Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Malcolm and the Steves

THe ever-glib and deeply superficial Malcolm Gladwell takes offence at a review of his recent work by Steven Pinker, and calls him an IQ fundamentalist for paying attention to extensive research.
The best way to follow the debate is by reading another Steve, Sailer, which you can do here, here, and here.
Gladwell's problem in the debate is that both Steves know how to use spreadsheets.
I particularly like "Igon values".
There is an even funnier old post in which Sailer describes Gladwell's snit at being criticized by Megan McArdle. It does seem that as the son of an academic, Gladwell has an excessive trust in everything his favorite academics say.


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