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"R. A. Fisher: a faith fit for eugenics," by Jim Moore (Open University)

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Celebrated Darwin scholar James Moore goes beyond 19th century evolution to examine the work of R. A. Fisher, the man hand-picked by Darwin relatives to lead the Eugenics Education Society in 1911, whose synthesis of biometrics and Mendelian views of inheritance formed the basis of neo-Darwinian theory in the early 20th century. In his work “R. A. Fisher: a faith fit for eugenics,” Moore considers the character which allowed Fisher to pursue his eugenic theories in the face of academic and scientific controversy.

This talk is part of the Natural History Cabinet, Cambridge University Department of History and Philosophy of Science series.

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