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The Mismeasure of Man

Stephen Jay Gould

When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. Yet the idea of of biology as destiny dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined. In this edition, Stephen Jay Gould has written a substantial new introduction telling how and why he wrote the book and tracing the subsequent history of the controversy on innateness right through The Bell Curve. Further, he has added five essays on questions of The Bell Curve in particular and on race, racism, and biological determinism in general. These additions strengthen the book's claim to be, as Leo J. Kamin of Princeton University has said, "a major contribution toward deflating pseudo-biological 'explanations' of our present social woes."

When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. Yet the idea of of biology as destiny dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined. In this edition, Stephen Jay Gould has written a substantial new introduction telling how and why he wrote the book and tracing the subsequent history of the controversy on innateness right through The Bell Curve. Further, he has added five essays on questions of The Bell Curve in particular and on race, racism, and biological determinism in general. These additions strengthen the book's claim to be, as Leo J. Kamin of Princeton University has said, "a major contribution toward deflating pseudo-biological 'explanations' of our present social woes."
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When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. Yet the idea of of biology as destiny dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined. In this edition, Stephen Jay Gould has written a substantial new introduction telling how and why he wrote the book and tracing the subsequent history of the controversy on innateness right through The Bell Curve. Further, he has added five essays on questions of The Bell Curve in particular and on race, racism, and biological determinism in general. These additions strengthen the book's claim to be, as Leo J. Kamin of Princeton University has said, "a major contribution toward deflating pseudo-biological 'explanations' of our present social woes."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

16h 27m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

47:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

40:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

43:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

43:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

40:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

46:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

39:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

38:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

48:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

51:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

50:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

56:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

53:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

55:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

48:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

32:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

32:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

56:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

32:05