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Agustín Fuentes
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Agustín Fuentes, trained in zoology and anthropology, is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. From chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of Asia, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick.

His new book is Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature (University of California Press).

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A Troublesome Response: Nicholas Wade Still Avoids the Debate About Race and Genetics

(17) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 1:41 AM

Nicholas Wade has taken to The Huffington Post to respond to criticism of his book. In his response to comments by me, Jon Marks (also here) and Jennifer Raff, he does not take on any substantive aspect of the debate;...

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The Troublesome Ignorance of Nicholas Wade

(13) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 6:39 PM

On May 5, one day before Nicholas Wade's new book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History came out, I appeared with him in a webinar sponsored by the American Anthropological Association. It was a striking experience. I expected there to be a strong back-and-forth debate about...

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Race No, Diversity Yes: A Suggestion for Obama's Second Term

(19) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 1:08 PM

President Barack Obama was re-elected with more than 70 percent of non-white citizens voting for him and about 59 percent of whites voting against him. What does this suggest? We are a diverse country and many people have unequal access to the benefits this nation has to offer... and they...

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Is Inequality in Our Genes?

(29) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 12:13 PM

A forthcoming article by two economists says it is. These economists tell us that relative genetic diversity is a major factor impacting societies' development and economic success. But their association between human genetic diversity, history, and economic development and success is superficial and built on a framework of...

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DNA Is Not a Blueprint: How Genes Really Work

(46) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 7:51 PM

Sequencing of a fetal genome from parental samples demonstrates how we have advanced in genetic analyses, but the title of a June 6 article in The New York Times, "DNA Blueprint for Fetus Built Using Tests of Parents," gives me pause. While the content does reflect a few...

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Sex and Race Might Not Be What You Think: Two Things You Need to Know About Human Nature

(18) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 11:13 AM

Most starting running backs in the NFL are black and most CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are white. Men dominate in the economic and political worlds and women excel at child rearing and caring for the home...

These and many other patterns of difference and inequality between sexes...

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7 Sex Myths Debunked

(533) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 4:47 PM

Everyone knows that men and women are really different. We think differently and act differently because we are wired differently. I mean look at our brains and genitals: they are just plain different. Right?


What if many of the things we assume about the biology of difference are...

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