Controversial Debates In Richard Herrnstein's The Bell Curve

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The Bell Curve book, was published in 1994. This book was sought to bring meaning and understanding to the intelligence gap in America. The book was written by Richard Herrnstein. Although it was supposed to bring understanding, it brought lots of controversial debates in about IQ and intelligence. The first part of the book is cognitive file. The Author essentially argues that the higher IQ a person would have, the better off he or she is in their careers and secondary education. He indicates that the higher your IQ is the more important you are to your job and society. The author thinks that the IQ test should be part of the hiring process. I personally see this information very flawed because, IQ intelligence is only a theory. They aren't even positive. For the second reasoning being IQ is just your ability to learn something and your brain capacity. So even if one does have an abnormally high IQ it doesn't make them any smarter than the person next to them if they don't use all of their brain capacity. The second part of the book addresses social groups and IQ. The author essentially categorizes a lot of negative things in society and says whatever the negative thing influences a lower IQ. A couple examples being, poverty, crime and schooling.…show more content…
The author first states how east asians have higher IQs than white people. Then goes on to mention how black individuals IQs are normally lower than white peoples. I think the IQ test definitely can be flawed to ethnicity, truly based on education. But is is also unfair due to the demographics of where one comes from. The IQ test results are known to stay the same or near same throughout all your life, but as I learned earlier is that the IQ test can be thought to raise your score. So depending on your demographic and reasoning for taking the test, you could “study” to raise your score. Also education in this is a variable, depending on race education could
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