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Bell Curve : Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life - Richard J. Herrnstein

Bell Curve

Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

Paperback Published: 7th February 1996
ISBN: 9780684824291
Number Of Pages: 896

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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.

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Milton Friedman This brilliant, original, objective, and lucidly written book will force you to rethink your biases and prejudices about the role that individual difference in intelligence plays in our economy, our policy, and our society. Prof. Earl Hunt American Scientist The first reactions to The Bell Curve were expressions of public outrage. In the second round of reaction, some commentators suggested that Herrnstein and Murray were merely bringing up facts that were well known in the scientific community, but perhaps best not discussed in public. A Papua New Guinea language has a term for this, Mokita. It means "truth that we all know, but agree not to talk about." ...There are fascinating questions here for those interested in the interactions between sociology, economics, anthropology and cognitive science. We do not have the answers yet. We may need them soon, for policy makers who rely on Mokita are flying blind. Malcolme W. Browne The New York Times Book Review Mr. Murray and Mr. Herrnstein write that "for the last 30 years, the concept of intelligence has been a pariah in the world of ideas," and that the time has come to rehabilitate rational discourse on the subject. It is hard to imagine a democratic society doing otherwise. Chester E. Finn, Jr. Commentary The Bell Curve's implications will be as profound for the beginning of the new century as Michael Harrington's discovery of "the other America" was for the final part of the old. Richard Herrnstein's bequest to us is a work of great value. Charles Murray's contribution goes on. Prof. Eugene D. Genovese National Review Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray might not feel at home with Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Lani Guinier, but they should....They have all [made] brave attempts to force a national debate on urgent matters that will not go away. And they have met the same fate. Once again, academia and the mass media are straining every muscle to suppress debate. Christopher Caldwell American Spectator The Bell Curve is a comprehensive treatment of its subject, never mean-spirited or gloating. It gives a fair hearing to those who dissent scientifically from its propositions -- in fact, it bends over backward to be fair....Among the dozens of hostile articles that have thus far appeared, none has successfully refuted any of its science. Prof. Thomas J. Bouchard Contemporary Psychology [The authors] have been cast as racists and elitists and The Bell Curve has been dismissed as pseudoscience....The book's message cannot be dismissed so easily. Herrnstein and Murray have written one of the most provocative social science books published in many years....This is a superbly written and exceedingly well documented book. Peter Brimelow Forbes Long-awaited...massive, meticulous, minutely detailed, clear. Like Darwin's Origin of Species -- the intellectual event with which it is being seriously compared -- The Bell Curve offers a new synthesis of research...and a hypothesis of far-reaching explanatory power. David Brooks The Wall Street Journal Has already kicked up more reaction than any social?science book this decade. Michael Novak National Review Our intellectual landscape has been disrupted by the equivalent of an earthquake.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
A Note to the Reader
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Emergence of a Cognitive Elite
Cognitive Class and Education, 1900-1990
Cognitive Partitioning by Occupation
The Economic Pressure to Partition
Steeper Ladders, Narrower Gates
Cognitive Classes and Social Behavior
Poverty
Schooling
Unemployment, Idleness, and Injury
Family Matters
Welfare Dependency
Parenting
Crime
Civility and Citizenship
The National Context
Ethnic Differences in Cognitive Ability
Ethnic Inequalities in Relation to IQ
The Demography of Intelligence
Social Behavior and the Prevalence of Low Cognitive Ability
Living Together
Raising Cognitive Ability
The Leveling of American Education
Affirmative Action in Higher Education
Affirmative Action in the Workplace
The Way We Are Headed
A Place for Everyone
Afterworld
Appendixes
Statistics for People Who Are Sure They Can't Learn Statistics
Technical Issues Regarding the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
Technical Issues Regarding the Armed Forces Qualification Test as a Measure of IQ
Regression Analyses (rom Part II5 Supplemental Material for Chapter 136 Regression Analyses from Chapter 147 The Evolution of Affirmative Action in the Workplace
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780684824291
ISBN-10: 0684824299
Series: A Free Press Paperbacks Book
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 896
Published: 7th February 1996
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.93
Edition Number: 1

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