Objects & Places from The Mismeasure of Man

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Biological Determinism - This is the belief that intelligence can be accounted for by biology and that a particular group's fate is determined by biology.

Ancient Greece - The book opens with a scene from this place, with Plato giving his opinion about the nature-nurture question.

Sweden - This country is the home of Gunnar Mrydal and the place where his studies took place. Mrydal was active in the biological determinism movement in the 1940's.

Harvard University - This school is where Louis Agassiz taught. Agassiz was the leading theorist of the American movement for polygenism.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - This city is the home of Samuel George Morton who did empirical work on polygenism by measuring skulls in the mid-1800's.

Ellis Island - This place, in New York harbor, was a place of entry for immigrants. It was also a place where some immigrants were selected...

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