The graphic recorder sketch notes stephan jay gould the mismeasure of man

Stephen Jay Gould: Objectivity in Science

The graphic recorder sketch notes stephan jay gould the mismeasure of man objectivity in science

I have been reading Stephen Jay Gould’s The Mismeasure of Man (Revised & Expanded) a book that describes a very specific example of how scientists have used flawed statistics and faulty logic to provide support for a idea that tugged on the emotional strings of many: that intelligence is a measurable, genetically fixed quality (implication: different races have different, unalterable levels of intelligence).  In the book he explains why this idea is entirely wrong.  People often think that the core of science is complete objectivity.  But we are becoming more and more aware that it is impossible to remain entirely objective – and Gould has therefore developed a more moderate approach.  In the introduction to the second edition of his book, he explains his view.  The sketch above is my visual take on his text (click on the image to view an enlarged version).

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  1. I hope you are aware that Stephen Jay Gould deliberately falsified his own data in order to achieve the result that he wanted for political correct reasons. In the rush to prove that scientist Samuel Morton, who erroneously used skull-size measurements to demonstrate racial differences, was biased and racist, Stephen Jay Gould overstepped the line of science and decency. “Gould used the well-documented work of a long-dead man to make an argument that unconscious bias is widespread in science,” wrote University of Wisconsin anthropologist John Hawks, on his blog. “Gould owed us a responsible reading and trustworthy reporting on that evidence. In its place, he made up fictional stories, never directly examined the evidence himself, and misreported Morton’s numbers.”

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