Class Notes Oct. 26

Class Notes Oct. 26 - Oct 26 Genetics and Politics(Eugenics...

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Oct. 26 Genetics and Politics (Eugenics) What is eugenics? - The science of heredity - Planned breeding - Artificial – as opposed to natural – selection - The term was coined by Francis Galton, Darwin’s cousin, in 1883 - Should societies limit reproduction among those of inferior genetic stock? - Should those with heritable conditions be permitted to reproduce? - Should people with lesser genes be permitted to immigrate Biometrics - Application of statistical techniques to the study of heredity - Depiction of the range of variation through use of a frequency-distribution curve (aka, the bell or Gaussian curve) - Biometricians asked what would happen to the curve if the population were subject to selection over some generations - Galton’s “law of ancestral inheritance”: half inheritance derived from parents, a quarter from grandparents, one-eight from great-grandparents and so on - An anti-environmental ‘hard heredity’ idea Francis Galton - invented theory of regression analysis - Galton argue that generations would regress towards the mean value for the species as a
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2009 for the course HIST 255G taught by Professor Levine during the Fall '08 term at USC.

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Class Notes Oct. 26 - Oct 26 Genetics and Politics(Eugenics...

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