Re: comparisons with other lists

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Aug 07 2001 - 02:38:17 MDT

Emlyn O'regan wrote:
> I like your post, Spike. Apologies in advance for snipping all the good
> bits!
> > If you have access to Murray and Herrnstein's The
> > Bell Curve, do read their introduction, where they
> > acknowledge that differences in race is a terribly
> > difficult topic to study or even discuss. They lay out
> > their approach, to be as honest, open minded, fair
> > and logical as is humanly possible. Whether or not
> > we agree with their conclusions, Murray and Herrnstein
> > are worth the time to read methinks, as are their
> > many opponents.
> >
> Just to spill a few more worms from our already battered can, I've got to
> take issue with reference to The Bell Curve. As far as I am aware, this book
> has been thoroughly debunked... here are a couple of quick references that I
> scratched (or googled) up.

There was very little to debunk since it actually contained
pretty credible research and carefully worded conclusions.
However, it was sensationalized to say all matter of things that
are easy to debunk. It was said to watch. Did you read this
entire book, btw? I did.

> "Take the racist beliefs of the Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Nation. Cloak
> those beliefs in academic robes and what do you get? You get a best seller."

Well that certainly sounds like a sound objective voice talking,
now doesn't it? Sheesh!

- samantha

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