Throughout recorded history, man has sought to improve himself by various means, including technological, financial, cooperative, and experiential. Much of this improvement is often short-term and limited to a single generation. But, what if you want to give your future offspring a leg up on survival and personal achievement? Could you take on the mantle of mythological gods and remake man in your own image? And not only could you, but would you? In this episode, we examine the controversial practice of eugenics, its advances, its past abuses, and its useful applications in the modern world. We’ll also look at the wide-ranging implications of this scientific endeavor and how eugenics has come to be defined over time.

Episodic Links
Wikipedia: Eugenics
Origins of Eugenics – James Watson
Experiments in Plant Hybridization by Gregor Mendel
Hereditary Character and Talent by Francis Galton
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Charles Davenport – Eugenics Creed
C-SPAN Cities Tour – Montpelier: Vermont State Archives’ Eugenics Study
Wikipedia: Reductio ad Hitlerum
Australian Philosopher says Eugenics is a Moral Obligation
About BGI
Human Genome Project
Eugenics: Its Past…And Inevitable Return?
Modern Eugenics: Building a Better Person?
Charles Galton Darwin, Eugenics Advocate

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In this episode, we take on the equality myth in historical, literary, and contemporary contexts. Later in the program, we’ll speak to a mathematician on the subject of “equality in math” and how it may or may not extend to human equality. Next, the Shame Chamber will bring us a defendant from the Great White North and its effects on children. And, then, we’ll conclude with a parable from a certain 19th century German philosopher who certainly had much to say on the matter.

Episodic Links
“The Iron Law of Inequality”
Did Somebody Say “Structural Racism”?
“The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action”
The Pussification of Youth in Canada – A Dose of Buckley
“On The Natural Inequality of Men”
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen from the Constitution of Year I (1793)
The Declaration of Independence
Nietzsche: On The Tarantulas

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