Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 18:57:32 -0400 Subject: Bell Curve Dear Gene and others commenting

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From: Eddy Pendarvis Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 18:57:32 -0400 Subject: Bell Curve Dear Gene and others commenting on THE BELL CURVE. I've been deleting messages since I haven't had time to read them, but seeing the reference to this new book stopped me. I just heard about the book today (I know, I know), but the Newsweek article about it, which I picked up this afternoon, makes it sound very much like Seligman's recent book on IQ, although his book makes a claim for the stupidity of poor people and doesn't emphasize race as much as this one. It's depressing that these same, tired arguments come up again and again. I think Lewontin, Rose, and Kamin in NOT IN OUR GENES and Stephen Gould in THE MISMEASURE OF MAN adequately addressed the lines of argument and the types of data presented by these authors. I plan to pick up a copy soon, but it's discouraging that these books get popoular press, e.g. Newsweek articles, while their opposition, seems to get little attention (except maybe in the New York Review of Books). I think the major problem is that their line really appeals to the majority, who consequently have little patience for the difficult threads of argument that have to be unraveled in disputing Jensen, Herrnstein, Seligman, et al.--Eddy -- Eddy Pendarvis Professor of Special Education Marshall University Huntington, WV 1.304.696.2855 -- "A monkey will eat dirt -- if you make him."

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