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LESSON-5.1
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LESSON-6.1
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LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
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LESSON-15.1
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Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

LESSON VI 

 

THE SCIENCE OF EUGENICS 

 

 

No one who keeps in even only fair touch with the affairs of the world 

of today can have failed to notice the frequent mention of the term 

"Eugenics" in the newspapers, magazine, and books of the hour. And yet, 

many persons seem to be in doubt as to the meaning and use of the term; 

some thinking that it refers to some new "ism" or "ology," or perhaps to 

some new and strange doctrine concerning the relations of the sexes. In 

view of this fact, the writer has thought it well to give the readers of 

this book a brief, though somewhat comprehensive, view of the general 

subject of Eugenics. 

 

Eugenics, sometimes known as the Science of Parenthood, has well been 

styled "the New Science," for it has forced itself into public notice 

within the past ten or fifteen years, whereas before that time it was 

practically unknown to the general public. At the present time some of 

the world's greatest thinkers have spoken or written on the subject, and 

many regard it as one of the most vital branches of human research, 

endeavor, and study, for the future of the race is involved in the 

solution of its problems. In its general phase of race-betterment, 

Eugenics is receiving the attention of statesmen, sociologists and 

patriots; in its particular phases, the earnest attention, interest and 

study of men and women who wish offspring of the best quality 

obtainable. 

 

The spirit of Eugenics may be expressed in the words of Dr. G. Stanley 

Hall, president of Clark University, who has said: "Our duty of all 

duties is to transmit the sacred torch of life undiminished, and, if 

possible, a little brightened, to our children. This is the chief end 

of men and women. All posterity slumbers in our bodies, as we did in our 

ancestors. The basis of the new biological ethics of today, and of the 

future, is that everything is right that makes for the welfare of the 

yet unborn, and all is wrong that injures them, and to do so is the 

unpardonable sin--the only one nature knows." 

 

That phase of Eugenics which has brought the new science more 

prominently before the public mind, and which has enrolled on its roster 

the names of some of the world's most eminent scientists, sociologists, 

and writers--the phase of race-betterment from the standpoint of 

sociology--has led many to believe that Eugenics is confined to that 

phase, and is but a movement toward "the successful breeding of the 

human race" on a universal scale. To many, such a movement while deemed 

commendable and desirable nevertheless lacks the appeal of the heart and 


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