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t’s a shame that the controversy regarding “The Bell Curve” centered on the book’s delineation of the differences in measured intelligence between blacks and whites

When “The Bell Curve” by Charles A. Murray and Richard Herrnstein was published in 1994, I was a junior in college and didn’t know anything about the book except that it had my white literature professors in an uproar. A few of them inveighed against the book’s premise -- the very notion of intelligence as something people possess in varying degrees -- and then the whole controversy eventually died out.

[OP-ED]: By all means, take issue with ‘The Bell Curve.’ But read it first

 06/23/2017 - 08:47
t’s a shame that the controversy regarding “The Bell Curve” centered on the book’s delineation of the differences in measured intelligence between blacks and whites

When “The Bell Curve” by Charles A. Murray and Richard Herrnstein was published in 1994, I was a junior in college and didn’t know anything about the book except that it had my white literature professors in an uproar. A few of them inveighed against the book’s premise -- the very notion of intelligence as something people possess in varying degrees -- and then the whole controversy eventually died out.

[OP-ED]: Por favor, disientan con ‘The Bell Curve’ si quieren. Pero primero léanlo.

 06/23/2017 - 08:43
Es una lástima que la controversia con respecto a “The Bell Curve” se centrara en la delineación del libro de las diferencias en inteligencia medida, entre negros y blancos.

Cuando se publicó el libro de Charles A. Murray y Richard Herrnstein, ‘The Bell Curve’, en 1994, yo estaba en el segundo año de universidad y no sabía nada sobre él, excepto que causó el alboroto de mis profesores de literatura blancos. Algunos de ellos despotricaron contra la premisa del libro—la noción de la inteligencia como algo que el individuo posee en diversos grados—y después toda la controversia finalmente se apagó.