Lecture Notes 12

William r greg on the failure of natural selection in

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Unformatted text preview: e the destinies of humanity depend.” �William R. Greg, "On the failure of 'Natural Selection' in the case of Man", Fraser's Magazine, 1868 5 “…a most intricate problem…” �“The advancement of the welfare of mankind is a most intricate problem: all ought to refrain from marriage who cannot avoid abject poverty for their children; for poverty is not only a great evil, but tends to its own increase by leading to recklessness in marriage. On the other hand, as Mr Galton has remarked, if the prudent avoid marriage, whilst the reckless marry, the inferior members will tend to supplant the better members of society.” Darwin, Descent of Man, 1871 6 Francis Galton, 1822-1911   Darwin’s cousin   Polymath – geographer, meteorologist, statistician, anthropologist, psychologist   After reading the Origin, he devoted the next 50 years to investigating the effects of inheritance on human character   In 1883, coined the term “eugenics” 7 Galton’s tribute to Darwin “I always think of you in the same way as converts from barbarism think of the them from the into[l]lerable burden of their superstition… the appearance of your ‘Origin of Species’ formed a real crisis in my life; your...
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