Human Efficiency and Levels of Intelligence.
First edition. Goddard was the psychologist who coined the term “moron” and became the leading American proponent and disseminator of Binet’s “intelligence tests.” In 1909, he met and then became heavily-influenced by the leading American eugenicist Charles Davenport.
“In 1917 he served on the Committee on the Psychological Examining of Recruits for the U.S. Army. Two of his books included army data: Psychology of the Normal and Subnormal (1919) and Human Efficiency and Levels of Intelligence (1920).” (ANB)
“By this time, Goddard’s psychology had evolved into a broad political philosophy. Intelligence, he proposed, was a biologically inherited, socially unchangeable, and psychologically measurable trait with immense significance for restructuring education, explaining antisocial behavior, and justifying class differences.” Goddard’s philosophy “would contribute to an increasingly explosive debate between scientists emphasizing the importance of man’s inherited ‘nature’ and those stressing ‘nurture,’ or social environment.” (ibid)
Description: Human Efficiency and Levels of Intelligence.
Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1920. Louis Clark Vanuxem Foundation Lectures delivered at Princeton University April 7, 8, 10, 11, 1919. Octavo, 128 pages. Publisher’s cloth without rare dust jacket. A very good copy.