Chris Brand

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Christopher Richard Brand
Born (1943-06-01) 1 June 1943 (age 71)
Preston, United Kingdom
Citizenship British
Fields Psychometrics
Institutions formerly University of Edinburgh
Alma mater University of Oxford
Known for Inspection time as a correlate of intelligence,
The g Factor: General Intelligence and Its Implications

Christopher Richard Brand (born in Preston, England, 1 June 1943) is an English psychological and psychometric researcher who gained media attention for his statements on race and intelligence and paedophilia.[1]

Brand is a proponent of IQ testing and the general intelligence factor and was "a major influence in the spread of influence of inspection time as a theoretically interesting correlate of psychometric intelligence," according to Ian Deary and Pauline Smith in the International Handbook of Intelligence, edited by Robert Sternberg.[2][3] Deary and Smith report the correlation of inspection time with psychometric intelligence is currently considered to be .4.[4] The 25th anniversary of the original discovery of this relationship was observed in 2001 by a special issue of Intelligence.[5] Confirmation of Brand's claim of a specially high IT/IQ correlation in the low-IQ range was provided in Tucker-Drob, 2009, Developmental Psychology (Wapedia, April 2011: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_factor_(psychometrics)#3.).

Life and career[edit]

Brand went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for Boys, and is a graduate of The Queen's College, Oxford, and a 1968–1970 Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was a Lecturer at Edinburgh University, from 1970 to 1997, teaching in personality, psychopathology and philosophical problems and researching in factorial psychology. In the 1980s he served on the United Kingdom's Council for National Academic Awards. His 1996 book The g Factor garnered considerable media attention with its claim that inherited general intelligence was like psychological money. Brand wrote that general intelligence is an important factor in determining life outcomes for those with lower scores. He attributes socio-economic differences among people of African descent to differences in general intelligence.

Brand is a Fellow of the Galton Institute. From 2000 to 2004, Brand was a research consultant to the Woodhill Foundation and its CRACK program based in Baltimore, Maryland, which pays drug-addicted mothers $200 to be sterilised.[6] His recent thinking can be sampled via his reviews at Amazon Books,[1] his articles in American Renaissance and The Occidental Quarterly, his (co-authored) chapter 'Why ignore the g factor?'[7] and his decade-long blog ("IQ & PC"). His defence of Hans Eysenck (in a review of the biography Playing with Fire) was published in the journal Intelligence and at http://bussorah.tripod.com/ulysses.html in 2011.[8]

Brand has three children and has been married to his third wife since 2001.

Published positions[edit]

Race and IQ[edit]

Brand's discussion of the disparity between races in average cognitive ability test scores has caused controversy, especially because of his support for the hereditarian hypothesis of such differences. Brand refers to himself as a race realist and has been called a "scientific racist."[9][10] His views are those of the classical 'London School' of psychology—other prominent members are professors Richard Lynn and Phil Rushton.

Race, IQ and women[edit]

Brand's most controversial views generated headlines in April 1996, when he was quoted in the Independent on Sunday recommending that "low-IQ girls" be "encouraged to have sex with higher-IQ boys" rather than with their more usual low-IQ companions (which would result in genetic deterioration). "There are plenty of intelligent African men for black girls to be having sex with,"[11] he said, but added that blacks probably needed to allow polygamy.[12]

Brand has also written that "women are inclined to deceitful promiscuity" and that Sigmund Freud was therefore right to ascribe weaker super-egos to women than to men. (Brand is a supporter both of psychometrician-psychologist Hans Eysenck and of Freud.) His 1996 book The g Factor: General Intelligence and Its Implications led to accusations of scientific racism and sexism, and his university lectures were protested and closed by the Anti-Nazi League of Edinburgh. Brand's book was subsequently withdrawn by publisher John Wiley & Sons.[13] It was then published free on the web by Douance.[14]

Paedophilia[edit]

