Brand in firing line

May 3, 1996

I write in protest against the decision of John Wiley & Sons to withdraw The g Factor from publication.

The book may contain statements about the relations between race (whatever that is) and IQ, but is it unlikely to contain reprehensible dogmatic racialist views. However, I just don't know and like the many potential readers, reviewers and critics of the book, I have been prevented from knowing by the "publishers", who sought to make a spineless preemptive cringe away from controversy and debate.

It is outrageous of the Council for Academic Freedom and Academic Standards to renege on their duty, and not to defend forcefully Brand's academic freedom but, without giving their reasons, to accuse him of degrading "the major part of humanity".

Richard E Rawles Senior lecturer in psychology University College London

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