Editorial

In the spring of 1996, the History and Philosophy of Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association held its program with the Learned Societies Congress at Brock University. In a symposium entitled "Eugenics and psychology: Threads of social, intellectual and political history", papers were presented by Michael Kral, Marvin McDonald and Fred Weizmann. At that symposium, Michael Kral showed us a slide collection that he has organized on eugenics and psychology. One of those slides appears on the cover of the present issue by permission of the American Philosophical Society.

Again, in 1997, at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Section on the History and Philosophy of Psychology sponsored a symposium

entitled "Racial difference research: A critical view", with Michael Peters, Zack Cernovsky, Andrew Winston and Fred Weizmann. This very well attended session (a packed room on the last day and last session of the conference) suggested to several of us that more discussion was desired in this area among a broader readership than our Section. Consequently, as editor of the Bulletin, I invited Marvin J. McDonald to consider guest editing a special issue of HPPB so that we could have a fuller discussion of the links between psychology and eugenics, past and present.

For several months I have had the privilege of watching this issue on psychology and eugenics take shape out of the multitude of emails going back and forth between and among participants. I am very impressed with the efforts of Marvin McDonald to include multiple perspectives among those participating. He has shown tremendous professionalism for all concerned, particularly for the Cattell family who have also watched this issue take shape. In the end, I suspect he may have wanted even more participation and a fuller disclosure of points of view. As editor of the Bulletin, I welcome responses to the essays that are in the special issue and hope that the dialogue continues in future issues. I thank all the contributors, particularly Marvin McDonald, who has brought this issue of HPPB together.

I would also like to acknowledge Barry Kelly, University of Winnipeg and Janos Botschner, University of Guelph who served as reviewers for this issue. The Bulletin is published twice yearly and we rely on the efficiency of our membership. I am also grateful to Catherine Borshuk, Assistant Editor, for her increasing mastery of desktop publishing and to Carla Krachun for switching careers from copy editing to psychology just when we needed her; and to Sheri Getz for pitching in.

Additional copies are available by writing directly to our Secretary/Treasurer, Janos Botschner.

The meetings of the Canadian Psychological Association will be in Halifax in May and our next issue will help to mark the 60th anniversary of the CPA.

 

Frances Cherry
Editor

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