Intelligence as Predictor Variable
In The Bell Curve, Richard Hernstein and Charles Murray argued that the nation cannot come to terms with its massive social problems until it confronts the role of intelligence. “How bright someone is, is the single variable that has the largest impact on income and social status,” argued Hernstein. He further contended that low IQ is the most important factor relating to such social ills such as crime, illegitimacy, and welfare dependency. What are your thoughts on these claims? Is there research that supports these views?