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A foundation text on the misuse of stats in social research,
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This review is from: The Mismeasure of Man (Hardcover)
Biological determinism is a set of politically based beliefs that race determines intelligence. Gould's books helps expose the hidden agenda that surround the use of intelligence tests as a magic bullet answer for social problems. While most reputable scientists have quietly moved on from assumptions that race effects intelligence (as opposed to wealth, schooling, and prenatal care) books such "The Bell Curve" have served as a warning that research with a political agenda is still going strong. "The Mismeasure of Man" is an important text for any quantitative scholar as it shows how a priori knowledge can create slanted numerical studies. Assumptions such as the existence of a magical g score that is the sum of all intelligence, and it use as political ammo for racist agendas, are an important concept to understand.