Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology

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Beacon Press, Oct 13, 2010 - Social Science - 160 pages
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Where do our prejudices come from? Why are some people more biased than others? Is it possible for individuals, and society as a whole, to truly defeat prejudice? In these pages, leading scientists, psychologists, educators, activists, and many others offer answers, drawing from new scientific discoveries that shed light on why and how our brains form prejudices, how racism hurts our health, steps we can take to mitigate prejudiced instincts, and what a post-prejudice society might actually look like.
Bringing a diverse range of disciplines into conversation for the first time, Are We Born Racist? offers a straightforward overview of the new science of prejudice, and showcases the abundant practical, research-based steps that can be taken in all areas of our lives to overcome prejudice.

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Some chapters better than others, but a lot of good information in this book that needs a larger audience. We are not born racist, but biologically, we are set up for it, so if trained to be racist, we easily acquiesce. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Jason Marsh is editor-in-chief of Greater Good magazine and coeditor, with Jeremy Adam Smith and Dacher Keltner, of The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness. Smith is also the author of The Daddy Shift and the editor of Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton holds a PhD from Columbia University and is associate professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley.

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