Psychology's Master Strategist:
In September 1994, Raymond B. Cattell was honored
at the "Human Cognitive Abilities," a conference given
in his honor. The conference was sponsored by The Jefferson Psychometric
Laboratory, The Riverside Publishing Company of Chicago, and the
Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.
The conference was called to honor Cattell for his "lifetime
achievements in the study of human abilities."
Dr. Jack McArdle hosted the conference. The following
quotes are from Dr. Cattell's keynote address delivered Friday,
September 23,1994. It was entitled: "Where is Intelligence?
The Triadic Theory."
Dr. Cattell was introduced by one of his closet
students, Dr. John Horn: "He has been psychology's master
strategist. ... He has put forth a theory of human behavior rivaled
in comprehension only by the theory of Freud, and rivaled by no
other theory in its adherence to evidence derived from careful
research. He must rank among the 20th Century's most influential
These are excerpts from Dr. Cattell's keynote
"Among humans there is about a .3 or .4
correlation between measured head size and intelligence. This
has been much questioned but it is confirmed recently in a very
satisfactory way." . . .
"A talk on intelligence will not be complete without a quick
glance at social implications." . . .
"In an (era?) interested in sexist implications, for example,
we want to know if males and females differ in intelligence. The
answer is a definite no. Though there has been a curious indication
in the Negro race that the women tend to be slightly more intelligent
that the men." . . .
"A matter of more immediate concern is the distribution of
ability by classes and any indication of change over time, for
example, it has been known since H? (Herron?) measured it in 1900
that the birth rate decreases with higher social status."
. . .
"I remember an old song that went 'the rich get richer and
the poor get children.' (laughter) So the relation being with
social status it seems to me important to establish it with intelligence.
So in 1935 I took 10,000 children in England...." [he describes
in detail his 1935 study of the relationship between intelligence
and social class. Basically, he shows that high IQ parents have
few children, low IQ parents have many children.] . . .
With the heredity of G sub f being about 80% "This
points to alarming conclusions which I predicted in 1936 in the
form of the decline of school standards, an increase of violent
crime, and a permanent unemployment at the unskilled level."
. . .
"The prejudice against heredity is a problem in handling
this... Both Jensen and my friend Eysenck in England have actually
been physically attacked by apparently left wing student groups
when they lecture on heredity and intelligence." . . .
"We see during the 19th century a widespread application
to human life of the advances in the physical sciences -- the
whole industrial Revolution with the great application of the
physical sciences." . . .
"We now face a quite different problem in the acceptance
of the results of psychological science and its impact upon privacy
and upon pre-psychological political ideas." . . .
"In the recent years reasoning has been unable to keep up
with the experimental findings in physics - in atomic physics,
for example, Schroeder and ??? have spoken of the indeterminacy
principle and they said, 'well G*d plays dice.' Thereupon, Einstein
replied - 'no G*d doesn't play dice. He is always subtle, but
he is not uh, uh, uh, anti-science.' Unfortunately, Einstein died
before reaching his uniform theory." . . .
"But what we are finding is we don't have the brains to understand
something beyond our common experience. And the only real advance
in science, I maintain, is going to occur through the breeding
for brain size and not intelligence." . . .
"Enormities this huge I call Beyondism. It admits that much
of mankind is obsolete and that continuing the past course of
evolution from Australopithecus and Cro-Magnon -- we need to go
beyond ourselves." . . .
(These were his last words. There was polite applause from the
audience and a few questions were raised regarding his data set
and analytic technique. No one commented on the Hitlarian dimensions
of his sweeping call for a massive worldwide eugenic campaign).
Note: It is clear from Cattell's presentation
that he and Hitler share a vision. Cattell predicted as early
as 1936 that unemployment and violence would become endemic because
much of the human race is simply obsolete. Both he and Hitler
shared a dream of creating through eugenics a new human with a
But what shall we do with the billions of "obsolete
humans" as the rich get richer and the poor get children?
"Eugenics is the most humane way to permit
Evolution without allowing many short and miserable lives to be
sacrificed. ... It demands, it is true, an educated control of
reproduction, especially in the lower social classes. This is
where politics meets its challenge. For large numbers of voters,
in the 70 to 100 IQ range, have no conception that sexual control
is part of citizenship." (Beyondists April 1994. p. 1) .
Of course, this group - those with IQ scores
below 100 includes half the population of the United States and
at least 85% of the African American population.
Source: Cattell, Raymond B. "Where is Intelligence? The Triadic Theory." Human Cognitive Abilities in Theory and Practice. Ed. McArdle, John J., and Richard W. Woodcock. New Jersey Lawrence Erlbaum Associates , 1998.-Conference was held at the University of Virginia.