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Social Biology and Birth-Control

Nature volume 113, pages 773775 (31 May 1924) | Download Citation



THE bearing of the laws of life on the structure and development of human society is a subject which awakened only a faint academic interest in the golden days before the War. Then the production of food, both directly, and indirectly by means of the expansion of our output of manufactures which enabled us to import it, was increasing more rapidly than our population; a large proportion of our people were fairly comfortable and happy, and our surplus population was streaming out in large numbers to North America. Consequently, if the biologist was already noting the beginning of certain tendencies which seemed to him of sinister import, he was listened to with as little interest as was the astronomer when he predicted that the sun would ultimately grow cold and that our descendants would freeze to death.

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