The Bell Curve

The Bell Curve

Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

Book - 1996
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996, c1994
Edition: 1st Free Press paperback ed. --
ISBN: 9780684824291
0684824299
Branch Call Number: 305/.9082/Her
Characteristics: xxvi, 872 p. : ill. --
Additional Contributors: Murray, Charles A.

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Leonadas23
Jan 29, 2018

@pwise

Seems kind of ridiculous to just assume this book is right in its conclusions just based on the cursory reading you gave it.

Imo this book is nothing more than schlock, designed to make the people at the top of the hierarchy feel less guilty about the fates of those who were trampled on for them to be where they are. They can say 'oh, well it's natural, i needn't worry about it'.

An excellent book refuting the notions put forth in "The Bell Curve", is "The Mismeasure of Man" by Stepehen Jay Gould.

Of course I live in the middle of flyover country, so im sure I won't find much concurrence with what im saying.

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pwise125
Jul 06, 2017

This book explains a whole lot about intelligence & is interesting reading! Plus it makes the liberals go nuts trying to disprove it because the can't do it!!

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danielestes
May 06, 2014

The Bell Curve was first published 20 years ago and the contention that intelligence has a causal relationship with heredity is as controversial as ever. Herrnstein (who passed away before the book was published) and Murray set out to gather and present the data on intelligence and class structure, and ultimately let the facts speak for themselves.

I don't disagree with the authors' conclusions. Our desperate need for equality in all things will no doubt keep this issue a heated one. My main critique of The Bell Curve is structural. The presentation of the material is monotonous, consisting of dry facts and dry charts. Kudos to the authors though for allowing the reader an out. Each chapter begins with a summary and those of us who have little love for elongated statistical explanations are invited to read that and skip the rest.

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