Re: What Are the Race Deniers Denying?

Dene Bebbington (
Sun, 3 Nov 1996 17:52:31 +0000

"Duncan R. MacMillan" <> wrote:
> In article <55acgq$> "Ron
>Kephart" writes:
>> This is an extremely important point and one which I hope the people
>> following this thread will think carefully about. If within group
>> variation is greater than between group then there is SOMETHING WRONG
> For any one attribute, the variation within groups will be greater
>than that within, but group identity is assigned on the overall "score" of
>multiple attributes.
> I get the impression that a lot of people who rubbish "The Bell Curve"
>seem to think that IQ was used to assign the subjects to their racial groups,
>instead of the other way round.

The problem with "The Bell Curve" is that the authors used the IQ
results of self-selected racial groups to hypothesise about possible
genetic explanations. But they provide no compelling reason why self-
selected groups provide a coherent and meaningful biological group by
which genetic differences may be invoked to explain IQ differences.

Dene Bebbington

"... after all, who'd notice another madman around here?!"