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  •  Great comment, but a quibble (11+ / 0-)
    First, IQ tests were originally designed as measures of the efficacy of educational systems, and they predominantly reflect education.  
    True, but not true. Binet originally developed the IQ test because the French school systems were overcrowded and each school needed a way to separate those students who needed extra attention (read, special ed, which came with it's own host of issues) from those who didn't. Before the standardized IQ tests, those decisions were left to the individual teacher and school. It was never about efficacy. That is a US bastardization that occurred after WW1.

    I agree with your overall point and add this - the 'nature-nurture' question is the one philosophical question we've actually answered. And that answer is that we asked the wrong question in the wrong way. Any research psychologist worth their degree knows this. I think the disconnect is that when people hear 'genetic influence,' they think pre-determinism.

    To the diarist - great diary, and damn you for making me think about work on a Saturday:)

    The only thing harder than speaking truth to power is speaking truth to stupid.

    by themis on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:09:43 AM PST

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