'What guarantee do we have', he asks, 'that the "facts" they assert to be true have not been distorted to fit their views and prejudices?' Finally, he asserts that, in hereditarian
reviews of the IQ literature, "The facts cited tend to be as fiercely selective as those cited by a lawyer arguing his case in court' (ibid., p.
When forced by the logic of their own account to a point at which they would have to declare explicitly as militant hereditarians, they say, Well, it really doesn't matter ultimately whether or not I.Q.
The defense rests largely on protests that proponents of hereditarian I.Q.
On the other, they revert to the stock-in-trade that has always underscored the hereditarian camp's sideshow quality; I mean, of course, the studies of separated twins.
Admitting that they can't isolate biologically pure racial categories, Herrnstein and Murray opt to "classify people according to the way they classify themselves." But this destroys the possibility that their statistical hocus-pocus does any of the hereditarian work they claim for it.