Gould supports his second syllogism with a shift from syl Gould shows how the intelligence tests used are culturally and socially biased through discussing examples of test items. cite fully but a few short examples represent such use (italics added): "Terman relentlessly emphasized limits and their inevitability . Ironically, Gould And they’re famous. ion of Gould's rhetorical ability but also the rhetoric which underlies much of Gould's argument against scientific determinism. mpirical and logical strength of the argument itself. In short Gould argues that any alternative interpretatio The Mismeasure of Man, at times is a tough read, in particular the sections covering statistics and factor analysis, but Gould enables the reader to understand the continual fallacy of effort to quantify intelligence with a single number, and how this has affected us historically, and continues to do so today. Otherwise, all but the most empirical and exploratory of studies (and chance discoveries) must be suspect of bias. [An installment of the “Read Me” Project] The Mismeasure of Man ended up on the “read me” shelf because our daughter had to write a research paper in English her first semester in college, in which she took a position on a scholarly controversy. 2016/2017 Because of the inability in inferential statistics to conclusively prove no difference, support of the hypothesis of difference is always possible, and eventually likely, for scientists intent on using statistics to Summary The Bell Curve. $14.95. As if “intelligence” is a thing, a single thing, a thing that can be measured and assigned a single number. ues that the statistical evidence that psychometricians use are artifacts of intelligence tests and analytic techniques that circularly support a priori assumptions of the nature of intelligence, not reflections of a true general intelligence that On the whole, however, the work felt worth it. nsider the nature of rhetoric in science, how social science is particularly susceptible to rhetoric, and the resultant imperative for critical review of social science research. Generally stated, the intelligence te To quote another's observation, "The result, ultimately, may be that applied social science will be able to do no better than affirm the prejudices of those who conduc And patience. And she had to have at least two print resources. Gould's use of rhetoric, incidently, introduces questions concerning the role of rhetoric in science. Gould cannot demonstrably support that there is no difference between individuals and groups of people as such corroboration is not possible in social science O ne way of defining “rationalism” (when the term is understood as a flaw rather than a virtue) is that it is the attempt to replace experience by technique. Your teacher will have heard of them.” Not that I had read them myself. Our daughter took me up on this suggestion. The revised edition of The Mismeasure of Man, published in 1996, extended the original by including essays that explicitly critique The Bell Curve. Course. To examine this further, the prevalence of rhetoric in Gould's arguments suggests that he is using an ethical argument against the ontological arguments of the determinists. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. s are interpreted to be a general intelligence (the general factor of covariance), and a specific intelligence (the residual variance due to individual score differences). The ability to distinguish variance and factors does not support a relation of a general factor to heredity, and certainly not the causal relationship in which the reified general intelligence is the sour Gould again exemplified Yerke. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. 353 pp. View Article PubMed/NCBI Google Scholar 4. The following three points overviews Gould's summary of this poor reasoning: 1) Psychometricians hold an unfounded view Gould demonstrates that as more evidence contrary to the psychometrician's interpretation were revealed, they went to greater lengths to defend the results that supported their convictions, even when it made more sense to Gould shows how Herrnstein and Murray committed virtually all of the same errors of reasoning committed by earlier biological determinists that the original edition of The Mismeasure of Man debunked. To provide a more cohesive overview of Gould's position towards psychometry, I shall address these concerns rather than parallel Gould's discussion. Is the rhetorical argument a necessary evil in social science because of the inability for a researcher to accept the null hypothesis? races) to illustrate empirically the confound of social familiarity. H The Mismeasure of Man. As a result, there were stretches in reading this book that felt more like work than pleasure. The main reason for illustrating Gould's rhetorical language and argumentation style is not to discredit Gould. It does challenge the racist and classist theories that are the deep foundations of these “scientific” enterprises. The principle target of Gould's book is the twentieth c e biases his own rhetoric carries. In short, given an a priori view of intelligence which specifies two forms Contrasting the two styles of argumentations suggests that while the former syllogism is valid and logical, the second is weak and rhetorical. The target of Gould's arguments here is the false logic that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny; that appearance is a reflection of reality. y biological determinists with an overview Gould's three main critiques of the psychometricians. But the real argument Gould is making is that a lot passes for “science” that has nothing to do with learning – that is, changing our minds – or the production of knowledge – that is, revealing truths and dispelling falsehoods. The compounded error of this manipulation was that the zero scores affected were ), "Hearnshaw has convinced me that the very enormity and bizarreness of Burt's fakery forces us to view it not as the 'rational' program of a devious person trying to salvage his hereditarian dogma when he knew the game w icates analyses to show empirically where analyses were manipulated regardless of the intentionally in these manipulations. There is a central warning that runs throughout Steven Jay Gould's Book, The Mismeasure of Man. The definitive refutation to the argument of The Bell Curve. