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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; Reissue edition (27 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393310671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393310672
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
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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. The Bell Curve, by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, makes three assertions. First, intelligence is the single most important factor in determining academic success and prosperity, and it is highly important in determining other beneficial outcomes in life. Second, intelligence is primarily determined by genes. Third, the average intelligence of some races is higher than it is for other races, for reasons that are again genetic.

These assertions infuriate many liberals. Nevertheless, few conservatives embrace them. This may be because they imply that there is little moral significance to the distribution of wealth and income. Charles Murray has acknowledged, "science is demonstrating that no one deserves his IQ." The Bell Curve suggests that the rich are not better people than the rest of us. They are more fortunate in a way the rest of us would rather not think about. Moreover, their achievements are out of reach for most of us.

Rich conservatives want us to believe that we can achieve what they have achieved if only we apply ourselves. They fear that if we don't believe that, we may believe that raising their taxes is a good idea.

Therefore, The Mismeasure of Man has received a positive reception. Unfortunately, Professor Gould's arguments are so erroneous as to indicate deliberate deception.

In much of the book he describes and refutes nineteenth century explanations of racial differences in intelligence and behavior. Think about that for a moment. During the nineteenth century everyone knew that the sun provided the earth with warmth and light.
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Excellent review of the darker side of Intelligence Testing. I can't agree with all of his conclusions and the usefulness of such tests are well documented, as are the dangers of using them. But this is extremely engaging and readable and a must read for anyone seriously involved in the development or propogation of psychometrics as it raises serious issues that mustn't be ignored.
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This book adheres to the best traditions of popular science writing in that it lays out a great deal of research and technical detail in an accessible way, leaving the more abstruse elements to the footnotes. He covers the whole history of intelligence testing from the early measurements of skull capacity to the present day. Throughout, he is at pains to show that the conclusions reached by scientists and researchers were often driven by their own social and political convictions, rather than logical interpretation of objective data. He demonstrates how bias was introduced to the results by the selection of data or by the statistical techniques used, and illustrates how the same data can be re-analysed to reach an entirely different conclusion. In particular, he makes an excellent job of explaining the essential, but theoretically daunting, topic of factor analysis which no other popular writer on IQ testing dared to tackle. Ultimately, although I would recommend this book, I lost patience towards the end as he pushed continuously the point that IQ is neither a single entity, entirely innate, nor unchanging. I was convinced by half way through, and this "preaching to the choir" quality spoiled the second half.
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Gould offers a powerful challenge to the notion of measuring intelligence. Insightful, acerbic in places, always accessible.
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