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Regression towards the Meanie
I am hauling this out of the Facebook oubliette so that I can leave it here with the appropriate tag - and of course for those who don't read my FB.

I've always felt a bit sorry for my first cousin (albeit 4 times removed) Louisa, being married to Francis Galton: having the founder of eugenics as your husband can't have been easy. But this little experiment seems especially hard to take...

galton beauty map

I don't say that Francis Galton is the most sinister of the husbands the women of my family married in the nineteenth century - that honour must surely go to Peter Augustus Russell de Linnoy La Fargue - but this is how I now picture the celebrated statistician:

galtondistracted

Wow -- interesting.

Coincidentally, I was just writing about Galton, who called it regression towards mediocrity. But, yes, that's pretty appalling.

"Regression towards mediocrity" sorts well with his tripartite division of humanity (or rather women) into "attractive/indifferent/repellent." He has a distinctive way with words, to be sure.