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Ashley Montagu, who first attacked the term "race" as a usable concept in his acclaimed work, Man's Most Dangerous Myth, offers here a devastating rebuttal to those who would claim any link between race and intelligence.

In now classic essays, this thought-provoking volume critically examines the terms "race" and "IQ" and their applications in scientific discourse. The twenty-four contributors--including such eminent thinkers as Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, Urie Bronfenbrenner, W.F. Bodmer, and Jerome Kagan--draw on fields that range from biology and genetics to psychology, anthropology, and education. What emerges in piece after piece is a deep skepticism about the scientific validity of intelligence tests, especially as applied to evaluating innate intelligence, if only because scientists still cannot distinguish between genetic and environmental contributions to the development of the human mind. Five new essays have been included that specifically address the claims made in the recent, highly controversial book, The Bell Curve.

Must reading for anyone interested in racism and education in America, Race and IQ is a brilliantly lucid exploration of the boundary line between race and intelligence.

About the Author

Ashley Montagu is a distinguished anthropologist and author of over 40 books, including The Nature of Human Agression, Statement on Race, and Science and Creationism. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Ashley Montagu

2. Natural Selection and the Mental Capacities of Mankind, Th. Dobzansky and Ashley Montagu

3. The IQ Mythology, Ashley Montagu

4. The Debate Over Race: Thirty Years and Two Centuries Later, Leonard Lieberman, with Alice Littlefield and Larry T. Reynolds

5. What Can Biologists Solve?, S.E. Luria

6. The Magical Aura of the IQ, Jerome Kagan

7. An Examination of Jensen's Theory Concerning Educability, Heritability, and Population Differences, S. Biesheuvel

8. An Affluent Society's Excuses for Inequality: Developmental, Economic, and Educational, Edmund W. Gordon with Derek Green

9. Nature with Nurture; A Reinterpretation of the Evidence, Urie Brofenbrenner

10. Racist Arguments and IQ, Stephen Jay Gould

11. Intelligence, IQ, and Race, Ashley Montagu

12. On Creeping Jensenism, C. Loring Brace and Frank B. Livingstone

13. Race and Intelligence, Richard C. Lewontin

14. Heritability Analyses of IQ Scores: Science or Numerology?, David Layzer

15. On The Causes of IQ Differences Between Groups and Implications for Social Policy, Peggy R. Sanday

16. Race and IQ: The Genetic Background, W.F. Bodmer

17. Is Early Intervention Effective? Some Studies of Early Education in Familial and Extra-Familial Settings, Urie Brofenbrenner

18. Bad Science, Worse Politics, Alan Ryan

19. Behind the Curve, Leon J. Kamin

20. The Tainted Sources of The Bell Curve, Charles Lane

21. "Science" in the Sevice of Racism, C. Loring Brace

22. How Heritability Misleads About Race, Ned Block

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Montagu, Ashley
Oxford University Press, USA
Montagu, Ashley
Null, Ashley
Discrimination & Race Relations
Anthropology | Ethnography
Anthropology - General
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
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