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Social heredity and social evolution; the other side of eugenics ( 1915) by H. W. Conn

Social heredity and social evolution

Social heredity and social evolution


The application of the great laws of nature to the explanation of the history of the human race is one of the fascinating phases of science. In the study of the evolutionary processes of the organic world that has followed Darwin, it has been generally assumed that the laws which govern the rest of the animal world have also governed the evolution of mankind. 

That man holds a unique position in nature has been generally recognized; and sometimes this idea has been so prominent in the minds of scientists, as well as other classes of thinkers, as to lead to the assumption that the development of man has been a thing apart from the rest of the living world and due to some special stimulus. 

Most generally, however, it has been silently as- summed that mankind has been developed under the same kind of laws and forces that have been concerned in the formation of the lower orders of nature. One of the more recent phases of this belief has found expression in the great interest taken in the modern study of eugenics; for this school is based upon the laws of inheritance as they have been determined by the study of the lower orders of nature which have then been applied to man.

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