Big Picture Science – What’s the Difference?

by Gary Niederhoff on October 5, 2014

Big Picture Science – What’s the Difference?
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We make split second decisions about others – someone is male or female, black or white, us or them. But sometimes the degrees of separation are incredibly few. A mere handful of genes determine skin color, for example.

Find out why race is almost non-existent from a biological perspective, and how the snippet of DNA that is the Y chromosome came to separate male from female.

Plus, why we’re wired to categorize. And, a groundbreaking court case proposes to erase the dividing line between species: lawyers argue to grant personhood status to our chimpanzee cousins

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: David Page / Y Chromosome
Part 2: Stephen Stearns / Biology of Race
Part 3: John Dovidio / Survival by Categorization
Part 4: Steven Wise / Nonhuman Rights Project

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