The Mismeasure of Man Paperback – 5 Jun 1996
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A rare book-at once of great importance and wonderful to read.
About the Author
Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
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Here nasty reality checks such as racism, gender inequality, social stratification are conveniently ignored and instead they adhere to filling skill cavities with buckshot or their favourite, the IQ test. As Gould explores human beings make up the world as they go along, and the upshot is of course they create the facts they inhabit. These facts are psychological projections of those who assume power at any particular mantle. Within fifty years the Chinese will be there and they will no doubt be constructing their own league tables based on racial grading. Then these autists will have some explaining to do.
Most of this drivel began with Galton back in 1865, the former Quaker who later had a nervous breakdown after being rejected by his Muslim lovers after his capers around the Orient. As a result he constructed league tables of intelligence and placed himself on the top. Meanwhile there were numerous scientists forging results to ensure the white Anglo Saxon races did not become diluted in the US melting pot. They needed mass European migration to take over the land mass. However they were also wary of hordes of Italians, Jews and East Europeans from taking away their power base. They desperately needed a science which justified their superior position.Read more ›
In "Thoughts at Age Fifteen", the sub-title to the new Introduction to the Revised and Expanded Edition of "The Mismeasure of Man", Stephen Jay Gould (1996) calls himself a "working scientist by trade" (p. 24), then "a statistically minded paleontologist" (p. 25) and finally "an evolutionary biologist by training" (p. 41). The author of thirteen books, Mr. Gould currently teaches geology, the history of science and biology at Harvard University. His strong interest in intelligence initially arose from his desire to bring science and its discoveries to the attention of the nonscientist.
In considering the mainstream arguments made about "the theory of a measurable, genetically fixed, and unitary intelligence", Dr. Gould (1996, p. 21) became concerned about how the social sciences, especially psychology, were misused in the development of the concept of intelligence, in particular, the whole nature of intelligence testing itself. Over the past 19 years, Gould has well responded to such misuses with two timely publications. First of all, in 1981 he produced "The Mismeasure of Man" mainly to argue against the social and political results of those misapplications, more specifically, in response to Arthur R. Jensen's (1969) article "How much can we boost IQ and scholastic achievement?" Likewise, in 1996, Gould generated the revised version of "The Mismeasure of Man" as a response to Richard L. Herrnstein and Charles Murray's (1994) book "The bell curve: Intelligence and class structure in American life" (Gould, 1996).Read more ›
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His views are laudable, but completely discredited. Not that that will stop social scientists fawning over his work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mark J.
Whenever The Bell Curve is mentioned, someone is likely to claim that it has been "decisively refuted" by Stephen Jay Gould's The Mismeasure of Man. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Engelman
The irony is that the mismeasuring of man was perpetrated by Stephen Gould himself, who set himself the task from the outset of doing mankind a favour by pouring scorn on all those... Read morePublished 21 months ago by R. J. Davies
An excellent history of the IQ test originating in France as a means of identifying school children who required extra tuition but which later became a tool of discrimination in... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by KS
Although I have not read the book yet, I have always been a great fan of Stephen Gould. He is a scientist, he lets the facts speak for themselves. Read morePublished on 20 May 2013 by JHvW
University of Pennsylvania remeasured Morton's Skulls and found no fault with Morton's original conclusion, but find every detail of Gould's analysis wrong.
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I read this book several years ago, and at the time I believed both the facts represented here and the conclusions of the author. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2011 by Gabor Laszlo Varkonyi
Gould fraudulently misrepresented Morton's work. Recent research has re-examined Gould's and Morton's work and found that Gould fudged his own numbers, suggested bias where there... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2011 by R. Salisbury