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Leon

Upton-upon-Severn, United Kingdom
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  • IQ

  • How Psychology Hijacked Intelligence
  • By: Stephen Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

IQ scores have the power to determine the chances we have in life: the people we meet, the schools we attend, the jobs we get, the lives we live. Very few of us, however, understand what IQ tests and ratings really mean. In this fascinating, provocative book, Stephen Murdoch explains the turbulent history and controversial current uses of intelligence testing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding, provides masses of food for thought.

  • By Leon on 23-05-11

Outstanding, provides masses of food for thought.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-11

Disregard reviews from people that have not actually listened to the whole thing! This book stands any ideas you had about IQ tests on their head. I have now listened to this book 2 times, and intend to listen to it many times more, despite it's length.

The only thing I can say is get this book, there are too many things in there to list in a short review like this. It is cheap for the insight it gives to the whole concept of IQ tests and the way they have historically been used to provide 'evidence' to support eugenics, racism and dodgy social policies. The book describes various ways IQ tests have been used as a tool for politics and bending social history. That includes our 11 plus tests designed to favour children from better off families.

The book provides many 'oh my god' moments. Read it and see. You will never trust an IQ test again!

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  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward, Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why bring out the abridged version first!!

  • By Robert on 18-08-11

Essential Reading/Listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-10

A brilliant summary analysing all the 'beliefs' that are commonly taken as fact within UK society, I only wish I could remember everything discussed. This book will need many listens and could indeed become one of those that you have to listen to on a regular basis. The combination of Richard and his Wife works well, they both have an excellent manner and present their points clearly, although I did have to reach for the dictionary occasionally!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful