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Arthur R. Jensen, San Diego, 1996

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In 1970, there was a great furor on the campus of U.C. Berkeley over Jensen's unpopular views on race. I decided to do an Independent Study course on the subject so I could delve into the topic on my own. I made an appointment to meet Jensen in his office, and I found him to be very friendly and nice. We talked a while, and he noticed my Southern accent. He asked me where I was from, and I told him I was from Tennessee.

"Oh, ye-e-s-s," he said, rubbing his chin. "Hmm, well, you know . . . Tennessee has got the absolute lowest average IQ of any state in the entire country!"