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The Mismeasure of Man (Revised & Expanded) Paperback – June 17, 1996
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Take for instance: "Gould can't hide his political agenda" -- ladies and gents, Mr. Gould does not even TRY to hide his politics. He put them up-front and center, and I believe he did so to further reenforce his key point that we are all inherently biased (no matter how much we might try to hide it or to convince ourselves that we're not) and that we absolutely cannot make the mistake of assuming that the "scientific" works we read are absolutely dispassionate, objective and impartial. Anybody who claims to be these things should be eyed with a small degree of skepticism; those who are outraged at the suggestion that they might be biased ought have that skepticism heaped upon them.
I could go on and on over the objections people raise about this book and respond like I did in the previous paragraph, or outright discount them (ie: quote from the book direct disproof of the criticism), but it would be tedious and redundant.
Whatever Gould's predispositions, whatever the extensiveness of modern research, he has made it clear and undeniable that there are some serious faults in the science of human intelligence and the reasoning which supports it. Furthermore, it's worth noting that Richard Dawkins -- quoted as being critical of Gould -- flatly rejects any concept of racial superiority.Read more ›
The book is about the history of measuring intelligence: from phrenology to IQ tests the mistake is the same; intelligence gets reified (turning something abstract and conceptual into something that's concrete and quantifiable, e.g., the intelligence factor "g") and as result human beings get ranked on a linear scale and this begets subjugation. This innatist view - that you were born with and are resultingly restricted to a certain unalterable intelligence - is called biological determinism. Biological determinism have been, and will continue to be, the main culprit and propagator of scientific racism, elitist vices, and unsavory social policies.Read more ›
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Sorry to break it to you guys, but Stephen Jay Gould was a fraudulent scientist. He was guilty of the very same ideological bias that he erroneously accused Samuel George Morton... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jethro Cao
Perhaps I'm just jaded to dispassionate prose, or maybe I'm unsure of what this book hopes to accomplish. I fully agree with the message though. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Christo
Great research and written in a clear and interesting wayPublished 1 month ago by Dr Judith A Simon
A must read for anyone who wants to know the history of the testing industry, concepts of IQ, and how people in power have misused data to classify "others" (immigrants,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by LS in PDX
Good book that summarizes the history of human attempts to quantify “intelligence”. The book touches on craniometry and phrenology (the pseudoscientific study of the size and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christopher Sommers
The Dark Side of the Force is strong with this book, written by Sith Lord Gould.
As other posters have noted, the academic underpinnings of this book have now been... Read more