Science and the Question of Human Equality A Slide/Tape Show

Wainer, Irving W.
February 1983
Humanity & Society;Feb83, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p96
Academic Journal
The article discusses the slideshow on "Science and the Question of Human Equality," that was scripted by Irving W. Wainer. It is never very exciting to work one's way through piles of data when one already know the answer. In this case, the black residents of these housing projects would have the highest percentage of high blood pressure, followed by the Puerto Rican and then the white residents. Or at least this is what medical textbooks and common knowledge tell. According to the results of a survey, there was no statistically significant difference in the occurrence of high blood pressure among the black, white and Puerto Rican residents. This study had found a clear difference in the instance of high blood pressure among this population when it was divided into three economically distinct groups—sharecroppers, urban workers and business people. The slide/tape presentation is both an overview and a contribution to the debate concerning the division of humankind into races and the equality of these races.


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