chapter  9
32 Pages

Suppressing Intelligence Research: Hurting Those We Intend to Help

WithLINDA S. GOTTFREDSON

Research on intelligence is a tale of good and evil, or so the media would have us think. We are presented as mean-spirited pseudoscientists who are greasing the slippery slope to oppression and genocide with their elitist racist ideologies about human differences. On the other side are the earnest souls who would save us from those horrors by exposing the unscientific and immoral basis of the so-called “science” of intelligence differences. Even when the science is conceded to be accurate, it is often labeled dangerous and irresponsible (Block & Dworkin, 1974). If not life-imperiling, it at least threatens the foundations of American democracy. In short, the world must be made safe from intelligence research.