Is Psychometric g a Myth?
- "As an online discussion about IQ or general intelligence grows longer, the probability of someone linking to statistician Cosma Shalizi's essay g, a Statistical Myth
approaches 1. Usually the link is accompanied by an assertion to the effect that Shalizi offers a definitive refutation of the concept of general mental ability, or psychometric g
." [more inside]
A Mismeasured Mismeaurement of Man.
Stephen Jay Gould's classic The Mismeasure of Man
argues that 19th century scientist Samuel George Morton
inflicted his own racial biases on his data
to demonstrate that Caucasians had larger brains than other races. A new paper in the Public Library of Science: Biology
debunks Gould's account by remeasuring the same skulls Morton used. Whatever biases Morton may have had, they are not reflected in the data
was into it
. Scientists are using it
to understand climate change
. When Project Budburst
starts again on Febraury 15th, you can participate, too. [more inside]