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by Hannah Leitheiser

The Problem - Part 3

#iq #intelligence #sociology

The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

Richard J. Herrnstein, Charles Murray




The authors go on to claim that much of what seems racism is really IQ-ism. Sadly IQ is cemented before Kindergarten, so the various interventions to help disadvantaged students have marginal effect, and are probably not worth the money. Nurture can certainly be enhanced, but in any but the worse environments, expect diminishing returns. Noting that smart people have smart babies, perhaps improvements might come in policies encouraging and discouraging reproduction -- certainly changes to Welfare.

"To try to come to grips with the nation's problems without understanding the role of intelligence is to see through a glass darkly indeed, to grope symptoms instead of causes, to stumble into supposed remedies that have no chance of working."

Perhaps. I can at least say looking at everything through that lens gets repetitive.