grew up in New Jersey. He attended the University of Georgia,
where he studied psychology under R. Travis Osborne. He
became a regular contributor to Mankind Quarterly while
still an undergraduate and collaborated with Donald Swan and A.
James Gregor as well as Osborne. More recently he has worked
with Richard Lynn.]
Frank. Review of The Hittites by O.R. Gurney.
In Mankind Quarterly 6 (October-December 1965):
Frank. Review of The Vikings by Johannes Brønstead.
In Mankind Quarterly 6 (January-March 1966): 171-172.
Frank. Review of The Concept of Race by M.F. Ashley
Montagu. In Mankind Quarterly 6 (January-March 1966):
Frank. Review of Origins of Man by John Buettner-Janusch.
In Mankind Quarterly 7 (July-September 1966): 61-62.
Frank. "The Race Concept." Mankind Quarterly
7 (October-December 1966): 78-85.
March 1967. Perceptual & Motor Skills accepts
Osborne, Gregor & Miele, "Heritability of Numerical Facility."]
R. Travis, A. James Gregor, and Frank Miele. "Heritability
of Numerical Facility." Perceptual and Motor Skills
24 (1967): 659-666.
January 1968. Perceptual & Motor Skills accepts
Osborne, Gregor & Miele, "Heritability of Factor V:
R. Travis, A. James Gregor, and Frank Miele. "Heritability
of Factor V: Verbal Comprehension." Perceptual
and Motor Skills 26 (1968): 191-202.
March 1969. Perceptual & Motor Skills accepts
Osborne & Miele, "Racial Differences in Environmental
Influences on Numerical Ability as Determined by Heritability
R. Travis, and Frank Miele. "Racial Differences in
Environmental Influences on Numerical Ability as Determined by
Heritability Estimates." Perceptual and Motor Skills
28 (1969): 535-538.
Frank. Review of The Basis of Human Evolution by
Bertram S. Kraus. In Mankind Quarterly 10 (October-December
A.B., University of Georgia. He had been publishing in Mankind
Quarterly for five years when he graduated. He spent
much of the first half of the 1970s around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.]
Frank. "Morphological Methods and Racial Classification."
Mankind Quarterly 12 (April-June 1972): 220-227.
M.S., University of Georgia.]
Frank. "Twin Studies and the Inheritance of Mental
Ability." Mankind Quarterly 13 (January-March
Frank, and R. Travis Osborne. "Racial Differences in
Heritability Ratios for Verbal Ability." Homo 24 (1973):
[Although he was living around Oklahoma City OK
during this period, Homo lists 'Dr.' Miele's address as
The Guidance Center, University of Georgia. (RT Osborne
was Director of the Guidance Center).]
Donald A., and Frank Miele (with the assistance of Dr. R. Travis
Osborne). "A Factor Analysis of Oetteking's Ancient
Egyptian Cranial Data." Homo 24 (1973):
['Dr.' Miele's address is given as The Guidance
Center, University of Georgia.]
April 1975. CBS-TV special, 'The IQ Myth,' hosted by Dan Rather.]
Frank. "A Proposed Longitudinal Twin Study for Assessing
Effects of Environment on the Development of Mental Ability in
Negroes and Whites." Mankind Quarterly 16 (October-December
[This is Miele's last paper in Mankind Quarterly.]
Arthur R. "Test Bias and Construct Validity."
Phi Delta Kappan 58 (December 1976): 340-346.
[At pp. 343-344: "... a favorite target of
test critics is the WISC Verbal Comprehension item: 'What is the
thing to do if a fellow (girl) much smaller than yourself starts
to fight with you?' This item is often claimed to be culturally
biased against blacks, and David Wechsler himself was confronted
by this claim in an interview with Dan Rather on a recent CBS-TV
program, 'The IQ Myth.'
"After seeing the CBS program, a psychology
graduate student, Frank Miele, looked up the item statistics on
this and other WISC items. He obtained WISC tests on large samples
of white and black schoolchildren and looked at the rank order
of difficulty of this purportedly biased item within each racial
group. When the easiest item in the whole WISC is ranked 1 and
the hardest is ranked 161, the rank order in difficulty of the
'pick a fight' item is only 42 within the black group, as compared
with 47 within the white group. In short, this particular item
is relatively easier for blacks than for whites!"
