Race and IQ: Propaganda Masquerading as Science

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 23–24. Reviews the book, Race et intelligence by Jean-Pierre Hébert (1977). The stated purpose of this anonymously published book is to examine the entire body of knowledge concerning “ethnic or racial” psychology with regard to intelligence and other psychological processes. Although there is some acknowledgment that heredity and environment can interact in very complex ways, they are nevertheless generally treated quite simplemindedly as competing mutually exclusive explanations. The authors have marshaled some convincing evidence to the effect that heredity plays some role in intelligence, but their abysmal ignorance of the nature of IQ tests should completely discredit their assertion that there are significant genetic racial differences. The book can be expected to have a significant impact on educational and immigration policies. One of the side effects of an anonymous publication is the speculations it arouses about the authors and their motivations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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