• Psychology Gone Astray – my latest book – now available!

    PGA cover

    It is with great pride that I announce that my latest book is now available for order from the fine folks at Onus Books!

    Amazon link – paperback / ebook

    As you may remember from a prior post (which includes an exclusive excerpt, go read it if you haven’t already!), this text is the culmination of about 10 years worth of work by myself and my co-editor/co-author. Dr. Charles Abramson. Clocking in at around 400 pages, the book consists of both original and reprinted works. The original chapters focus on the history of scientific sexism and racism, as well as providing guides on how to conduct and evaluate comparative research. We are also reprinting 22 articles which date from 1895-1930 as illustrations of how “scientific” research was used to help further the ideologies of racism, sexism, and eugenics. A number of critical thinking and teaching exercises are also included, as well as a selection of classic quotes demonstrating how even some of the most well respected figures in psychology demonstrated (to us) deplorable attitudes towards outgroup members.

    I am extremely proud of the finished product, and cannot wait to get feedback from my fine readers here on GPS. The Kindle edition in particular is a steal at under 10 bucks, so go grab you one!

    “This is an important contribution to the literature in psychology regarding a very uncomfortable time in our history. I applaud the authors for taking on this challenging topic and shining light on this dark time in the history of social science.”

    Dr. Robert Mather, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Central Oklahoma

    Here is the Table of Contents, to help whet your appetite:

    Introduction.. 1

    Race, Psychology, and Scientific Racism.. 5

    Methodological Issues in Comparative Research.. 21

    Preface to the Reprinted Works.. 27

    REACTION TIME WITH REFERENCE TO RACE. 33

    A STATISTICAL STUDY OF EMINENT MEN. 45

    SEX DIFFERENCES IN THE TAPPING TEST: AN INTERPRETATION. 69

    DISCUSSION – STERILISING THE INSANE. 81

    A STUDY IN DEGENERACY. 85

    THE INHERITANCE OF MENTAL CHARACTERS. 93

    THE INFERIOR QUALITY OF THE FIRST-BORN CHILDREN.127

    THE ALLEGED INFERIORITY OF THE FIRST-BORN. 135

    PSYCHOLOGY IN THE SERVICE OF EUGENICS.139

    RACIAL DIFFERENCES. 151

    THE MEASUREMENT OF INTELLIGENCE. 155

    THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX. 171

    SEX DIFFERENCES IN MENTAL TRAITS. 199

    COMPARISON OF THE SEXES IN MENTAL TRAITS. 207

    EXPERIMENTS ON THE RELATIVE EFFICIENCY OF MEN AND WOMEN IN MEMORY AND REASONING   211

    COMPARATIVE MENTALITY OF JEWS AND GENTILES. 221

    THE RESULTS OF SOME TESTS ON FULL AND MIXED BLOOD INDIANS. 223

    INCIDENCE OF INSANITY AMONG JEWS. 239

    A NOTE ON SEX DIFFERENCES, FROM THE PSYCHO-ANALYTIC POINT OF VIEW.. 245

    A COMPARISON OF THE INTELLIGENCE OF MEXICAN AND MIXED AND FULL BLOOD INDIAN CHILDREN   267

    RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN THE INTELLIGENCE OF SCHOOL CHILDREN. 281

    RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN BI-MANUAL DEXTERITY OF LATIN AND AMERICAN CHILDREN. 293

    Conclusions. 335

    Supplemental Resources. 337

    Suggested Further Readings. 339

    Notable Quotations on ScientificSexism and Racism.. 341

    Websites Related to Psychology,Race, and Sex. 349

    CHAPTER 738, LAWS OF 1913, AN ACT. 351

    Buy a copy or thirty today, I’d love to hear your feedback!

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    Article by: Caleb Lack

    Caleb Lack is the author of "Great Plains Skeptic" on SIN, as well as a clinical psychologist, professor, and researcher. His website contains many more exciting details, visit it at www.caleblack.com

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    • An Ardent Skeptic

      Congratulations!

      • http://www.caleblack.com/ Caleb W. Lack

        Thanks!

        • Gus M.

          O’ Not. Knower. Of. God. You are eeeeeeevil!

          • http://www.caleblack.com/ Caleb W. Lack

            Yes, so evil. Terribly so, actually. Not exactly an evil little thing, more of an evil large thing.

            Fuck off, nutcase.

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    • http://www.skepticink.com/tippling/ Jonathan MS Pearce

      Woo hoo!

    • http://skepticink.com/backgroundprobability/ Damion Reinhardt

      Back in the day, the popular notion was that there are significant and measurable psychological differences between men and women, or between my European and African ancestors, and scientists often worked to reinforce these popular ideas.

      Today, the popular notion is that there are no significant and measurable psychological differences between sexes or between “races” however defined. Are scientists today working to ensure that we do not find significant differences in cases where they would be inconvenient to the dominant politically correct narrative?

      I suppose what I’m asking how we can tell that today’s researchers are not (to some degree) following along with a popular and comfortable narrative, just as they were a century or so ago.

      • http://www.caleblack.com/ Caleb W. Lack

        One of the major problems in scientific thinking is that your theories help to construct your studies, which in turn help to construct your results. This is especially problematic in the social sciences.

        I think that things today have certainly swung to the opposite end from what we show in the book ( to “no differences, ever!” or even “differences don’t matter, because culture!”) and this is reflected in the emphasis on “multicultural competency” in training programs.

        That being said, one of the major points we try to drive home in the book is that research design matters, and that being able to either construct or critique study design is hugely important. It’s not just “What results did you get?” but instead “Was there a methodological reason why you got the results you did?” Good design works to disprove your theories, and as such is less prone to the influence of your particular beliefs.

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    • Gus M.

      You. Do. Not. Know. God.

      • http://www.caleblack.com/ Caleb W. Lack

        Wow, thanks for your insightful comment which has absolutely nothing to do with anything this post is talking about.

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