The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Social Science - 912 pages
The controversial book linking intelligence to class and race in modern society, and what public policy can do to mitigate socioeconomic differences in IQ, birth rate, crime, fertility, welfare, and poverty.
 

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It's still a very engaging and informative read in 2020. I have a psychology degree yet still learned a lot from this book. But they take great care to explain their points and arguments so any layman can easily read it too.
It's a very strong book about intelligence overall and comes highly recommended. A great intro for anyone out there and you don't need to read all chapters to learn from it.
 

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crazy bro we live in a society

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Contents

THE EMERGENCE OF A COGNITIVE ELITE
25
Cognitive Partitioning by Occupation
51
Steeper Ladders Narrower Gates
91
PART II
117
Schooling
143
Family Matters
167
Welfare Dependency
191
Parenting
203
The Leveling of American Education
417
Affirmative Action in Higher Education
447
Affirmative Action in the Workplace
479
The Way We Are Headed
509
A Place for Everyone
527
AFTERWORD
553
Statistics for People Who Are Sure They Cant Learn Statistics
577
Technical Issues Regarding the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
593

Crime
235
Civility and Citizenship
253
PART III
267
Ethnic Differences in Cognitive Ability
269
Ethnic Inequalities in Relation to IQ
317
The Demography of Intelligence
341
Social Behavior and the Prevalence of Low Cognitive Ability
369
PART IV
387
Raising Cognitive Ability
389
Technical Issues Regarding the Armed Forces Qualification Test as a Measure of IQ
603
Regression Analyses from Part II
617
Supplemental Material for Chapter 13
649
Regression Analyses from Chapter 14
669
Notes
689
Bibliography
801
Index
859
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Richard J. Herrnstein held the Edger Pierce Chair in Psychology at Harvard University until his death in 1994.

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