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! factor analytic school off of each other (eg Thurstone versus Spearman and Burt) when discussing factor rotation. Racism is an ethical issue, no doubt, and the direction of Gould's rhetoric should be firmly against the ethics and This thesis is further clarified in the analysis and critique of Gould arguments that follows. lity -- that criminals can be identified through physical appearance. The Mismeasure of Man treats Yerke's mental age correlated highly (r = .75) with years of schooling, years of residency in American culture, and diseases of poverty. rhetoric of the determinist's position, not against their statistics. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Reading this book has made me want to be much more wary of statements like “there is a scholarly consensus that …” Especially when I say it myself. w easily from the conclusion of syllogism A. Although much of The Mismeasure of Man centres on Gould's criticisms of scientific techniques, the them of biases and intentions in research is truly the term of the book. While Gould arguments loosely follow the historical development of psychometry, there are concerns that Gould addresses in his discussion of each develo The organization of Gould's arguments is historical and attacks specific figures and schools of science throughout the last 150 years. A corollary of The Mismeasure of Man is to discuss how research affects social policy and that research is not a But they are assumptions that can generate findings in which to shelter. an those individual of other races. And what for Gould is the further fundamental error of the would-be scientific enterprise he critiques, as if that thing is something people are born with, by which they can be ranked in a linear hierarchy, and that is for all practical purposes unchangeable. Gould constructs the second syllogism on his ability to convince the reader that the scientist in question had a priori assumptions. Because who does not make assumptions? Towards the end of the book, Gould presents his case against researchers such This thesis is further clarified in the analysis and critique of Gould arguments that follows. [Sort of] Exegetical Exercise (Genesis 22 1-14), Questions for Reflection and Discussion (Genesis 22 1-14), Francis Bacon comments on today’s “Republicans”, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), Follow Matters of Interpretation on WordPress.com, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. In this light, the And The Bell Curve. From the outset, Gould blasts Herrnstein and Murray's book for offering no new arguments and no new data to support its conclusions about intelligence. Throughout the book Gould revisits these three errors as warnings for social science research. Weisberg M. Remeasuring man. Gould's method of argumentation here is ruthless but valid. The Mismeasure of Man is a controversial 1981 book written by the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002). As Gould discusses, the unexpectedly high frequency of zero scores on certain instruments were not taken as indications of possible test bias, but were redistributed in so that Reviewed by Gene Callahan. put their idee fixe to rest. Broca was completely serious. Change ). The Mismeasure of Man is a 1981 book written by the Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002). Evol. ce of the correlation of the data that produces the factor. The Why being hundreds of years of conservative, white-folk-do-well-because-they're-smartest ideology supported by "science", and the more recent belief in the existence of an inherited IQ number by which all humans can be ranked, culminating in The Bell Curve, by Herrnstein … In his words, "the Mismeasure of Man is a critique of a specific theory of intelligence often supported by particular interpretation of a certain style of mental testing: the theory of unitary, genetically based, unchangeable intelligence." ndemns their contributions to the school of biological discrimination that affected social policy in America and Britain for decades of this century. With the first syllogism, premise two can be supported empirically and premise one holds logically. igence and residual to trained intelligence. No one these days would think that by measuring the size of a person’s cranium and some other physical features we could tell a person’s propensity towards “criminality.” We’d be looking for the candid camera. nued with the analyses and interpretation. Rac Dev. Gould currently attacks the determinists "is" with his own "ought not" which h Since mental tests of all varieties have been under attack for more than a decade, it is scarcely surprising that Stephen Jay Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man has been received in some quarters as a devastating critique of testing. tists of Lombroso's time, his own rhetoric, and the appeal to late twentieth century commonsense to see through Lombroso's fallacies. The Mismeasure of Man is a 1981 book by evolutionary biologist, paleontologist, and historian of science Stephen Jay Gould, who was then a professor of geology at Harvard. Although much of The Mismeasure of Man centres on Gould's criticisms of scientific techniques, the them of biases and intentions in research is truly the term of the book. And by lousy, I mean theory that today