Intelligence, Race, and Genetics

Conversations With Arthur R. Jensen


Frank Miele

First Edition • August 1, 2004 • 256 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813342740 • $42.00 USD$56.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780786747610 • $25.99 USD$28.99 CAN

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In a series of provocative conversations with Skeptic magazine senior editor Frank Miele, renowned University of California-Berkeley psychologist Arthur R. Jensen details the evolution of his thoughts on the nature of intelligence, tracing an intellectual odyssey that leads from the programs of the Great Society to the Bell Curve Wars and beyond. Miele cross-examines Jensen’s views on general intelligence (the g factor), racial differences in IQ, cultural bias in IQ tests, and whether differences in IQ are due primarily to heredity or to remediable factors such as poverty and discrimination. With characteristic frankness, Jensen also presents his view of the proper role of scientific facts in establishing public policy, such as Affirmative Action. “Jensenism,” the assertion that heredity plays an undeniably greater role than environmental factors in racial (and other) IQ differences, has entered the dictionary and also made Jensen a bitterly controversial figure. Nevertheless, Intelligence, Race, and Genetics carefully underscores the dedicated lifetime of scrupulously scientific research that supports Jensen’s conclusions.

Frank Miele’s highly regarded Skeptic interviews include conversations with evolutionists Richard Dawkins and E. O. Wilson, anthropologists Donald Johanson, Lionel Tiger, and Robin Fox, ecologist Garrett Hardin, and psychologist Robert Sternberg. His articles have appeared on many web pages, including those of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. He lives in Sunnyvale, California, with his Great Dane, Payce

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…certainly a good read, and Miele asks some appropriately searching questions.
— Times Higher Education Supplement

Arthur Jensen has spent his life pursuing—and finding—truth. Instead of the honors he deserved, he has endured hatred and calamity. This book is a tribute not only to a great man and a great scientist, but to author Frank Miele, who recognizes that greatness.
— American Renaissance

…will be as controversial today as it was in 1969 when Jensen proposed that heredity plays a greater role than environmental factors in race and other IQ differences.
— Newsday

…merges biography, autobiography, popular science, and polemical debate…in easy-to-digest Question & Answer style.
— isteve.com

A nicely done book about the important work of an impressive scientist on an incendiary topic. I recommend it.
— Metapsychology

This makes fascinating…reading and confirms that Jensen is no racist.
— Booklist

Miele, senior editor of Skeptic magazine, set out to ‘skeptically cross-examine’ Jensen on his views. The questions and answers traveled by e-mail, but they read like a conversation.
— Scientific American

The work of an honest, courageous man interviewing an honest, courageous man.
— E. O. Wilson,

There is no more important subject than how we as a society best utilize the precious gift of human intelligence. It is a tribute to Professor Jensen and his skeptical inquisitor Frank Miele that Intelligence, Race, and Genetics successfully challenges the usual ideological posturing on this taboo subject. This is science at its best: gripping and timely, cautious yet audacious.
— Jon Entine, author of Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It

An excellent introduction, overview and update about the man and the science behind the ‘ism’ of Jensenism. In clear and candid dialogue, Jensen unflinchingly answers hard questions about the policy implications of his life’s work.
— Professor Robert Plomin, MRC Research Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Miele asks the hard questions and Jensen answers without blinking. A must read for critics and supporters alike.
— Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Arthur Jensen has received endless criticism, much of it vituperative. Yet, he has remained moderate in tone and has repeatedly been more data oriented, more quantitative, more thorough, more scholarly, and more knowledgeable than his critics. Here is a chance for those who have not read his technical writing to learn his mature views in easily accessible, question and answer form.
— James Crow, Professor Emeritus of Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

For those who have learned of Jensenism and Arthur Jensen from the popular press, this is a must read book. Frank Miele asks the tough questions an informed skeptic should ask and gets answers understandable to the layman. Even if you have read everything Jensen has written, you will learn a lot about the man and his work..
— Douglas K. Detterman, editor, Intelligence

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