At p. 244: "How similar is this
general factor for blacks and whites given the same battery of
cognitive tests? Frank Miele and R.T. Osborne have sent me correlational
data on 541 white and 237 black children in Georgia...."]
Frank Miele again resides in Athens, Georgia. He is again
at the University of Georgia, but does not complete a Ph.D.]
Frank. "Cultural Bias in the WISC." Unpublished
manuscript, University of Georgia, 1977.
[This is a manuscript version of the paper published
in Intelligence 3 (April-June 1979).]
Jerome M. Sattler (San Diego State), Journal
of Psychology 102 (1979): 107
(Sattler is an associate of Arthur Jensen.)]
R. Travis, Clyde E. Noble, and Nathaniel Weyl, editors.
Human Variation. Orlando: Academic Press, 1978.
[At p. xv, the editors acknowledge the contributions
of Frank Miele.]
Frank. "Cultural Bias in the WISC." Intelligence
3 (April-June 1979): 149-163.
Robert A Gordon & Eileen E Rudert, "Bad
News Concerning IQ Tests" Sociology of Education (July
Jonathan Sandoval, "The WISC-R & Internal
Evidence of Test Bias with Minority Groups" Journal of
Consulting & Clinical Psychology 47 (Oct 1979): 919-947
Robert A Gordon, "Labeling Theory, Mental
Retardation & Public Policy" in The Labeling of Deviance,
2nd ed. (1980)
Cecil R Reynolds, "Differential Construct
Validity of Intelligence as Popularly Measured" Intelligence
4 (Oct-Dec 1980): 371-379
Nadine M Lambert, "Psychological Evidence
in Larry P. v. Wilson Riles: An Evaluation by a Witness
for the Defense" American Psychologist 36 (Sept 1981):
Cecil R Reynolds & Alfred J Nigl, "A
Regression Analysis of Differential Validity in Intellectual Assessment
for Black & White Inner City Children" Journal of
Clinical Child Psychology 10 (Fall 1981): 176-179
Cecil R Reynolds & Terry B Gutkin, "A
Multivariate Comparison of the Intellectual Performance of Black
& White Children Matched on Four Demographic Variables"
Personality and Individual Differences 2 (1981): 175-180
Wayne C Piersel, Barbara S Plake & Cecil
R Reynolds, "Bias in Content Validity on the Boehm Test of
Basic Concepts for White & Mexican-American Children"
Contemporary Educational Psychology 7 (April 1982): 181-189
R Travis Osborne & Frank C.J. McGurk, The
Testing of Negro Intelligence, vol. 2, Athens, GA: Foundation
for Human Understanding, 1982
Anne M Murray & Shitala P Mishra, "Judgments
of Item Bias in the McCarthy Scales of Childrens' Abilities"
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 5 (Sept 1983):
Cecil R Reynolds, "Test Bias: In God We
Trust; All Others Must Have Data" Journal of Special Education
17 (Fall 1983): 241-260
Richard A Figueroa, "Test Bias & Hispanic
Children" Journal of Special Education 17 (Winter
Dennis Doverspike & Gerald V Barrett, "An
Internal Bias Analysis of a Job Evaluation Instrument" Journal
of Applied Psychology 69 (Nov 1984): 648-662
Cecil R Reynolds, Victor L Willson & Steve
Chatman, "Relationships Between Age & Raw Score Increases
on the Kaufman-Assessment Battery for Children" Psychology
in the Schools 21 (Jan 1984): 19-24
Rex B Kline, David Lachar & Donna J Sprague,
"The Personality Inventory for Children (PIC): An Unbiased
Predictor of Cognitive Academic Status" Journal of Pediatric
Psychology 10 (Dec 1985): 461-477
Anne H Widerstrom, Lucy J Miller & Robert
J Marzano, "Sex & Race Differences in the Identification
of Communicative Disorders in Preschool Children as Measured by
the Miller Assessment for Preschoolers" Journal of Communicative
Disorders 19 (June 1986): 219-226
Robert A Gordon, "Jensen's Contributions
Concerning Test Bias" in Arthur Jensen: Consensus &
Jeanne E Montie & Joseph F Fagan III, "Racial
Differences in IQ: Item Analysis of the Stanford-Binet at 3 Years"
Intelligence 12 (July-Sept 1988): 315-332
Vicente Z Ortiz, "Validation of a Short
Form of the WISC-R with Accelerated & Gifted Hispanic Students"
Gifted Child Quarterly 33 (Fall 1989): 152-155
Richard Lynn, "Race Differences in Intelligence:
A Global Perspective" Mankind Quarterly 31 (Spring
SR Shaw, Mark E Swerdlik & Jeff Laurent,
Review of Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 3rd
ed, in Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment (1993):