would be laughably at odds with things we know (or perhaps I need to say, think we know at this point) about the nature of the human brain, human genetics, human learning – things people used to think were simple and governed by a handful of variables, things people now understand to be vastly more complex than the theorists Gould studies ever imagined. Their reasoning is circular in that they assume a single dimension to intelligence, they create instruments and use other res When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits.Yet the idea of biology as destiny dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined. My notes on: Gould, Stephen Jay. 352 pages.Illustrated. that could have challenged it. The Mismeasure of Man is a critical analysis of the early works of scientific racism which promoted "the theory of unitary, innate, linearly rankable intelligence"—such as craniometry, the measurement of skull volume and its relation to intellectual faculties. (p 69) These assumptions were that intelligence could be measure by brain size (cranial capacity) and that whites, on average, were more intelligent th criticism of their technique, and the criticism of their intentions. s overt illustrations of how biases influence the research of biological determinists. ... by following Matters of Interpretation. [An installment of the “Read Me” Project]. argument to counter scientific determinism because he cannot use statistics to support an argument of no difference between races and classes. Gould alleged that much of the research was based largely on racial and social prejudices of the researchers rather than their scientific objectivity; that on occasion, researchers such as Samuel George Morton (1799–1851), Louis Agassiz (1807–1873), and Paul Broca(18… Given this impasse, it may be more useful to clearly develop clear arguments against the ethical positions of the biological determinists. scriminatory convictions is the main target of Gould's attacks whereas the critique of specific research and techniques is merely an avenue of attack. uch happening. When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. Because questioning what “everyone knows perfectly well” is hard. But a firm "is not" is not truly argued, nor can it be. Morton's subjective a priori belief that "directed his tabulations along preestablished lines." In addition to a rhetorical argumentation style, Gould uses rhetorical language throughout to build an argument against the biological determinists. To use a clich�, if one goes looking for trouble, one is bound to find it. Stephen Jay Gould, Critique of The Bell Curve The Mismeasure of Man is a book-long critique not only of The Bell Curve, but of the deterministic claim that genes dictate what people can do. The first premises of each argumentation style seem similar but with closer examination, I argue that Syllogism A holds at premise one but the syllogism B doesn't hold at its first premise. $14.95. t more sophisticated in that they search for factors by using mathematical correlations in their data and find that indeed factors of correlates exist. So, I said, “hey, let me read them when you’re done.” She obligingly threw the books at me. “You could use The Mismeasure of Man. In order to compensate for unexpected scores on their instruments, Yerke's chief statistician, Boring, The book is a history and critique of the methods and motivations underlying biological determinism, the belief that "the social and economic differences between human groups—primarily races, classes, and sexes—arise from inherited, inborn distinctions and … Gould argues that such a link is unsubstantiated. 's argumentation and establishing the weakness in Gould's second form of argumentation. His first critical attack is launched against Morton. Before a proper summation can be given, one first has to understand the Why of The Mismeasure of Man. The following is a review of Gould's Mismeasure of Man, in which Dr. Arthur Jensen replies to Gould's severe criticism of him in the book.Of course, uncritical admirers of Gould will "know" that Jensen is an alleged "racist," and hence anything he says can ever-so-conveniently be automatically be ignored. (p 217. The Mismeasure Of Man Critique of The Bell Curve and Three Centuries’ Perspectives on Race and Racism Summary & Analysis Summary: “Critique of The Bell Curve” Gould offers two reviews of Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve . I then summarize twentieth centur In this review I summarize the thrusts of Gould's criticism and, to an extent, analyse their nature. By Stephen Jay Gould. The Mismeasure of Man. Book title The Mismeasure of Man; Author. ( Log Out / those collected from instruments administered to the less literate (most often blacks and immigrants) and the zero scores were unjustifiably lowered according to poor performance on other measures. But what else could it have been about, with much the same conclusion: even for acknowledged experts, it is hard to see past one’s own organizing assumptions about the world. (Shaw, 1991). d cites many documented reasons for this, not the least being hostility towards the test and logistical difficulties. ( p. 201) Goul And readers who share Gould’s outrage with the very idea probably do gasp on cue. What we need to be on guard against, in ourselves as well as in our experts, is the ease with which we turn what “everyone knows” into “proven fact.” Quantitative methods can aid and abet this enterprise as well as any others. Additionally I criticize Gould's approach to the debate on intelligence tests through a criticism of the rhetorical nature of his arguments. This syllogism subtly shifts the order of premises and conclusions in the first syllogism: Analysing and contrasting the two syllogisms is enlightening. the researchers. It is not even about the full range of phony arguments for the genetic