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"Human Selection." Dr. A. R. Wallace's "Best Thoughts." (S661aa: 1908)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: A short letter to the Editor, commenting on a notice of Wallace's paper 'Human Selection.' Printed on page twelve of The Daily News (London) issue of 21 September 1908. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S661AA.htm

(To the Editor of "The Daily News.")

     Sir,―I was very pleased to see Mr. Holiday's reference to my article on "Human Selection" (published in my "Essays, Scientific and Social"), because those volumes contain some of my best thoughts and writings, yet are the least read. This is, I think, the first reference I have seen to the article in the eight years since it was published in book form.

     This particular article (Vol. I., Chapter xxiii.), and another developing some parts of the subject more fully, entitled "Human Progress, Past and Future," published first in the Boston "Arena" in 1892, and forming Chap. xxvii., Vol. II. of my "Studies," constitute, I believe, a complete refutation of all the superficial ideas as to the teaching of "natural selection" applied to man, and also of the dangerous, because altogether unnatural, proposal to regulate the breeding of human beings by direct interference with individuals, according to the ideas of certain experts at any particular period, as advocated, partially by Mr. F. Galton, and wholly by the late Grant Allen and many less distinguished living writers.

     I should welcome any really careful and thoughtful criticism of the two articles referred to, and in that case might be willing to reply.--Yours, etc.,

Alfred R. Wallace.
Broadstone, Wimborne, Sept. 18.

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