The Bell Curve

The Bell Curve

Book - 1994
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The seminal book about IQ and class that ignited one of the most explosive controversies in decades, now updated with a new Afterword by Charles Murray Breaking new ground and old taboos, Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray tell the story of a society in transformation. At the top, a cognitive elite is forming in which the passkey to the best schools and the best jobs is no longer social background but high intelligence. At the bottom, the common denominator of the underclass is increasingly low intelligence rather than racial or social disadvantage. The Bell Curve describes the state of scientific knowledge about questions that have been on people's minds for years but have been considered too sensitive to talk about openly -- among them, IQ's relationship to crime, unemployment, welfare, child neglect, poverty, and illegitimacy; ethnic differences in intelligence; trends in fertility among women of different levels of intelligence; and what policy can do -- and cannot do -- to compensate for differences in intelligence. Brilliantly argued and meticulously documented, The Bell Curve is the essential first step in coming to grips with the nation's social problems.
Publisher: New York Free Press 1994
ISBN: 9780029146736
Additional Contributors: Murray, Charles A.


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Jan 29, 2018


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.

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 they CAN'T DISPROVE it!!

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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