Reviews of IN THE KNOW

To mark the one-year anniversary of the American release of my book, In the Know: Debunking 35 Myths About Human Intelligence, I have compiled the book’s reviews. Each reviewer has their own insights, and each found different things worth highlighting in the book. The first review of my book was published by retired British psychology

Book review: Victoria F. Nourse’s IN RECKLESS HANDS

Skinner v. Oklahoma (1942) was a U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled unanimously that Oklahoma’s law permitting the compulsory sterilization of “habitual offenders” in prisons was unconstitutional. This ruling came just 15 years after the infamous Buck v. Bell (1927), in which the court 8-1 ruled the exact opposite in regards to a woman who was supposedly “feeble-minded” (to use the terminology of the time).

Quack Multiculturalism as an unscientific ideology

The most fundamental problem is defining multiculturalism. Frisby (2013) described four types of multiculturalism that are often present in American culture: Boutique, Kumbayah, Light-and-Fluffy, and Bean-Counting Multiculturalism. Each of these seems like “multiculturalism,” but is actually consists of merely “going through the motions,” often unthinkingly.


Today is the release date for the second edition of my statistics textbook, Statistics for the Social Sciences: A General Linear Model Approach. I have previously blogged about the changes that make the book better than the first edition. Statistics for the Social Sciences remains the only undergraduate textbook that teaches students statistics through the

Forty years squandered by IQ environmentalists

Update: This post has been translated into French. Cet article a été traduit en français. The latest book that I have finished reading is James Flynn’s (1980) Race, IQ and Jensen. This is the earliest work by Flynn that I have ever read, and I can see in it seeds of his later thought. The


The latest book that I’ve finished is A History of American Gifted Education (Jolly, 2018), a lively tome that should be required reading for any graduate student or scholar in the field. Jennifer is a colleague, and we are guest co-editors on a special issue for a journal, and I am one of her associate

Susannah Cahalan’s THE GREAT PRETENDER: Dross mixed with gold

I just finished reading Susannah Cahalan’s (2019) The Great Pretender. It is an exploration of David Rosenhan’s famous article, “On Being Sane in Insane Places” (Rosenhan, 1973). The article was an account of eight healthy people who got themselves admitted to inpatient psychiatric facilities by stating that they were hearing voices. Seven of the eight