Thursday, January 04, 2007

Francis Galton

I've been gone quite a lot and have been neglecting my blogging - so here I am, back and ready to give you another piece of the history of psychiatry. This one involves eugenics - which is what Hitler used when he decided that Aryans were the "master race" and that Jews, homosexuals and mentally challenged people were "unfit to live". Eugenics is the "science" Hitler used to justify all of his heinous acts on humanity, and here's who invented it:

In 1883, Francis Galton - English psychologist and Charles Darwin's half cousin - invented the term eugenics (meaning "good stock"). Galton supported Darwin's theory that Man had evolved from classes of lower animals. He promoted the breeding of better "human stock" and discouraged the reproduction of those considered less desirable.
The progression from Wundt's "Man is an animal" theory to the breeding doctrines of eugenics was a natural one.

Galton once said, "The science of improving the stock [will] give more suitable races or strains of blood a better chance of prevailing speedily over the less suitable..."

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