Of Genes and IQ

  • Michael Daniels
  • Bernie Devlin
  • Kathryn Roeder


The fundamental premise of Herrnstein and Murray’s opus, The Bell Curve, is that intelligence and its proxy IQ are determined primarily by genes.1 Economic and social success, according to their analyses, are determined primarily by IQ. Thus logic dictates that economic and social success are due largely to genes, which therefore explains why government interventions to improve the lot of the poor have been on the whole unsuccessful. In one eloquent volume, the authors serve up justification for that oft-heard refrain “the poor will always be poor.”


Maternal Effect Assortative Mating Additive Genetic Variance Bell Curve Social Success 
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  • Michael Daniels
  • Bernie Devlin
  • Kathryn Roeder

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