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THE MISMEASURE OF MAN

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

"Shared dogmas masquerading as objectivity" . . . idée fixe . . . circular reasoning . . . reification . . . unconscious bias . . . outright fraud. These are the accusations against the biological determinism of intelligence that Gould (The Panda's Thumb, Ever Since Darwin) musters in this latest, most systematic assault. He builds his case in a series of chapters describing prevailing pre ... Read full review

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I'm writing this review just because I was stupefied at the aggregate score of 3 out of 5 for its Google ratings. So let me say this with emphasis:
This is the best science book that I've read so
far (I have read a few).
It's technical in parts, but hang in there: you will be rewarded by Gould's beautiful writing and by an expansive list of quotes.
The book tackles two assertions: that bigger brains mean more intelligent people (spoiler alert: they do not), and that differences in intelligence are purely inherited (spoiler alert: they are not). Gould spends some time to refute claims that these assertions were true that were published during the late twentieth century: in that sense, it might appear on the surface to be a book of its time, but as Gould explicates, the arguments are timeless and are always worth a good, solid debunking.
Highly recommended.
 

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Gould (in TMoM) provides nothing but straw man arguments refuting questionable (mainly) 18th century so-called research to make his claims. It's dodgy arguing at best, and far from being acclaimed, Gould's book is a work in shoddiness.

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Great science book! Absolutely love! Describes perfectly the series of evolution and the fact of deference's between natural selection.

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great book

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Intellectually fraudulent, utterly ignorant of modern intelligence research, politically biased. Read full review

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