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Jensen and Flynn

Clyde922 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 11:55 PM
During my first enlistment in the Air Force, an acquaintance made the statement that blacks weren't as intelligent at whites. I disagreed with him and he asked if it required high intelligence to get into an electronics career field -- mine at the time. I said yes and he asked if I knew of many blacks in electronics career field and I did not. He said that proved his point. I still did not agree with him but had no facts to argue against him. Several years later I was in an advanced electronics course and there were blacks in my class and they did as well as anyone. I then realized that it was a lack of advanced mathematics that was needed to get into electronics career fields, not ability that limited the number of blacks before.

Anyone who has followed the decades-long controversies over the role of genes in IQ scores will recognize the names of the two leading advocates of opposite conclusions on that subject-- Professor Arthur R. Jensen of the University of California at Berkeley and Professor James R. Flynn, an American expatriate at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

What is so unusual in the academic world of today is that Professor Flynn's latest book, "Are We Getting Smarter?" is dedicated to Arthur Jensen, whose integrity he praises, even as he opposes his conclusions. That is what scholarship and science are...

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