The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

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Free Press, 1994 - Educational psychology - 845 pages
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The seminal book about IQ and class that ignited one of the most explosive controversies in decades, now updated with a new Afterword by Charles Murray Breaking new ground and old taboos, Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray tell the story of a society in transformation. At the top, a cognitive elite is forming in which the passkey to the best schools and the best jobs is no longer social background but high intelligence. At the bottom, the common denominator of the underclass is increasingly low intelligence rather than racial or social disadvantage. The Bell Curve describes the state of scientific knowledge about questions that have been on people's minds for years but have been considered too sensitive to talk about openly -- among them, IQ's relationship to crime, unemployment, welfare, child neglect, poverty, and illegitimacy; ethnic differences in intelligence; trends in fertility among women of different levels of intelligence; and what policy can do -- and cannot do -- to compensate for differences in intelligence. Brilliantly argued and meticulously documented, The Bell Curve is the essential first step in coming to grips with the nation's social problems.

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[A statistical tome the attempts to connect of a measurable level of intelligence with several personal dynamics including employment, happiness, wealth, health, etc. The authors argue that IQ testing ... Read full review

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I first heard about this book in 2013, in my psychology class where they basically told us this book is racist and we shouldn't read it. Of course, they were pushing their ideological agenda to ... Read full review

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Cognitive Class and Education 19001990
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Cognitive Partitioning by Occupation
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Steeper Ladders Narrower Gates
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