Burt Affair

An incident involving Sir Cyril Burt, a British mathematician and psychologist who published widely on an array of topics including psychometrics, philosophy, and parapsychology. His research in behavior genetics, especially regarding heritability of intelligence based on twin studies was called into question when it was found that some of the studies had not been performed at all, and that some of his listed research associates were fictitious
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Later, he added that 'If our consideration of the Burt affair is going to be profitable, we must be prepared to examine all the evidence, not just select those items which fit our preconceptions and biases' and accused Kamin of 'malicious bias' (Hearnshaw, 1980, pp.
The Burt affair is a mirror in which all can see themselves reflected.