The motivation for the brain collection was to document how some people were supposedly lower on the evolutionary ladder than others.
Maura was brought from the Philippines to the U.S. in 1904 to take part in one of the public displays of indigenous people at the St. Louis World’s Fair.
These human specimens were collected in large part to dramatize how non-white peoples were supposedly lower on the evolutionary ladder than whites.
The harm done unnecessarily to children — their lost time in school, not to mention missed socialization — is a blow from which many will never recover.
Lemoine was famously fired from Google earlier this year after he leaked a transcript of his conversation with Google’s advanced LaMDA chatbot program.