The Mismeasure of Man

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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.

Yet the idea 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. In this edition, Stephen Jay 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."
 

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This book is frustratingly hard to rate. On the one hand it disturbingly documents the history of "scientific" racism/prejudice re: temperament/intelligence/etc. On the other hand it is frustratingly ... Read full review

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In The Mismeasure of Man, Stephen Jay Gould examines the manner in which scientists described intelligence as “unitary, linearly rankable, [and] innate” in order to argue for social programs or ... Read full review

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Contents

I
19
II
26
III
36
IV
51
V
62
VI
63
VII
71
VIII
74
XX
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XXI
264
XXII
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XXIII
286
XXIV
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XXV
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XXVI
347
XXVII
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XI
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XIII
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XIV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XXVIII
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XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXVI
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XXXVII
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Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Geology at Harvard University. He published over twenty books, received the National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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