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by Hannah Leitheiser

Vs. The Bell Curve, Part 1

#iq #thebellcurve

The Mismeasure of Man

Stephen Jay Gould




- Stephen Jay Gould , The Mismeasure of Man (1996)

Authors of The Bell Curve argue that people are being sorted into social class by IQ, and since IQ is somewhat heritable, genetic divergence is following class divide. What's more, to optimize society, people should be more rigorously sorted, and reproduction better nudged in the right directions.

For the book to hold:
- IQ must model something real, with meaning beyond skill at IQ-tests.
- Intelligence must be unilateral and rankable
- IQ must be stable throughout life.
- Heritability between people within a social class must generalize -- environment must not have an overshadowing effect
- Low IQ must not be correctable in the way eyeglasses correct nearsightedness.