“At heart I am fairly moderate, so early on I was proceeding cautiously with a critical eye as the authors conservative biases seemed fairly obvious.
Overall, an interesting read. A bit repetitive, relying on a few references repeatedly to make a point.
He makes his point well, however, that sameness is not what we should be expecting, rather we should expect differences between any compared people/groups. And there is an interesting cautionary tale of how our efforts to produce sameness across different groups may actually be wasteful and/or counterproductive to the goal.
The big disappointment to me was that his primary proof of most points was a reliance on logic backed by references to various data. Maybe that is the only option, but I expected a bit more rigorous approach. I suspect one could write an opposite view in the same manner leaving the readers of the two works confused as to who is right. My point here being, it sounds good, but without an in depth verification that what he says about his sources is true, I can't actually confidently get behind his ideas and say he's right and opposing views are wrong...
I did say I went into this with a bit of a critical eye. In the end I think he won me over to largely agree, and certainly appreciate the need to look at a lot of common claims from a different point of view.”
Jason wrote this review Friday, January 9, 2009.