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Dysgenics: Genetic Deterioration in Modern Populations (Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence)

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ISBN-13: 978-0275949174
ISBN-10: 0275949176
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About the Author

RICHARD LYNN is Director of the Ulster Institute for Social Research, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
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Product Details

  • Series: Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275949176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275949174
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book that pulls no punches. It argues that both intelligence and conscientiousness are heritable traits (as shown by twin- and adoption-studies); and that people who are low in these traits have, over roughly the past century, had the most siblings and the most children of their own. Thus Richard Lynn maintains that 'the eugenicists were right' -- pace many modern experts in genetics whom Lynn chastises for falling by the wayside. Further, Lynn condemns the Roman Catholic Church for backing monogamy and priestly celibacy; and for opposing abortion and the more effective types of contraception. The book closes with Lynn promising a companion volume in which the modern policy implications of dysgenic trends will be considered.
What is impressive in all this is the sheer quantity of modern evidence that is available to illustrate the author's empirical claims. Time and again, Lynn is able to report highly significant dysgenic correlations of around -.20 between the traits that concern him and indices of achieved fertility. The evidence is principally from the West; but, by using educational and socio-economic data in relation to fertility, the same underlying trends can arguably be detected in other countries too. (The exception is in Black Africa, where contraception is so little used that typical upper-class families have around the same six children as do those of agricultural workers).
Despite the total lack of interest of today's criminologists in genetic factors and fertility, Lynn finds evidence suggesting that "the fertility [of British] criminals is 77 percent higher than that of the British population as a whole." Thus Lynn can even begin to address the West's problem of ceaselessly rising criminality.
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The author provides definitive evidence that humankind is heading deeper into the abyss of stupidity, illness and crime. A must read.
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I found many parts of this trash-book on an internet site.And even not reading all this trash-book, I must tell you that this author is a charlatan and a plagiarist.
To example, the author claims, that roman catholicism was bad to societies, because of "dysgenic" celibacy.Well, the clerical celibacy began in Spain, in V Century.Only about 1,000 years ago, it became a rule.Among the 30 most developed countries in the world, roman catholicism has more coutries, than all the rest of religions together.The author also is against the pope's views about anti-conceptionals.At the same time, Europe is fading, because catholic(and protestant) women aren't following pope's advices.Islam is growing very fast, because of big levels of fertility.
Since 1940 decade, eugenics exchanged its name:neo-malthusianism and ecology are the names for eugenics.The crook that wrote this book, must go to Greenpeace or Al-qaida, because he is a liar and a plagiarist.The same fakes of this book were showed in books writen by Charles B. Davenport, more than 100 years ago.
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