IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea

IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea

Stephen Murdoch


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IQ a wise background of a Failed Idea

""An updated, reader-friendly account of the continued saga of the mismeasure of ladies and men.""
—Howard Gardner, writer of Frames of brain and a number of Intelligences: New Horizons

""The excellent news is that you simply will not be demonstrated after you have got learn Stephen Murdoch's vital new ebook. the higher information is that IQ: a sensible historical past of a Failed notion is compelling from its first pages, and by way of its end, Murdoch has deftly proven that during our zeal to quantify intelligence, now we have needlessly scarred—if now not destroyed—the lives of thousands of people that didn't want an IQ ranking to turn out their worthy on the planet. IQ is best narrative journalism, a publication that i'm hoping ends up in helpful change.""
—Russell Martin, writer of Beethoven's Hair, Picasso's conflict, and Out of Silence

""With fast moving storytelling, freelance journalist Murdoch strains now ubiquitous yet nonetheless arguable makes an attempt to degree intelligence to its origins within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. . . . Murdoch concludes that IQ trying out presents neither a competent nor a valuable device in realizing people's habit, nor can it expect their destiny luck or failure. . . . A considerate review and a welcome reminder of the risks of hoping on such standardized tests.""
—Publishers Weekly

""Stephen Murdoch promises a lucid and fascinating chronicle of the ever present and infrequently insidious use of IQ checks. this can be a clean examine a century-old and nonetheless debatable idea—that our human strength should be distilled right down to a unmarried try out ranking. Murdoch's compelling account calls for a reexamination of our mania for psychological measurement.""
—Paul A. Lombardo, writer of 3 Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the preferrred courtroom & greenback v. Bell

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