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Karl Pearson (1857)

English scientist and professor of mathematics Karl Pearson was an instrumental figure in the development of mathematical statistics. In 1911, he became professor of eugenics at the University of London and director of the eugenics laboratory. A disciple of Francis Galton, Pearson applied statistical methods to the study of biological problems, especially evolution and heredity, in a science he called biometrics. Today, Pearson's views on eugenics are considered deeply racist. Why? More...
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A eugenicist who applied his social Darwinism to entire nations, Pearson saw "war" against "inferior races" as a logical implication of his scientific work on human measurement: "My view – and I think it may be called the scientific view of a nation," he wrote, "is that of an organized whole, kept up to a high pitch of internal efficiency by insuring that its numbers are substantially recruited from the better stocks, and kept up to a high pitch of external efficiency by contest, chiefly by way of war with inferior races." He reasoned that, if August Weismann's theory of germ plasm is correct, the nation is wasting money when it tries to improve people who come from poor stock.

Weismann claimed that acquired characteristics could not be inherited. Therefore, training benefits only the trained generation. Their children will not exhibit the learned improvements and, in turn, will need to be improved. "No degenerate and feeble stock will ever be converted into healthy and sound stock by the accumulated effects of education, good laws, and sanitary surroundings. Such means may render the individual members of a stock passable if not strong members of society, but the same process will have to be gone through again and again with their offspring, and this in ever-widening circles, if the stock, owing to the conditions in which society has placed it, is able to increase its numbers." (Introduction, The Grammar of Science).

"History shows me one way, and one way only, in which a high state of civilization has been produced, namely, the struggle of race with race, and the survival of the physically and mentally fitter race. If you want to know whether the lower races of man can evolve a higher type, I fear the only course is to leave them to fight it out among themselves, and even then the struggle for existence between individual and individual, between tribe and tribe, may not be supported by that physical selection due to a particular climate on which probably so much of the Aryan's success depended . . ." (Karl Pearson, National Life from the Standpoint of Science [London, 1905])

Pearson was known in his lifetime as a prominent "freethinker" and socialist. He gave lectures on such issues as "the woman's question" (this was the era of the suffragist movement in the UK) and upon Karl Marx. His commitment to socialism and its ideals led him to refuse the offer of being created an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1920 and also to refuse a knighthood in 1935.

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This is not a man I'd care to have met.
"History shows me one way, and one way only, in which a high state of civilization has been produced, namely, the struggle of race with race, and the survival of the physically and mentally fitter race. If you want to know whether the lower races of man can evolve a higher type, I fear the only course is to leave them to fight it out among themselves, and even then the struggle for existence between individual and individual, between tribe and tribe, may not be supported by that physical selection due to a particular climate on which probably so much of the Aryan's success depended . . ." (Karl Pearson, National Life from the Standpoint of Science [London, 1905])
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Were his views considered racist because THEY WERE RACIST?

Am I right?

It's what makes me laugh about the 'superior' white race.... how stupidly and ignorantly they behave. LOL
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God bless Pearson's correlation coefficients :D
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Some of the worst people in history were born in in the 1800s. Why were these people so evil? Was there something in the water?

Karl Pearson 1857
Margaret Higgins Sanger - September 14, 1879 (Founder of the murderous institution Planned Parenthood)
Adolf Hitler - 20 April 1889
Karl Marx - May 5, 1818
Joseph Stalin - December 18, 1878
Mao Zedong - December 26, 1893
Charles Robert Darwin, FRS - 12 February 1809

Every one of them hated God, and humanity.
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Wow. Yikes. So was he suggesting that the inferior races kill off each other? And the fittest survivor has the best chance of assimilate into the superior race's culture?
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The arrogance of that scientific community at that time seem unrivaled but its culmination occured in Eugenics both here in the USA and later in Nazi Germany. Imagine Karl Peason thinking Jews inferior: on what did he base this assumption?
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The eugenics crew would measure the heads of blacks, jews, poor people, and so forth and make comparisons with the huge swollen diseased 'superior' heads of the day. LOL

All everyone needs to remember is that we are all here together aiming for the same things in life... security, harmony, peace, love and joy.
Haz
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I think if we look through each century of history we will find abhorrent dictator murderers, the monsters are not exclusive to the 1800s.

Besides, I believe there are many little hitlers running around today waiting for their chance, their opportunity, to slip into power.
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