Sandra Scarr, "Psychological Science in
the Public Arena: Three Cases of Dubious Influence" Scandanavian
J of Psychology 36 (1995): 164-188
R. Travis. Twins: Black and White.
Athens, Georgia: Foundation for Human Understanding, 1980.
[In the preface, Osborne acknowledges his friend
& colleague, Frank Miele.]
The Pioneer Fund's 1991 tax return lists grants to Ulster Institute
for Social Research (Richard Lynn). An attachment detailing the
use of the grant funds includes $9,188 for research assistance
by F. Miele.]
March 1994. Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine
& founder of the Skeptics Society, appears on a taping of
the Phil Donahue Show on Holocaust deniers.]
Frank. "Giving the Devil His Due: Holocaust
Revisionism as a Test Case for Free Speech and the Skeptical Ethic."
Skeptic 2 (1994): 58-70.
[In vol. 2, no. 4, on the theme "Pseudohistory:
Holocaust Revisionism and Afrocentrism." This
is Miele's first contribution to Skeptic. He very
quickly becomes a full-time member of its staff. The Skeptics
Society gives the paper its Spinoza Award. It has been available
on the Skeptics Society's website since July 1994. A biographical
note adopts a slightly picaresque tone, indicating that he "grew
up in a 'mob' town in New Jersey. His current incarnation
is as a free-lance writer and musician living in the San Francisco
Bay Area. His principal interest is in applying Occam's
Razor & Hume's Fork to the study of evolutionary biology,
political ideology, and religious philosophy, especially extreme
positions as test cases. The present article, 'Giving
the Devil His Due,' developed from a letter to the editor he submitted
in response to Michael Shermer's editorial asking if Skeptics
should look into Holocaust revisionism (Skeptic Vo. 2 No.
2)." Miele thanks Vora Shamelis & Pat Carri for
editorial & research assistance, and the reference librarians
of the South Bay Cooperative Library system.]
February 1995. The Skeptics Society sponsors "For Whom the
Bell Tolls," a discussion of The Bell Curve at Caltech.
It is organized & cohosted by Miele. Speakers include
Daniel J. Kevles, who discusses the historical context, Diane
Halpern, and Vincent Sarich, who discusses the evolutionary and
anthropological points of view.]
Frank. "For Whom the Bell Tolls: An Interview
with the Author of the Bell Curve: Charles Murray."
Skeptic 3 (1995): 34-41.
[In vol. 3, no. 2. Available on the Skeptics
Society's website since 4 April 1995. Miele conducts this interview
as part of his research for a book on intelligence.]
Kevin Lamb, "'The Problem of Equality'
Revisited: A Rejoinder to Stretesky," Journal
of Social, Political & Economic Studies 22 (Summer 1997):
Frank. "Skeptic Magazine Interview with Robert Sternberg
on The Bell Curve." Skeptic 3 (1995):
[In vol 3, no 3. This is part of a special
section on Race and Intelligence. It is available at www.whitehurst.sbs.sunnysb.edu/psy104/sternberg.html.]
