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Genetics of the right

The picture of human nature which emerges from the new genetics will vindicate the assumptions of the right and he also predicts a revival of eugenics led by the political left

By Charles Murray   April 2000

We, homo sapiens, are about to learn how to alter human nature at about the same time that we finally learn for sure what that human nature is. Our ignorance about the underlying truth of human nature has not been for want of trying. But philosophers have produced answers as various as Aristotle’s and Rousseau’s. Since the late 1900s, behavioural and social scientists have also tried to understand human nature. But while they have illuminated many useful bits and pieces, they have failed as system-builders. What is left of Freud out of the beliefs that were so intellectually pervasive in…

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