October 25, 2003
Another Charles Murray accomplishment

This is a book I'm going to have to get my hands on. Charles Murray, it would appear, is up to his usual tricks.

To judge by this New York Times review he is, as now seems to be his habit, drawing attention to his central and somewhat mundane thesis by decorating it with a few contemporary debate bombshells, calculated to (or just happening to) poke some burning sticks into a few vocal interest groups. The thesis is that the West has been more creative than the Rest, and one contemporary debate bombshell is that Europe in particular is in headlong creative decline because of the headlong decline within it of Christianity. So, many anti-Christians will queue up to denounce it. Murray also makes a stab at measuring creativity. With numbers. The cultural critics, who generally prefer to judge creativity by deciding how good they personally think this or that cultural object or enterprise is, rather than to measure it by bean counting other people's opinions and reactions, will be incensed at that.

Which means that I won't be the only person reading the book.

Some Q&A here, with Steve Sailer Q-ing and Murray A-ing.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:15 PM
Category: Cultures