Eugenics – Francis Galton and the Legacy of Social Darwinism

“Galton was particularly concerned with the decline of genius in society. He believed that intelligence is an inherited trait and that the upper classes contain the most intelligent and accomplished people. He was therefore alarmed to discover that the poor had a higher birth rate..”

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The Myth of the 20th Century – Ep70 – Eugenics – Francis Galton and the Legacy of Social Darwinism

— References —

– London Labour and the London Poor, Mayhew (1851)
– The Origin of Species, Darwin (1859)
– Hereditary Genius, Galton (1869)
– The Bell Curve, Herrenstein and Murray (1994)
– Gattaca, Niccol (1997)
– Eugenics – A Reassessment, Lynn (2001) –
– EU law on eugenics attacks our freedom, Jones (2004) –
– Idiocracy, Judge (2006)
– The Strange Evolution of Eugenics, Sailer (2014) –
– Hive Mind, Jones (2015)
– Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies, West (2017)
– Low-Skill Immigration: A Case for Restriction, Wax and Richwine (2017) –
– The Key to Everything, Dyson (2018) –
– The Origins of Eugenics, Facing History –

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