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May 15 14 tweets 3 min read
‘The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be will be utterly submerged, It’s all scientific stuff; it’s been proved.’

Tom Buchanan, The Great Gatsby (1925) Great Replacement Theory has been round for a long time. It fits into an older model of Declinism, but was a cornerstone of US eugenics, and as such, it's emergence at the beginning to the 20th C was tied to misinterpreted science and pseudoscience.
May 11 9 tweets 2 min read
As I study declinism as it relates to eugenics, and as he (negatively) cites me in it, I have been listening to Douglas Murray’s ‘The War on the West’. It is a phenomenally bad book.
A 12 hour Wickerman-sized straw man, evidence-free, fantasy generalisations, endless use of the mysterious powers who ‘tell us’ who or what is allowed to be said, without advancing who says these things, or even quoting them.
May 11 5 tweets 2 min read
Well done to these guys in The Men’s Fellowship competition. The Women’s Fellowship happens at a later date presumably. Snark aside, this is pretty much the most prestigious honour the U.K. can bestow upon a scientist. I imagine if you’re a female postdoc, or professor, or undergrad, thinking about a career in science, and you see this. If it were me, I’d think ‘fuck this’.
May 8 13 tweets 3 min read
As it is my job to relate everything to eugenics*, and in the US, actual Gilead-style eugenics is being discussed at the highest level, a quick thread about this article that is causing much ire.

* semi-sarcasm Article by Emma Duncan of the Times, called 'We're hurting O It is my contention that the public school-Oxbridge axis was fundamental to the development of eugenics in the UK. I go into some depth in my book Control about this, but the broad point is this:
May 7 4 tweets 1 min read
#MultiverseofMadness is absolutely insanely good. Grinned all the way through it. It’s the Sam Raimiest film EVER. 11/10 No spoilers here, but there are a couple of gasp-worthy moments, and not just the characters that are in the trailer.
May 6 5 tweets 1 min read
Interesting new (to me) phenomenon in the Q&A for my talks on eugenics, Fisher etc.

Men robustly challenging me by stating the opposite of what I said. Case 1: 'WHY DO YOU KEEP SAYING NATURE VS NURTURE WHEN THEY WORK TOGETHER HERE IS AN EXAMPLE YADA'. I replied, Galton said n v n, I said it was incorrect and had already explained at length why, which is central to the specious eugenics hereditarianism. He looked very angry.
May 2 8 tweets 2 min read
I’d like to read something sensible and scholarly on ‘war on the west’ narratives. It strikes me that these tropes are I’ll defined and suffer from classification issues, ie, what the west is, what the intrinsic values of ‘the west’ are etc. It seems to me like a besuited version of Great Replacement theory, in that it is reliant on an invented external phantom threat when in fact it describes the fact that the definition is incoherent.
Apr 28 12 tweets 4 min read
I can, of course, connect this bizarre @Spectator article by Cosmo Landesman about staring at women in public to eugenics in a few easy moves. Watch and learn, people. Cosmo Landesman, In defence of staringFor the purposes of research I went on a Tube ride to stare Of course, it concerns the genius and utter bastard Francis Galton.

Galton’s enduring passion was to quantify, often attempting to apply metrics to things previously intangible. Francis Galton, a very clever shit of a man.
Apr 25 9 tweets 3 min read
seeing as it's #WorldPenguinDay, I thought I might share some penguin facts from my 2018 work, the Book of Humans.

