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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Return of the Bell Curve

Atrios has provided a useful service with this article. It's long and involved, but you might want to keep it in mind. I'm linking to it because I've noticed that the book "The Bell Curve" is still a favorite of the right's would-be scientists. Most of us only remember this early-90's book from its quickly-discredited findings that intelligence and race are linked. I won't get into where I've encountered this book being quoted by 21st-century Lysenkoists, but it's good to be aware that reactionaries are still relying on it as THE source for quotes on how science supposedly justifies.... well, lots of stuff typically associated with the fundies. Especially since it was written by people with letters after their names. You might want to bookmark it for later reading. File under K, for 'Know Your Enemy.'