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Biology and Individual Differences


by Garrett Hardin 1962

Are men really equal, biologically equal? Certainly not; all the evidence that we have indicates that no two people are created equal, with the single exception of identical twins-individuals who come from a single fertilized egg. People are different. We may not like to use the word "unequal" because this implies a superior-inferior axis involving standards of value, and value-judgments are always subject to criticism. But if we can think of the word "equal" in a nonevaluative way, the evidence drives us to the conclusion that all men are unequal.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 61, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 9, 1962, p. 11-24
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19796, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 10:52:03 AM

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  • Garrett Hardin
    University of California, Santa Barbara
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    GARRETT HARDIN is a professor of biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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