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The Eugenic and Dysgenic Effects of War

Richard Lynn


Published: 2019/09/01


Wars appear to have had a eugenic effect during the evolution of the hominids because those with greater intelligence, stronger moral character and better health generally killed and replaced those weaker in these respects. It has frequently been argued that this relationship has reversed in modern times because those with greater intelligence, stronger character and better health were disproportionately sent to fight in wars. In consequence, they were most likely to be killed. However, the evidence for this is inconclusive. The present paper surveys the available evidence.

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