'A probe into a lecture series on genetics and race intelligence has been launched after it emerged that an academic at University College London (UCL) hosted debates on the subjects – some of which were attended by Toby Young.
UCL is looking into the ‘eugenics’ events which reportedly included a speaker who advocated child rape online, among other controversial figures.
Dr James Thompson has overseen the London Conference on Intelligence since 2015 and did so, apparently, without UCL knowing.
Among the topics under discussion at the events which the honorary lecturer hosted were disparities in intelligence linked to race, selective breeding and claims penis length can be used to predict levels of parental care.
A brochure for the 2016 event includes an image of the 19th-century eugenicist Edward Thorndike, an American psychologist who said: “Selective breeding can alter man’s capacity to learn, to keep sane, to cherish justice or to be happy.”
Shamed journalist-turned-Office for Students (OfS) board member Toby Young was said to have attended at least one event.
A petition calling for Young’s dismissal from OfS, a new university regulator, gathered almost 220,000 signatures after remarks from his past surfaced. Among other things, Young had called disability ramps in schools part of “ghastly” inclusivity as well as numerous comments about women's breasts. The writer stepped down amid a huge backlash.'
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