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“What Does Evolutionary Biology Teach Us About Race”“What Does Evolutionary Biology Teach Us About Race”<img alt="" src="/darwin-day-sub-site/PublishingImages/Darwin%20Day%202016/Robin_Andreasen.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>Robin Andreasen, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science and Research Director, UD-ADVANCE</p>2016-02-11T05:00:00Z<p>​Abstract: Evolutionary biology has been used to underwrite racist ideas and practices since Darwin first introduced his revolutionary idea. Today, it is commonplace to retort that there is no biological basis to race. Therefore, there is no biological basis for racism. This talk takes a somewhat different approach. I argue that, contrary to popular belief, an evolutionary conception of race does nothing to support scientific conceptions of racism. Indeed, it provides further support to the idea that everyday racial thinking, and associated racist practices, are socially constructed. Bio: Robin Andreasen is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware. She earned her PhD in philosophy and specializes in philosophy of science, philosophy of social science, and in science and policy. She is a co-PI of UD’s ADVANCE-IT grant, which is a grant to improve the representation of women and faculty of color in the fields of science and engineering. A race and gender scholar, Dr. Andreasen is research director for UD ADVANCE.</p>

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