Augustin Fuentes and Joshua Swamidass: Race, Biology and Psychology: Under the Skin and in the Mind

Excellent interview by Dr. Paul Louis Metzger and Dr. Augustin Fuentes,

Prof. Agustín Fuentes (AF) of Princeton University is an anthropologist whose research focuses on the biosocial, delving into the entanglement of biological systems with the social and cultural lives of humans, our ancestors, and a few of the other animals with whom humanity shares close relations. Two of his works are Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being (Yale University Press/Templeton Press, 2019) and The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional (Dutton/Penguin, 2017).

Where did the biologized racial fallacy set in, and why? Do you think it has much to do with the under-representation of people who are not white in discussions of origins? How often is what is deemed “science” the product of racialized constructs?

Later this month, I will be interviewing Dr. Feuntes about his book on human origins:

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