Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Galton composite

1 comment:

  1. After thinking more about the creation of a "criminal type" and its relationship to the criminals in Sherlock Holmes, I found the idea of a stereotyped criminal to be soundly refuted by "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". Each criminal has unique, striking characteristics such as Ms. Adler's beauty, the bank robber's earrings and scar, or the beggar's shock of orange hair. Furthermore, each transgressor arises from a different social position and area of the country. This seems to imply that there is not one type of criminal. If Holmes' mental photography is incredibly accurate, then how does it relate to Galton's creation of a "criminal type," which seems to be wholly inaccurate?