Chris R Brand, "The Importance of Intelligence
in Western Societies" Journal of Biosocial Science
28 (October 1996): 387-404
Frank. "Darwin's Dangerous Disciple: An Interview
with Richard Dawkins." Skeptic 3 (1995):
[In vol 3 no 4. Available on the Skeptics
Society's website since 14 November 1995.]
John. "Love Thy Neighbor: The Evolution of In-Group
Morality." Skeptic 3 (1995):
[Hartung thanks Miele for encouragement
Pioneer Fund grants for Richard Lynn include $5,000 spent to hire
Miele as a "consultant." His financial connection
with the Pioneer Fund thus contiued after he became associated
with Skeptic magazine.]
December 1995. Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptic
magazine, interviews Roger Pearson. See Shermer, Why
People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition,
and Other Conflusions of Our Time 1997.]
Harry F. "Journalistic Ethics and the Pioneer Fund."
Letter. Skeptic 4 (1996): 17.
[In vol 4 no 1, published March 1996.
Weyher responds to a letter in vol 2, no 4 that criticized the
Pioneer Fund. His letter is followed by a pro-Pioneer note
from the Editors. I suspect that Miele, who has long been
acquainted with the Pioneer Fund & in fact has gotten money
from it (through Richard Lynn) as recently as 1991, had a role
in this. Miele is one of two Senior Editors (the other being
Bernard Leikind) and also is Advertising Director. See www.skeptic.com]
Frank. "The (Im)moral Animal: A Quick and Dirty
Guide to Evolutionary Psychology and the Nature of Human Nature."
Skeptic 4 (1996): 42-49.
[Vol. 4, no. 1. This has been available
on the Skeptics Society's website since May 1996. Louis
R Andrews's "Stalking the Wild Taboo" website added
a link several months later. It is also available on the
Human Behavior & Evolution Society's website at http://psych.lmu.edu/hbes.htm
Frank. "The Imperial Animals 25 Years Later:
An Interview with Lionel Tiger and Robin Fox." Skeptic
4 (1996): 78- 85.
[Vol 4 no 1.]
March 1996. Skeptics Society conference on evolutionary psychology
and humanistic ethics, at Caltech. Miele introduces the
March 30 afternoon session on evolutionary psychology. The speakers
are Donald Symons, Nancy Segal, and Napoleon Chagnon. He also
moderates an open forum on March 31. He presents at the Skeptic
Magazine Awards Ceremony & Banquet on March 31.]
Frank. "Living within Limits and Limits on Living:
Garrett Hardin on Ecology, Economy, and Ethics." Interview.
Skeptic 4 (1996): 42-46.
[Vol. 4, no 2. This has been available on
Louis R. Andrews's Stalking the Wild Taboo website since
Frank. "Mother Not Superior?" Review of
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and
Practice by Christopher Hitchens. In Skeptic
4 (1996): 105.
[Vol 4 no 2.]
Sept 1996. Skeptics Society monthly lecture. The speaker
is Richard Abanes, author of American Militias: Rebellion,
Racism & Religion. Miele participates. Skeptic,
vol. 4, no. 4 (1997), has on page 23 an item headed "Militias
American Style" about the lecture. A photograph identifies
Miele as "'Captain' Miele of the Skeptic Militia ... frequent
atendees at Skeptics Society events will recognize 'Captain' Miele
as one of the multiple stage personae of uncorrigible Skeptic
magazine Senior Editor Frank Miele."]
Frank. "We the People? Jerry Brown on Money,
Politics and Who Really Runs America." Interview.
Skeptic 4 (1996): 62-65.
[Vol 4 no 3, published October 1996.]
Frank. "Killing Them Softly with Their Siren Song."
Review of The Killing of History: How a Discipline Is Being
Murdered by Literary Critics and Social Theorists by Keith
Windschuttle. In Skeptic 2 (1996): 97.
[Vol 4, no 4, published February-March 1997.]
Michael. Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience,
Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time. Forward
by Stephan Jay Gould. New York: W.H. Freeman, May
[In the acknowledgments (p. 9), Shermer
thanks Miele "for not allowing friendship to get in the way
of brutal honesty when editing my essays." Ch. 15
contains a discussion of the Pioneer Fund and Roger Pearson based
on Shermer's 5 December 1995 interview with Pearson.]