basis of human inequalities. The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould (ISBN 0393039722) is a controversial book critiquing what he saw as "scientific racism," starting with ideas such as craniometry and the eugenics movement and concluding with more recent developments in the study of race and intelligence.. While Gould exonerates Binet, who intended that intelligence testing be used to identify individuals so that they may be assisted in schooling, as well as Goddard and Brigham (a follower of Terman) who recanted many of their earlier positions, he still co Gould’s tale is full of lousy theory tested by statistical methods that returned reasonably encouraging results – certainly when interpreted by the theorists who had set up the tests. There exists a theoretical danger under Gould's weak argumentation and Meehl's paradox of social science that a racist's convictions of difference between Gould criticizes the technique of factor analysis on other grounds. Now that I have read it, I understand it a little differently. In addressing the first point, I argue that the second syllogism is superficially effective because the subtle shift in the order of premises and conclusions. The volume is about the long history of the search for scientific justification of racism, and the many faux pas that science has committed when it comes to the study of human intelligence. e then uses to weakly argue "is not". The use of oblique rotation were later used to counter Thurstone's theory of primary vectors of intelligence through the introduction of second order factor analysis. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Gould makes the point stronger and more relevant to the present Stephen Jay Gould. can be stated as a single number. The Mismeasure of Man is a book by Harvard evolutionary biologist, paleontologist, and historian of science Stephen Jay Gould, published in 1981. Gould draws the reader's critical eye towards the nature of bias and a priori assumptions in social science research but I note that in doing so, he must use rhetorical arguments. purely academic matter. Holloway's slur is based on a critique by him and five other anthropologists of Gould's famous 1981 work The Mismeasure of Man (W. W. Norton & Co., 1981), in … While Yerke prescribed a specific protocol for test administration, the testers where "rarely able to carry out little more than a caricature of their own stated procedure." 2) They use the technique of factor analysis, which cleanly partitions intelligence measures into two parts, to understand the variance of scores in intelligence tests. Regardless, Yerkes used the suspect data and conti The usage of rhetoric is too numerous to In addition Gould attacks Gould uses the example of Yerke again to demonstrate how unsatisfactory or unexplained results in the data were massages to achieve a better analysis. Gould’s book presents itself as a popular text, but it isn’t as easy to read as, say, the newspaper. Academic year. By this logic, if people or races appeared c Using the raw data that Morton provided, Gould reveals mathematical and statistical errors that Morton committed (albeit unwittingly) in hi These errors consisted of unequal representation of racial groups and gender and selective use of data. Regardless of the question of whether a single factor or score reflecting true intelligence can be measured (in effect, the question of whether the statistics are what the psychometricians purport them to be), the psychometricians' assumption that such a Gould essentially is forced to used rhetoric to develop an ethical argument, not a statistical argument. The result was that test data were confounded by varied administration of the tests. As such arguments are not empirically based, Gould cannot escape th aving pre-conceived notions of what to look for (eg theories and hypotheses) does not imply that a scientist will ensure that the notions are supported. Ironically, rhetoric is Gould's primary weakness and strength. Or Slavs, or Jews, or Africans. The Mismeasure of Man does challenge, in a more or less accessible way, what it takes to be the more significant historical efforts to demonstrate scientifically that some human groups are less intelligent (and, often, more criminal) than others. Statistics led to added power to the arguments of craniometrists, such as Broca, that there are The Mismeasure of Science: Stephen Jay Gould versus Samuel George Morton on Skulls and Bias. Getting through his sometimes dense prose takes concentration. He needed less than an hour to crush the hopes and belittle the efforts of struggling, 'well-educated' parents afflicted with a child of IQ 75." a priori assumptions could be better supported. The avenue of attack that Gould uses against the methods of biological determinists is ultimately shortsighted because it discredits only present methods, not any future attempt This critique of Gould is short -- too short to fully analyze Gould's arguments and critique them in depth. As the sophistication of social science research, statistics, and psychology increased, so did the sophistication of the arguments of biological determinists. The analysis of The Mismeasure of Man has ironically supported Gould's central theme of bias in social science by illustrating his own necessary use of rhetorical rather than empirical arguments in addition to hi When I hadn’t read it, I’d known it as the definitive, more or less popular, challenge to the historical use of quantitative research to “prove scientifically” that different groups of human beings are more inferior than others. At least, they are written by scholars. * The Mismeasure Of Man * Uploaded By Clive Cussler, the mismeasure of man is a 1981 book by paleontologist stephen jay gould the book is both a history and critique of the statistical methods and cultural motivations underlying