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User Review  - mldavis2 - LibraryThing

This book takes a hard look at early 20th century attempts by several psychologists and scientists to prove that human intelligence has genetic components defined and separated by factors such as race ... Read full review

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User Review  - lisamunro - LibraryThing

In this book, first published in 1981, Gould argues that understandings about the intrinsic intelligence and human worth drawn from mental testing (IQ testing) based on theories of biological ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

I found the Introduction to the Revised and Expanded Edition: "Thoughts at Age Fifteen" to be perhaps the most useful section of the book. In it, in addition to recapitulating his aims and his primary ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing

Stephen Jay Gould takes on everyone who's ever tried to quantify human intelligence with a simple numerical value, be it measuring skull capacities or the Stanford-Binet "intelligence quotient." It's ... Read full review

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User Review  - kgeorge - LibraryThing

The author discusses the unconscious errors scientists and researchers make in collecting and interpreting their data in order to fit their preconceived theories. He takes the reader through the ... 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 book

Review: The Mismeasure of Man

User Review  - Corey - Goodreads

As has been demonstrated elsewhere, there are enough flaws in this book that it cannot be recommended. Read full review


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