The Mismeasure of Man

The Mismeasure of Man

Paperback - 1996
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When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits.

And yet the idea of innate limits--of biology as destiny--dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined by Stephen Jay Gould. In this edition Dr. Gould has written a substantial new introduction telling how and why he wrote the book and tracing the subsequent history of the controversy on innateness right through The Bell Curve. Further, he has added five essays on questions of The Bell Curve in particular and on race, racism, and biological determinism in general. These additions strengthen the book's claim to be, as Leo J. Kamin of Princeton University has said, "a major contribution toward deflating pseudo-biological 'explanations' of our present social woes."

Publisher: New York : Norton, c1996.
Edition: Revised and expanded.
ISBN: 9780393314250
Characteristics: 432 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.


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Aug 23, 2018

This book is a total sham. It has been proven that Gould falsely accused Samuel Morton of faking his skull measurements to prove that Morton was a racist, and that by extension, anyone who argues the genetic basis for intelligence is a racist. As the New York Times (hardly a right-wing rag) points out, not only did they prove Gould wrong and Morton right, when Gould updated this book for a second edition, he left out the study clearing Morton. Pure ideological and academic dishonesty.

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