In October 1996 Brand came to the defence of Nobel laureate Daniel Carleton Gajdusek who had been charged with paedophilia. Brand argued that sex with a consenting partner over the age of 12 was not harmful so long as both partners had an above-average IQ.[15][16]

The proceedings were initiated in 1996 after the dean of social sciences complained.[16] Edinburgh University's Chaplain, a supporter of the Anti-Nazi League, had taken Brand's e-mailed reflections on pederasty to the Scottish press. Edinburgh's Student newspaper's frontpage banner headline was FIRST IT WAS BLACKS, THEN IT WAS WOMEN, NOW IT'S KIDS.

Brand was fired a year later after hearings from his 27-year tenured position at Edinburgh University in 1997.[17][18] The University said this was for conduct that "brought the university into disrepute."

Brand appealed and sued the University for unfair dismissal, and received £12,000 (in those days the maximum obtainable from an Employment Tribunal) in an out-of-court settlement.[19] His case became a cause célèbre among advocates of academic freedom. Marek Kohn cited the Brand incident in a defence of intellectual freedom on the Internet.[20] Others, however, including a former Brand student, considered academic freedom a privilege that carried with it an expectation of "social responsibility".[21]

Eric Barendt (University College London), in the chapter "The Chris Brand Case" in his 2010 book Academic Freedom, said Brand should have tried harder to get on with his colleagues[22] – who Brand replied were "Jew-leftie-commie[s]".[23]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Brand, C. R. (1972). "Relations between emotional and social behaviour: a questionnaire study of individual differences". British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 1972 Feb;11(1):10–9. PMID 5024653
  • Brand, C. R. (1981). New IQ test? Nature. 1981 March 12;290(5802):82. PMID 7207601
  • Brand, C. R., Deary I. J. (1982). "Intelligence and 'inspection time'". In Eysenck H. J. (ed.), A Model for Intelligence, pp. 133–148. Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-0-387-11676-1
  • Brand, C. R. (1984). "Personality dimensions: an overview of modern trait psychology". In Psychology Survey 5, British Psychological Society. George Allen & Unwin, ISBN 978-0-901715-27-2
  • Brand, C. R. (1989). The "big five" dimensions of personality? Evidence from ipsative, adjectival self-attributions. Personality and Individual Differences, 10, 1165- 1171. doi:10.1016/0191-8869(89)90080-9
  • Brand, C. R., Freshwater S (1989). "Has there been a "massive" rise in IQ levels in the West? Evidence from Scottish children". Irish Journal of Psychology, 10 (3), 388–393.
  • Brand, C. R., Caryl, P. G., Deary, I. J., Egan, V., Pagliari, H. C. (1991). "Is intelligence illusory?" The Lancet. 1991 March 16;337(8742):678–9. PMID 1672021
  • Brand, C. R. (1992). Sizing-up the brain. Nature. 1992 October 29;359(6398):768. PMID 1436046
  • Brand, C. R. (1994). "How many dimensions of personality? The 'Big 5', the 'Gigantic 3' or the 'Comprehensive 6'?" Psychologica Belgica, 1994, vol. 34, no 4.
  • Brand, C. R. (1994). Open to experience-closed to intelligence: Why the 'Big Five' are really the 'Comprehensive Six.' European Journal of Personality Volume 8, Issue 4, pp. 299–310, November 1994 doi:10.1002/per.2410080407
  • Brand, C. R. (1994). Intelligence and Inspection Time: An Ontogenetic Relationship? The biology of human intelligence: proceedings of the twentieth annual symposium of the Eugenics Society London, Nafferton Books, ISBN 978-0-905484-45-7
  • Brand, C. R. (1996). The importance of intelligence in western societies. Journal of Biosocial Science, 1996 Oct;28(4):387–404. PMID 8973000
  • Brand, C. R. (1996). The g Factor: General Intelligence and Its Implications. John Wiley & Sons Inc., ISBN 978-0-471-96070-6
  • Brand, C. R. (1997). "Hans Eysenck's personality dimensions: Their number and nature". In H. Nyborg (ed.), The Scientific Study of Human Nature: Tribute to Hans J. Eysenck at eighty, (pp. 17–35). Pergamon, ISBN 978-0-08-042787-4
  • Brand, C. R., Constales, D. (1997). "Why ignore the g factor? Historical considerations". In Nyborg, H. (ed.), The Scientific Study of General Intelligence: Tribute to Arthur Jensen. Pergamon, ISBN 978-0-08-043793-4
  • Kane, H. D., Oakland, T. D., Brand C. R. (2006). Differentiation at Higher Levels of Cognitive Ability: Evidence From the United States. The Journal of Genetic Psychology Volume 167, Number 3 / September 2006, pp. 327 – 341.doi:10.3200/GNTP.167.3.327-341 PMID 17278419

