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This book penetrates the thicket of controversy, ideology and prejudice surrounding the measurement of intelligence to provide a clear non-mathematical analysis of it. The testing of intelligence has a long and controversial history and whether intelligence exists and can be measured still remains unresolved. The debate about it has centered on the "nurture versus nature" controversy and especially on alleged racial differences and the heritability of intelligence.Read more
- Deals with controversial subjects of the heritability of intelligence and with racial and other group differences
- Eschews ideology and aims to give a clear, fair and objective treatment
- Critically reviews the controversy which followed the publication of The Bell Curve, and deals in particular with Stephen Jay Gould's criticisms in the 2nd edition of his The Mismeasure of Man
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'This book represents a step forward in the debate on measuring intelligence. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with the 'intelligence debate'. It will also make excellent reading for anyone learning about factor analysis, and provides a perfect illustration of the Bartholomew school of measurement models.' International Statistical InstituteSee more reviews
'… unquestionably well researched and very thorough.' Significance
'… the author manages to present his ideas in a way that is both accessible to the general reader and useful to scholars in the relevant fields.' Science Direct
'… commendable for its thoughtfulness and good judgment.' Intelligence 33
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- Date Published: September 2004
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521544788
- length: 186 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.311kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The great intelligence debate: science or ideology?
3. The end of IQ?
4. First steps to g
5. Second steps to g
6. Extracting g
7. Factor analysis or principal components analysis?
8. One intelligence or many?
9. The bell curve: facts, fallacies and speculations
10. What is g?
11. Are some groups more intelligent than others?
12. Is intelligence inherited?
13. Facts and fallacies.
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