Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bells and Whistles


Recently I was in the company of someone who mentioned The Bell Curve.Usually my internal BS detector would immediately ring out and I would be forced to utter the phrase, "The Bell Curve is a completely unscientific WASP masturbation fantasy masquerading as a breakthrough study. It's a creepy rambling screed for eugenicists." I couldn't do that, because it's usually out of place to call out someone and insinuating that someone is a eugenics proponent in polite comnpany.

Stephen Jay Gould shot the book through with so many holes in his own book, The Mismeasure of Man, that there was nary a scrap of binding left.

Race is an artificial social construct. There is only one race that we belong to: Homo Sapien Sapiens.

Michael Shermer devoted an entire chapter in the fantastic Why People Believe Weird Things to refuting this farcical book and pointed out the disturbing white supremacist funding behind The Bell Curve.

The Bell Curve is a massively biased soundbite type study that cherry picks it's data out of the ether. I'm continually surprised at how people are sure that they are superior to another group of people and therefore exposing their own ignorance.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Site Meter
Science Blogs - Blog Catalog Blog Directory