The Mismeasure of Man | Study Guide

Stephen Jay Gould

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Stephen Jay Gould, Chapter 1 rguments for ranking people ... have recorded little more than social prejudice. Sources: The Guardian, New York Times, Vox Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Current Researchon Intelligence Many genes have been mapped; they explain 5% of intelligence. Students Protest College campuses protest when The Bell Curve author Charles Murray speaks. Intellectual Duel Gould blasted The Bell Curve for claims of inferior people. Context Objectivity vs. Impartiality in Science Intelligence is a set of mental skills that cannot be assessed by a single score, and its measurement is often subjective. Intelligence Cannot Be Ranked IQ test scores cannot rank people on a scale of their worth to society. Determinism Is Prejudiced Intelligence is not solely determined by genes and can be modified after birth. Themes Gould taught at Harvard University and did groundbreaking research in evolution. He also wrote a monthly magazine column and published 19 books.His extensive list of honors includes the National Book Critics Circle award in 1982 for The Mismeasure of Man and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 1981. STEPHEN JAY GOULD1941–2002 Author IQ test scores have been used to justify restrictive and discriminatory laws. What Defames Others Can Harm Them, Too These errors stigmatized nonwhites and women as less intelligent than white men. What Blinds You Can Defame Others When scientists don’t admit their biases, they fail to see their errors. What You Don’t Admit Can Blind You Gould, an evolutionary biologist, analyzes 150 years of scientific attempts to measure intelligence. Too often, even the best researchers have allowed social prejudice rather than good science influence their conclusions, causing lasting harm to members of disadvantaged groups. No NumberCan DefineHuman Worth MAIN IDEAS English Original Language 1981 Year Published Stephen Jay Gould Author The Mismeasure of Man Science Nonfiction

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