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A cousin of Charles Darwin, Francis Galton (1822-1911) was so impressed by Darwins 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 in the debate over "nature versus nurture" (an expression that he coined) nature always prevails.

In 1869, he published this, his first, book on the topic, presenting a good deal of evidence showing that exceptional ability often ran in families. In separate chapters devoted to outstanding professionals ranging from English judges to "wrestlers of the North Country," Galton pointed out that most of these high achievers had relatives who also displayed notable abilities. Based on this statistical sampling, he concluded that eminence in any field was due to hereditary factors.

Many greeted these results with skepticism, but Charles Darwin expressed his admiration for Galtons results and later cited his work in The Descent of Man. Galton went on to use this initial research as the basis for a new field, which he called "eugenics," the aim of which was "the betterment of the human race" through "appropriate marriages or abstention from marriage."

Although Galtons ideas gained momentum over several decades, they were eventually discredited after being misappropriated by the Nazis as part of their racist ideology. Today, however, with the discovery of heritable diseases, the use of genetic screening to eliminate undesirable traits, sperm banks, and the possibility of "designer babies" and human cloning, Galtons groundbreaking research has gained renewed currency and will be the subject of debate for years to come.

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In response to the work of his half-cousin, Charles Darwin, Francis Galton (1822-1911) devoted much of his life's work to study of the implications of the first chapter of The Origin of the Species, which concerned the breeding of domestic animals, for human populations, thereby becoming a pioneering figure in eugenics (in fact coining the term). Appearing ten years after The Origin of the Species, his Hereditary Genius sought to measure human talent amongst English judges, literary writers, men of science, painters, and even "wrestlers of the North Country" and statistically correlate it to degrees of relatedness in eminent families. He concluded that human abilities were hereditary.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In response to the work of his half-cousin, Charles Darwin, Francis Galton (1822-1911) devoted much of his life's work to study of the implications of the first chapter of The Origin of the Species, which concerned the breeding of domestic animals, for human populations, thereby becoming a pioneering figure in eugenics (in fact coining the term). Appearing ten years after The Origin of the Species, his Hereditary Genius sought to measure human talent amongst English judges, literary writers, men of science, painters, and even "wrestlers of the North Country" and statistically correlate it to degrees of relatedness in eminent families. He concluded that human abilities were hereditary. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591023586
Author:
Galton
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Author:
Galton, Francis
Subject:
General
Subject:
Intellect
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Behavior genetics
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Great Minds Series
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
355
Dimensions:
8.40x5.50x.80 in. .93 lbs.

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