Episode: How Science Created Morons


Science Vs Logo
Subscribe
How Science Created Morons
This week, how one of the worst ideas in science got a big push from a bad study… and intellectuals of the day lapped it up. We speak to science writer Carl Zimmer and Prof. J. David Smith, whose research helped get to the bottom of this disturbing story.

UPDATE 05/25/18: This episode has been updated. A previous version said that the 'good' side of the Kallikak family included someone who had signed the Declaration of Independence. It now says that the 'good' Kallikak family member married into the family with the relative who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Check out the full transcript here.
To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

Selected readings: 
This episode was produced by senior producer Kaitlyn Sawrey, Wendy Zukerman, Romilla Karnick with help from Meryl Horn, Rose Rimler, and Shruti Ravindran.  We’re edited by Blythe Terrell, extra editing help from Alex Blumberg and PJ Vogt. An extra thanks to Phoebe Flanagan as well as Emily Ulbricht for help with German translations. Fact checking by Michelle Harris and Meryl Horn. Mix and sound design by Emma Munger. Music written by Bobby Lord and Emma Munger. Thanks also to Professor Peter Visscher, the Zukerman Family and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.

Science Vs
Users who viewed this episode also viewed...

The Ben Shapiro Show > Ep. 634 - We’re Never Ever Ever…Getting Back Together

Nikki Haley quits, the UN makes a catastrophic prediction regarding global warming, and Trump goes after Taylor Swift. Date: 10-09-2018

Science Vs > Nuclear Power - what are the Risks?

Fukushima. Chernobyl. Three Mile Island. There’s been some big nuclear accidents over the past few decades, but how dangerous is nuclear power really? We take you inside the core of America’s biggest nuclear power plant and trace what went wrong at Fukushima to try to figure out: when will the next meltdown happen? And what our chances are of getting cancer from it? This week we talk to Dr...

Today's Top Tune > Choir of Young Believers: Perfect Estocada

In the wake of Choir of Young Believers' 2012 album and ensuing year-long tour, leader and Danish artist Jannis Noya Makrigiannis took a break from his band, seeking to rediscover his muse.
Comments (0)

Login or Sign up to leave a comment.

Log in
Sign up

Be the first to comment.