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Volume 24, Issue 1 (1995)

Editor's Comments

pp. 3—4

Throughout our professional lives, there are rare, singular events that become important benchmarks in how we define ourselves as psychologists. Such events provide the impetus for shaping our thinking, our direction, and our self-concept as individuals who care deeply about the lives of children. The recent publication of the book. The Bell Curve, may prove to be such an event. This book, which represents the careful analysis and culmination of 5 years of research by Professor Richard Hernstein and Charles Murray, has created a significant firestorm in both the popular media and the psychology profession. The book revisits one of the most divisive issues in our profession, the relationship of IQ scores to almost all aspects of the human condition. Indeed, while the media has primarily focused on the issue of the heritability of intelligence (which Hernstein and Murray argue is between 40% and SO%), these authors have gone far beyond the conclusions of others in noting the relationship of scores on IQ tests and economic success, educational achievement, unemployment, family stability, welfare, crime, and other societal concerns. In a well written treatise, Hernstein and Murray weave a picture carefully documented by data taken mostly from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, that builds toward recommendations that flow from their findings. This text is must reading for every psychologist. The dangerous and provocative conclusions drawn from this text are guaranteed to generate self-examination and self-definition.

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