Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

How Good Is Your Country?

Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

How Good Is Your Country?

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How Good is Your Country? by Raymond C. Cattell Institute for the Study of Man, Washington D.C. ISBN 0-941694-44-5 Paperback. 120 pages.

The late Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Research Psychology, Raymond C. Cattell, a pre-eminent authority on personality testing, produced a seminal work shortly before his death in which he proposed the development of quantifiable methods for assessing the behavioral potential of large groups - or, in short, a formula for assessing and comparing the syntality or personality profile of the populations of different nations.

This study represents a novel application of factor analysis, which proposes the replacement of vague human judgment by a formal algorithm based on some nineteen factors. As the author says, "when the day comes that the State Department and the [British] Foreign Office apply these findings - in lieu of guesswork - to actual calculations on international and national behavior, they will need to convert to a state of the art technology. …

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