Francis Galton pioneered scientific advances in many fields – but also founded the racist pseudoscience of eugenics
Smart people can have really bad ideas – like selectively breeding human beings to improve the species. Put into practice, Galton's concept proved discriminatory, damaging, even deadly.
Jan. 15, 2021 • ~9 min
As editor of the magazine for 24 years, Du Bois featured articles about biology, evolution, archaeology in Africa and more to refute the rampant scientific racism of the early 20th century.
Dec. 14, 2020 • ~8 min
Evolution on the smallest of scales smooths out the patchwork patterns of where plants and animals live
Local adaptation allows plants and animals to thrive in a diversity of places. Sometimes adaptation sharpens patterns of where organisms live, but 85% of the time, it creates a more homogeneous world.
Oct. 2, 2020 • ~10 min