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on 6 November 1998
This is the book to read for a concise, straightforward and completely convincing refutation of claims of racial superiority. Gould starts with a review of the history of attempts to prove white supremacy through the misuse of science, pointing out the scientific flaws in such endeavors as cranial measurement that are today obvious but in the past were accepted as empirical truth. Gould moves forward in time to deal with today's equally dubious attempts to measure innate intelligence through standardized tests. While this edition includes a section debunking The Bell Curve, most of the statistical fallacies that form the core of that book were already identified and debunked in Gould's first edition, written years earlier. You may never see a more brilliant example of good science driving out bad.
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