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August 06, 2004

If I Were a Rich Man

Ran into a glitch..The two reviewers and the editor looking at my Ashkenazi IQ paper had two main objections. All somehow had the impression that the Ashkenazim had mostly or substantially been farmers - this was their strongest objection. I had argued that for most of a millenium (~900-1700), few none were farmers or practiced crafts, rather had jobs in whcih IQ had a big payoff such as merchants, moneylenders, tax farmers, estate managers - which is what the history books say. They cited no sources.. and so I came up with the crazy, cynical idea that they might have gotten their impressions of Ashkenazi history from Fiddler on the Roof. I then asked the editor where he had gotten that impression (after sending him census data from the early 20th century showing that typically, >96% of European Jews were nonfarmers). He said .... Fiddler on the Roof.

Anyone ever had a paper rejected because of a movie?

Posted by greg at 05:51 PM