Galton Institute

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Formally known as the Eugenics Society, the Galton Institute gets its name from Charles Darwin’s cousin Sir Francis Galton who coined the term ‘eugenics:

We greatly want a brief word to express the science of improving stock, which is by no means confined to questions of judicious mating, but which, especially in the case of man, takes cognisance of all influences that tend in however remote a degree to give to the more suitable races or strains of blood a better chance of prevailing speedily over the less suitable than they otherwise would have had. The word eugenics would sufficiently express the idea; it is at least a neater word and a more generalised one than viriculture which I once ventured to use(Galton, 1883)[1].




The principle of eugenics is to improve the human race by encouraging the fertility of the elite whilst regulating reproduction through the sterilization of ‘inferior’ humans [2]; the idea was taken to extremes by the Nazi's in their "master race" experiments. The group claims to have distanced itself from its Nazi past, however, there are still active members within its ranks who describe themselves as scientific racists who believe that most black people by virtue of their genetics are inherently stupid and more prone to psychopathy, and that governments and states should adhere to the principles of eugenics to ‘improve’ the quality of society by sterilizing the mentally deficient. These self-labelled ‘scientific racists’ believe that ‘civilisation is going to the dogs because the degenerate underclass is over breeding’[3] One of its members wrote the foreword for a book authored by an American Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke[4] who is the most prominent racist in America today and heads the largest white supremacist organization in the world[5].


  1. Galton, F. (1883). Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development
  2. BURCH, G., & PENDELL, E. (1947). Human Breeding and Survival Population Roads to Peace Or War. New York: Penguin Books.
  3. Pallister, D. (2007, March 21). The Number Game. Retrieved December 9, 2007, from CommentisFree.Guardian:
  4. Pallister, D. (2007, March 21). The Number Game. Retrieved December 9, 2007, from CommentisFree.Guardian:
  5. Bergman, J. (2005). Darwinism’s influence on modern racists and white supremacist groups: the case of David Duke. Journal of Creation , 103-107.