> At 07:27 PM 5/31/98 -0400, Justin Schwartz wrote:
> >I'm not in favor of intelligence testing, although I think IQ tests might
> >be useful for Binet's original remedial purposes for individuals. I think
> No disagreement on the remedial use of Binet's tests. However, the unique
> contribution of the American Academia to racism was using paper and pencil
> test to claim genetic differences between people of different skin colour.
> In other words, Terman/Murray and Co. purported that their paper and
> pencil tests measure something more than behavioral differences -- they
> claimed they measure genetically inherited differences in congnitve
Quite right, and this of course was ideology. But it hasb't do with papere and pencil tests. It has to do with lots of mistakes, including supposing g was a real quantity and that it makes sense to attempt to measure differwences in the average g across raxcial groupos which themselves don't exist, biologically speaking.
I once debated Michael Levin, who has defending hereditarian racism. I challenged him to define who was in the "Black" group about which he was making his claim. He said, those Americand 80% of whose ancesters were from sub-Saharan Africa 30 generations back. I said, how much of the US Black population, as defined by the census, fits taht bill? He said hedidn't know, but when pressed he admitted it might be as little as 1% and probably wasn't greater than 10%. That is, of the census-defined Blacks.