By Lance Vargas
Harvard Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, who helped
define scientific racism in his book, "The Mismeasure of Man"
died of cancer yesterday at the age of 60.
of Man" is widely considered the antitheses to "The Bell Curve"
by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray.
detail the influence of environment and heredity in determining
intelligence. However, "The Bell Curve" supported the idea of
ranking and reification and notions of racism seemed implied if
not outright stated. Gould's book rebuffed many of the idea's
stated in "The Bell Curve" and ignited a debate among academics
that has persisted ever since.
In addition to
"The Mismeasure of Man," which won the National Book Critics Circle
Gould also wrote, "Ever Since Darwin," "The Panda's
Thumb," which won an American Book Award in 1981.