AU­THOR’S BOOK­SHELF

Three books that in­spired David Adam while writ­ing The Ge­nius Within

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THE MISMEASURE OF MAN BY STEPHEN JAY GOULD (£ 14.99, W. W. NOR­TON & COM­PANY).

“Flawed but read­able polemic on ev­ery­thing from IQ tests to how sci­en­tists should ap­proach re­search on in­tel­li­gence, and if they should do so at all. The up­dated sec­ond edi­tion is con­sid­ered the clas­sic re­but­tal to the book The Bell Curve.”

THE BELL CURVE BY RICHARD J HERRNSTEIN AND CHARLES MUR­RAY (£ 16.99, SI­MON & SCHUS­TER).

“Con­tro­ver­sial anal­y­sis of real and claimed group dif­fer­ences in IQ. This is not a rec­om­men­da­tion or en­dorse­ment, but I felt I should read it to judge for my­self. The text is more mea­sured than of­ten claimed but it’s what one can read be­tween the lines that is dis­turb­ing.”

SWITCHED ON BY JOHN EL­DER RO­BI­SON (£9.99, ONEWORLD).

“The lat­est in a se­ries of books about the au­thor’s ex­pe­ri­ences with autism, this of­fers a won­der­ful ac­count of how brain stim­u­la­tion seemed to ac­ti­vate long-dor­mant emo­tional aware­ness. And the re­sults weren’t as pos­i­tive as you might think.”

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