Volume 24, Issue 1 (1995)
When Facts and Orthodoxy Collide: The Bell Curve and the Robustness Criterion
Craig L. Frisby
Abstract: This commentary discusses the concept of “robustness” as a focal point in evaluating controversies surrounding The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (Herrnstein & Murray, 1994), particularly as it applies to the relationship between IQ variation and school achievement. Emphasis is placed on distinguishing between the concepts of reasonableness versus robustness in evaluating alternative explanations for average black/white differences in scholastic achievement.
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