10. The Sociologist's Fallacy - Ignoring the Real World

  1. James R. Flynn

Published Online: 8 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314999.ch10

How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World

How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World

How to Cite

Flynn, J. R. (2012) The Sociologist's Fallacy - Ignoring the Real World, in How to Improve Your Mind: Twenty Keys to Unlock the Modern World, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118314999.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119944768

Online ISBN: 9781118314999

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Keywords:

  • the sociologist's fallacy, ignoring the real world;
  • matching groups for one thing, creating a mismatch for something else;
  • three factors, inter-related as genes, environment, IQ;
  • matching for SES, equating black/white homes for SES;
  • causal chain, from genes to IQ to environment;
  • fallacy of simply “matching” socio-economic and “meritocracy thesis”;
  • the sociologist's fallacy, losing hold on the reality;
  • meritocracy thesis, predicting trend in an under-identified model

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Matching for SES

  • Matching Professions

  • The Easiest Kind of Matching

  • Under-Identified Models

  • Marx and Popper

  • Marx and History

  • Meritocracy and History

  • Concepts Plus Arithmetic

  • Reference