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The Mismeasure of Man Summary
Stephen Jay Gould

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The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould is a book that is concerned with how to rank people into groups on the basis of intelligence in a manner that is meaningful. Since intelligence is an abstraction about the human brain, Gould feels that it is possible to rank humans on this basis. The author, a paleontologist with a statistical background, analyzes data within a historical context and combines his skill as a scientist with his concern as a historian when looking at the issue of biological determinism. He looks at what they did right and what they did wrong in measuring human intelligence. Certain groups are always ranked on the bottom, and this is used to justify the social ordering. Why spend money on them if it is innate is the way the argument goes. The work done in intelligence ranking became a tool of racial prejudice...

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