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Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (A Free Press Paperbacks Book) [Kindle Edition]

Richard J. Herrnstein , Charles Murray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)

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The controversial book linking intelligence to class and race in modern society, and what public policy can do to mitigate socioeconomic differences in IQ, birth rate, crime, fertility, welfare, and poverty.

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Prof. Earl Hunt American Scientist The first reactions to The Bell Curve were expressions of public outrage. In the second round of reaction, some commentators suggested that Herrnstein and Murray were merely bringing up facts that were well known in the scientific community, but perhaps best not discussed in public. A Papua New Guinea language has a term for this, Mokita. It means "truth that we all know, but agree not to talk about." ...There are fascinating questions here for those interested in the interactions between sociology, economics, anthropology and cognitive science. We do not have the answers yet. We may need them soon, for policy makers who rely on Mokita are flying blind.

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The ability to manipulate information has become the single most important element of success. High intelligence is an increasingly precious raw material. But despite decades of fashionable denial, the overriding and insistent truth about intellectual ability is that it is endowed unequally. In this audio presentation of The Bell Curve, author Charles Murray explores the ways that low intelligence, independent of social, economic, or ethnic background, lies at the root of many of our social problems. He also discusses another taboo subject: that intelligence levels differ among ethnic groups. According to the authors, only by facing up to these differences can we accurately assess the nation's problems and make realistic plans to address them. However, if we accept that there are intelligence differences among groups, we must learn to avoid prejudicial assumptions about any individual of a given group whose intelligence level may be anywhere under the bell curve.

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  • File Size: 4194 KB
  • Print Length: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1st Free Press pbk. ed edition (May 11, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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818 of 887 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More facts and less name-calling, please October 14, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Since you're reading this, I assume you're thinking of buying — or at least reading — this book. That being so, you'll probably want to read other reviews than mine. This is in principle a good idea; but having just read all of them (147 at the time of writing) I should warn you that you'll need both considerable stamina and a strong stomach: there are indeed thoughtful and informative reviews, but they are islands in a sea of drivel. By "drivel" I mean the following:

1) Reviews consisting entirely (or almost entirely) of expostulation rather than information ("racist garbage", "most important book of the 20th century")

2) Asserting what the book doesn't deny and denying what it doesn't assert.

3) Distortions of the book's content, and other disinformation, for instance:

- "the panel criticized the authors for not explaining what intelligence is" (intelligence is defined on page 4 (!) ).

- "The Bell Curve ignores bad diet" (Nutrition is explicitly dealt with on pp. 391-3).

And so on.

Many of the critics appear not merely to have misunderstood the book, but not even to have read it; amusingly, this is actually admitted in one review ("Although Head has only browsed through the book, she has seen this kind of pseudo-science before"). Some appear to be basing their argument upon the Moralistic Fallacy: if different groups had different average IQs for even partially genetic reasons, it would be a Bad Thing, and therefore that cannot possibly be the case.
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687 of 773 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, and implying frightening consequences August 4, 1998
Format:Paperback
In reading the synopses above and the few negative reviews below, I have to wonder if their authors read the book in question, or merely the media hype. This book is not about "ethnicity and intelligence." It's not racism, nor even about race.

This book tries to show that A) people are becoming stratified according to intelligence (you go to school with, work with, and largely socialize with people of similar ability) and B) many of our social problems can be explained in terms of differences in intelligence (ie, in blunt terms, dumb people are more likely to commit crimes, etc.) They provide a huge base of data to support their thesis.

The authors have bent over backwards to try to avoid any hint of racism in their studies; the only place the issue even arises is when they report that blacks and Latinos have historically scored lower in IQ tests than have whites (Asians have scored higher), and that the claims of "cultural bias" are not supported by any data or studies. These details alone are enough to inflame the politically correct among us, unfortunately.

