The scientific facts of race and racial differences can provoke hysterical emotion-driven responses from people who have been taught to blindly believe in egalitarianism, liberalism, and the inevitable conclusion of those ideologies, Bolshevism. Yet science, and scientists, are supposed to be impartial researchers of the truth, whose conclusions must be based on fact, not emotion or ideology. Unfortunately, this basic requisite for impartial science has been abandoned in the present day, with scientists being constrained as much by ideology as the rest of society.
This book, written by one of the foremost political scientists and race realists of the early twentieth century in America, puts the case for a revival of the Renaissance Humanistic ideal of open rational inquiry rather than prejudiced bigotry, combined with an acceptance of the impartial discoveries of modern science, particularly in the realm of race, IQ, and eugenics.
“Are we entering a new age? Will we adjust ourselves to the new world which modern science has disclosed? Is there to be a new flowering of the mind and spirit quickened by the vast extensions of knowledge and power with which we have been endowed, as the Renaissance flowered in Humanism four centuries ago? Shall our present transition time with all its unparalleled possibilities for good and for ill culminate in a great civilization or in a great catastrophe?
“Such are the queries which to-day stir forward-looking minds. What the outcome will be, no one knows. Yet we may safely predict that the outcome will be largely determined by what we, of this transition epoch, think and do. To offer some suggestions for sound thought and action, this book has been written.”
Chapter I: Our Scientific Age
Chapter II: Our Unscientific Selves
Chapter III: The Perilous Present
Chapter IV: Science and Every-Day Life
Chapter V: The Split in the Camp of Progress
Chapter VI: The Quarrel between “Heart” And “Head”
Chapter VII: Science and Religion
Chapter VIII: The Hope of Science
Chapter IX: Scientific Humanism
About the author: Theodore Lothrop Stoddard (1883–1950) was a scientist, historian, journalist, eugenicist who obtained his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1914. Along with Madison Grant, Stoddard became one of pre-World War II’s most prolific and read racial thinkers and writers, producing nine books specifically related to race and eugenics, and his work was one of the prime ideological foundations of the 1924 Immigration Act passed by the US.