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Hereditary Genius
LET us now bring our scattered results side to side, for the purpose
of comparison, and judge of the extent to which they corroborate one
another,—how far they confirm the provisional calculations made in
the chapter on JUDGES from more scanty data, and where and why
they contrast.
The number of cases of hereditary genius analysed in the several
chapters of my book, amounts to a large total. I have dealt with no
less than 300 families containing between them nearly 1, 000 eminent
men, of whom 415 are illustrious, or, at all events, of such note as to
deserve being printed in black type at the head of a paragraph. If
there be such a thing as a decided law of distribution of genius in
families, it is sure to become manifest when we deal statistically with
so large a body of examples.
In comparing the results obtained from the different groups of
eminent men, it will be our most convenient course to compare the
columns B of the several tables. Column B gives the number of
kinsmen in various degrees, on the supposition that the number of
families in the group to which it refers is 100. All the entries under B
have therefore the same common measure, they are all percentages,
and admit of direct intercomparison. I hope I have made myself quite
clear: lest there should remain any misapprehension, it is better to
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