The Public Interest

IQ and science: the mysterious Burt affair

Arthur R. Jensen

Fall 1991

THE CASE OF Sir Cyril Burt is probably the most bizarre episode in the entire history’ of academic psychology. This can be attributed to a combination of elements— the controversial subject of Burt’s major research, his unusual personality, his widely acknowledged accomplishments, and the damaging accusations leveled against him after his death. Indeed, Burt’s posthumous notoriety exceeds even the considerable fame he enjoyed during his long career.

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