How the pseudoscience of Social Darwinism nearly destroyed humanity

Following the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1860, many political theorists and opportunistic politicians applied his findings to human society. In the 20th century, these ideas were put into practice — and it nearly destroyed us. Here’s why Social Darwinism was one of the worst ideas ever. »9/13/13 2:35pm9/13/13 2:35pm

Is China selectively breeding a new generation of genius babies?

There's a provocative and somewhat disturbing article over at Vice about China's recent foray into genetics and the country's unabashed attempt to boost the collective IQ of its citizens. In it, Aleks Eror interviews NYU evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, who donated DNA to help a Chinese biotech firm… »3/18/13 3:20pm3/18/13 3:20pm

Despite his own mental illness, Nikola Tesla advocated eugenics for the year 2100

Nikola Tesla is often cited as geekdom's favorite inventor—advocate of alternating current, pursuer of wireless electricity and the death ray—but some of his beliefs about the future of science and culture wouldn't be quite so popular today. In addition to his predictions about labor-saving robots and his claims that… »11/17/12 1:00pm11/17/12 1:00pm

Genetic Testing Promises to Reveal Your Child's Sports Aptitude

For $149 dollars, Atlas Sports Genetics will test your child’s DNA and send you a report listing the sports where your child is likely to succeed. Some parents see it as a way to steer their child toward an activity that is a good match for their abilities. But psychologists and ethicists fear that assigning your… »12/01/08 5:20pm12/01/08 5:20pm

Five Large-Scale Attempts to Change the Course of Human Evolution

Charles Darwin first explained the principles of sexual selection in his controversial book The Descent of Man (1871). Ever since then, people have wanted to tinker with human evolution via artificial sexual selection. Dictators, mad doctors, and crazed social scientists have proposed — and even carried out — human… »2/28/08 10:40am2/28/08 10:40am