
- ISBN-13: 978-1569808023
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
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Breeding Between The Lines: Why Interracial People are Healthier and More Attractive Paperback – April 7, 2016
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About the Author
Alon Ziv has written and lectured on the biology of interracial people for more than 10 years. He's appeared on the BBC London Evening News, the KTLA Morning Show, Air America, BBC Radio, and local radio across the United States. He was awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in Biology from UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles.
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One thing that should be noted is the use of famous mixed race celebrities and public figures as probative examples. The problem here is a form of the statistical concept of "survivorship bias," which is, broadly speaking, the logical error of focusing on the successes and ignoring the failures. In other words, these famous interracial public figures are the ones who made it big, and by focusing on them we ignore the interracial people who maybe weren't the best looking. These people did not "survive" if you will, and hence are not included in the sample data. Basically, we should be careful about pointing to specific people in the public sphere and making conclusions based on that.
But the author's main points are well taken and presented.
There's a reason the author doesn't cite most any claims
2. The material contained in this book was nothing that we didn't know before (from biology classes-- and lower division ones, at that).
3. I might like to have seen a bit more quantitation on the benefits of being interracial. For example: We all knew that Jews have a lot of genetic defects because of millennia of marrying people that are just a bit too close. But does it mean that there was never a single case of Tay-Sachs in a gentile? Or the child of a Jewish mother and gentile father? He could also have talked at great length about many genetic diseases and the advantages that were conferred when someone was heterozygous for the genes that create said disease. We know this about Tay-Sachs, and we also know it about sickle cell. But are there others?
4. There is at least one point that is FALSE (pp. 134): "Religions that were strict about intermarriage didn't get diluted by other faiths-- they were more successful. Permissive religions were like slow cheetahs-- they die out." This is not quite right. There is no consistent relationship between permissiveness and "dying out." Judaism is very cranky about intermarriage, but there are also very few Jews. Christianity is very open about this, and there are more Christians than any other Abrahamic faith. Islam is much less permissive, but there are nearly as many Muslims as there are Christians. So now what?
5. The author seems to waver on what the definition of a race is. So, we know that Kohanim have certain markers that identify them as Kohanim, but where is the natural stopping point for what a race is?
6. Lastly: I'd like to know what is the survival value of wanting to marry parents that look like you if that is more likely to cause genetic defects. Doesn't it make more sense for organisms to be automatically seeking of maximum diversity? It might have been nice to see about 5 pages devoted to that.
Overall, this book IS worth the time that it takes to read it.