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PREFACE
CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

of the will, overscrupulousness, fear, and a feeling of the 

_unreality_ of things. 

 

Neuropathy is a disease or disorder of the nervous system. Psychopathy 

is a disease or disorder of the mind. 

 

Of late years we often hear people referred to as neurotics, 

neurasthenics, psychasthenics, neuropaths or psychopaths. These are 

undoubtedly abnormal conditions, and, taken as a general thing, they 

are dysgenic factors. 

 

But a dysgenic factor in an animal _is_ a dysgenic factor, and that 

is all there is to it. There are no two sides to the question. But if 

anything goes to show the difference between animals and human beings, 

and to demonstrate why principles of eugenics, as derived from a study 

of animals, can never be _fully_ applicable to human beings, it is 

these considerations which we now have under discussion. To repeat, 

neuroses, neurasthenia, psychasthenia, and the various forms of 

neuropathy and psychopathy are dysgenic factors. But people suffering 

from these conditions often are among _the world's greatest geniuses_, 

have done some of the world's greatest work, and, if we prevented or 

discouraged marriage among people who are somewhat "abnormal" or 

"queer," we should deprive the world of some of its greatest men and 

women. For insanity is allied to genius, and if we were to exterminate 

all mentally or nervously abnormal people we should at the same time 

exterminate some of the men and women that have made life worth 

living. 

 

And what is true of mentally abnormal is also true of physically 

inferior people. An inferior horse or dog _is_ inferior. There is no 

compensation for the inferiority. But a man may be physically 

inferior, he may be, for instance, a consumptive, but still he may 

have given to the world some of the sweetest and most wonderful poems. 

A man may be lame, or deaf, or strabismic, he may be a hunchback or a 

cripple and altogether physically repulsive, and yet he may be one of 

the world's greatest philosophers or mathematicians. A man may be 

sexually impotent and absolutely useless for race purposes, yet may be 

one of the world's greatest singers or greatest discoverers. 

 

In short, the eugenic problem in the human is not, and never will be, 

as simple as it is in the animal and vegetable kingdoms. If we want to 

strive after healthy, normal mediocrity, then the principles of animal 

eugenics become applicable to the human race. If, on the other hand, 

we want talent, if we want genius, if we want benefactors of the human 

race, then we must go very slow with our eugenic applications. 

 

 

 

=Drug Addiction or Narcotism= 

 

Addiction to drugs, whether it be opium, morphine, heroin or cocaine, 

is a strongly dysgenic factor. The addiction to the drug is of itself 


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