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The Bell Curve by Richard J. Herrnstein
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Dec 26, 2010

it was amazing

The central thesis of The Bell Curve is that IQ is the principal determinant of an individual's level of economic and social success in post-industrial societies. The authors describe some of the factors that have served to strengthen the relationship between IQ and earnings over the past century and present numerous data demonstrating the importance of this measurement across a wide range of dimensions. In spite of the controversy that this book generated, particularly the sections dealing with racial variation in IQ, most of the conclusions reached by the authors are well-established in the psychological and sociological literature.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is genuinely interested in gaining an understanding of why major differences in outcome exist between the races and social classes, and why those differences appear to be largely intractable in a meritocratic system such as ours.
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