biological determinism the belief that the social and economic differences between human groups primarily f research but the promotion of specific policies. ctors, rather than using an averaged factor (principle components). Revised edition. Many scholars have criticized The Mismeasure of Man periodically throughout its 38-year history. She is interested in education, so she wanted to find a scholarly controversy that had something to do with education. They then assume that the major factor is their presupposed factor of general intelligence. Mismeasure’s Critics. University. Who does not live with assumptions? This shift in style not only demonstrates the sophisticat He’s probably right about that last bit, actually, because The Mismeasure of Man by now has a reputation of its own, a political identity. Well over half of Gould's book is dedicated to a scientific discrimination of greater sophistication than the craniology and theories concerning avatism of the latter part of the nineteenth century. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The Mismeasure of Man Review and Critique of Stephan Jay Gould. Discussion of the nature of science, howeve,r is too involved to investigate here and my main concerns are the nature of Gould Accordingly, Gould attacks the technique itself more than the methodological errors of consciously in the service of prior conclusions. In his words, "the Mismeasure of Man is a critique of a specific theory of intelligence often supported by particular interpretation of a certain style of mental testing: the theory of unitary, genetically based, unchangeable intelligence." Analysis of Gould's Arguments Perhaps Gould had little choice to argue as he did. PLoS Biol, 2011; 9(6): e1001071. Each criticism warrants more complete discussion. Revised edition. Books Of The Times Date: October 21, 1981, Wednesday, Late City Final Edition Section C; Page 29, Column 1; Cultural Desk Byline: Lead: By Christopher Lehmann-Haupt THE MISMEASURE OF MAN. For example, James T. Sanders stated that Gould’s attempt to link his argument to anti-racism was a ploy to smear intelligence scholars and Gould’s enemies as evil people. necessitates hypotheses and in doing so, does it not allow itself to be criticized on the point of a priori convictions? Nor- ton. The effectiveness of second syllogism, however, depends on Gould's ability to construct and present his argument rather than the e Those are print resources. The "Factor Analytic School" is somewha logism A to syllogism B and with rhetoric. t [and argue] research." research and null hypothesis testing. s comparison of the cranial measurements between different races and genders to illustrate the supremacy of European Males. riminal or inferior, it is because they are criminal or inferior. 85.). by Stephen Jay Gould. Thurstone's methodology consisted of rotating explained factors in multivariate space to achieve the best loadings of variables on unique fa To be more precise, the use of science to justify and promote specific di Princeton University Press, 2018. Gould’s study happens to be about the way assumptions about the innate superiority of white people and upper class people fed into the design of research and the interpretation of research results so as to confirm the plausibility of that assumption, and to disqualify information (anomalies, outliers, methodological concerns, etc.) While Broca statistics were less open than Morton's to criticism, Gould still points out that Broca's facts were gathered selectively and then manipulated un Gould's criticism of psychometricians has three dimensions: the criticism of their reasoning, the y into the nature of human intelligence. Like women. (p. uses the multiple factor analytic techniques of the psychometricians to support his central argument against the psychometricians; the argument that the results are more artifacts of the many ways to use the technique than of the data. To argue scientific racism or classism, one should primarily counter the racist's "ought" with an "ought not" and their "is" with a "so what". 3) These partition for his or her theory or research program. The demonstration that experts with profound assumptions can conduct studies and present findings that support those assumptions, and in fact can hardly fail to do so, is for me the most disturbing feature of Gould’s disturbing book. by describing how Lombroso's ideas re-emerged in more recent theories such as the XYY issue of the 1960's- 70's, and how similar racist ideas still have the potential to influence politicians and decision makers whose primary concern is not the validity o Is it because of limitations in the methodology and Meehl's paradox that Gould needs to be a rhetorician as well as a statistician? ( Log Out / So a hundred years from now, maybe, people will have a similar reaction to the idea that we can measure a person’s “intelligence” and have that measurement mean something. As Gould's arguments develop and he addresses scientists who use more sophisticated techniques and arguments to promote their convictionsand accordingly, his arguments change. Gould used Yerkes' data (the largest body of data used to demonstrate statistical differences in mental age between Accompanying the prime fallacy of a priori science are the additional errors of reification, which leads to circular reasoning, and mismatched logic that hereditarians employ while arguing their theories. results cannot not dictate any certain interpretation, let alone a meaning that can be reified. The psychometricians' ability to see such relationships still lie in their reification statistical results and conclusions that a factor on an intelligence test is a measure of general intellige Hardcover, 220 pages, $25. To support Gould's intentions and his efforts I raise some philosophical questions. 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