Terman’s belief in high heritability of intelligence: unwarranted confidence?

Warne, R. T. (2018). An Evaluation (and Vindication?) of Lewis Terman: What the Father of Gifted Education Can Teach the 21st Century. Gifted Child Quarterly, 0016986218799433. Russell Warne has a new piece out reviewing the life and criticism of Lewis Terman. While Warne generally defends Terman against criticism, he thinks that Terman went beyond his…

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Reposting: The case for colonialism

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01436597.2017.1369037 This Viewpoint essay has been withdrawn at the request of the academic journal editor, and in agreement with the author of the essay. Following a number of complaints, Taylor & Francis conducted a thorough investigation into the peer review process on this article. Whilst this clearly demonstrated the essay had undergone double-blind peer review,…

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Intelligence research — persecuted by both Nazis and Communists

Rindermann (Cognitive Capitalism, 2018) writes: Contradicting common beliefs, National Socialists were opposed to intelligence research (Becker, 1938; Jaensch, 1938): in their view, intelligence research would represent a ‘supremacy of Bourgeoisie spirit’ (Jaensch, 1938, p. 2); intelligence measurement would be an instrument ‘of Jewry’ to ‘fortify its hegemony’ (p. 3); selection in schools according to intelligence…

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Animal cross-fostering, race and IQ, and the deductivist’s fallacy

I wish to coin a fallacy I’ve seen a number of times, exemplified in this paper: Kempthorne, O. (1978). A BIOMETRICS INVITED PAPER: Logical, epistemological and statistical aspects of nature-nurture data interpretation. Biometrics, 1-23. Abstract: In this paper the nature of the reasoning processes applied to the nature-nurture question is discussed in general and with…

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Burt, Tizards and hereditarianism

Most readers are probably aware of the fraud accusations against Cyril Burt on account of various claims, but in particular the repeated digits across populations and other numerical irregularities. There’s also the case of the supposed missing research assistants/coauthors. I came across a particularly illuminating account, worth sharing here: Jensen, A. R. (1992). “Scientific fraud…

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Finnish survey of journalists’ voting preferences (2012)

We were finally able to obtain a complete copy of a survey of Finnish journalists. This is the final sample for our large cross-national journalist project. Finnish journalist survey Unfortunately, it’s in unreadable Finnish! However, Twitter to the rescue and Fatidicus Aeternus provided a translation. I post it here for prosperity’s sake and so others…

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