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By Stephen Jay Gould

The definitive refutation to the argument of The Bell Curve.

while released in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man used to be instantly hailed as a masterwork, the ringing solution to people who might classify humans, rank them in response to their meant genetic presents and bounds.

And but the belief of innate limits―of biology as destiny―dies challenging, as witness the eye committed to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are right here so successfully expected and carefully undermined by means of Stephen Jay Gould. during this version Dr. Gould has written a considerable new creation telling how and why he wrote the ebook and tracing the following heritage of the debate on innateness all over The Bell Curve. extra, he has further 5 essays on questions of The Bell Curve specifically and on race, racism, and organic determinism generally. those additions increase the book's declare to be, as Leo J. Kamin of Princeton collage has stated, "a significant contribution towards deflating pseudo-biological 'explanations' of our current social woes."

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