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The Future of Man
The BBC Reith Lectures 1959

ISBN 9780367278625
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1960, The Future of Man is a chronicle of Professor Medwar’s Reith lectures of 1959. The book outlines his predictions about the future estate of man, with the ‘process of foretelling, rather than with what is actually foretold’. He asks, can we predict the future size of populations? What is the evidence and theoretical background for the belief that human intelligence is declining? Could human beings become uniformly excellent or is inborn diversity and inequality a necessary part of the texture of human populations? The lectures tried to answer these questions and attempts to end with a definition of the biological standing of man. This book will be of interest to anthropologists, biologists and natural historians.

Table of Contents


1. The Fallibility of Prediction

2. The Meaning of Fitness

3. The Limits of Improvement

4. The Genetic System of Man

5. Intelligence and Fertility

6. The Future of Man


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