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  • n. Plural form of hereditarian.


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  • And yet we have a small band of hereditarians in America, some psychometricians and some behavior geneticists, who spend their professional lives blowing bugles about group differences with a scientific purpose that seems invisible.

    Dan Agin: Black and White in America II: The Phantom of Group Differences

  • If political bent is inherited, as some hereditarians believe, is it possible we have a Marxist fifth-column currently masquerading as right wingnut carnival barkers?

    Dan Agin: Our Baloney Way of Life

  • *One of the strangest passages in IQ scholarship is a recent attempt by hereditarians to minimize their own mediated-learning study because, while it 'did raise the IQ of the African students from 83 to 97, this is still low for students at a leading university.'

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Fifty years ago, when it became apparent that urban schoolchildren had higher IQ scores than rural schoolchildren, hereditarians claimed that the brightest farm children were moving to the cities, making the urban gene pool superior to the rural one.

    Genes and Crime: An Exchange

  • Thus the ground was split between the hereditarians and the environmentalists for a major controversy in the changing reputation of human nature.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • When have the hereditarians explained Shakespeare, Mozart, Turner?

    The Poetry Of Robert Browning

  • The contentions of the hereditarians, and the expo - nents of an unchangeable human nature with inherent class and race differences, met with opposition from humanitarians, including such leaders as Jane Addams, and from sociologists who insisted that unequal achievements and evidences of social ineffectiveness and dereliction were explicable in terms of the mores, and by the ways in which the environment determined the qualities and virtues that the individual in any society tries to attain or the vices that he attempts to avoid: in other words, the values in any society are the formulators of the characters of men.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • York, 1949), documents the conservative-liberal alignment of hereditarians and environmentalists.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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