Measuring individuals

1889 Measuring individuals

The book of science

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Francis Galton biometrics Measuring individuals

Measuring individuals

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In 1889, Francis Galton published Natural Inheritance. He introduced the use of surveys and questionnaires; he was a pioneer in eugenics, which was later used by Hitler to justify the holocaust. He invented a method of classifying fingerprints that replaced the use of biometrics for identifying criminals; he created the first weather map; he invented the dog whistle to help with his study of hearing in animals.

Many studies have tried to identify the factors for success. In relation to computer intelligence, some have claimed that if a computer has it then it is not intelligence. If a person, asked a question, refuses to answer, the questioner may draw his own conclusion.

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