The Nation: Free Speech?

In the matter of rude receptions, Stanford University Professor William Shockley seems to be getting more than his share. Shockley, a 1956 Nobel Prize co-winner in physics, has over the past decade ventured into the fields of biology and genetics, disciplines in which he is not an acknowledged expert, to propound a theory he labels dysgenics. He defines it as "retrogressive evolution through the disproportionate reproduction of the genetically disadvantaged." One of its controversial contentions is that blacks are genetically inferior to whites in intellectual capacity. Another is that bonuses should be paid to persons with less than an average IQ...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!