Eugenics: A Reassessment (Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence)

Richard Lynn

Lynn argues that the condemnation of eugenics within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century went too a long way and gives a reassessment. The eugenic ambitions of disposing of genetic illnesses, expanding intelligence, and decreasing character problems he argues, stay fascinating and are feasible via human biotechnology. during this four-part research, Lynn starts off with an account of the basis of eugenics via Francis Galton and the increase and fall of eugenics within the 20th century. He then units out historic formulations in this factor and discusses intimately desirability of the recent eugenics of human biotechnology. After studying the vintage technique of trying to enforce eugenics by means of changing replica, Lynn concludes that the rules of classical eugenics aren't politically possible in democratic societies.

The new eugenics of human biotechnology--prenatal prognosis of embryos with genetic illnesses, embryo choice, and cloning--may be much more likely than vintage eugenics to conform spontaneously in western democracies. Lynn seems on the moral problems with human biotechnologies and the way they're utilized by authoritarian states to advertise country energy. He predicts how eugenic regulations and dysgenic procedures tend to have an effect on geopolitics and the stability of strength within the twenty first century. Lynn deals a provocative research that would be of specific curiosity to psychologists, sociologists, demographers, and biologists eager about problems with inhabitants switch and intelligence.

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