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holden, Constance (22 August 1997). Controversial Academic Gets the Axe. Science 22 August 1997: 1045. doi:10.1126/science.277.5329.1045a
  2. ^ Deary, I., Smith, P. (2 February 2004). "Intelligence Research and Assessment in the United Kingdom". In Robert Sternberg. The International Handbook of Intelligence. Cambridge University Press. pp. 14–15. 
  3. ^ Beck, Joan (3 November 1982). Testing the Intelligence Quotient. The News and Courier
  4. ^ Deary and Smith 2004 p. 15.
  5. ^ Deary and Smith 2004 p. 14. Original discovery was by Nettelbeck and Lally.
  6. ^ Editorial staff (4 August 2003). The guise of caring. Greensboro News & Record
  7. ^ Brand CR, Constales D (1997). Why ignore the g factor? Historical considerations. In Nyborg, H. (ed.) The Scientific Study of General Intelligence: Tribute to Arthur Jensen. Pergamon, ISBN 978-0-08-043793-4
  8. ^ Brand, Chris (2011). "Psychology's Ulysses wins through". Intelligence, Volume 39, Issue 1, January–February 2011, pp. 74–75, doi:10.1016/j.intell.2010.09.006
  9. ^ Wynne-Jones, Ros (18 August 1996). 'Scientific racist' must not be gagged, say opponents. The Independent
  10. ^ Younge, Gary (26 May 1996). Race scientists – the colour of intelligence. New Straits Times Reprinted as The scientists who are proud to be racists. Mail & Guardian
  11. ^ Wynne-Jones, Ros (14 April 1996). 'Stupid blacks' book row. The Independent
  12. ^ Editorial staff (9 May 1997). The personal views of a 'scientific racist.' Times Higher Education
  13. ^ Eysenck, Hans (26 April 1996). The colour of Intelligence. Times Higher Education
  14. ^ Brand CR (1996). The G Factor: General Intelligence and Its Implications (free online text). originally John Wiley & Sons Inc., ISBN 978-0-471-96070-6
  15. ^ 'Racist' Brand loses dismissal appeal, Olga Wojtas, Times Higher Education, 27 March 1998, retrieved 22 December 2009
  16. ^ a b Key factors in the fall of a 'scientific racist', Olga Wotjas, Times Higher Education, 10 April 1998, retrieved 22 December 2009
  17. ^ Ward, Lucy (9 August 1997). Lecturer sacked for saying child sex "harmless." The Independent
  18. ^ Hinde, Julia (15 August 1997). Branded an outcast. Times Higher Education
  19. ^ Rudbeck, Clare (30 May 2002). Free to speak out? The Independent
  20. ^ Kohn, Marek (19 May 1996). Technofile. The Independent
  21. ^ Swain, Harriet (3 January 2008). Dealing with controversial colleagues. Times Higher Education
  22. ^ Eric Barendt, Academic Freedom and the Law: A Comparative Study, Hart Publishing, 2010.
  23. ^ LEFTISTS LOVE THEIR CHAINS

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