May 1997. The 5th Skeptics Society Conference is held at
Caltech. The topic is "The Science Gap: Bridging
the Gulf Between Science and the Media, the Humanities and Some
of the Social Sciences." The first presentation on
the second day is Miele on "Pilate's Unanswered Question:
An Introduction to the Skeptics Society 1997 Conference."
Other speakers are Vincent Sarich, Frank Sulloway & Jared
Diamond. A photo layout on the conference in Skeptic
vol 5, no 2 (1997), pp. 24-25, starts with a picture of Miele
at the podium offering a playful Roman salute. The caption reads:
"Ave Caesar! - striding into the hall to the sounds
of a triumphal Roman march Frank Miele opened the conference
with a Roman salute. His fascinating investigation of Pontius
Pilate's unanswered question, 'What Is Truth?' included an impression
of Bill Clinton as a Roman prefect."]
Frank. "Souled Out or ... Souled Short?"
Skeptic 5 (1997): 46-51.
[Vol 5, no 1, published in May-June 1997.]
Frank. "Living without Limits: An Interview with
Julian Simon." Skeptic 5 (1997): 54-59.
[Vol 5, no 1.]
Frank. "Miele Responds." Skeptic 5 (1997): 35-36.
[Vol 5, no 2. Response to letters by Julian Simon
and others on his interview with Simon.]
Frank. "Darwinism - Never Too Old to Rock'n'Roll."
Review of The Origins of Virtue by Matt Ridley, Good
Natured by Frans de Waal, Bonobo by Frans de Waal,
and Demonic Males by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson.
In Skeptic 5 (1997): 101-103.
[Vol 5, no 2.]
Frank. "Keeping a Skeptical Eye on Extremists - And
On Those Who Keep an Eye on Them." Review of American
Extremists by John George and Laird Wilcox, and Crying
Wolf by Laird Wilcox. In Skeptic 5 (1997):
[Vol 5, no 2.]
Frank. In Skeptic 5 (1997): 52-57.
[Vol. 5, no. 3.]
Frank. Interview with Donald Johanson. Skeptic
5 (1997): 58-65.
[Vol. 5, no. 3.]
Frank. "IQ in Review: Getting at the Hyphen in
the Nature-Nurture Debate." Review of Intelligence
(vol. 24, no. 1), edited by Linda S. Gottfredson, The Scientific
Study of Human Nature, edited by Helmuth Nyborg, Uniting
Psychology and Biology, edited by Nancy Segal, Glen E. Weisfeld
and C.C. Weisfeld, Intelligence, Heredity and Environment,
edited by Robert J. Sternberg and Elena Grigorenko, and American
Psychologist (vol. 52, no. 10), edited by Robert J. Sternberg.
In Skeptic 5 (1997): 91-95.
[Vol. 5, no. 4. Louis R Andrews reports
the issue's appearance in a March 10th message on the American
Renaissance mailing list: "very well done and recommended."]
Human Behavior and Evolution Society Newsletter 7 (Spring
Miele and Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine are arranging
a symposium on evolution, controversy, and the media at the forthcoming
HBES conference. It would examine/discuss three areas:
Evolution as a controversial subject (vs. Creationism and all
that) among the public and therefore in the media; (2) Controversy
over the adaptationist program - media coverage of the disagreements
between those who work within the Adaptationist Program (i.e.,
most of HBES) and it's [sic] critics WITHIN biology (e.g., S.J.
Gould); 3) Controversies within HBES (individual
vs. group differences, universal vs. differential models).
The focus would not be on these issues per se, but one [sic] how
they are treated in the media and/or tips on how to get more and
more accurate coverage in the media. Contact Frank Miele,
Senior Editor, SKEPTIC Magazine, 620 Iris Ave (#216), Sunnyvale,
CA 94086; phone 408 738-1927; fax 408 738-5949;
The Newsletter is edited by Kevin B