First up: Necrophilia. Sex with dead penguins has been known about in Adélies since
the earliest days of Antarctic exploration, as documented by the scientist aboard Scott’s last and fatal venture south. The
penguin’s behaviour was deemed ‘astonishing depravity’. Dirty fucker
Apr 17 10 tweets 3 min read
Happy Easter, to my humanist, Christian and other religious friends alike. Renewal, rebirth, eggs - affirmation of life and nature. Go well. Eggs are a big part of developmental biology, my own field, and I worked with chicks and quails once upon a time. The technique we used was windowing, where you cut a small hole in the shell and cover it with sellotape, and observe development.
Apr 7 4 tweets 2 min read
Sad news about Mr Benn and Elmer author David McKee, who should be remembered above all for the devastating tale of neglectful, lazy parenting, and the immortal heartbreaking line 'But I'm a monster'. Image Bernard, a young boy wishes to play with his father, who wants to do some DIY instead, and dismisses him with the line "not now Bernard'. His mother does the same, to wash the dishes. Image
Mar 18 6 tweets 2 min read
This is in fact quite untrue. The length of a day fluctuates over the course of a year by almost 15 minutes, yet 24hrs remains the metric for a day regardless - meantime. We constantly adjust clocks to coordinate our lives, including the arbitrary addition of days and seconds. I don’t even know the context of his brainwrong, I just love the absolute confidence of ignorance. In fact, the biggest problem of timekeeping is that while time passes, it is not perfectly coordinated with the celestial forces that wobble in our lives lives.
Feb 16 17 tweets 6 min read
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Francis Galton, a man who is largely responsible for the birth of eugenics, and whose broader intellectual legacy is colossal. A thread. Francis Galton Galton has been part of my life since I joined the now-defunct Galton Laboratory in 1993, and I am still a member of the former Galton Institute - now the Adelphi Genetics Forum. I’ll be giving the Galton Lecture for them in the Autumn.
Feb 7 8 tweets 2 min read
What this man is saying is absolute bollocks, and why someone so utterly ignorant should be gifted this platform is a mystery to me. Yours sincerely, Geneticists. Monoamine oxidase is a neurotransmitter. In the 90s a variant in its promoter was found in a family of Dutch iterant criminals.
Feb 6 25 tweets 13 min read
Following the publication of #Control, my new book on the history and present of eugenics, here is a thread, using only quotations from some of the key players.

It’s available everywhere, but here’s a link to multiple booksellers 1/n
bit.ly/3qnUvPf The idea of population control via infanticide and selective breeding is ancient. Plato talks about it in theory in Republic, and Seneca describes its practice in Rome. SenecaSeneca on infanticide
Feb 3 7 tweets 3 min read
#Control is my new book, out today. It’s the story of an eternal human desire, to rule over unruly biology, to control reproduction, and craft people and populations to be fitter, happier, more productive. smarturl.it/RutherfordCont… #Control is the story of eugenics, and how a pseudoscientific idea was wedded to a political ideology, a fear by the powerful of losing their ill-gotten gains, who latched onto a neonate science, genetics, and bastardised, misrepresented and cheated it to justify their beliefs.
Jan 26 4 tweets 1 min read
Oh man, I know I bang on about him, but this is just so moronic it's fruity batshit. Peterson has no idea what he's saying. His brain is blancmange. Not the slightest clue about what he's preaching about. A million climate scientists cry out in despair.

Have I got this all wrong? I'm doubting my sanity here. This is bizarro world stuff. . He speaks and it's just jibber jabber, words have no meaning anymore. AND PEOPLE LISTEN.
Jan 23 11 tweets 2 min read
Absolute balls. This is god-level cockwaffle, typical of the manballs beloved of these ignorant dorks. I can save thoughts and replay them in my head already. That is the definition of memory. Whatever this science fiction purports to be is nothing more than a fantasist’s nighttime emission.
Jan 22 9 tweets 3 min read
I have signed this short essay written by evolutionary biologist Armand Leroi criticising Imperial College London’s decision to remove Thomas Huxley from their campuses. Long version republished here; A short 🧵

bit.ly/3AooFFf The content of the letter adequately explains why, and I need not supply further details here. However, here is some broader personal context. I support the removal of Galton and Pearson from UCL’s campus, and indeed was involved in the decision to remove RA Fisher.
Jan 1 4 tweets 2 min read
My god, Denzel as Macbeth is an absolute towering triumph. Stunning, brutal horror, Magnificent. Filthy air.

I’ve seen the best film of the year already, and it’s the 1st of January. Go see it on the big screen. Every shot is a painting, expressionist angles and ultra-noir lighting.

@CatfordMews is a great cinema!
Dec 21, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Introduced the teen F1s to the Alien trilogy and here are the results:
Alien not as good as I remembered, Aliens as good as I remember it, Alien3 much better than I remember it.

Aliens wins. Better characters, pacing, structure, shocks, action. It’s a perfect organism. 10/10 Alien is amazing but shows signs of Scottitis, that is atmosphere and design over structure or script. Alien3 shows signs of Fincherism, which is a compliment, and I’d like to see him make this today. Innovative camerawork, punchy dialogue, same music as Se7en.