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Are men really brain damaged at birth?

Richard Norman rsnorman at mediaone.net
Fri Jun 29 09:04:10 EST 2001

"Brian" <zhil at online.no> wrote in message
news:rA%_6.1190$Jp5.16094 at news1.oke.nextra.no...
> So, what do you think of the book "The Bell Curve" ??
> It poses these facts ...

What an author (of a non-peer-reviewed publication) says
are "facts" may be very different from what a neurobiologist
with a background in physical science and biophysics says
are "facts".

Sociological data, and any information about human behavior
for that matter, is the result of interpreting what you observe.
And that interpretation is fraught with all kinds of bias,
intentional or subtle, based on personal models of what people
are like and what makes people behave.

Physiological data is subject to the same problems, but the
interpretations are more likely to be broadly accepted and the
internal models of causality and mechanism of action more
likely to be objectively verified.

I would put "The Bell Curve" on the same level of "factual
accuracy" as the "men are brain damaged" hypothesis.

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