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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

Review: The Mismeasure of Man

User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

Mr Gould is a well known scientist author. In this book he demonstrates how many use statistics to prove a point with biased data and a biased outlook. He focuses on intelligence testing as a prime ... Read full review

Review: The Mismeasure of Man

User Review  - Chrissy - Goodreads

So dang good. Gould unflinchingly dismantles the long, historical practice of using the era's state of scientific knowledge to support racist, classist, sexist, and xenophobic agendas. Moving from ... Read full review

Review: The Mismeasure of Man

User Review  - David B - Goodreads

Stephen Jay Gould presents a highly readable debunking of intelligence testing over the years. He argues that the mistake of researchers in this field right from the beginning has been the belief that ... Read full review

Review: The Mismeasure of Man

User Review  - Yasha Zhurinsky - Goodreads

This is a very interesting book. It is describing multiple attempts to measure "worth" of people by assigning a single number to every individual - be it brain volume, some parameters of the scull or ... Read full review

Review: The Mismeasure of Man

User Review  - David Bonesteel - Goodreads

Stephen Jay Gould presents a highly readable debunking of intelligence testing over the years. He argues that the mistake of researchers in this field right from the beginning has been the belief that ... Read full review


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