Skip to comments.Eugenics, Past and Future
Posted on 06/10/2012 8:46:46 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
THE current issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine includes a portrait of Irving Fisher, a Yale economics professor in the 1920s and 30s and a giant of his field. The author, Richard Conniff, takes note of Fishers prodigious professional accomplishments and his private decency in order to foreground the real subject of his article: the economists role as one of his eras highest-wattage proponents of eugenics.
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Actually, it’s pretty difficult to argue from a scientific basis against the theory of eugenics.
For instance, for most of the middle ages and early modern periods, up through perhaps 1900, the most successful people tended to have the largest number of children who survived to adulthood. Survival of the fittest, in a Darwinian sense. Over time these people became a larger and larger part of the gene pool.
In today’s developed societies the most successful people tend to have the fewest children, with those on the lower end of the socio-economic scale having the most. If there is any heritable component to intelligence at all, which there almost certainly is, with most studies indicating somewhere around 50%, over time this will result in a gradual reduction in the average intelligence of the human race. IOW, “fittest” in the Darwinian sense now means less successful in life, an extremely odd fact.
Of course, there are other factors besides intelligence in success, but our society is certainly closer to a pure meritocracy than any that has ever existed before.
Is this a problem, and if it is what if anything should we do about it? The Nazis and others have pretty much made it impossible to even discuss the issue with anything resembling dispassion. Possibly for good reason.
The interesting thing will be the maternal blood test to check fetal DNA for abnormalities. It’s less invasive and they are saying it could test for 3500 diseases. Given that everyone carries at least a few “bad” genes out of the hundreds of thousands we all have, precious few will make it out alive.
And the true “war on women” with the elimination of unwanted girls will skyrocket when the abortion becomes as easy as a blood test and RU-482 pack.
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