THE GEOGRAPHY OF INTELLECT by

THE GEOGRAPHY OF INTELLECT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Authors Weyl and Possony look at ethnopsychology- the study of the human intellect in races and peoples- from sometimes implicit, sometimes explicit political premises. They are for individualism (which is fine), and against ideological collectivism (also fine). But in espousing a sort of aristocratic conservatism (there's much ""creative minority"" flagwaving), they tend to drum down liberalism, socialism, and communism as if the differences between each were mere smoke screens; in short, they are sophisticated scholars who, at times, simplify to suit themselves. The chapters consider cultural and climactic cycles, selective breeding in past civilizations, character structure and social dynamics, Graeco-Roman biogenetic deterioration etc. The authors attack the trade union mentality of the untalented and the unlettered, illuminate interracial IQ differences (Negroes markedly lower than whites), denounce debased democratic mismating which breeds the best with the worst producing the middling, and up and down the line contend that all races are not equal in innate ability, the egalitarian principle being a myth mouthed either by the misled or the totalitarian trouble makers. Qualitative, not quantitative, improvement is what's needed. Strong stuff: a compelling, if controversial, report.

Pub Date: June 24th, 1963
Publisher: Regnery