Book review of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (A Free Press Paperbacks Book) by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
In the last two years I have read an enormous number of books due to my technological isolation, and many times I have thought, why the hell didn’t I read this when I was twenty? This is one of those. It is so prescient, so relevant, and so essential to understanding present-day SJW/Big Tech hysterias that I was embarrassed that I had not read it before, and that, like most others, I had completely misunderstood what it was all about. If you haven’t read it, you no doubt suffer that same misapprehension.
The Bell Curve is one of the most maligned, unread and misrepresented books of the last century. The main purpose of this post is to explain what it is really about, and how important it is.
First, of course, we must explain what it is not about. The Bell Curve contains one section about race and IQ, with some speculation about the causes of observed aggregate differences. It does this only as the Read More
There was some interesting research a while back which I refer to here almost daily. It compared how expert people thought they were in various fields versus how expert they actually were.
They found that actual experts realized they were knowledgeable on the topic but admitted gaps, those in the middle recognized themselves as such and those who knew absolutely nothing thought they knew everything.
I experience this phenomenon at work. People who know a bit about my field or who have high intelligence and good general knowledge see me as I am: a Read More
I’m fascinated by stupidity. Not low intelligence, which is fairly innocent, but rather the habit of clever people to do and think dumb things. Today we consider this in terms of an entire people.
The average IQ in China is supposed to be around 105, which sounds about right, especially for the Han. Chinese who defect to civilization mostly prosper and stay out of trouble. However, they are not without their enduring stupidities. These come in two main flavours.
The first is Read More
It’s hard to find good help.
I have a housekeeper ‘cos I’m heaps rich and that (so long as I never return to Australia or any other civilized country).
I ran into a minor problem.
She didn’t cook me dinner tonight because she didn’t have enough money to buy ingredients.
You dickhead, my reader thinks despite his best efforts at generosity of spirit towards his frequently irritating narrator. Why didn’t you Read More
In the 1990s there was an amusing TV comedy in Australia called Frontline. It was a satirical look at tabloid current affairs shows and most story lines were based on real events leaked by insiders: trumped-up hosts talking to gunmen in hostage situations thus blocking police calls, entirely faked stories, dodgy charity drives and the like. There was even an episode inspired by the character assassination of Charles Murray – astonishingly enough for the leftie D-Gen team that produced the show.
I recommended it to my mates at school and looked forward to their accolades the next day.
One fellow complained that there was no laugh track. ‘How are you supposed to know Read More
When I was young and the internet was even younger, I decided to test my IQ.
On a free day I searched for a reliable-looking online IQ test. I found a good one. It would take an hour to complete and was approved by some psychological society or other. I poured some coffee (surely that’s not cheating), prepared some snacks, pissed, and plunged right in.
A stressful hour of manipulating blocks and identifying patterns later, my cutting-edge Pentium II with dial-up modem displayed the results.
“Your IQ is Read More