Bias Without Measure on The Bell Curve

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 748-750. Measured Lies (1998) is an edited book providing a chapter-by-chapter critique of The Bell Curve (Herrnstein & Murray, 1994) from various contributors, most of whom are cultural studies or education scholars having little apparent expertise in intelligence research. As the title suggests, the book is neither dispassionate nor objective about The Bell Curve, nor is it “painful to walk the ways of reason and logic” (p. 439) as claimed. Instead, readers get a hefty dose of excoriating ad hominem attacks, antiscientific postmodern theory, left-wing politics, and all too little objective analysis of the data and policy arguments. Measured Lies is guilty–more so–of what it attacks The Bell Curve for being: a political agenda hidden under a veil of science and scholarship. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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