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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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Biology and intelligence—the race/IQ controversy

Biology and intelligence—the race/IQ controversy

(p.123) Chapter 9 Biology and intelligence—the race/IQ controversy
Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain

Mike Anderson

Oxford University Press

There are false beliefs widely held by many, and often by those who should know better, regarding the influence of race and biology on IQ and intelligence. This chapter presents arguments and data that challenge these myths by establishing that: IQ tests are good measures of intelligence; there is a large unitary factor called general intelligence that accounts for most of the differences in IQ and that is based on biological differences between individuals; individual differences in IQ are, in large part, genetically inherited; and there is no good reason to believe that the difference in group means that exist between black and white Americans in measured IQ is either genetically based or based on race differences in biology.

Keywords:   biology, intelligence, race, IQ tests

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