A Question of Intelligence: The IQ Debate in America

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Amidst socio-political crossfire, journalist Daniel Seligman constructs a crystal-clear defense of IQ testing with the bracing message: people are born with unequal mental abilities. All Americans who want to understand how and why intelligence matters in a meritocratic society must read this book.

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Seligman, a former senior staff editor of Time Inc. Publications and a columnist for Fortune , utilizes professional opinion studies, and statistical concepts to endorse intelligence quotients. He discusses "practical intelligence" and academic performance, explains the nature-nurture hypothesis (heritability vs. environment), and explores the latter's significance in twin studies, black-white tests, and Jewish-Japanese comparisons. For more objectivity, Raymond E. Fancher's The Intelligence Men: Makers of the IQ Controversy ( LJ 6/15/85) encompasses the scientific inquiry from the contributors and creators of IQ and is loaded with direct quotes. This 85-year-old dispute, Seligman says, has developed because Americans want to believe in equality, but IQ only verifies difference. His scholarly yet readable update to the argument is recommended for large education collections. (Bibliography, notes, and index not seen.)-- Ina M. Wise, Daley Community Coll. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Fortune magazine columnist Seligman's study of IQ tests contends that intelligence is genetically, not culturally, determined.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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