Volume 24, Issue 1 (1995)
The Window Dressing Behind The Bell Curve
Tina Q. Richardson
Abstract: This article provides a critique of the conceptual framework on which Herrnstein and Murray’s book entitled The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life is based. The conclusions that the authors draw from the data on intelligence presented in the text are grounded in the classical tradition. While their analysis of the data and interpretation of it may be consistent with most aspects of the classical perspective, the conclusions and policy recommendations are based on assumptions that are not grounded in the data. Some of the limitations to the scientific integrity of their analysis and the philosophical assumptions guiding their analysis is discussed.
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