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Title Inquiries into human faculty and its development.
Imprint London : J.M. Dent & Sons, 1907, reprinted 1919.


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Description 1 online resource (xix, 261 pages)
Note Includes appendix.
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Summary "Since the publication of my work on Hereditary Genius in 1869, I have written numerous memoirs, which are scattered in various publications. They may have appeared desultory when read in the order in which they appeared, but as they had an underlying connection it seems worth while to bring their substance together in logical sequence into a single volume. I have revised, condensed, largely re-written, transposed old matter, and interpolated much that is new; but traces of the fragmentary origin of the work still remain. My general object has been to take note of the varied hereditary faculties of different men, and of the great differences in different families and races, to learn how far history may have shown the practicability of supplanting inefficient human stock by better strains, and to consider whether it might not be our duty to do so by such efforts as may be reasonable, thus exerting ourselves to further the ends of evolution more rapidly and with less distress than if events were left to their own course. The subject is, however, so entangled with collateral considerations that a straightforward step-by-step inquiry did not seem to be the most suitable course. I thought it safer to proceed like the surveyor of a new country, and endeavour to fix in the first instance as truly as I could the position of several cardinal points. The general outline of the results to which I finally arrived became more coherent and clear as this process went on"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).
Other Title Print version: Galton, Francis. Inquiries into human faculty and its development. London : J.M. Dent & Sons, 1907, reprinted 1919