Chris Brand

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Christopher Richard Brand
Born(1943-06-01)1 June 1943
Preston, United Kingdom
Died28 May 2017(2017-05-28) (aged 73)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Known forInspection time as a correlate of intelligence,
The g Factor: General Intelligence and Its Implications
Scientific career
Institutionsformerly University of Edinburgh

Christopher Richard Brand (1 June 1943 – 28 May 2017) was a British psychological and psychometric researcher who gained media attention for his statements on race and intelligence and paedophilia.[2]

Brand was 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.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Brand was born in Preston, England on 1 June 1943. He went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for Boys, and was a graduate of The Queen's College, Oxford, and a 1968–1970 Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was a Lecturer at University of Edinburgh, 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 attributed socio-economic differences among people of African descent to differences in general intelligence.

Brand was a Fellow of the Galton Institute. From 2000 to 2004, Brand was a research consultant to the CRACK programme based in Baltimore, Maryland, which pays drug-addicted mothers $200 to be sterilised.[4] He wrote articles for American Renaissance and The Occidental Quarterly. He also wrote a blog, IQ & PC. His review of Buchanan's Playing with Fire was published in the journal Intelligence in 2011.[5]

Brand had three children. He married his third wife in 2001. He died on 28 May 2017.[1]

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 referred to himself as a race realist and has been called a "scientific racist."[6][7]

Race, IQ and women[edit]

Brand's 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,"[8] he said, but added that blacks probably needed to allow polygamy.[9]

Brand also wrote that "women are inclined to deceitful promiscuity" and that Sigmund Freud was therefore right to ascribe weaker super-egos to women than to men. 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.[10] It was then published free on the web by Douance.[11]


In October 1996 Brand came to the defence of Nobel laureate Daniel Carleton Gajdusek who had been charged with child sex abuse. 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.[12][13]

The proceedings were initiated in 1996 after the dean of social sciences complained.[13] 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 position at Edinburgh University in 1997.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Others, however, including a former Brand student, considered academic freedom a privilege that carried with it an expectation of "social responsibility".[18]

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[19] – who Brand replied were "Jew-leftie-commie[s]".[20]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Brand, C. R. (February 1972). "Relations between emotional and social behaviour: a questionnaire study of individual differences". British Journal of Clinical Psychology. 11 (1): 10–9. doi:10.1111/j.2044-8260.1972.tb00773.x. PMID 5024653.
  • Brand, C. R. (March 1981). "New IQ test?". Nature. 290 (5802): 82. Bibcode:1981Natur.290Q..82B. doi:10.1038/290082a0. 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 (11): 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. doi:10.1080/03033910.1989.10557756.
  • Brand, C. R.; Caryl, P. G.; Deary, I. J.; Egan, V.; Pagliari, H. C. (March 1991). "Is intelligence illusory?". The Lancet. 337 (8742): 678–9. doi:10.1016/0140-6736(91)92500-2. PMID 1672021. S2CID 40541346.
  • Brand, C. R. (October 1992). "Sizing-up the brain". Nature. 359 (6398): 768. Bibcode:1992Natur.359..768B. doi:10.1038/359768a0. 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. (October 1996). "The importance of intelligence in western societies". Journal of Biosocial Science. 28 (4): 387–404. doi:10.1017/s0021932000022495. 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. 167 (3): 327–341. doi:10.3200/GNTP.167.3.327-341. PMID 17278419. S2CID 43192646.


  1. ^ a b Egan, Vincent; Brand, Natalia; Brand, Tom (1 February 2018). "Obituary of Chris Brand (1st June 1943–28th May, 2017)". Personality and Individual Differences. 122: 206–207. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.08.011.
  2. ^ Holden, Constance (1997). "Controversial Academic Gets the Axe". Science. 277 (5329): 1045. doi:10.1126/science.277.5329.1045a. S2CID 151285074.
  3. ^ Deary, I.; Smith, P. (2 February 2004). "Intelligence Research and Assessment in the United Kingdom". In Robert Sternberg (ed.). The International Handbook of Intelligence. Cambridge University Press. pp. 14–15.
  4. ^ Editorial staff (4 August 2003). The guise of caring. Greensboro News & Record
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Wynne-Jones, Ros (18 August 1996). 'Scientific racist' must not be gagged, say opponents. The Independent
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Wynne-Jones, Ros (14 April 1996). 'Stupid blacks' book row. The Independent
  9. ^ Editorial staff (9 May 1997). The personal views of a 'scientific racist.' Times Higher Education
  10. ^ Eysenck, Hans (26 April 1996). The colour of Intelligence. Times Higher Education
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ 'Racist' Brand loses dismissal appeal, Olga Wojtas, Times Higher Education, 27 March 1998, retrieved 22 December 2009
  13. ^ a b Key factors in the fall of a 'scientific racist', Olga Wotjas, Times Higher Education, 10 April 1998, retrieved 22 December 2009
  14. ^ Ward, Lucy (9 August 1997). Lecturer sacked for saying child sex "harmless." The Independent
  15. ^ Hinde, Julia (15 August 1997). Branded an outcast. Times Higher Education
  16. ^ Rudbeck, Clare (30 May 2002). Free to speak out? The Independent
  17. ^ Kohn, Marek (19 May 1996). Technofile. The Independent
  18. ^ Swain, Harriet (3 January 2008). Dealing with controversial colleagues. Times Higher Education
  19. ^ Eric Barendt, Academic Freedom and the Law: A Comparative Study, Hart Publishing, 2010.

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