Charles Murray Really Is a Monster

In the past, I've been inclined to attribute the attacks on Charles Murray and The Bell Curve to the fact that leftists love the word "racist" and hate anyone who claims that there are problems that can't be solved by raising taxes. However, I started reading TBC over the weekend, and the following excerpt from the introduction leaves no doubt in my mind that Murray is indeed a soulless monster:

In our experience, people do not use smart to mean (necessarily) that a person is prudent or knowledgeable but rather to refer to qualities of mental quickness and complexity that do in fact show up in high test scores. To return to our examples: Many witty people do not have unusually high test scores, but someone who regularly tosses off impromptu complex puns probably does (which does not necessarily mean that such puns are very funny, we hasten to add). [Emphasis mine]

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...someone who regularly

...someone who regularly tosses off impromptu complex puns...

Does this expression have different meanings in the States and the UK?

Andy- I think most folk

Andy-

I think most folk understand that usage, but it is not in the general-use American lexicon, unlike the now ubiquitous "wanker".

Puns are the lowest form of

Puns are the lowest form of humor.

In our experience, people do

In our experience, people do not use smart to mean (necessarily) that a person is prudent or knowledgeable but rather to refer to qualities of mental quickness and complexity that do in fact show up in high test scores.

Gah, this sentence is a mess. Someone get an editor.

- Josh

Ah, the problem of the puns

Ah, the problem of the puns asinorum.

I liked TBC, until I heard

I liked TBC, until I heard Charles Murray speak. The guy is an elitist, which makes me suspicious of his work. Yeah, I know this is a type M argument, but still...ick.

Yeah, elitists are the

Yeah, elitists are the lowest form of humanity. Looking down on other people is a sign of poor breeding, and some of us are better than that.

Oh -- and good one, dearieme.

I for one can't stand 2

I for one can't stand 2 things- people who are prejudiced against people because of their nationality, and the Dutch!

[/Austin Powers' Dad]

Oh God, is the entire book

Oh God, is the entire book written in the first person plural?

I think it is safe to say

I think it is safe to say what the APA stated in its report on The Bell Curve - that no one knows why there are differences between groups in intelligence tests.

And of course there are some strong and thoughtful criticisms of his work: http://psycprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/archive/00000099/