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  •  I believe the criticism you are (2+ / 0-)
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    Be Skeptical, isabelle hayes

    referring to revolves around Gould's interpretation of Morton's cranial volume measurements. Which is a portion of the book, but can be divorced from the rest of it. There is no criticism that I am aware of that effectively "discredits" him, just disputes, probably accurately in a few cases like on Morton, parts of what he wrote. Also, a lot of the critics are clearly biased themselves.

    One of the big criticisms is that Gould used data selectively, but it is almost impossible not to. The subjects of Gould's book were almost all prolific authors, so there is a ridiculous amount of data to sort through, not all of it easily accessible. Anything one writes on the subject will be selective. Further, any one of them would almost certainly have said things that contradict, or seem to, things they'd said previously, just from sheer volume of work.

    I am well aware of the criticisms his book has received and still think it's one of the best books on the subject of the invention of race that I've read.

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