Some history of heredity-vs-environment, genetic inferiority at Harvard(?), and The (incredible) Bell Curve
Author: Hirsch, J.
Source: Genetica, Volume 99, Numbers 2-3, 1997 , pp. 207-224(18)
Abstract:This article discusses some historical and intellectual roots of American behaviorism in psychology and its anti-heredity, environmentalist bias, as well as the early `justification' for pure line theory in genetics and some interrelations between the two fields. Next, I discuss the heritability concept, its promotion, its critique and the importance of distinguishing it from, rather than confusing or conflating it with, the heredity concept. Then, briefly I consider some of the history and problems associated with the intelligence concept, as well as the capital importance of biological controls in studies of human heredity. And finally, I document the incredibility of The Bell Curve and the appalling inadequacy of its reception.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Departments of Psychology and Ecology, Ethology and Evolution, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
Publication date: 1997-01-01