steepholm (steepholm) wrote,

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:

Tags: family history
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