This piece from thinkprogress goes into some depths on the Kennedy School dissertation that led Jason Richwine to get fired from the Heritage Foundation.
It includes quotes from several people I know. I can certainly repeat what they and some of the others quoted in the article have said about the quality and seriousness of Richwine's dissertation committee.
The author is a bit more surprised than he should be that some dissertations are better than others, even at Harvard, but otherwise does a pretty nice job as a non-specialist dealing with a complicated topic and the somewhat arcane process by which dissertations get produced.
Hat tip: ASAK, on a roll with interesting things to read
Who was my favorite student this term?
6 years ago
I can't believe that anyone would cite that Beauchamp piece. It was absolutely rife with fallacies. (A few of which I noted in the comment section here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/genetic-crossroads/201305/predicting-the-iq-future-people/comments#comment-533264.)
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