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The Family and the Nation: a Study in Natural Inheritance and Social Responsibility

Nature volume 82, page 305 (13 January 1910) | Download Citation



“THE power of heredity,” writes Mr. Whetham, “is an old story; ‘family likeness,’ ‘family characteristics,’ “family temper,’ are expressions which convey ideas well known to all men. Yet with amazing inconsistency we have taken little if any account of such knowledge in our conduct, little if any in our theories of social and political life. We have talked and acted as though it were of no account how men were bred, or what classes of the community were reproducing themselves fastest and what declining in number, as long as each individual was enabled by improved conditions to pass his brief lifetime in increased comfort and security.”

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