brain size and intelligence

Nick Medford nick at
Wed Feb 7 13:41:14 EST 2001

In article <ewcg6.96048$ft6.3356295 at>, Richard
Norman <rsnorman at> writes
>"MS" <marshmallow5 at> wrote in message
>news:5y4g6.456$WV5.59588 at
>> Since a relationship exists between brain:body ratios and intelligence
>> across species, any thoughts on why it doesn't pertain within a species
>> (i.e. humans). Or are there studies demonstrating this which I'm not aware
>> of?
>I believe that historically there were attempts to correlate
>brain size with "race" and thereby establish "objective
>criteria" for racial superiority theories.
>One major problem is defining what you mean by "intelligence"
>and demonstrating that a single indicator can measure whatever
>you mean by it.

For a learned but readable survey of both these points, Stephen Jay Gould's
book 'The Mismeasure Of Man' is still the gold standard IMHO.
Nick Medford

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