Behind The Bell Curve

If you think that The Bell Curve, a new book on the explosive subject of intelligence and race, is inflammatory, consider the conclusions of the scientists whose work figures in it. The Bell Curve merely frets that growing black and immigrant populations are lowering the average brain power of America. Psychologist J. Philippe Rushton of the University of Western Ontario goes much further. Not only are blacks dumber, he argues, but they also sport oversized genitals and tend to engage in indiscriminate sex. Or consider the views of the late Nobel laureate William Shockley, who suggested that blacks should be paid to be voluntarily sterilized.

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