In general, eugenicists were lax in defining the criteria for measuring many of the "traits" they studied, and they were too quick to force their data to fit into simple Mendelian templates. American eugenicists sought genetic explanations of human behavior to the almost total exclusion of environmental or social circumstances. Thus, Davenport amusingly concluded that naval captains were influenced by a gene for "thalassophilia" (love of the sea), rather than childhoods spent around ships. More ominously, "pauperism" and "social dependency" were interpreted as genetic problems, rather than a financial ones. In retrospect, eugenicists' pedigrees of faulty genes are striking examples of lack of education and opportunity.
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In general, eugenicists were lax in defining the criteria for measuring many of the "traits" they studied, and they were too quick to force their data to fit into simple Mendelian templates.
James Watson talks about The American eugenics movement and bad science
Charles Davenport applies Mendel's laws to thalassophilia.
Examine some family pedigrees to determine inheritance of traits.
The eugenics movement applied Mendel's laws to complex human behaviors.
Family pedigrees provided evidence of Mendelian inheritance in humans.
James Watson talks about the relationship between science and the eugenics movement.
Using pedigree charts, eugenicists gave the impression that vague behaviors, such as scholarship, are well-established genetic traits.
James Watson how science was misused to support eugenics.
James Watson talks about methods used by Davenport and the Eugenics Record Office.