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Hereditary Genius: An Inquiry into Its Laws And Consequences

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A cousin of Charles Darwin, Francis Galton (1822-1911) was so impressed by Darwin’s On the Origin of Species that he decided to investigate in detail the implications of inheritance and evolution for the development of outstanding human abilities. By "hereditary genius" Galton meant, "an ability that was exceptionally high and at the same time inborn," and he argued that ...more
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Published March 30th 2006 by Prometheus Books (first published April 1st 2004)
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Oct 30, 2012 Fred R rated it really liked it
I don't see that the eugenics movement moved much beyond this foundational document, either in politics or in scientific understanding, which is I suppose both a compliment to Galton and a judgment on his successors.

He should have said more about the nephews of Popes, which looked like the most promising piece of evidence in considering the basic nature/nurture issue.

I think implicitly it looks Galton wanted to turn humanity into a super-organism, like an ant-hill or bee hive. This might still
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Sir Francis Galton, FRS (/ˈfrɑːnsɪs ˈɡɔːltən/; 16 February 1822 – 17 January 1911) was an English Victorian polymath: anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, psychometrician, and statistician. He was knighted in 1909.

Galton produced over 340 papers and books. He also created the statistical concept of correlation and widely promoted reg
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