Racist Arguments and I.Q

Gould, Stephen Jay
May 1974
Natural History;May1974, Vol. 83 Issue 5, p24
Comments on biological determinism and the attempts of scientists to equate egalitarianism with sentimental hope and emotional blindness. Lack of genetically based differences in intelligence among human groups; Consideration of the how the racist arguments of the nine-teenth century were based on craniometry, the measurement of human skulls; Indications about the genetic and environmental factors which cause differences in performance on intelligence quotient (IQ) tests; Suggestion that the expression of any human trait is representative of a complex interaction of heredity and environment.


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