Eugenics & Us

Eugenics was the study of how to arrange reproduction within a human population to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Sir Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, eugenics was increasingly discredited as unscientific and racially biased during the 20th century, especially after the adoption of its doctrinesContinue reading “Eugenics & Us”

I’m not “special”, I’m S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

Now before that title makes anyone feel offended, and or implies a negative perception, let me explain. What I mean about “I’m not “special”, I’m S.P.E.C.I.A.L.”, Firstly calls back to a videogame series I love, called Fallout. Look it up if you want to know more. But basically the term S.P.E.C.I.A.L infers to the sevenContinue reading “I’m not “special”, I’m S.P.E.C.I.A.L.”

a virile creed, full of hopefulness

“Our starting point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked…Our objectives are entirely different: we must have a healthy people in order to prevail in the world.” This was the purpose of eugenics… it wasContinue reading “a virile creed, full of hopefulness”

The Relationship Built For Long-Distance

When reading through this week’s material the emergence of eugenics comes consistently from the wrong reasons. Even though it was experimented with in the 19th century, there is a spike in these surgeries starting in the early 20th century then peaking during times of the Great Depression, WWII, etc. Eugenics is an attempt to “improve”Continue reading “The Relationship Built For Long-Distance”

America’s Dark, Secret Science

A look into the development of Eugenics, or the theory that biological traits are passed from one generation to the next in a way that supports genetic superiority over other groups, shows how the United States was quick to adopt the fledgling science. As explained in The New Yorker’s article, many of those who wereContinue reading “America’s Dark, Secret Science”

Nazi’s are bad- So is Eugenics

Eugenics is “applied biology” stated in the article “THE BIOLOGICAL STATE: NAZI RACIAL HYGIENE, 1933–1939”. In other terms, Eugenics was a movement most well known by the Nazi’s as a way to correct the human race into a more seeable fit. This movement focused specifically on physical characteristics and also “disorders” caused by mental orContinue reading “Nazi’s are bad- So is Eugenics”

The bad idea of eugenics

In the readings it talked about eugenics. This  was basically the idea that flaws in people had a genetic root and could be removed from the population as a whole. It also said that humans could be bread to more perfect versions of themselves. In eugenics the flaws were sometimes personality related and had nothingContinue reading “The bad idea of eugenics”

Eugenics

Eugenics is a term referring to the movement aimed to improve our species through breeding. In the United States, it was used by selecting who would get to produce offspring and who would not. The criteria were mostly based mental capacity, criminal tendency, and unfortunately societal status, often leading to discrimination. The word eugenics wasContinue reading “Eugenics”