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by Steven Fraser

eBook The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence,  the Future of America ePub
Author: Steven Fraser
Language: English
ISBN: 0465006922
ISBN13: 978-0465006922
Publisher: Basic Books (May 1995)
Category: Psychology
Subcategory: Medical
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 127
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ePub file: 1285 kb
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The Bell Curve Wars is a collection of essays disputing the findings of the Bell Curve (although one essay was in. .

The Bell Curve Wars is a collection of essays disputing the findings of the Bell Curve (although one essay was in favor). I thought the Bell Curve was a brilliant scientific treatise about subjects that are too often ignored: the importance of intelligence to success in life, and the correlation of intelligence with race.

Fraser, Steve, 1945-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

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is a reaction to The Bell Curve:Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray. The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence, and the Future of America is a reaction to The Bell Curve:Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence . The distinguished contributors dismantle the alleged scientific foundations and criticize the alarming public policy conclusions of the book that has inflamed public debate.

The distinguished contributors dismantle the alleged scientific foundations and criticize the alarming public policy conclusions of the book that has inflamed public debate.

The Bell Curve by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray has generated a firestorm of debate, confirming for some their secret belief . Herrnstein and Charles Murray has generated a firestorm of debate, confirming for some their secret belief in the innate inferiority o.

In The Bell Curve Wars, a group of our country's most distinguished intellectuals dismantles the alleged scientific foundations and criticizes the alarming public policy conclusions of this incendiary book

In The Bell Curve Wars, a group of our country's most distinguished intellectuals dismantles the alleged scientific foundations and criticizes the alarming public policy conclusions of this incendiary book. Anyone who has wondered about the connection among genes, race, and intelligence, all those anxious about racial antagonisms in our nation, those who question the efficacy of social welfare programs, all those troubled. but unconvinced by Herrnstein and Murray's book, will want to read The Bell Curve Wars.

Fraser, Steve, ed. Bibliographic Citation. New York: BasicBooks, 1995

Fraser, Steve, ed. New York: BasicBooks, 1995.

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The Bell Curve Wars is a collection of essays disputing the findings of the Bell Curve (although one essay was in favor). I thought the Bell Curve was a brilliant scientific treatise about subjects that are too often ignored: the importance of intelligence to success in life, and the correlation of intelligence with race. But I knew that many considered it pseudo-science, so I decided I should read this, the most popular book of these opponents.

Even though the Bell Curve only spent half a chapter on the genetic basis of the Black/White difference of intelligence, 90% of the Bell Curve Wars was about this topic.

I gave this book two stars because there were occasional good points made in the book, although these points were difficult to find amongst all the ideological ranting.

Most of the writers were very unsophisticated in their argumentation. They couldn’t conceive that someone who finds a difference in intelligence between Blacks and Whites could nevertheless be non-racist. They seemed to disfavor the scientific method of following the evidence, even if it leads to a conclusion one wishes was not true.

There were three essays that had possible worthwhile points of evidence in dispute of the Bell Curve:
1) Gould, who discussed factor analysis as a reason that all the significant intelligence correlations in the Bell Curve were not significant at all. I think it unlikely that Gould’s analysis is mathematically correct, but it may be a valid counter point.
2) Nisbett, who cited several studies indicating that the IQ variation between the races is not genetic. He also argues that there have been many successful interventions to bring up low IQs. This last was not true when he wrote it, and still isn’t true 20 years later. But it is worth discussing, since past failure does not mean there will never be success.
3) Wolfe, who argued that the cognitive elite is not taking over, as argued in the Bell Curve. A small piece of the Bell Curve, but worth more discussion.

There were several essays that were simply political rants and not worth reading (Wieseltier, Lind, Kennedy).

The worst essays were those that argued that learning an unpleasant scientific truth is worse than not knowing the truth (Glazer, Patterson, Jones, Gates).

A couple of essays argued that correlation doesn’t equal causation (Sowell, Judis), but they didn’t seem to realize that the importance of the Bell Curve correlations were mostly not contingent on IQ being causes. Also neither proposed a theory explaining these correlations being other than the common sense belief that IQ caused the other behaviors, so there is little merit to their complaints.

There were a few other isolated comments of interest, but they were hard to find in all the dreck.
Grosho
The Bell Curve, ignited a fury when it was published in the mid 90s. Here a number of reviewers, most of whom with solid academic credentials, evaluate the science/arguments of the Bell Curve. Their criticisms are pretty persuasive to me, althought that may be due to my confirmation bias. Only one of the writers is a conservative, Thomas Sowell, and even he is somewhat critical.

An important contribution to the debate on a very controversial subject-- the relationship between race and intelligence.
Sadaron above the Gods
I tried to give this book a fair shake, even though its Introduction made it pretty clear that this Steven Fraser character had a preconceived notion of exactly which side of the fence he was on, and had no interest in collecting editorials from writers who did not share his own (inaccurate) opinion. I made it about 1/3 way through the collection of chapters (the most even-handed and rational one being "Ethnicity And IQ" by Thomas Sowell) before my journey was abruptly terminated by the baffling ludicrous ramblings of Jacqueline Jones. This was one of these tirades you'd expect to read on a lawyer blog, or ACLU fansite....I don't even have to look at a picture of this nut to guess her race. Probably a feminist too, "equal opportunity" crusader, activist, and ready to jump down anyone's throat at the defense of any (real or imagined) long-suffering minority group out there. Just your typical hand-wringing, bleeding heart liberal with all the light-heartedness & fun of an engineer. I mean shoot, the essay title itself "Back To The Future With The Bell Curve: Jim Crow, Slavery, And G" is enough to instantly alert you to what kind of a personality this Jacqueline Jones lady really is. I managed to finish her ridiculous tirade, but that was enough to make me stop reading right there. I get it that people are emotional about this issue, but the authors of "The Bell Curve" put YEARS of their life to create 100's upon 100's of pages, and more facts, statistics, numbers, and research than you can shake a stick at. Most of these chapter authors in THIS book however, didn't even come CLOSE to being able to refute the cold hard evidence - they just bellyached about how un-PC it is, and unfair, etc, etc. A lot of whining, but very little else.
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