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« I'd heard about this before | Main | Male and female brains »

July 14, 2009


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Something about this story smells of the Bell Curve. We know that the concept of IQ is a slippery one at best. Yet there are some who want to use it to 'prove' that certain people (the poor, ethnic minorities, etc) 'deserve' what they get from a politico-economic system which depends upon egregious disparities to function.

But it always makes a good headline to say that this or that thing causes something else. Often the science is more subtle than that. But what seems to be successfully kept out of the papers is the well-supported fact that economic inequality, racism, sexism, etc are better documented causes of much undeserved suffering in this society.

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