THE BELL CURVE

Mike Mehta mike.mehta at canrem.com
Mon Feb 13 21:03:00 EST 1995


Hello,

I am reading a book called "The Bell Curve" by Richard Hernstein and
Charles Murray.  It is a book about intelligence and class structure
in American life.  Since I have started reading this book, I have
become extremely interested in intelligence and genetics.  I was
hoping to receive as much information: opinions, facts, recent
updates, regarding these topics.  There are hundreds of questions I am
dying to ask, so to start:

-  What is intelligence defined as?  Does it have multiple
definitions?

-  What methods exist of measuring intelligence?  How accurate are
they?  Can I obtain copies of these tests or test questions?

-  Is Intelligence generally considered to be due to genetics or
environment?  What evidence is there supporting either?

-  What do you people see as the consequences of the revelation that
intelligence may differ ON AVERAGE by racial group?

-  Have scientists found an 'intelligence gene'?

-  How does the brain function to form thought?  Is it just a reaction
to various chemicals being shifted around?  If that is true, can we
accurately predict every thought of the mind?

As well, information on cases regarding tests done on identical twins,
or children and parents, etc.  would be appreciated.  I am open to any
and all comments and opinions.  Please respond,

Mike



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