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When published in 1981, was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. Yet the idea of biology as destiny dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to , whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined. In this edition, Stephen Jay Gould has written a substantial new introduction telling how and why he wrote the book and tracing the subsequent history of the controversy on innateness right through . Further, he has added five essays on questions of The Bell Curve in particular and on race, racism, and biological determinism in general. These additions strengthen the book's claim to be, as Leo J. Kamin of Princeton University has said, "a major contribution toward deflating pseudo-biological 'explanations' of our present social woes."

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A renowned teacher and writer of science and history of science at Harvard, Gould (1941-2002) challenges assertions of biological determinism in a volume first published in 1981 and in a revised edition in 1996 that specifically addressed claims Arthur Jensen made in his 1994 The Bell Curve. That edition is reprinted here as part of a series of paper editions of his major works. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The definitive refutation to the argument of The Bell Curve.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [425]-430) and index.

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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Dora, April 10, 2007 (view all comments by Dora)
First printed over two decades ago, on topics spanning centuries, this book is if anything more relevant now than ever.

The Mismeasure of Man is a history of the idea of intelligence, and moreover a refutation of social Darwinist and scientific racist thinking. Early anthropology, anthropometry, criminology, biology, genetics, statistical analysis, and the history of the modern IQ test are all in interwoven in an exploration of the roots of both intelligence and intelligence testing.

This book skillfully boils down a massive amount of history and knowledge into one clear, readable volume. Gould's command of the material makes it accessible for readers. His language can be dense at times (and the statistics chapter was grueling for me) but his dry wit is well worth the effort.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393314250
Author:
Gould, Stephen Jay
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Gould, Stephen Jay
Author:
Stephen
Author:
Gould, Jay
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anatomy
Subject:
Tests
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Intelligence tests
Subject:
Testing
Subject:
Ability
Subject:
Craniometry
Subject:
Personality tests
Subject:
Craniometry -- History.
Subject:
Intelligence tests -- History.
Subject:
Ability -- Testing -- History.
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Edition Number:
Rev. and expanded.
Edition Description:
Expanded
Series Volume:
87/12
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.20x5.48x.89 in. .88 lbs.

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