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bell-shaped curve

the curve of the probability density function of the normal distribution, resembling the outline of a bell. Also called normal curve.

gaus·si·an dis·tri·bu·tion

(gow'sē-ăn dis'tri-byū'shŭn)
The statistical distribution of members of a population around the population mean. In a gaussian distribution, 68.2% of values fall within ± 1 standard deviation (SD); 95.4% fall within ± 2 SD of the mean; and 99.7% fall within ± 3 SD of the mean.
Synonym(s): bell-shaped curve, normal distribution.
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The authors of The Bell Curve argue that genetically speaking, everyone is destined to remain in his or her place - with or without educational intervention.
Given the rich compendium of scientific critiques that are(15) and will be(16) readily available to the social scientific community and the reading public and given Murray and Herrnstein's recalcitrance,(17) this piece would be superfluous if my intent was to simply recount others' sage and derogatory reviews of The Bell Curve.
That makes The Bell Curve even more disconcerting, for less discerning readers more easily may be lulled into drawing inaccurate conclusions, especially those who are seeking reinforcement of their own biases.
But this does not imply that these groups can be plotted in a linear way from less intelligent to more intelligent, as argued in The Bell Curve.
The Bell Curve rehabbed Nazi genetic flummery, taken in turn from American genetic flummery of the late nineteenth century.
The fatalistic tone of The Bell Curve is surely unwarranted by the data.
The Bell Curve authors also don't acknowledge another explanation for the racial earnings gap: discrimination.
In their recent book The Bell Curve, Charles Murray and Richard Herrn stein rank the races by IQ with Asians outscoring whites and blacks bringing up the rear.
economy, said Bill Strazzullo, chief market strategist at Bell Curve Trading.
A renowned teacher and writer of science and history of science at Harvard, Gould (1941-2002) challenges assertions of biological determinism in a volume first published in 1981 and in a revised edition in 1996 that specifically addressed claims Arthur Jensen made in his 1994 The Bell Curve.
You can't have a stable republic if you follow one side of the bell curve with extreme energy.
Is it fair to say that Bell Curve and What It Means to Be a Libertarian author Charles Murray wants "a return to the Old South" because he believes people should be free to choose with whom they associate?