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Cyril Burt: Fraud or Framed?

N. J. Mackintosh


When Cyril Burt died in 1971, he was widely regarded as Britain's most eminent educational psychologist. Within five years of his death, however, he was being publicly denounced as a fraud who had fabricated data purporting to show that human intelligence is inherited. Was he really a fraud? Or was he accused of fraud by critics anxious to dismiss such a politically unacceptable scientific theory? Where does the truth lie? The chapters to this book examine the evidence carefully and dispassionately and conclude that both the defence and the prosecution cases are seriously flawed. This is a rea ... More

Keywords: Cyril Burt, educational psychologist, fraud, fabricated data, inherited intelligence

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Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198523369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

N. J. Mackintosh, editor
University of Cambridge

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