Humans tell stories in order to understand the world in which we live. Very often these stories don’t fit well with reality. The scientific method is the best attempt so far to evaluate the validity of human stories. A model is proposed and then it is tested and retested by as many people as possible. Unfortunately, some terrible stories never face the rigor of the scientific method before they are accepted as “truth.”
In 1994, Charles Murray published a book called The Bell Curve. A tiny fraction of this book covered the link between race and IQ, setting off a firestorm of controversy. Murray disappeared from the scene only to resurface in 2017 thanks to various people on the internet who atomistically looked at his one set of stats and promoted it as “sound science.”
We aren’t here to dispute Murray’s data, but rather to put it into context with the relevant biology so you can make up your own mind. Put into context a totally different picture emerges of Murray’s findings.