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Jensen and Flynn

jbriggs Wrote: Nov 28, 2012 12:13 PM
Yep, Herman, that is very true. It's like what I read on a t-shirt a couple of decades ago: I may be fat, but you're ugly, and I can go on a diet. People who believe that we are all born a as identical pieces of formless clay just haven't been paying attention. Do they believe that it is just a coincidence that people of a race that evolved in an environment that included hyenas and lions produce a higher percentage of exemplary runners and jumpers than the other races? I suppose that they would also think that it is a coincidence that a race that developed in a cold climate is better at planning ahead and developing products from abstract thought. It is clear that the IQ-deniers didn't score well on the IQ tests.

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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