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ONE of the greatest enemies of science is pseudo-science. n a scientific age, prejudice and passion seek to clothe themselves in a garb of scientific respectability; and when they cannot find support from true science, they invent a pseudo-science to justify themselves. We all know that the Devil can quote Scripture for his own purpose: to-day we are finding that he can even invent a false Scripture from which to quote. Nowhere is this lamentable state of affairs more pronounced than in regard to" race." A vast pseudo-science of" racial biology " has been erected which serves to justify political ambitions, economic ends, social grudges, class prejudices. The purpose of this book is to bring together the chief scientific facts now available on the subject of " race " in man-in other words, the genetic differences between human groups-and to present them in the light of established scientific principles. Especial attention has been given to Europe. One of the main conclusions which emerge from such a survey is the extent of our scientific ignorance on this fundamental subject. Such ignorance ill accords with the passionate proclamations of certitude which are to be heard in certain quarters. However, it is a matter of observation that passion thrives on ignorance and that dogmatic certitude is a pathetic attempt to find a substitute for patient knowledge, which is always humbly conscious of its inevitable limitations.
WE EUROPEANS, JULIAN S. HUXLEY, D.Sc., A. C. HADDON, Sc.D., F.R.S., A. M. CARR-SAUNDERS, M.A.