Re: Bell curve

Tue, 22 Nov 1994 23:40:51 -0500

Did anyone else catch the 22-Nov ABC news piece about _The Bell Curve_
and the fact that it may rely heavily on research funded over the years
by the "Pioneer Fund?" The "Pioneers" founder (Draper? Drapier?) dates back
to the eugenics movement in the 1920's, although this organization is a couple
of decades earlier. Anyway, after spending some time talking about Draper
(Drapier?) cozying up to the Nazis during the 30's, they pointed out that the
"Pioneers" had helped fund everyone's favorite penis size/IQ study, and tied
them to Arthur Jensen, as well.

We may have a case of legitimacy through time and citation, here -- if enough
works cite things, and then other works cite those, the origin of the initial
work or idea becomes a bit obscured, and the idea seems more "mainstream"
because this best-seller proposes it and cites these other works.

Ugly stuff in a neat new dustjacket.