To portray this book as some type of white supremecist manifesto, you would have to have a strong agenda of your own, and totally disregard the content of the book.
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79 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I picked up "The Bell Curve" three years ago, and resolved to read it cover to cover, which I did. Quite a lot to absorb, but ultimately worth the time investment. I wouldn't suggest it for those who have less than a passing interest in race issues, since the authors took a measured and scientific approach to an otherwise emotional topic. This makes for a thoughtful but demanding read, which I believe is a far superior approach to the topic than a "jazzed up", rhetoric filled, pulp novel, written for popular consumption. However, this means that the book is slow and requires careful reading in order to fully get at what the authors are saying. Most importantly, contrary to popular belief, the book is not all about race. Rather, the majority of the book envolves analysis of race neutral studies. Approximately 20% of the book is actually dedicated to racial analysis, and it is my honest opinion, having read the book, that the authors took a good-faith approach to a controversial topic. I do not know if their analysis was correct, but I do know that the controversy was undeserved. The hype that surrounded this book was less about the authors work and more about our society's inability to come to grips with the issue of race. In the final analysis, all the book proved was that the issue of race is far more complex than the popular media would have you believe. If you really care about this topic, read this book. Really read it, and then think about it. Then, whether you are outraged or inspired, atleast you will have a leg to stand on when you quote/criticise the work.
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183 of 212 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Structure Explained October 2, 2000
Format:Paperback
Readers who have not yet read this book will be surprised to learn that the main topic is not race, but how intelligence explains class structure. The authors argue that intelligence, not environment is the primary determinant of a variety of social behaviors, including class, socio-economic level, crime, educational achievement, welfare, and even parental styles. Hernstein and Murray back up these claims with some of the most persuasive data ever seen in the social sciences. The importance of a person's intelligence cannot be understated. Its is the number one determinant in shaping one's life. Hernstein and Murray do not stop there however. They go on, arguing that the bottom 15 percent in intelligence are simply not capable of taking care of themselves, falling into poverty, drugs, alchoholism, etc. American society can no longer accept such conditions for lower cognitive class. They make concrete suggestions on how to change this condition. They also make striking claims about the danger of affirmative action programs in promoting people who are not qualified to do important tasks. And finally, they deal with the issue that makes this book so controversial: The lower tested intelligence of African-Americans. At no point do they the claim the gap is only due to genetics. They suggest past environmental factors come into play. But their main point is that modern day racism cannot explain the gap, and programs designed to bridge that gap will fail, and putting underqualified individuals in important positions is not the answer. The authors really do not go into detail about why the gap exists, setting themselves up for criticism. But at least another scholar can research this topic and try and explain it. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actually read the book, the whole book. It ...
Actually read the book, the whole book. It actually reads quite well and moves along without dragging along on a particular subject.
Published 4 hours ago by John W. Thurman
4.0 out of 5 stars White People Are Greater than We Thought
I always thought that white people were innately superior -- now it's science fact! Using cutting edge techniques, like graphs, and words arranged sequentially in paragraph form,... Read more
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Published 8 days ago by David DeWitt
4.0 out of 5 stars good analysis, accessible
Well researched, good analysis, accessible, and depressing.
I'd like to see a few n's tossed into the graphs that were used, but that's the only complaint I can muster.
Published 17 days ago by Geoff Matthews
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't get defensive, and correlation is NOT causation!!
I know I'm late getting to the party reading this book, and I hate to say that I hadn't missed much. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Shawn C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great theory based mostly on fact. Easy to read and understand.
Published 22 days ago by Burton
3.0 out of 5 stars Its an interesting read. It does have an intuitive ...
Its an interesting read. It does have an intuitive dimension, since societies generally tend to be stratified and I.Q is certainly one of the reasons. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Now that I am getting older it was interesting to look at academia from an outside perspective.
Published 1 month ago by BJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives scientific support to ideas we all have.
The first section of this book is written for lay persons. It confirms what we have all observed and thought but have repressed because it was politically incorrect to say. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom Standard
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Yes, this book is highly controversy real, primarily due to the chapter on racial differences in average intelligence.

It's a fascinating read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John B. Farmer
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