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Alan Weiss

In 1994 I read Charles Murray's book (written with Richard Hernstein) The Bell Curve, which, to say the least, created a firestorm of controversy and epithets claiming Murray was racist and worse. I'm one of the relatively few who actually read it, cover to cover, and it was highly informative and provocative. 

Now I've picked up his book Human Diversity, which looks at gender, race, and class. Again, I find the beginning fascinating and fearless.

Many years ago I facilitated a discussion here for many weeks on Atlas Shrugged, which has been one of the highlights of all Forum activity. If you choose to read this new book by Murray, I'll facilitate a discussion about it in about a month. the book is tough sledding, but you can't skim it and understand it well. If you're up to it, sign up on this thread and I'll announce a start to the discussion on a regular Forum board in a month.

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Sally

I just bought the book. I read The Bell Curve and will read Human Diversity. I am looking forward to a great discussion.

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JeffreyScott

Must one read Bell Curve first?

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Alan Weiss

No, or I would have said so. 

This guy is fearless in the face of charges of bigotry and political correctness violated. For example, he points out that the differences in male/female roles is actually greater in highly "egalitarian" countries, such as Sweden or Iceland or the gum-on-your-shoe-example Denmark, and LESS in Burkino Faso or Uganda. The statistics can be dense, but they are intricately based on a plethora of studies and unified. Like Factfulness, he's throwing cold water in our faces and suggesting we stop drinking the Kool Aid before it's too late.

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Sten Vesterli

If Denmark is involved, I am always interested in a discussion ;-)

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Sten Vesterli

Apparently, this is a book to keep under lock and key - Amazon suggest you buy it together with a padlock...

 

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Alan Weiss

Good, Sally, Sten, maybe Jeff, and I hope some others.

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Ruben Ugarte

I just the book as well and look forward to the discussion.

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patrickdaly

I’ll be in too. Wouldn’t miss it for the world!

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al.willett

I'm in.  

I Loved our previous book discussion group on John Toland's  The Rising Sun .   Sorry i missed the Atlas Shrugged one -- would have loved that one.

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LisaLarter

I’m in!  

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Alan Weiss

OK, critical mass. Let's aim for March 30 to begin, it's a beast of a read.

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Noah Fleming

I’m in. I agree, the old book club with The Rising Sun was a lot of fun.

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andrewhollo

I'm in too.

Andrew

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Alan Weiss

Great, international group, which I find very valuable. 

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LisaLarter

My book arrived today! The appendix at the back is it’s own book. 

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CDierickx

I'm in  

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Gary Covert

I’m in too. Thank you for suggesting.

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Alan Weiss

All right, it occurs to me it may be helpful to discuss as we go if you like—this is not a race—so I'll start a new thread for that in Life Balance, so that we can keep this one about new books.

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