Friday, 6 March 2020
THE EVILS OF EUGENICS AT UCL : Subhadra Das's Podcast
Like Father like Son
SUBHADRA DAS'S PODCAST
Subhadra Das 0:00
Most people associate the term eugenics with the Nazis and the horrors of the Holocaust. But the story of eugenics, a sociopolitical movement, which wanted to use science to create a better society actually starts in Britain. And the scientific justifications for it were kept alive by scientists at some of the most prestigious universities in the UK. Eugenics was built on the foundations of science from the Enlightenment, including the mistaken idea of race, which is that a person's physical appearance defines abstract traits by character and intelligence. Eugenics also contained a racist political ideology, a false hierarchy, in which some races were superior to others. While it may seem as though the rhetoric of racial superiority is no longer maintained at institutions of higher education today, that is not necessarily the case.