Francis Galton, Darwins half cousin was the first person to coin the phrase eugenics, and inspired by Darwins book Origin of the Species and the chapter on breeding domestic animals asked "Could not the race of men be similarly improved? Could not the undesirables be got rid of and the desirables multiplied?  What do you think about this idea?


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Maurice Korvo answered

It has already been done in the USA.  At least for physical attributes. I do not know if it is possible to increase mentality the same way, It soon will not be necessary, for science will be able to correct genetic problems with specific people. (correct the genes so a person is not going to have heart problems even though both parents had heart problems)  For the physical see this website

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mary adam
mary adam commented
Thank you Korvo that was an interesting read. I watched a programme a few weeks back on Downs Sydrome and Parents of Downs Syndrome babies were afraid that with the majority of people opting for screening for Downs and eliminating the pregnancy if found, that Down's would be bred out of existence the implications that has not only on existing people with Downs and the self worth, but also a loss to society, yet those concerned with eugenics see Downs as a defect an undesirable. As that would also apply to those with autism, cerebral palsy, etc so on so forth.
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PJ Stein answered

Who decides what is undesirable? It may start with trying to stop certain genetic diseases like sickle cell anemia or Huntington's, but where does it stop? Before you know it you have someone like Hitler and his master race.

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