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The Problem with the Normative View
• The normative view is that items or members of different groups
are presumed to be characterized by discrete traits and can be
easily divided into discrete categories.
• Anthropologists were seeing continuous (not discrete) distributions
of traits across ―racial‖ boundaries and geographic regions.
• All the traits we can see (as well as genetic traits that are not
visible) which have been used to differentiate ―races‖ have a
Skin Colour Distribution
Most traits are polygenic:
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